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An excellent volume in the best Lion tradition
on 3 December 1999
Readers familiar with earlier editions will know what to expect (good photography, readable, 'safe' text and superb design), and if they want more of the same with a little up-date, they will not be disappointed. Newcomers should know that it is aimed more at the popular than the professional market, is the product largely of UK biblical scholars, mostly male, Protestant, clerical and enlightened conservatives. It accepts the broad gains of biblical scholarship over the last 50 years while showing particular caution in handling those of the last 10-15, avoids many of the critical issues though occasionally puts differing viewpoints side-by-side without getting into the argument, and sometimes sticks to a traditional interpretation without even suggesting that many scholars would want to question it. Recent developments are reflected the attention given to women's studies, the environment, justice, narrative readings and a multi-faith society. The wide area covers undoubtedly has its limitations but it will do much to dispel ignorance and increase understanding and may well whet the appetite of both conservatives and traditionalists to dig deeper. That can only be good and it is excellent value for money.