Rating: Author: Pagels, Elaine Publisher: Vintage Year Published: 1989 In Adam, Eve and the Serpent, Professor Elaine Pagels looks at traditional roles of gender and sexual relationships as influenced by the Genesis creation story of Adam and Eve during the first four centuries. Pagels starts with an overview of how Jews during Jesus' time would have interpreted … [Read more...]
Biblical Studies Books
Below you will find our recent book reviews covering topics like early Christianity, the origins of the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the apocalypse.
Rating: Author: McGrath, Alister E. Publisher: Anchor Year Published: 2002 First published in 1611, the King James Bible is still hailed today as a tremendous literary achievement and in some circles, the true authoritative Word of God. In the Beginning tells the story of how this translation of the Bible became so influential. The first part of this book addresses … [Read more...]
Rating: Author: Bart D. Ehrman Publisher: Oxford University Press Year Published: 2003 Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew provides a fascinating overview of the events, writings, and politics that eventually led to the New Testament as we know it today. The road to canonization wasn't as clear-cut as the Church would … [Read more...]
Rating: Author: Norman Cohn Publisher: Yale University Press Year Published: 2001 Cohn's book is a fascinating journey through the creation myths of the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Vedic Indians and Zoroastrians, and how such beliefs came to influence the Israelites and early Christianity. The first part of the book gives a solid breakdown of each of the creation … [Read more...]
Rating: Author: Gustav Davidson Publisher: Free Press Year Published: 1967 For a general A-Z reference guide to angels and demons, Davidson's Dictionary of Angels is pretty comprehensive. Many of these kinds of books contain so little information that they are relatively useless, but Davidson's book actually provides a detailed list of references, alternative spellings, … [Read more...]