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Historians know stuff about Christianity that most of us don’t. Below are some easy options to learn from the comfort of your computer or mobile device.

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Online Resources

– You can kick back and listen to the Bible any time. Start here with the Gospel of Mark. You can move to any place in the Bible you want, and if you check the “continuous play” checkbox, it will read from that spot and, like the energizer bunny, keep going, and going…

– An online Bible with tools is always handy. This site allows you to look at virtually any version of the Bible that you like, and even look at all the versions of any passage of the Bible at the same time.

Introduction To The New Testament History And Literature, by Professor Dale Martin of Yale University (YouTube playlist)

Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), by Professor Christine Hayes of Yale University (YouTube playlist)

– From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (1998) PBS Frontline TV show

The Bible Geek Podcast

EarlyChristianWritings.com

Complete writings of the Church Fathers

– The Jesus Puzzle, by Earl Doherty

The Early Church Fathers Lecture series (24 lectures)

List of New Testament Papyri

List of New Testament uncials

Lists of New Testament minuscules

Didache

Gospel Parallels (This is the printed version, a classic; Gospel parallels by Jr. Burton H. Throckmorton )

Dr. Robert M. Price’s recommended reading list

Roman Catholic Lectionary

Episcopal Lectionary

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– Paul Johnson’s A History of Christianity (1976) - excellent single volume history of Christianity overview.

Dominion; How the Christian Revolution Remade the World (2019), by Tom Holland - excellent one two punch with the book above. Read both of them back to back.

The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, by Bart Ehrman - This is perhaps the best introductory text book on the topic, used by the best universities in the USA.

Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers In Exile (1999) John Shelby Spong

Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliot Friedman

A Concise History of the Catholic Church, by Thomas Bokenkotter

A Myth of Innocence: Mark and Christian Origins (1988) by Burton L. Mack

The Quest of the Historical Jesus (1906) by Albert Schweitzer

Paul and Jesus; How the apostle transformed Christianity (2010), by James D. Tabor

The Amazing Colossal Apostle, by Robert M. Price

Ferdinand Christian Baur - Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ: His Life and Works, His Epistles and Teachings (1845)

– The Church History of the First Three Centuries (1878) by Ferdinand Christian Baur

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity, by Walter Bauer

On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier

Jesus: A Life, by A.N. Wilson

Paul: The Mind of the Apostle, by A.N. Wilson

Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior, by Bart Ehrman

Forged: Writing in the Name of God : Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, by Bart D. Ehrman

The Life of Jesus Critically Examined (1835) by David Friedrich Strauss (free audiobook via LibriVox.org) - Warning… this is a very difficult book to read (not a beginners book, because it assumes you are familiar with many aspects of the subject already), but it is also perhaps the best book ever written on the “historical Jesus”. It also totally changed the industry, and the way Christianity was understood.

Let the Reader Understand: Reader-Response Criticism and the Gospel of Mark (1991) by Robert M. Fowler

History of God (1993) by Karen Armstrong