I honestly can't believe i'm the first one to write a review.
So i want to first clarify what this is; Open Yale is a group of full lecture courses available for free on iTunes. They are meant to help educate those who cannot afford university. New Testament History and Literature is one of those lecture series. The book is adapted from the lectures, but the lecturer and author decided to make his book much more comprehensive than the lectures, which were done assuming the student had read class material before hand. That's why buy this book makes sense.
Now to the actual content.
This is, in terms of historical criticism, a center-left approach, if you will. In the lecture series, he follows a book by Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, and he doesn't take a much different approach, from the critical perspective at least.
The book covers far too much ground to go into in any depth in this interview. So i will sum it up thus; This book is an excellent, effective book for gaining an overview of what mainstream biblical studies considers the Bible, and early Christianity to be. It will perhaps shock fundamentalists (who would be more at home reading something like The New Testament and the People of God Volume 1 (Christian Origins and the Question of God)) and be far to meek and mild for rejectors of the historical Jesus ( Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition?). I will also mention, for those who want an overview of the historical Jesus debate from different perspectives from all along the conservative-liberal continuum, before deciding where they stand, that the bookThe Historical Jesus: Five Views is a book to that effect.