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message 1: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Nice review! I read his Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, which is really interesting. It talks a lot about the different forms of Christianity that were around in the first few centuries before "Christianity" won out.

Ehrman's a cool guy who can really help you look at the Bible with new eyes, something that's hard to do, since so many people grow up with the Bible around them and hence think they know all about it. But when you read it as if you hadn't read it before and without all of the interpretation that's been heaped upon it, you get a whole new experience. I agree that both believers and non-believers can benefit from that type of reading.

message 2: by Casey (new)

Casey Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Christopher and Louisa. Lost Christianities is one of his books that I'm quite interested in reading, so I'll likely move that to the top of my list. I agree that it's incredibly difficult to look at the bible with new eyes: I know of the Catholic interpretation of many of the stories and teachings, and I know some of the ways they've been interpreted in literature, but I've never really looked at it critically before. I didn't even know how one would look at the bible critically, and now I have a much better idea.

Louisa, I'd absolutely recommend Jesus Interrupted over Zealot. I found Zealot to be interesting, but the level of scholarship in Jesus Interrupted is far higher.

message 3: by Nelson (new)

Nelson Very insightful review Casey. Thank you for writing this review and introduce this book to me. Definitely adding this to my to-read list.

message 4: by Lise (new)

Lise Petrauskas Great review, thanks, Casey! I did read Moby Dick (and loved it) without a background in the Bible beyond reading it in high school and being an American!

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