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In this provocative work, Wilson (religious studies, York Univ., Toronto) investigates the increasingly popular hypothesis that Christianity's origins are rooted in a colossal cover-up, asserting that the "original" Jesus movement developed into the Ebionites, an early Jewish Christian sect. Wilson indirectly presents modern Judaism's understanding of its own development in relation to that of Christianity, and in this respect, his work may be useful. However, several factors preempt any such benefit. First, he displays an uncritical bias in choosing the Ebionites as the "original" Christians solely on the basis of their relative "Jewishness." Additionally, he reiterates unproven hypotheses concerning James (Jesus's brother) and Paul, mistakenly considering them new. Wilson's view of Christians throughout is typified by hostile language and quick accusations. In effect, these pages serve to magnify the rifts and injuries between Jews and Christians. For a balanced perspective, consider instead N.T. Wright's Jesus and the Victory of God or James D.G. Dunn's Jesus Remembered . Not recommended.-Dann Wigner, Wayland Baptist Univ. Lib., Plainview, TXCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.