on Sep. 1, 2014 :
I found the first book in this trilogy entertaining and informative, but it did leave me with many questions. Reading the second book provided me with more information and more questions! I would definitely recommend this trilogy to those who are curious about how the Bible (or Bibles) evolved from earlier civilizations. I can't wait to read the third book!
In this second revelation of this humourous yet informative trilogy, Satan and his minions explore the actual biblical documents. We see a great deal more of what is meant by the "Reformation Hypothesis," about how biblical texts were borrowed from earlier cultures and revised to suit the authors. Old stories about the Shaddai and the Elohim remain in the creation myth, both terms being plural (as opposed to the concept of God as an "Old White Man in the Sky"). The influence of the Greek Israelites, with the Divine being a somewhat abstract notion, remains to some extent; however, Yahwist revisionists clearly retold ancient well-loved tales in such a manner that they could be interpreted in various ways due to the many layers worked into the stories. Misogyny and racism (in particular, support of slavery) can be read into the stories of the creation of Eve from Adam's rib, and of Cain's mark (when interpreted as being blackened skin) after murdering his brother Abel. Hitch points out another way of look at these stories, however. (I won't reveal anything more about Satan's revelations to avoid spoiling it for those who want to read it!)
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)