The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible (2020)

The Unauthorized Version Truth and Fiction in the Bible The author of Pagan and Christians examines the scriptures as history myth and literature explaining their inconsistencies and locating their core of truth Unfailingly incisive thought provoking
  • Title: The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible
  • Author: Robin Lane Fox
  • ISBN: 9780679744061
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • The author of Pagan and Christians examines the scriptures as history, myth, and literature, explaining their inconsistencies and locating their core of truth Unfailingly incisive, thought provoking, humane The Economist.
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    1. A fascinating introduction to Biblical studies, showing how the texts that make up the Bible we have are amalgamations of many sources, how many prophecies from Isiah etc were later additions tailored to explain to the populations of the two ancient Kingdoms of Judah and Israel why their histories were unfolding as they were, and above all to preserve a unique sense of identity in an unstable world Of course, all this would according to Christians and Jews from their respective standpoints be se [...]

    2. This is a fascinating book by a scholar of the classics, Robin Lane Fox A recent book of his, The Classical World An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian, is very nicely done His historical competence is pretty clear cut The premise of this book is straightforward the Bible is internally inconsistent and, externally, on a number of occasions inconsistent with known history He forthrightly notes that he is not a believer, so that one can account for his own religious views as they evaluate his argu [...]

    3. Someone I hike with saw that I was reading this book, and asked if I was an atheist I said that no, I m a Christian She was surprised that I would spend time reading an atheist academic s critique of the Bible, so I said that it would be pointless to only read stuff I knew ahead of time I would agree with She apparently has a pretty low opinion of most Christians intellectual curiosity, which tells me that she doesn t know many.I actually became an admirer of Robin Lane Fox when I read his 1986 [...]

    4. From earliest years right into manhood, like any other nonconformist child I had the Bible poured every day into my helpless consciousness, till there came almost a saturation point Long before one could think or even vaguely understand, this Bible language, these portions of the Bible were douched over the mind and consciousness, till they became soaked inAnd I must confess, my first reaction is one of dislike, respusion, and even resentment My very instincts resent the Bible D.H Lawrence, Apoc [...]

    5. Fox has written a smooth and easy to read narrative with some insightful comments That s the best I can say His historical interpretation appears to rely on few if any primary sources Practically all works cited are of secondary sources with no knowing if they rely on primary sources themselves From other works that do rely on primary sources I find that Fox s hypotheses are suspect about what in the Bible can be considered historical First and foremost is the texts that are relied on are far fr [...]

    6. I m interested in this subject, and there were lots of tidbits of information, but the author s presentation of it was almost unbearably dry and slow.

    7. A mirror of a fallen man That s what Robin Lane Fox calls the Bible, whose mix of facts and fiction he traces in this densely written book, which he describes as a historian s view of the Bible Covering everything from Genesis to Revelations, he makes it clear where the various authors get their history wrong almost all of the time , but, despite being an atheist himself, he also stresses their goals and motivations in writing and editing the texts that comprise the Bible He also goes further, h [...]

    8. Mr Fox has done a lot of interesting studying for this work He brings together a lot of various analysis and other readings of the Bible and comments on his choices of what is actually true or possible that is written about in the Bible In the Introduction he does admit to not believing in God, but he does believe admire in the Bible He is honest and admits when he goes against the grain of scholarly works, o you can take what he says with a grain of salt He does weave a good argument and story [...]

    9. Hmmm I think I have a problem with RLF s writing style I had the same issue with his Into to the Classical World he is an erudite and well well respected academic yet this book at time wanders, repeats ideas and doesn t not always make his conclusions clear That said there is much of interest here and he does show conclusively that the bible is a very human construction set firmly within the events political religious requirements of various eras I particularly liked his exploration of the key s [...]

    10. A bit of hard work at times but well worth the effort.Traces the development of the bible as a text.Looks at the text with the same eye as he looks at other classical works in other books Asks the same level of evidence and compares to contemporary sources, Assyrian Babylonian Persian Greek Roman etc.Contrasts the gospels and looks at when things were written against when they claim appear to have been written.Thankfully not as much ref to pottery as some of his other work.Avoids the issue of fa [...]

    11. Very interesting read, there are many books aiming to tell the truth about the Bible, most of them from Christian authors as from atheists are biased, they use the Bible to prove their point The first trait of this work is that Robin Lane Fox loves the Bible and its history, his quest here is driven by a genuine desire to explore the complicated and extraordinary history of these books, so I guess that everyone who is fascinated by the Bible will find much to appreciate in this unauthorized vers [...]

    12. Lane Fox takes the reader on a sweeping scholarly journey from Genesis to the Apocalypse, shattering myths and laying bare falsehoods, selective storytelling and straightforward human errors A great storyteller himself, he concludes that the truth in both the Old and New Testaments is that it is what people believed, not what actually happened The scriptures are not a divine mirror but a human labyrinth of authors, person and predicaments We respond to them because of a movement on our part, not [...]

    13. Not very well explained Sometime the author assumes you are intimately aware of the bible and various versions of it The chapters will hop around and draw conclusion from old testament to new testament back to old testament without any seeming cohesion The author also throws in his view of a subject without any discussion of why he holds that view and proceeds to use it a further evidence of some seemingly unrelated part of the bible Was not very impressed Would not recommend.

    14. As an archaeology nut with a History major, in college, I read a few of Fox s books for classes I m pretty sure this was one of them Rereading it, it s clear why I loved his stuff Fox s research and scholarship are spot on, and he has the ability to tear apart belief systems with a mere turn of phrase It s a must read for anyone interested in the history of how and why the Bible was written, and by whom.

    15. An excellent book that relies a lot on assuming the intent of long dead authors Some of it is enlightening, some infuriating, much is repetition that requires the readers acceptance of assumptions made by the author, many of which I found compelling, if inconclusive There is great worth in the comparisons of Biblical origins to the traditions of other literate, Near East peoples and their written texts I enjoyed the book.

    16. Depending of how many other books you have read about this, this could be a good start If you read a few, still a good points could be extracted but my advise is only read it if you are still really into this.

    17. Very interesting and inormative This historian covers inconsistencies in the Bible, and facts that change the perspective a bit Also, very entertainingly written and I believe a good source for those who are seeking their own truth.

    18. How much do I love this author s books I can t even count the ways The knowledge and wit combined with a fascinating topic make this a keeper.

    19. Fox comes to a completely different conclusion than Bart Ehrman as far as which of the gospels most accurately represents what Jesus actually said.

    20. First abandoned book of 2015 This is academic than I was looking for I ve been reading it for a month, and I m less than half done.

    21. nggak tau kenapa dulu beli buku ini, ato siapa yg beli sudah ada di rak buku keluarga dari dulu tidak tau isi bible jadi tidak terlalu bisa mengerti isinya.

    22. Robin Lane Fox is a fine scholar, and this book is a well researched and mainly unbiased account of what s what in the Bible, from an origins perspective.

    23. Very erudite but the main points are built by slow accumulation, which some may find tiresome I did I would rather not have to sift through rambling prose to reach the nuggets.

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