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The volume reproduces transcripts of Ehrman and Wallace's remarks. (I assume that they are transcripts because they contain a few bracketed insertions that apparently represent corrections to the spoken lectures.) These are quite short; Ehrman's takes up just 14 pages, while Wallace's takes up 19 pages. Although their remarks are lively and interesting, they break no new ground and the points made will be familiar to many readers. If you are unfamiliar with Ehrman and Wallace's work, then these selections provide a brief introduction, otherwise you will probably find them disappointing. These selections are followed by 13 pages of questions and answers. Apparently, this is a transcript of the live Q&A session with the audience. Some of the questions and responses are interesting, but a number of the questions are off the main topic: Wallace's critique of Ehrman. Ehrman and Wallace never engage each other directly. In other words, there is no dialogue! This is quite disappointing.Read more ›
However, this debate only fills up about one third of the book. The remainder is a collection of presentations and papers which discuss issues raised within the debate. As with most collections, the contributions are hit-or-miss. For example, William Warren's essay, "Who Changed the Text and Why? Probable, Possible, and Unlikely Explanations" was short and sweet; it got right to the heart of the issue while staying objective as possible. On the other hand, K. Martin Heide's essay on the stability of the New Testament was very tedious.
Overall, while the essays were enjoyable, they seemed to be a bit one-sided. While some were fairly neutral, the majority seemed to be critiques of Ehrman. A little more balance would have been nice. Or a little more discussion about what "reliability" actually means (and why it's important) would have added a lot.
Nevertheless, I think both conservative Christians and die-hard Ehrman fans will be surprised at some of the things that can be learned in this volume. For that reason, I definitely recommend this as a good introduction to the topic.
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Christians know next to nothing about their 'faith'...these books inject some reality into the discussion...Published 18 months ago by Larry in Durango
Yes, let me say with the chorus of reviewers, this book has been terribly misnamed. But that's the fault of the publisher, not the authors contained herein. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Maker of Images
It's NOT about a dialog between Ehrman and Wallace. The cover should have said that it CONTAINS a dialogue between these two men. Shame on the publisher for mis-leading us! Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by John B. Lankford
This book offers a survey of various positions on the reliability of the New Testament text from within the field of New Testament textual criticism. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by Joel E. Mitchell
Any reader who is familiar with Ehrman's works should welcome this book as a helpful critique of his views. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by G. Stucco
Is the New Testament in modern biblical translations essentially the same text as was first written down nearly 2 millenia ago? Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Ky. Col.
I read this book carefully and was disappointed mostly by the shallowness of the arguments, grandeose generalizations, and some real stupidity, like not observing carefully what... Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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