Second edition focuses on the world story rather than problems created by isolated passages. War in the Bible, for example, should not blind us to the fact that the Bible's overall message is peace. Misogyny similarly, and globalisation (hardly mentioned in 1989) gets recognition as do the web and changed patterns of communication and the environment. Interpretation in relation to context is paramount. Any passage has more than one context. Bauckham identifies no fewer than six, all allied to the original text but always mindful of the many new contexts a passage has acquired up to and including the one in which we are reading it. Five passages representing different types of literature and covering a wide range of political issues are carefully chosen for their diversity; three trace a particular theme which runs through the whole Bible, two of which (Esther and the Genesis Flood) are not normally associated with political activity but which show particular relevance to two characteristic contemporary political issues (the Jewish Holocaust and the Nuclear Holocaust). Interpretations are not intended as `gospel' but examples, and Bauckham's reward will not come from readers buying his conclusions but rather from experimenting with his method. Biblical interpretation is an art not a science and Bauckham's methodology can open the door to many interpretations and to a whole host of potentially new readings. His final chapter, a Reflection on the Political Christ, confronts the incarnation and the person of Christ in the Kingdom of God, moving on to the work of Christ as the Cross pointing to the Resurrection, all in the context in which we find ourselves today and every day. Worth its salt for this alone and warmly recommended for study groups and serious theological education.