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The End of Biblical Studies by Hector Avalos
The End of Biblical Studies by Hector Avalos
This text is vital for anybody interested in the field of Biblical Studies, whether you agree with its central premise or not; that is, the academic disciplines within the umbrella of 'Biblical Studies' have reached a terminus and should be retired. Avalos covers with great scope the history and landscape of the field in which he has studied and worked for thirty years and its meritorious accomplishments alongside its many pitfalls and academic shortcomings. Avalos's main contention is the relevance and purpose of the world of Biblical Studies in the light of continuing discoveries within the relevant fields. Biblical Archaeology, Textual Criticism and the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in… Read more
Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Ch&hellip by Burton L. Mack
Derren Brown cited this book as a demolition ball in his departure from Evangelical Christianity. I can say with confidence that even if you don't agree with all of the book's conclusions (as I do not) you will walk way from this with a completely new understanding of how the New Testament came to be written, compiled and revered (some may say venerated) as 'Holy Writ'.

There are many rival theories as to how best explain the Historical Jesus and the origins of Christianity. I disagree with Burton Mack's characterization of Jesus as a Cynic philosopher whose followers took things a bit out of hand after his untimely death (I strongly recommend Bart Ehrman or Laura Fredriksen's… Read more
How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish P&hellip by Bart D. Ehrman
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This ranks highly among Bart Ehrman's many 'trade' books written for a general audience. The scope of his investigation into the nature and history of divinity in the ancient world, its relationship to Second Temple Jewish ideas about divinity and the afterlife and how the early Christians developed their ideas is quite impressive. His relatable style and acquaintance with the audience makes the text all the more readable; if you're not seeking to explore the issue in the dull formalities of academic formatting and impersonal scholarship, I highly recommend this as a popular text that will respect your intelligence as well as your beliefs. Ehrman leaves open the question of whether Jesus… Read more