Here is the final summary of the meme I began nearly a month ago: 5 Most Influential Primary Sources.  As I stated before in previous posts the responses have been diverse and thought provoking.  Thanks to all who responded all the lists were excellent.  For the many lists I am certain I missed please post a link in the comments and I will add yours. 

Some observations

Most popular sources: Didache, Josephus, 1 Enoch, Ignatius, 1 Clement

Person with most popular choices: Rick Brannan

Person with most unusual choices: C. Jay Chrisostomo


Master List

Kevin Scull – Josephus – The Jewish War, Quintilian – Institutio Oratoria, Didache, Ignatius of Antioch (any letter), The Dead Sea Scrolls – The War Scroll

Jim West  – ANET, The Dead Sea Scrolls (Sectarian materials), Ethiopic Enoch, Jubilees, and 1-2 Maccabees.

Pat McCullough – Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch), The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas, Two Spirits Treatise + War Scroll combo, Ben Sira, and Tobit.

Brandon Wason – Didache, Mishnah, Josephus’s Antiquities, The Progymnasmata, and Gospel of Thomas.

Ken Brown – Book of Jubilees, Enuma Elish, The Gospel of Thomas, 4QMMT, and Philo.

Nijay Gupta – 1. Philo 2. Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs 3. Anabasis 4. The Community Rule aka 1QS (the Dead Sea Scrolls).  5. Plutarch: Parallel Lives

ClayboyThe Didache. Josephus, Jewish War, Jubilees, 1 Enoch, Community Rule.

Rick Brannan – Didache. 1 Clement, Letters of Ignatius, 1 Enoch, Josephus.

C. Jay Chrisostomo CLAM (Canonical Lamentations of Ancient Mesopotamia. . . a collection of balaĝ laments), The collection of Inana-Dumuzi songs in Love Songs in Sumerian Literature, Schooldays, The Tetrad, legal texts from Hellenistic Uruk (found on HBTIN)

Jim Spinti – 1. The Toothache incantation in Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. 2. The Kumarbi Cycle in Hittite. 3. The plague prayers of Mursili. 4. The Aeneid, 5. Didache.

Nick Norelli 1 Clement, The Didache, Adversus Haereses*, Antiquitates Judaicae*, Q.

Anumma– Ugaritic Baʿlu cycle, Zakkur and Mesha, Hammurapi, Jubilees and 1 Enoch 1–36, Kuntillet Ajrud and Khirbet el-Qom

Adam Couturier– Wisdom of Ben Sirach, Wisdom of Amen-em-opet, The Instructions of Shuruppak, The Instruction of Ani, In Praise of Learned Scribes

Mike Whitenton – The “Son of God” texts in Antiquity, 1-2 Maccabees, The Parables of Enoch (1 En 37-71), 4Q Messianic Apocalypse (4Q521), P. Haun. II, 2 II, 1-42.

Rob Kashow – 1. The Isaiah Scroll, Enûma Eliš, Apostolic Fathers, ANF & NPNF, The Book of Enoch

Scotteriology – Dead Sea Scrolls/Rabbinic Material, ANE Creation Myths, Ba’al Cycle, Jubilees, Enoch

Primal Subversion – 1 Clement, Didache, Josephus, Res Gestae Divi Augusti, Isaiah 40-55

Rodney Thomas – The Letters of Ignatius, Clement of Alexandria’s Miscellanies, Augustine’s Confessions, Tertullian, The Didache

Richard Sherrat – Enûma Eliš, The Ba’al Cycle, 4QMMT, The Qumran Psalm scrolls, The Epic of Gilgamesh

Loren Rossen – Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Josephus’ Jewish War. I & II Maccabees. IV Ezra. The Greek Magical Papyri.

Mike Koke – Wisdom of Solomon, 2 & 4 Maccabees, The Aeneid, The Epistle of Barnabas, Justin Martyr Dialogue with Trypho

James McGrathPhilo, Who is Heir of Divine Things? chapter 42 (§ 206), Justin Martyr’s First Apology ch.6, Apocalypse of Abraham, The Similitudes of Enoch, The Book of Revelation