Jewish Bible, Christian BibleThis work was one that I liked at times and disliked at times. I enjoyed the first two chapters, because they seem well organized and thought out. Yet, the ending chapters take a more polemical tone. He strikes out at ‘fundamentalists’ and ‘conservatives’, which I don’t really appreciate. More than that, his comments were not central to his argument, which leaves me wondering why he felt it was necessary to include these comments. I was also unimpressed with the editor/translator who left numerous words in Spanish form rather than translating them to English  (Zechariah as “Zacharias”, etc). In addition, sometimes a word would be spelled in British English, and at other times in American English (summarise, and summarize both appear).

The books value is in the early chapters’ argument that the OT canon was established by the 2nd century BC, and that the words were fixed in form by the end of the 1st century AD. He also argues that the NT was basically fixed by the end of the 2nd century AD, with some minor differences sorted out by the end of the 4th century AD. For a Conservative like myself I find value in these arguments, and conclusions. If you were looking for something that dealt with Christians and the environment (God’s creation) this is not for you.


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