- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Fifth Estate Incorporated (September 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936533383
- ISBN-13: 978-1936533381
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,964,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lumpkin ties together material from Nag Hammadi and Qumron, comparing and contracting various versions of the materials used in the early Christian Church and attempting to show how various doctrines were created or evolved under the various political/spiritual power structures. While Lumpkin has to some extent cherry-picked to support some of his own convictions, nevertheless that didn`t seriously detract from his presentation, because as he says himself his purpose is to challenge people to "examine the Christian faith afresh, with newer and wider eyes."
However, I was disappointed by the poor editing of the text: more than 20 errors such as wrong homonym, wrong part off speech, wrong punctuation. [And those were just the ones that really jumped out at me!]
Also, in the Preface, the author says, "For continuing hypertension, don't miss the vast amount of information contained in the appendices."
But there are only two appendices: a 60-page list of apocalyptic predictions, and a 6-page discussion of whether Mark 16:9-20 should be included in the canon.
I would like to have seen an annotated bibliography, a topical/reference index, and possibly a glossary of terms for the various named doctrinal variations, heresies, tribes, gods, kings, etc. That would truly constitute a 'vast' amount of useful information.
...mathew - Ontario, Canada