Back in August 2009, I wrote an article for the ESRH blog entitled, "Where are the Historians of Theology?"
I have been thinking again about some of the comments that I made in this post after recently rereading George Marsden's Jonathan Edwards: A Life. I was struck again, not only by the fact that Marsden is an outstanding writer, but also by his very thorough analysis of the complex ideas in Edwards's Freedom of the Will, A History of the Work of Redemption, and Original Sin. This is theological history at its best--contextually rich, sympathetic, eloquently written, and theologically astute.
What other books would you nominate as excellent examples of theologically-rich historical narratives?