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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Pereset Press (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981496636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981496634
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Greenberg is the author of several highly-praised books on biblical history, including the popular biblical classic "101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History." His works have been translated into many languages. His most recent book, "Who Wrote the Gospels? Why New Testament Scholars Challenge Church Traditions", will be released by Pereset Press in June 2011.

He is President of the Biblical Archaeology Society of New York and a Fellow of the Jesus Project, an organization of biblical scholars concerned with issues related to the "historical" Jesus. National Geographic Television's Science of the Bible series retained Greenberg as a consultant to the series and featured him in a documentary on the story of Cain and Abel. He has also been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including Tony Brown's Journal on PBS, and proved to be a provocative and entertaining speaker and skilled debater.

He is a member of several scholarly organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Historical Society, and the American Research Center in Egypt. He has published articles in several scholarly journals, including the Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, KMT, and Discussions in Egyptology and has presented papers at several scholarly conferences, including the annual meetings of the International Society of Biblical Literature and the American Research Center in Egypt. His essay, "Did Pre-Gospel Christians Believe Judas Betrayed Jesus?" has been posted on the "Bible and Interpretation" web site at http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/judas357931.shtml.

Catholic Biblical Quarterly, one of the most respected scholarly journals, in reviewing his previous book, "The Judas Brief: Who Really Killed Jesus?", wrote that Greenberg has "a keen eye for the ways religious and political motives have shaped the story of Jesus' arrest and execution, and acceptance of certain historical elements of canonical accounts . . . Greenberg presses important historical questions and rightly insists on fresh consideration of the evidence.

David Noel Freeman, one of the world's most respected biblical scholars and editor of the Anchor Bible Dictionary and The Anchor Bible Project, described Greenberg's biography of King David as "a worthy addition to the library of first-rate and challenging books on King David."

Library Journal said about his "101 Myths of the Bible", "Placing these texts into their historical, political, and geographical setting, Greenberg is able to separate much historical fact from biblical fiction."

Book reviewers in the nation's press have described his earlier works as "fascinating and thought provoking" (Today's Librarian), "guaranteed to raise hackles and lively debate" (Denver Post), "ingenious" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), "intriguing and controversial" Multi-cultural Review, "a riveting read" (Florence SC News), "a must read" (The Tennessee Tribune), "will make for lively dinner table discussions" (Spokesman-Review), and "will make you think" (Green Bay Press-Gazette). The New York Times said that he "seems to delight in a game of scholarly 'gotcha.'"

He maintains a web site at www.bibleandhistory.com.

Greenberg holds a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College, where he majored in mathematics. Greenberg works for the Legal Aid Society of New York City and is a well-known criminal defense attorney.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Saganite VINE VOICE on August 17, 2011
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I'll give Greenberg this much credit: He is a very organized, very orderly writer. And he doesn't waste the reader's time with digressions or throwaway lines or personal asides. He's all business, and one sense he might actually have preferred publishing "Who Wrote" as an Excel spreadsheet.

I don't like being critical of this book (I obviously thought I would enjoy it or I wouldn't have gotten it from Amazon.com), but it's just so...uninspired. It's as if he compiled all the facts related to Gospel authorship, mostly as presented by Bart Ehrman, stripped them of Ehrman's fun-to-read personality, and assembled them in a rigorously rational order.

I consider this a shame because from the wonderful (if not wholly convincing) 101 Myths of the Bible, I know that Greenberg is capable of more sizzling prose, more provocative ideas.

There's nothing Terribly Wrong with this book (although it could have used a good editor to rid it of minor typos and infelicitous phrasings). It's just neither fun enough to read for fun, or scholarly enough to read for school. I'm not sure who it's for, but gun to my head, perhaps monks with an autism spectrum disorder.

I liked Burton Mack's "Who Wrote the New Testament" better than this book. Or if you have the time (which will in any event pass more quickly using this method),just go directly to Bart Ehrman's books and read them.
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