Darrell Bock has written a timely and valuable study for anyone curious about the question of lost or missing gospels. Cutting his way through a great deal of hype and misinformation, he provides a solid, scholarly grounding to the early history and development of the gospel traditions. In the process, he makes nonsense of theories that Gnostic texts in any sense represented the suppressed core of Christian truth, concealed by a sinister institutional church. A breath of sanity!
-Philip Jenkins, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University
This book is a serious, scholarly analysis of historical texts and theology written by a PhD professor.
While there are some similarities, they are also major differences, and the traditional and alternative views were set apart from each other very early on.
Readers will be both challenged and encouraged through what they learn from this well researched and written text.
This book was purchased for our library upon request of our Theology Dept Chair as an excellent resource for student learning and research.Published 6 months ago by Bible college librarian
Not for the unthinking every day church goer. The book will make you think about what you accepted without thought. Excellent read!,Published 10 months ago by Katherine S
There was a lot of good things in the book from a layman's perspective. I would have liked to see more quotes from the early church "fathers" especially the disciples of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeremy L Linton
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This is a good read thus far. I believe the veracity of this book. I don't think I'll be disappointed.Published on October 27, 2011 by DeniseJ Holder
Here is a well researched and honest comparison of Gnostic writings, from Nag Hammadi, with the historic accounts of Jesus in the four canonical Gospels. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by B. Zagar
First of all I should mention that Dr. Bock is a theologically conservative scholar. This is fine with me as I would normally fall under the Conservative branch regarding the NT. Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Ky. Col.
Well, this is my first review of any book and I do not intend to write a long-winded explanation of the issues covered in Dr. Bock's present work. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by Mark Bishop