on 29 January 2009
Picknett and Prince have now chosen a fundamental scholarly issue(the key issue?) in New Testament studies, that is, whether Jesus should be seen as more or less Jewish, summarising and exploring the two opposing schools of thought as well as referring to the challenges to 'official' teachings about Jesus. It is a fascinating and very accessible detailed study of a range of related issues, allowing the 'ordinary' Christian to get seriously involved in the debate. Perhaps their previous books may put some people off but I like their style. Inevitably considering the range and the ongoing nature of the debate, some books such as 'The Authentic Gospel of Jesus', by Geza Vermes, were ignored and I didn't always agree with their conclusions, but it is seriously addressed - and well told! I look forward to reading other reviews and perhaps discussing it.
on 3 January 2011
A fine overview for the non-specialist of recent NT research. The full bibliography and references suggest that the authors have done their own research. This is the book for those who want to annoy their smug evangelist friends who believe naively that the NT is a simplisitic biography of Jesus in God's own words. It is, of course, an incredibly sophisticated, fascinating and complex set of texts that have been edited and re-edited by hundreds of hands - all with their own axe to grind. You will read this book too with a critical eye - but that's the nature of the game.