Well, obviously I finished WIHIGO… I have a thread on that around here somewhere I’ve been working on for a while now.
Finished CraigB’s book; not many new (much less surprising) things, but I wasn’t expecting them either. A nice solid introduction to the Gospels. I would rather recommend some other introductory books first, but those would admittedly be more technical. I could recommend this as a good starting place for Gospel study. As usual his footnotes pointed me to some other texts that I promptly bought, although I’m not actually reading any of them yet.
Have barely gone back to the book on the Barbarian Conversions; it’s dry going, and naturally after a while all the topics kind of blend together. Mostly I just wanted to read other things at lunch, and this was my previous lunch book. I will no doubt finish it later.
Finally finished Bishop Alfayev’s book on the Descent of Christ into Hades, and the various ways the ancient church remarked and interpreted it–once I got into the EOx liturgical material, I wasn’t as interested (not being EOx ).
Still working on Vol 3 of Winchester’s Lectures on Prophecies. He has reached the final judgment/lake of fire material, and has indicated he’ll be arguing for Christian universalism soon. There’s a lot of material still to go, so I’ll be curious how he topically slots his lectures once he’s past the LoF (on which I expect he’ll dwell for another two or three lectures for various aspects of it). My previous caution in recommending it remains in place: this is very much an acquired taste, and not really useful for most people today.
I’m quite a fan of Dr. Michael Brown, the Messianic Jewish missionary and apologist, and my lunch/dinner reading currently features his latest book The Real Kosher Jesus, which serves as a handy summary of his huge Answering Jewish Objections series while doing double duty as a reply to his friend Rabbi Boteach’s recent book Kosher Jesus–which follows the fringe theory of Jesus as a failed military revolutionary whose movement was benevolently hijacked post-mortem by the conniving Saul of Tarsus, a Gentile convert to Judaism posing as a rabbi and rejected by the apostles and original Jerusalem disciples. No, it doesn’t actually take much effort for Rabbi Brown to poke gaping fatal holes in this. I just wanted to see if this would serve as a single-book slice of his much larger series, and it serves that purpose admirable. The link above goes to the Kindle edition. (Rabbi Brown is not a universalist, by the way; I seem to recall him being an annihilationist, but I don’t recall clearly. It wasn’t a big topic in his larger series.)
After Dr. Brown’s book, I expect I’ll be starting a book extensively arguing Christian universalism from Jewish Feast/Jubilee typologies. More on that when I get to it!