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4.0 out of 5 stars good book in spite of bad editing bad grammar bad spelling, 2 April 2013
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This review is from: The Mystery of the Crucifixion: The Attempt to Kill Jesus in the Qur’an, the New Testament, and Historical Sources (Paperback)
Anyone that reads this and still maintains that the bible is the word of God and that the gospel (-- which should be in the plural as GospelS) is factual and true --- is living in denial - you know what they say about the bible ... it's one hundred percent accurate -- especially if its thrown at close range. Unfortunately the author's conclusion about the ultimate fate of Jesus relies upon an absurd theory that God took him "up" to "live somewhere" until he died. Apart from that it is a good book if you can live with being irritated by badly constructed sentences, wrong letters being printed in the middle of words e.g. 'Dawn' becomes 'down'. and in one particularly clumsy sentence what should read as 'consciousness' becomes 'UNconsciouness' which makes the entire sentence a nonsense. That all said it's worth reading and he does the donkey-work of comparing the glaring variations in the various gospels and blows holes in many aspects of what most people consider to be 'true'. If like me you always thought that 'christianity' is a false religion this book will confirm that as a fact. It would be better termed 'Paulinity'. I have no problem with Jesus as a prophet although I doubt that his various speeches and parables were ever uttered by him, and if they were I doubt that he was the original composer -- so I've also bought Fatoohi's book on the historical Jesus where I anticipate finding his agreement that among many aspects of Christianity the various statements attributed to Jesus constitute yet another quicksand of fabrications. Was this book published in a last-minute rush due to some sort of deadline imposition?? I suspect it was. Shame.
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