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The People's Bible: The Remarkable History of the &hellip by Derek Wilson
With the 400th anniversary of the publication of the KJV, there is clearly place for an attractively produced, accessible but reliable guide to the subject. Sadly, despite the usual high standards of physical appearance and intelligent layout one has come to expect from this publisher, this is not a book which can be recommended with any confidence. From the caricature it gives of medieval Christianity to its errors in quoting texts, it is a work which induces little confidence from the reader and leaves the impression of a book hastily prepared without adequate in depth research . This is a great shame since some sections of the book indicate the author should have be capable of… Read more
1 and 2 Kings for Everyone by John Goldingay
1 and 2 Kings for Everyone by John Goldingay
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is an attractively produced and easy to read book in a series which attempts for the Old Testament what Tom Wright's For Everyone .... series achieved for the New Testament. Unfortunately this book does not contain the full text of 1 and 2 Kings and requires readers to get out their bible and read the (sometimes substantial) sections omitted. This partly defeats the object since the book contains its own new, lively translation and it is jarring to have make the stylistic shift to a different translation to fill in the omissions. There are plenty of contemporary references in the text to bring it alive but it is light on theology and difficult questions are often avoided or, more… Read more
The World of the Early Church: A Social History by Simon M. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide, 14 July 2012
There has been extensive study in recent years of the use of public and domestic space in the Roman world and this has important implications for understanding the early church. In this book, Simon Jones has brought together the fruits of this study and presented them in an approachable and attractive way. He suggests that the chapters of the book should be read consecutively but there is a degree of repetition when read in this way, eg the proportion of slaves in the Roman empire is specified on three occasions (although the percentage quoted differs!). While some of the pictures used are of marginal relevance, the book is sumptuously illustrated. The list of further reading is good… Read more

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