The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible

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When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus "What is truth?" he received no answer. In this provocative, vastly learned, and elegantly argued book, a historian of international reputation asks the same question of the Bible, with triumphant results.

The Unauthorized Version discusses the two incompatible creation stories in Genesis and the historical errors in the Gospels' accounts of the Nativity. It introduces us to a Bible that came late to monotheism, propounded a jumble of conflicting ...

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Overview

When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus "What is truth?" he received no answer. In this provocative, vastly learned, and elegantly argued book, a historian of international reputation asks the same question of the Bible, with triumphant results.

The Unauthorized Version discusses the two incompatible creation stories in Genesis and the historical errors in the Gospels' accounts of the Nativity. It introduces us to a Bible that came late to monotheism, propounded a jumble of conflicting laws, and whose authors wrote under assumed names. Far from debunking the scriptures, though, Robin Lane Fox locates their core of truth: his book is a bold and original contribution both to the history of religion and the literature of belief.

The author of Pagan and Christians examines the scriptures as history, myth, and literature, explaining their inconsistencies and locating their core of truth. "Unfailingly incisive, thought-provoking, humane."--The Economist.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fox reads biblical texts closely, helping neophytes to probe the historical veracity of the Bible. But his arguments are also curiously diffuse, and the bulk of them will be known to Bible students. BOMC alternate in cloth. (June)
Library Journal
The author of Pagans and Christians ( LJ 1/87) gives a detailed exposition of the historical origins (or lack thereof) of the Bible. Fox claims that he believes ``in the Bible, but not in God,'' and thus explores the Bible as a historian. His version is ``unauthorized,'' not because it has been suppressed, but because the Bible does not proclaim its authority. He reaches for what the authors of the Bible intended, realizing that the Bible is not the word of God and that much of it is not historically accurate or factual. Fox does not approach his subject as an antagonist, but with the care and knowledge to make the text more meaningful. This book deserves a place in all libraries. History Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate.-- George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
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The Bible tells a long story, from the Creation to the rise of Christianity. Some regard it as the word of God; some admire it as a literary chronicle. But is it true? In this book, the author approaches the Bible in search of an answer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679744061
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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