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March 23, 2011
The book is not sufficiently compelling for me to alter my beliefs, but it is instructive in the way people believed and understood Jesus at a more contemporary time to the life of the Savior. The historical and cultural emphasis was more important to me when reading this book than were the theological issues.
I had read the book in paperback and wanted a hardback for my permanent library.
A sound Scholarly work. Great flow to the points being made. The study questions at the end of each chapter is a great tool for students. I also liked the work at the end of the book about the the Gospel of Judas. Good quality book and as usual the Price makes this just to good to pass up. A nice addition to my library.
If your looking for an easy read this book is not for you. It's written for the researcher or someone with a lot of Patience. I've read dissertations with less difficulty. A good piece of work, I think.
Darrell Bock has written an excellent followup book to his "Breaking The Da Vinci Code" (2004). Bock notes in the preface that "for more than ten years I have wanted to write this book for a popular audience... I would do this not primarily for those who study this material as a vocation, but for those who were hearing about it." Thus, the targeted audience makes this book as readable as it could be, yet coming from a top-notch scholar like Darrell Bock, it is also full of great information regarding such topics as Gnosticism, early Christian diversity, and orthodoxy in the early church (specifically the first two centuries). While dealing indirectly with some of the claims from The Da Vinci Code, this book deals more directly with the claims of Walter Bauer and the New School as well as the claims of Bart Ehrman's "Lost Christianities" (2003) and "Lost Scriptures" (2003) and others. The table of contents are as follows: 1) Making a scorecard: The Periods and Players of Early Christianity 2) Discussion fo a Key Alternative View: About Gnosticism and Its Definition 3) Dating the Origin of Gnosticism 4) Early Christianity's Diversity and Historical Judgments 5) The Claims of Walter Bauer and the Roots of the New School 6) The Nature of God and Creation, Part 1 7) The Nature of God and Creation, Part 2 8) Jesus: Divine and/or Human? Part 1 9) Jesus: Divine and/or Human? Part 2 10) The Nature of Humanity's Redemption: Spiritual or Also Physical? Part 1 11) The Nature of Humanity's Redemption: Spiritual or Also Physical? Part 2 12) Jesus' Death: Knowledge, Sin, and Salvation, Part 1 13) Jesus' Death: Knowledge, Sin, and Salvation, Part 2 14) Conclusion: The New School, the Missing Gospels, Alternative Christianities, and Orthodoxy Each chapter ends with a Summary and 3-4 Study Questions to help the reader make sure reader make sure they understood the key points in the chapter. Highly recommended!