Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

Michael Gorman, of Cross Talk – crux probat omnia, wrote his review here:

“So how might one use this book? I suppose it would work well in a course on Jesus, or the Gospels, or NT intro, if not as the main book on Jesus and the Gospels, certainly as a good supplemental text. It makes the key issues come to life, both because they are addressed honestly and because they are addressed “on the ground.” (As a frequent leader of study tours, I am all for on-the-groundness in biblical studies.) The book would also be good reading for anyone seriously struggling with critical questions about Jesus and the Gospels, and it might be a good antidote for those who have had a radical introduction to the subject that seems to leave no place for faith.”

Joshua Walker, of Bring the Books, posted his review here:

“This book deals with some of the questions college students would be dealing with as they are introduced to many of the forms of Higher Criticism. Because of that, this book would seem to be a good text book for a college introduction class on the Gospels. The format and style would seem to appeal to to most students, even those who are being forced to take your course. The way that the author interweaves details of the Holy Land makes you feel, at times, like you are there. One thing is for sure, after reading this book any Bible student wants to visit the places described in these pages.”

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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

James McGrath, of Exploring Our Matrix, posted his third installment in which he look’s at how the book addresses hard questions:

“In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus, we are privy to the e-mails, casual conversations, and inner dialogues of the main character Norm, as he wrestles with the nature of history and our historical knowledge, topics like miracles, and much else. And as Norm finds himself reaching relatively few hard and fast conclusions, readers are left to draw their own conclusions and make up their own minds. I expect to use this book in teaching about the historical Jesus, and in taking students to Israel, as a book that will help them, challenge them, and give them essential food for thought as they themselves ‘read the Gospels on the ground.’”

Tim Gombis, of Faith Improvised, posted his review here:

“There’s much to commend in this book.  For those on a quest to satisfy doubts and questions that arise from historically considering Jesus and the Gospels, I can hardly think of a better place to start.  For courses on Jesus and the Gospels, this is a “must” for helping students process the methods and aims of historical study.”

Nijay Gupta posted his second installment in which he looks at the book’s examination of the genre of the Gospels:

“I really liked it when the book engaged in genre matters, because I think this is where so many young (and old!) students get the Gospels so wrong. Norm has his head on straight and (miraculously) demonstrates a kind of scholarly maturity one wants in all of his or her students. Norm – thanks for all the good times!”

Nancy Janisch, of Conversation in Faith, posted her review here.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus is a readable, accessible,  intriguing, and one of a kind introduction into New Testament scholarship that is well suited for use in local congregations. The text is well footnoted and there is a lengthy bibliography for readers who wish to read more. And I suspect not a few readers will be inspired to read more.  I can imagine college and adult groups enjoying this book and engaging in lively discussion with Norm and with each other.”

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Tripp Fuller, of Homebrewed Christianity, posted an audio review of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus.

Click here to visit his review page.

Click here to listen to his review.

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Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

James McGrath, of Exploring Our Matrix, posted the second part of his review:

“The book is full of humor, and its bibliography features an entry for Bob Dylan next to that for James D. G. Dunn, and one for Monty Python next to that for Jerome Murphy-O’Connor. If that doesn’t tell you something about the book that is important, I don’t know what will. It is engrossing, entertaining, and at times humorous, while still managing to communicate crucial information about and explore in a serious manner key aspects of the historian’s quest for the historical Jesus.”

Nijay Gupta posted the first part of his review on his blog:

“The brilliant thing about this book is that Fisk is the only one really qualified to write this kind of text, with extensive knowledge of the geography, history, and political climate of Jerusalem, as well as his many years teaching on Jesus. I suppose there are others who might come close to his knowledge, but few who have the creative and engaging writing skills that Fisk demonstrates.”

Jon Snyder, of Bookleenex, posted his review here:

“Would I recommend this book? Unhesitatingly. In fact, this book was so excellent that I actually made shelf space just to accommodate this masterful work (and that really is saying something). The only other historical Jesus writers who maintain biblical and historical fidelity whilst encouraging personal transformation to this degree are N.T. Wright (a la Jesus and the victory of God) and Scot McKnight (A New Vision for Israel). Fisk’s is ultimately more approachable than either of the above. Great for grad students. Great for upper-year college students, great for pilgrims [...] And no, I won’t be giving away my copy, but you are welcome to borrow it.”

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Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

John Byron, of The Biblical World, posted his review:

“Although I was already familiar with much of the material, I found it be a different and enjoyable way to interact with it. I would have thought it only appropriate for undergrads, but am now convinced that it will be valuable for my seminary students as well. I not only recommend it to you, the readers, but will adopt it next time I teach my class on the gospels.”

Michael Bird, of Euangelion, previewed the book here:

“The good thing about this book is that it’s both educational and entertaining, clearly written by a Gen-Xer, and tackles the genre of the Introduction in a refreshing way. I hope Fisk writes a sequel Hitchhikers Guide to Paul! I’m taking a group of students to Israel in 2012 and will very probably make this book the textbook for the course associated with the tour.”

Jacob Sweeney, of Jacob Sweeney’s Blog, posted here:

“The cumulative pedagogical value of all of this is quite high. It presents information as people usually encounter it. Also the pictures only serve to highlight what is being learned, thus making it more “real”. It is also more true to life in that by presenting the information as one person’s journal it forces us to think of this study as a personal journey of faith.”

James McGrath, of Exploring Our Matrix, posted a review:

“I am planning to blog through more of the details of the book over the course of the next several days. A single blog post won’t do justice to it.”

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Early Stops on the Tour

Ben Witherington reviewed the book on his site The Bible and Culture:

“Bruce N. Fisk has done what I wasn’t sure was possible at this juncture —- make the Third Quest for the Historical Jesus interesting and entertaining again.  The greatest compliment I can give to a book is, that I wish I had written it, and this book falls into that category. It is that good.”

Benjamin Reynolds reviewed it on his site Divinity United:

“When my copy first arrived, I read through the comments from an impressive list of academics and was a bit skeptical of what seemed like overly positive praise. Rereading those comments now, they are right on.”

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