4 Stars Out Of 5
Good overview of some main lines of evidence
July 6, 2012
North Syracuse, NY
I apologize that I'm going from memory - I read this a few years ago.
This book is very clearly written and quite informative. At the time, I was a little disappointed because it didn't match it's NT counterpart by F. F. Bruce "The NT Documents, Are They Reliable?" But to Kaiser's credit, he is not working with the same materials Bruce was. It's harder to write this kind of book for the OT than it is for the NT, given the time period and the amount of available, relevant evidence. So, with that said, I think Kaiser did a pretty good job with this.
A year later, I read Kenneth Kitchen's "On the Reliability of the OT." Kitchen's book contains much more helpful evidence than Kaiser's book, but it is often very technical and is 500 pages compared to Kaiser's brief book. Though there may be more evidence out there that Kaiser could have used (as Kitchen's book shows), I think Kaiser's book is one I'd happily recommend to anyone wondering about the reliability of the OT. He does build a good case.
He ends with the question of "Is the OT relevant." I wasn't expecting much from that section. I was more interested in the "is it reliable" part. But to my surprise, that "is it relevant" section provided some important and helpful insights.