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 Post subject: "A History of the Bible" by John Barton
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:59 am 
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This may interest many here: A History of the Bible: The Story of the World's Most Influential Book by John Barton

Here is the review that alerted me to it: This study of the Good Book is unputdownable, says Fr Richard Ounsworth, OP

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 Post subject: Re: "A History of the Bible" by John Barton
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:22 am 
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I am made nervous by my "blurb" test. Endorsements from people (e.g., Bart Ehrman) and sources (secular journals) that I do not trust are often not a good sign.

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 Post subject: Re: "A History of the Bible" by John Barton
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:04 pm 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
I am made nervous by my "blurb" test. Endorsements from people (e.g., Bart Ehrman) and sources (secular journals) that I do not trust are often not a good sign.


Oy! I didn't spot that from Bart Ehrman. I did peer inside the book using the "Look inside" feature on Amazon and the few pages I viewed looked Kosher. But, to add to your concern, there is an endorsement from Diarmaid MacCulloch who, though he may be a fine historian, has retreated from even Anglican orthodoxy... I'll let Wikipedia tell the tale:

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Regarding the conflict between his homosexuality and the Church of England and his own retreat from orthodoxy he said:

I was ordained Deacon. But, being a gay man, it was just impossible to proceed further, within the conditions of the Anglican set-up, because I was determined that I would make no bones about who I was; I was brought up to be truthful, and truth has always mattered to me. The Church couldn't cope and so we parted company. It was a miserable experience.[2]


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