Tag Archives: the Bible

the Western Civilization Genome Project

One of my reading projects right now is to reread the Old Testament. I’ve been wanting to reread it for a couple of reasons: it’s part of the Great Books reading program, and it is also a key text for … Continue reading

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A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period, volume 1, by Rainer Albertz: the story behind the story of the Bible

A History of Israelite Religion in the Old Testament Period, Volume I: From the Beginnings to the End of the Monarchy by Rainer Albertz My rating: 5 of 5 stars A deeply researched and well thought-out examination of how Israelite … Continue reading

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The Illegitimacy of Jesus by Jane Schaberg

The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives, Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jane Schaberg My rating: 3 of 5 stars This evenhanded work of New Testament scholarship is needlessly freighted with discussions of where it … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Mythology by S. H. Hooke

Middle Eastern Mythology by S.H. Hooke My rating: 4 of 5 stars This concise, authoritative text gives an excellent overview of the myths of the ancient Middle East and their interconnections. I bought this little Pelican paperback in January 1986, … Continue reading

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Jesus the Man by Barbara Thiering

Jesus the Man: Originally Published in Hardcover As Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Barbara Thiering My rating: 5 of 5 stars This technical, meticulous, expository work of New Testament scholarship is the elephant in the … Continue reading

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Asimov’s Guide to the Bible: The New Testament by Isaac Asimov

Asimov’s Guide to the Bible: The New Testament by Isaac Asimov My rating: 4 of 5 stars My first exposure to Isaac Asimov was in the Super-Valu grocery store on Upper Lonsdale in 1971, when I was 12. I was … Continue reading

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