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My friends always argue with me about the meaning of scriptures. This is a must-have. Get the Old Testament one too. I only regret that you all did not go into a lot of detail about angels and nephelim. Are you trying to give us a reformed secular version of the gospel that has a small universe humans-only view of God and the multi-verse? Just kidding. This is full of accurate historic information. Like all great works, there is room for improvement, but I like it.
Like the OT Version, I bought this for a class and found it very helpful! Great depth and many interesting historical and archeological insights. This was required for a seminary course and supplemented with other readings. I consider myself a beginner student of the individual NT books. This, by itself, would not be sufficient for an overview of the NT. It is a great supplement that I will return to. I would strongly recommend this for Christian High School upper level or entry level undergrad students.
I found the book to be well written and challenging. The affirmations of points that I have held for years was refreshing, but there were challenging criticisms that were thought provoking. The book has been a help in my teaching along with my personal understanding.
The book begins with a major, inexcusable flaw that destroys its credibility from the get-go. From the 'Preface' on page vii it goes directly to page xi, the backside of it is page x, and the facing page a duplicate page xi. In other words, pages xiii and ix are completely missing and page xi printed twice. This is a college level textbook?