Samuel M Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (11 of 13)
Location: Fort Worth, TX United States
Birthday: July 9


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The Life. Against Apion by Josephus
This is the only available edition of Josephus worth the money.
The translation is somewhat dated, but more reliable than the abridged Penguin paraphrase and much more readable than Whiston's 1737 workhorse.
This volume becomes easily worth $20+ if one knows a little Greek, though. One can really do good scholarly work with Josephus' writings for a mere $280 for all 13 of them.
The Loeb volumes on Josephus are indispensible for understanding the political realities of first-century Judaism(s). Josephus is not the best historian who ever lived, because he is biased, self-aggrandizing and transparently apologetic for the aristocracy and priestly classes in Judea. But the fact… Read more
The Resurrection of the Son of God: Christian Orig&hellip by N. T. Wright
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This work should be required reading in seminaries the world over. Whether one agrees with Wright's thesis or not, no responsible student of the New Testament or Christian history can ignore this work.
Wright traces the development of the Christian belief in resurrection by contrasting it with the prevailing notions of life after death in the Jewish and Greek cultural worlds. What emerges is clear: nothing quite like the resurrection stories in the Gospels was ever in view before the evangelists wrote them down. He argues cogently that the differences in the resurrection stories in the gospels, far from proving their lack of trustworthiness, point toward a sense of awe and wonder that… Read more
The Resurrection Of Jesus by Gerd Luedemann
The Resurrection Of Jesus by Gerd Luedemann
Luedemann's work is fair to middling, at best.
This tome is something of an aporetic description of what "must have happened" in place of the traditional description of the rise of the Christian faith.
Paul was really a nice guy, but felt like he couldn't be that way until he was around Christians (who he felt guilty for persecuting), so his brain cooked up an image of a dead guy who he'd never met who made him feel all warm and fuzzy (and psychosomatically blind for a while). He decided then that the image he saw was none other than the Son of God, the Resurrected Messiah. This explanation works as long as you believe that Paul was insane. We have no other evidence to… Read more