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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 Aug 2010
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I picked this up expecting sections form the lost books of the Bible, interspersed with comment and detail on the context. The book started off well, with the fascinating history of the scrolls, their discovery, when they were written (apparently there would have been many copies of them around at the time) the destruction of many (the wife of the owner used them to start fires!) and their subsequent rediscovery, suppression, publication and analysis. It was a great start and I looked forward to the next chapter. I read about half of that then began to skim it, hoping for more clips, but the rest of the book concerns itself with philosophical questions (one God or many, male or female God, was Christ resurrected in person or spirit) in an academic and scholarly way. That is, by lots of discussion about the different points of view and occasional (one or two paragraphs a page) snippets from the new gospels, or (confusingly and annoyingly) from ancient philosophers giving their opinion about the topic. Some of the background, especially about the politics or religious factions at the time of Jesus, were interesting but overall the book was disappointing and annoying. I intend to start again and find another book with more Gospel and less discourse.
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