The Unauthorized Version
Robin Lane Fox
I have a lot of respect for Robin Lane Fox as a historian, but he sometimes misses the forest for the trees. This account of “truth and fiction in the Bible” is as dry as it gets, and often wanders from a point that isn’t clear to begin with. For example, it puts a lot of weight on the argument that the “beloved disciple” of the fourth gospel is the apostle John himself, which is something I can’t sign on to. It may be true, but I doubt it (though I’m no expert on these matters). In any event, if you stick with this one you’re sure to learn something, but the general reader will likely find it a hard slog.