So, discussing The DaVinci Code with moxiemuse and Roberta Bondi (and Luke Timothy Johnson) with sk8eeyore reminds me that i really need to do more research into just what Jesus said about himself. Obviously this means starting with reading the New Testament, but what do you recommend i read in addition? I'm looking for information about the life of the historical Jesus, information about what Jesus said about himself and what that means, information about how the disciples interpreted what Jesus said/did, anything of that sort. Anything from hardline orthodox positions to hardcore rip down the foundations of Christianity, and anything in between. It just has to be grounded in logic and scholarship -- hence the request for recommendations. Referring me back to posts of your own, whether they're personal musings or reactions to particular books/lectures/whatever, is also fine, as are, "I have no idea, but I hear Author X is really good," or "A professor I trust told me Book L is a load of bunk."