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Excellent Historical background to the New Testament.
on 14 April 2016
Writing style is not easy to read, and the rather yellow cheap paper and low contrast type font don't help.
But he does know his stuff, and the content is excellent as far as my amateur-level interest can discern.
I rate it 3.5.
I'm glad I read Reza Aslan's "Zealot" first, as I am motivated to persevere with this rather dry work, and to be fair to E.P.Sanders ploughing through the pages does fill in many of the gaps and unanswered questions in "Zealot".
As with any similar book from the USA, the author is very careful not to offend the Bible Belt zealots and Creationist Christian extremists. Ironic given that Christianity is the religion of Love. I would have preferred to have had it straight from the hip, the unvarnished facts and truth, without wriggling almost apologetically around the sometimes inconvenient niceties of Faith.
Persevere, it's well worth it.