The list author says: "In the same way as you know when the picture through a camera lens has come into focus, these books have helped the NT come into focus clearly for me. They are not a complete list by any means, but I think they are a good starting point. They, among others, are why I currently understand Jesus and early Christianity as follows:
The Gospels reveal Jesus to be a prophet, teacher and leader approved by God to bring social, cultural, economic, and religious reform, to bring people into the kind of life that God intended. This activity for the sake of the poor, marginalised, oppressed and underprivileged brought him into conflict with the authorities who benefited from the status quo, and they eventually killed him for it. Jesus' began a movement, though, which did not die. His resurrection sparked it back to life, as God proved that Jesus' teaching and vision were right, and that he was righteous.
Jesus' early followers understood that God would also consider them righteous also if they repented and faithfully followed him. They understood that by being committed to living in the way Jesus taught and exemplified, they too could expect a positive judgment by God and a resurrection to life. They imitated Jesus as his followers, morally transformed through his example, teachings, and Spirit.
God had graciously saved them from sin and wrong ways through Jesus, and set them free to live righteously, enlightened and empowered by Jesus and the Spirit he gave them. The early Christian writers used a number of metaphors to relate these concepts, and his death signified their new life following him in a way God desired.
One final note, I also recommend using good bible study software. E-sword and the Interlinear Scripture Analyzer are both excellent, which are both free and can be easily found online."
"Well-researched, heavily referenced, and very thought-provoking. This book is the only one I know to present this compelling interpretation of the New Testament. It is massive in scope, covering a full range of topics. After reading this book, you'll understand the New Testament a great deal more."
"Atonement: Finlan has combined extensive study on sacrificial, cultural and historical themes with careful insight into atonement theories in this great little book, which is a shorter and easier to read version of his previous work on atonement."