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Columbo: The Complete Second Season
Columbo: The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Peter Falk
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo gets his legs, Jan. 27 2012
This second season Peter Falk and the Columbo team really came into its own in the Columbo series. The cases are more smoothly developed and Columbo is no longer a member of the "local police", but from LAPD. Columbo is very much like fine wine in that the first season was good and showeed promise as a winner. The second season shows the maturity of the Peter Falk and the team at putting Columbo on screen. This is Columbo worth watching for a nice little mystery solved through a marvelous questioning technique.

Columbo: The Complete Fourth Season
Columbo: The Complete Fourth Season
DVD ~ Peter Falk
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Columbo at its usual best, Jan. 27 2012
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It had been a while since I watched Peter Falk as Columbo, and while the show was and is formulaic- what a formula. You know Columbo is going to have just one more question, and with each additional question he is going to get closer to the arrest, yet it remains a pleasure to see how a question can lead to an answer. If you like Columbo as much as I do, you will enjoy this Fourth Season.

Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds
Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds
by Donald Akenson
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity to write history, March 4 2001
I had read a couple of reviews of Surpassing Wonder both of which noted that the author Donald Harman Akenson is a professor of history at Queens University in Kingston Ontario. Based on this, I approached the text as history. On that basis, the book is a disappointment. It is written in an easy going style, the style of a well written piece of fiction. However, the arguments of the author are that this is a serious historical work. All too often in reading the text and look up the end note( there are 95 pages of end-notes) the note would essentially contradict the statement in the text. The author does provide a considerable number of cultural and historical references, many of which are enlightening but the book must be read with caution. The author's tendency to dismiss other writers, and in particular biblical scholars, as less then competent raises some serious questions about the objectivity of the book; the author's reference to those scholars involved in The Jesus Seminar, as coming from "institutions that are second-line, and associated with weak and declining churches" (p. 543) is a good example of both a value-judgement and a statement not backed up with data, which tend to denigrate those involved in The Jesus Seminar in a most unscholarly manner. The author's use of the technical names for the Jewish texts, i.e. the Tanakh, the Torah, and the Talmud, are generally accurate, but a little more scholarly work, or checking with a Rabbi, would have provided Akenson with the appropriate name for an English version (i.e. not a translation) of the Pentatuch, which is the Chumash. Basically I found the book disappointing as a serious work of history, and misleading in its treatment of the Christian Bible, and of the Jewish Talmuds. It is a fun read in many respects, if a bit negative, but the fun wears thin as the inaccuracies and misleading statements build.

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