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2.0 out of 5 stars Careful, May 12, 2005
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This review is from: Can We Trust the New Testament?: Thoughts on the Reliability of Early Christian Testimony (Paperback)
I had a difficult time reading this book. I'd characterize the writing style as "choppy": it doesn't flow. All in all reading it made me dizzy. I'd suggest reading the exceptionally clear Robert M. Price (e.g. Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition?) instead.
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2009 4:13:13 AM PDT
That's 'Robert' M Price (not Roger):-)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2009 8:53:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2009 8:54:36 AM PDT
calmly says:
It was sitting there for four years waiting for you to point that out. Thanks, I made the correction in the review!

I recently read "The Empty Tomb" that Price co-edited and contributed to. He rocks.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:56:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2013 4:04:17 AM PDT
Roo Bookaroo says:
Interesting.
But I would say "read Price along with Wells" rather than "instead".
Different personalities with different styles.
A "choppy" style shortens sentences and shortens the book and spares us the divagations of inveterate speculations which pullulate in biblical studies.

Speaking of Price, worth reading as well is Robert M. Price's review of "Can We Trust the NT?"(2005)
http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/robert_price/trust-nt.html
Price does not complain about Wells's style. On the contrary, his endorsement is total. And his interest always high. Wells never fails to give Price something substantial to chew on.

But, interestingly, my reaction is the opposite of this reviewer. To be honest, I find Wells much clearer than Price. Price likes to make literary phrases to add volume to his piece, but they have a tendency to blur or obscure the meaning of the text being examined. He does not make me dizzy, but leaves me wondering what he really means. Wells has a sharper focus, and operates in full lighting. There's no shadow of ambiguity. He tells it as he thinks it.
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