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Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
by Bart D. Ehrman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Superficial, Critical Excursion Into the Myth Hypothesis, 18 Mar 2014
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Bart Ehrman must be unusual in holding a senior academic post in an American "Bible Belt" university though he is open about being an agnostic bordering on atheism. The author of numerous popular works that have in several instances given rise to considerable criticism from conservative and evangelical theologians. However, this work is a critique of the works of a handful of academic supporters of the hypothesis that Jesus Christ never existed.

However, apart from numerous factual errors that suggest hurried preparation, Professor Ehrman appears to have only a superficial knowledge of the extensive range of works on the myth hypothesis, and his bibliography is notable not for what it contains but what it fails to list. He could have done better.

However, it is well worth reading the book, but when I had finished it after reading it twice and making numerous notes - it lacks an index, had I been a supporter of the myth hypothesis I would have had my belief strengthened not weakened.
MITHRA


Sisters Of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels
Sisters Of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Found the Hidden Gospels
by Janet Soskice
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An Adventurous Twosome, 18 Mar 2014
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The idea of two sisters travelling without male escort in what was a wild part of the Turkish empire in the 19th century, is unusual to say the least. Their aim was to reach the then isolated St.Catherine's monastery in search of an ancient biblical manuscript that had been concealed under an equally ancient work on the lives of women saints. This set off a series of events that was to transform their lives from that of devout, though liberal - they were close friends with members of the Darwin family,, Presbyterians brought up in the small Scottish town of Irvine. Agnes Smith and her sister Margaret may well have been thought to eventually live dull conventional lives, but in the event their lives were anything but conventional.

They were to make several arduous visits to the monastery. But having got the bit between their teeth, so to speak, they were to travel to numerous other places. Of course, having inherited vast wealth helped, but this wealth did not make them scholars, and that is just what they became. Agnes became an outstanding Syriac scholar and learned several other languages, she was, for example to become fluent in Arabic. Her sister also equipped herself linguistically. The two sisters eventually made their home in Cambridge, but this was when women were not allowed to sit for a degree from that university, nor receive an honorary degree. However, they were given doctorates from several prestigious European universities as well as St. Andrews in Scotland. Agnes also financially backed the establishment in Cambridge of the Presbyterian, Westminster College.

I found the early part of the book dull, but it soon took off making for not only a good read but also one very informative on not a few theological matters, not least the sisters reaction to Orthodox beliefs and ceremonials. I never imagined that I would recommend a book on obscure theological debates, or that these could be readable. But there are exceptions to all, or most, rules, and Sisters of Sinai is one.
MITHRA


Warrior of Rome: The Amber Road (Warrior of Rome 6)
Warrior of Rome: The Amber Road (Warrior of Rome 6)
by Harry Sidebottom
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Talk Than Action, 15 Nov 2013
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I found this book disappointing. The plot was forced and the action could have been better structured. However, having read the other books in the series I bought it. I will think twice if another appears, as no doubt it will.
MITHRA


Arena (Roman Arena)
Arena (Roman Arena)
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile Gladiators, 15 Nov 2013
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Simon Scarrow's books set in ancient Rome make absorbing reading, and this book, written for teenagers, make a good read for those who have left their teen years behind.
MITHRA


Sword of Rome (Gaius Valerius Varens 4)
Sword of Rome (Gaius Valerius Varens 4)
by Douglas Jackson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.34

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3.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in the Empire, 15 Nov 2013
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A good read, being one of a series about an individual who has taken refuge in the army to escape imperial vengeance. Finally it is recognised that he was not guilty and those who sought his death get their just reward.
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The Blood Crows (Roman Legion)
The Blood Crows (Roman Legion)
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Plus in Roman Britain., 15 Nov 2013
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The two friends, one now a prefect, having married a senator's daughter, return to Britain and are soon in action. A book that is hard to put down, as well as being marked by a considerable degree of historical fact.
Mithra


Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.23

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Muddle, 15 Nov 2013
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Contains a great deal of special pleading, numerous errors of historical fact, although the idea that Jesus had been a rebel against the rule of Judea by the Romans, even if exercised by Jewish collaborators is anything but new or novel. Despite its many deficiencies, which include a failure to address the problem that there is not a shred of contemporary evidence that an itinerant Galilean preacher who mixed moralistic platitudes with bloodthirsty threats, who was known as Jesus (Yeshua) existed. A much overrated book .
Mithra


Discovery of Egypt: Vivant Demon's Travels With Napoleon's Army
Discovery of Egypt: Vivant Demon's Travels With Napoleon's Army
by Terrence M. Russell
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Early Scholars Investigate Ancient Egypt, 8 May 2013
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The French savant Vivant Denon was one of a group of scholars that accompanied Napoleon's army when it invaded Egypt. His observations made in the course of his travels around the country remain important to this day. Of course the language of the ancient Egyptians could not then be read, nevertheless he made some reasonably acurate guesses as to meanings. Not the easiest book to read but well worth doing so.


The Myth of Nazareth: The Invented Town of Jesus / Scholar's Edition
The Myth of Nazareth: The Invented Town of Jesus / Scholar's Edition
by Rene Salm
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Claims Challenged, 8 May 2013
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Was there a place called Nazareth extant in the first century? As the author points out there is no reference to it in any Jewish and Roman source, indeed, the first time the name appears in writing seem to have occurred in the fourth century. A well reasoned work that challenges many a claim.


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [DVD]
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Price: 3.50

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Romp, 8 May 2013
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A bit far fetched even by Star Trek standards, nevertheless entertaining and will no doubt be well received by "Trekkies"


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