5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, when the author keeps to his subject,
This review is from: Introducing the New Testament (Paperback)
For practical purposes this is quite the best introduction to the New Testament I have come across. I read Theology at Oxford University in the 1980s and am a practising Catholic. The book gives a thorough survey of modern and not-so-modern scholarship, and presents the arguments for and against "orthodox" views in a fair, albeit somewhat Protestant way.
Why only four stars? First, because the author insists on bringing in his private views on modern political issues like colonialism, the position of women and so forth, which is unnecessary and irritating to readers like me who broadly share his theological views but not his politics.
Secondly, because the book joins the growing tendency towards repetition. It is also crying out for an editor who has a strong grasp of English grammar and style. If it runs to another edition, I volunteer!
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2011 14:31:01 BDT
I am deeply sceptical, but have an urge to study the New Testament, so have been looking for a place to start. Enjoyed your review, and look forward to reading your revision. Found your comments about the politics of the thing interesting and helpful. If I wanted someone to persuade me how to live my life, I'd read The Guardian.
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