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5.0 out of 5 stars A natural account of the growth of three major religions, 23 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Behind the Myths - the Foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Kindle Edition)
Very readable account of the panoramic religions presented in a dispassionate way. I do not know the extent to which this is merely a derivative work but for me it contained many important and eye-opening revelations. For example that as Canaan was an Egyptian province, it made as much sense for Moses to lead his people out if Egypt to Canaan as it might for someone today to avoid the British government by trekking from England to Wales. Another example...the fact that the name Jesus is the same as Joshua (one from Latin the other Greek translations) suddenly made sense of the N T for me.

The interpretation presented of the gospels as being documents collated for very specific earthly purposes is in general, I think, the standard modern academic understanding. The presentation of the development of Christian ideas was convincing.

The presentation of a revisionist account of the rise of Islam was completely new for me and well and convincingly presented.

The book also yields amusement as the author has his own religion of a touching faith in a fairly orthodox Marxism and this comes through as a forced use of anachronistic terms more expected from texts from the mid twentieth century. The case for religions growing out of material circumstances is well made here and the underlying thoughts are quite sophisticated. They really do not need the simplistic slogans about class war etc etc.
So a big thank you to the author for opening up a new understanding of these religions for me and for the slightly comedic leavening of formulaic dogma which really does not detract from and is entirely unnecessary to the main argument.
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