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Posted April 11, 2000
A Must read for anyone who wants to discover the history behind the Gospels
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in discovering the basis for the Christian Canocical Gospels. Mack's research and conclusions are well based in both history and fact. The very essence to the 'true' message of Jesus of Nazareth exudes from the pages of the text.
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Great start for students of Biblical Scholarship
This is the second of Burton Mack's books that I have read. For the layman or novice at the history and sources of the Bible, in particular the New Testament, this is an excellent book, clearly written and the points well made. However, it should not be read uncritically. Though he writes as if all is known and clear, this is not the case, and deeper works such as Theissen and Mertz, "The Historical Jesus" would show the ongoing controversies in biblical scholarship. I also think Prof. Mack over-interprets his data to provide a complete story.
However, as an introduction to Q and an attempted recreation of it, I highly recommend it.
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