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Posted July 3, 2000
An Outstanding College Textbook
Since reading this textbook, I can only say that my years of study of the New Testament have been greatly enhanced by the easy to read chapters all of which have added to my knowledge of the history of the New Testament. This not a book of doctrine, but a book which leads the reader to consider historical evidence as found in extant documents, and to evaluate them in light of their historical settings. This textbook could be a valuable addition to Evangelical and Mormon libraries. Other Christians may find it useful.
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Posted July 2, 2003
Highly readable and insightful introduction to the New Testament.
This book is a gem. It is written with such clarity that there are few spots where the author's intent is hard to discern. It is written from the historic, scientific point of view that eliminates the use of a 'faith position.' Dr. Ehrman rather looks at the evidence dispassionaltely and helps the reader understand what might have led to textual and historical difficulties as Christianity moved from the crucifixion to the definition of the orthodox faith. For anyone interested in the facts that surround the writing and formation of the NT as best they can be defined without the influence of a particular faith bias will find this book a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2002
An Exceptional Approach to New Testament Studies
Dr. Ehrman's book is a brilliant entry to a rich diversity of pre-Christian literatures that surrounded the writings of the New Testament. His mastery in textual criticism, he unravelled the "abyss" of how the New Testament came into existence. This second expanded edition reflects, at least from my perspective, the changing atmosphere in New Testament studies. Increased attention is being given to history and the importance of Gnosticism for understanding Jesus and the Christian movment in the early centuries. He also gave an expert glare at the origins of Christianity. I strongly recommend this book to first time students of Biblical studies and History of Christian origins.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2009
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