on April 12, 2011 :
This book is well presented and well thought out. The author obviously has done a lot of research, knowing the Bible very well, as well as background historical information. The book looks at some of the more difficult passages found in the Gospels, like the ending in the Gospel of Mark, where there are variant readings found in some of the ancient extant manuscripts. The author also looks at non-canonical Gospels, or Apocryphal Gospels as they are more commonly called. The author tries to present various viewpoints, and does so in a respectful way. As the book is usually written from a secular historical perspective, many Christians will naturally enough disagree with many of the views presented, and may even be offended by it. Also, from a scholarly point of view, apart from biblical citations, the book does lack references.
(review of free book)