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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent general introduction to the New Testament.
Professor Bruce describes the first edition of this book as his 'literary firstborn'. Since that time it has served as an excellent introduction to the New Testament for both the student and general reader. Providing a treasury of useful material Bruce competently draws upon several disciplines to provide authoritative information on subjects as diverse as literary...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written and informative, but ...
The content of this Kindle e-book is scholarly, well written and interesting. However, the text includes many 'typos' which makes the reading experience disjointed and problematical. The text appears to have been scanned and OCR'd but proof-reading has been very cursory. Lots of mis-spellings; some are obvious, but in others the underlying word or number is not clear. A...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The New Testament Documents", 12 Mar 2014
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An excellent, clear and thorough review of the subject. Would recommend to any student, or to anyone interested in the subject as it is also very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 14 Aug 2013
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Excellent book by an author outstanding in his field. Both books were in excellent condition and amazingly inexpensive. Essential reading for anyone wanting to know how the New Testament documents stand up to historical scrutiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Know Your History..., 21 Jun 2012
At the current price, this is not only an excellent read, it is also an invaluable aid to anyone who regularly reads the Bible, especially the New Testament. At just over 120 words, it can be read in a single evening, or on a long train ride or long-haul flight.

However, I suspect that many Christians may end up reading this book to try and refute their atheistic friends and family, It shouldn't used this way. It should be used to get yourself a firm knowledge of these first century documents (the New Testament is a collection of books and letters) and a platform for further thinking.

Christians should note that the New Testament does NOT promote modern "Christianity". For instance, virtually all Christian festivals (Christmas, Easter, All Souls Day) were unheard of - and would probably have been rejected by the original disciples! Further, much of that which has been added, especially by the Catholic Church, is also not included in the documents.

Unfortunately, the current cover (with the long-haired and bearded Jesus) will put many atheists off; they will think that it is just another Bible-bashing "religious" book. My paperback has the brown cover with a the picture of a worn-out Bible, so much better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So you've read a Gospel and...., 1 Mar 2012
I was reading through Mark's Gospel and was told that it was an eye-witness account of Jesus' ministry. I wanted to be sure that what I was reading was the truth. FF Bruce provided the head knowledge, to what my heart already knew (I've never been too keen on blind faith)!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Unreadable, 17 Oct 2013
Unfortunately this small volume is virually unreadable due to the very poor copy editing. Page after page of incorrect, incorrectly spelt words used for example... the shirt gospel instead of the short gospel, 15 used instead of is etc. Allright the book only cost 38p but I expected to be able to read it.

As for content, useful but somewhat dated and biased towards the believer. The author's arguements may not convince the skeptic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but weighted heavily towards the believer, 22 Sep 2011
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The book is an interesting read but the writer essentially confuses the fact that documents exist with the idea that because they exist they must be factually true. This allows the author to mix assertions of the existence of god/Jesus with such wonderfully religious logic such as - Christians know Jesus through studying the bible, therefore how could they come to know Jesus if the bible isn't true? And my favourite dose of religious logic in the book is the claim that because people throughout history have referred to the bible, therefore it must be true. This idea is communicated with the phrase that the bible is the most "attested" document in history. The author makes his case by noting that the documents contained in the new testament existed long ago and that people referred to them. This is true, but it doen't mean the author can assume that those people who "asserted" the bible fact-checked anything, nor can it be assumed that those who "attested" were in a position to offer useful insight into whether the events contained in the bible happened or not. The book also ignores that all accounts of people "attesting" the bible weren't present at any event that was written about. The word "asserted" is a better one to use in this context instead of "attested" - and in some cases the word "mentioned" is better suited.

The book goes on to mention that people also referred to the cities and towns in the bible and that these cities and towns actually existed. Some (not all) people who "attested" the bible believed in god (although perhaps not the idea of the trinity, as that came in around the 4th century). Because of all these things, the documents must be factually true and must describe events that actually happened. This is, of course, a leaping assumption that asserts "truth" onto the reader. The icing on the cake is when the word "historical" is placed in front of the word "Jesus" as if the sheer will of persuasion is able to make something factually true. Unfortunately it's a flimsy foundation for any truth claim.

In summary, this is an affirmation piece for those who subscribe to the religion of Christianity. If you believe, this is the book for you. However, if you're looking for genuine research on the texts included in the bible, a book like "The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel" by Israel Finkelstein & Neil Asher Silberman does a much better job at cutting through the assertions to establish what biblical claims are supported by archeology to give us a picture of what is true, what isn't true, and what is unknown (and therefore up to the reader to give the benefit of the doubt or not).

In short: because a document exists, and the cities and towns contained in the document exist, and people in history acknowledge that the documents and places exist, it doesn't mean the documents are factually true in every claim. This logic doesn't stand up to basic scrutiny. For example, the logic fails with the ancient egyptian Book of the Dead. In ancient egypt people believed it was factually true, people have acknowledged the existence of the text throughout history, locations in the book existed, the documents can be dated, but this doesn't lead us to the conclusion that the book is factually true. You can apply this logic to "The Iliad" or to "Homer's Odyssey", or any other religious text and it doesn't help establish if what was written actually happened. And placing the word "historical" in front of other words doesn't change this either.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense review of documents, 26 Aug 2010
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As the book says; New Testament documents are scrutinized closer than many other secular ones of a similar period. It's not hard to see why when you consider the claims it makes for the central character.
This book makes it easy to see how it's possible to take considerable portions - if not most of the documents - back to the time they were written. For a non-academic I found it quite intriguing to take account of writers outside of the NT quoting parts of it. Even though the originals have been lost in some cases, trusted contemporary sources elsewhere have quoted them. Being able to put them into the correct time is everything if you are concerned that they were written near the time of the events rather than a few hundred years ago.
It is a useful book that helps you understand where and when the documents were written. You don't need to be a believer to appreciate this, it is a book that would be good reference for students of the period, history in general and how to look at the sources of old documents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Answers questions about faith in Jesus and reliability of the New testament well, 1 Jun 2009
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Easy to read, very informative, perfect condition; still reading this, but it is written in a way anyone can understand, no fancy words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Testament Documents, 4 Jun 2011
Dr Bruce, professor of the University of Manchester in Biblical Criticism and Exegesis wrote several books and all are worth reading... Good book...
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