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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