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on June 5, 2011
This is a truly exceptional book (or books), based in part on the "Little Blue Book" series of the early 20th century.

It's kept light and yet "meaty", with witty aphorisms, brilliant short stories, and dry one-liners that almost remind me of Samuel Clemens. McCabe was that good.

Although the data Fr McCabe uses in some of his arguments betrays its era, the wonderfully acerbic literary style keeps you chuckling all the way through.

If nothing else, it provides an exceptional look into the biblical truth argument that raged shortly after the amazing scientific discoveries made in the 19th century.

The arguments are rational (if slightly pointed), his scholarship is utterly impeccable, and yet he keeps the text interesting and to the point.

On the basis of this one collection of essays, I've purchased everything I can find by this author - he's that good.

I hope our religious readers will be tempted to see what he says.

In summary : a tad outdated, but very well written and truly intriguing discussions.
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on January 8, 2001
This material was controversial when originally published in 1926-1927. If you've read more recent biblical criticism, you will note a few points that have since been clarified by more recent works but, for the most part, McCabe's arguments are as current as ever. Since the book is fairly broad in scope, McCabe doesn't offer much justification for his assertions though he does offer some. But what makes "The Forgery of the Old Testament" unique and such a delight to read is McCabe's straightforward language and his witty attacks on the earlier biblical critics and the traditional religious community. He exposes their charitable justifications of the Old Testament "forgeries" as apologetic drivel.
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on September 3, 2014
This is an early 20th Century examination of the Old Testament's inconsistencies from a skeptical point of view. It's an interesting exercise, although it's unlikely to convince any believers. Almost all the arguments are simple enough for the non-specialist to follow and the style is very readable.
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on January 6, 2001
This material was controversial when originally published in 1926-1927. If you've read more recent biblical criticism, you will note a few points that have since been clarified by more recent works but, for the most part, McCabe's arguments are as current as ever. Since the book is fairly broad in scope, McCabe doesn't offer much justification for his assertions though he does offer some. But what makes "The Forgery of the Old Testament" unique and such a delight to read is McCabe's straightforward language and his witty attacks on the earlier biblical critics and the traditional religious community. He exposes their charitable justifications of the Old Testament "forgeries" as apologetic drivel.
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