Last Spring quarter, when I was taking graduate seminars on the New Testament and Christian Origins at UC Santa Barbara, I compiled a bibliography of notable scholarship over the last several decades on the historical Jesus and the apostle Paul as part of a class project. Since it is a useful reference list, I have decided to include the bibliography below.
(Note: While I recommend the books on this list, because they are important contributions to the field, that does not constitute agreement or endorsements, especially since they offer a wide range of differing views.)
Allison, Dale. Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.
Allison, Dale. The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009.
Allison, Dale. Resurrecting Jesus: The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters. New York : T & T Clark, 2005.
Allison, Dale. Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1998.
Bauckham, Richard. Jesus: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Beilby, James and Paul Eddy, eds., The Historical Jesus: Five Views. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.
Borg, Marcus. Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & the Heart of Contemporary Faith. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.
Borg, Marcus. Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship. London: A&C Black, 1994.
Borg, Marcus and N. T. Wright. The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999.
Bornkamm, Günther. Jesus of Nazareth. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1960.
Boyarin, Daniel. The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ. New York: New Press, 2012.
Broadhead, Edwin Keith. Jewish Ways of Following Jesus: Redrawing the Religious Map of Antiquity. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.
Carrier, Richard. On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reasons to Doubt. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.
Charlesworth, James. The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008.
Chilton, Bruce and Craig Evans, eds., Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research. Leiden: Brill, 1998.
Crossan, John. The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus. New York: Harper Collins, 2012.
Crossan, John. Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.
Crossan, John. The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
Crossan, John. The Cross that Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.
Crossan, John. In Fragments: The Aphorisms of Jesus. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983.