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Might as well start...
The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings
Bart Ehrman is chair of religious studies at Chapel Hill. He is a smart guy. He is also a money whore, but this book isnt his problem.
The Lost Gospel
Burton Mack's Groundbreaking and controversial work on Q Theory, which alot of fags here will hate but is currently very important in christian theory.
Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth
Burton L. Mack is an author and scholar of early Christian history and the New Testament. He is John Wesley Professor emeritus in early Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Mack is primarily a scholar of Christian origins, approaching it from the angle of social group formation. Mack's approach is skeptical, and he sees traditional Christian documents like the Gospels as myth as opposed to history (here, "myth" is not meant to imply "falsehood" or "lie" but "in the sense of narratives that reflect and advance specific ways of representing the world and, along with it, one's place in it"). He sees the gospels more as charter documents of the early Christian movement than as reliable accounts of the life of Jesus.
If anyone wants a really good book that covers the history of the Germanic people without a big focus on WW2 I strongly suggest reading:
A Might Fortress: A New History of the German People, by Steven Ozment.
Great book that shows the German people as the Charlie Browns of Europe, always getting shit on while trying to find their own place within Europe.
And if you end up liking that Steven Ozment also has another good book:
The Burgermeister's Daughter.
sorry dude, I had seen your request earlier but I forgot to get to it, you should have posted it in our history thread tho
Cambridge History of Japan Vol. 3 is on medieval japan