Books about John the Baptist


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Last week I received an email asking me what books I’d recommend for someone wanting to study “the historical John (the Baptist)”. Since I am beginning my own inquiry into the subject my recommendations are limited, but even then, there does not seem to be many book length studies of John that don’t delve quickly into weird speculation. This is what I’ve engaged (or began to engage) thus far:

Daniel S. Dapaah, The Relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth

Catherine M. Murphy’s John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age

Joan E. Taylor’s The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism

Robert L. Webb’s John the Baptizer and Prophet

Walter Wink’s John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition

James D.G. Dunn’s The Christ and the Spirit: V.2, Pneumatology contains several chapters to John (as he relates to the Spirit). Other books like The Historical Jesus in Context edited by A-J Levine, D.C. Allison, Jr., and J.D. Crossan has a…

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