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Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman, Reviewed by Bart Breen

Misquoting Jesus, A Very Engaging Book

(This review was written January 3, 2006 and originally posted to Amazon where it is the Spotlight Review for this Book)

Well Written and Engaging

This is the first book of Ehrman’s I have read. I found it interesting and well-written for the average person who has little background in Biblical Textual Studies, (which equates to more than 99% of the population.) Misquoting Jesus really just brings common issues from Biblical Textual Criticism and makes them understandable for the average person.

I do not have the credentials of Dr. Ehrman, but I do have the equivalent of a degree in Biblical Literature and have worked in the original languages. My Senior Thesis was doing a textual comparison of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas discovered at Nag Hammadi with the parallel passages of the Kingdom Parables of Matthew 13. To do that I had to teach myself some Coptic Egyptian and do some translating to form a basis for comparison.

All that said to establish that I have some background to make an evaluation of what is being said in this book.

Common Ground with Bart Ehrman

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Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel

Review of Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel, by Bart Breen

Excellent Read!

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel, has been one of the more enjoyable literary experiences I have had recently. The writing style is excellent. The narration done masterfully with the narrator distinctively creating the voices and personalities of the different characters. I found the experience riviting and entertaining.

As regards the book itself, I was familiar with the story of Galileo but this brought it to life and personalized it so that I now view this history with a much more passionate eye.

Galileo’s Influence

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Surrender is not Numbness


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Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

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A Review of Flawless Consulting by Peter Block, by Bart Breen Basic Human Relations As a contractor/consultant on my second long-term assignment, this title caught my eye and served for listening on the commute. Overall I was impressed. Much of … [Continue reading]

True Self vs. False Self


What is our True Self, Really? Over the past several years, I've been increasingly challenged in some of my former beliefs as a traditional evangelical.  I certainly haven't abandoned my faith.  If anything, it has strengthened.  I don't put much … [Continue reading]

Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk

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Review of Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk, by Bart Breen Did Abraham Lincoln Suffer Clinical Depression? Lincoln's melancholy has been referred to for years and glossed over attributing it to an unhappy marriage, loss of a child, … [Continue reading]

Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy

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A Review of Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy, by Bart Breen Pretty Much What You'd Expect Larry the Cable Guy is a pretty known quantity. He's a redneck stereotype, who specializes in fart and poop jokes and comes off looking like a rube. That … [Continue reading]

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

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A Review of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, by Bart Breen Conglomeration of Articles Freakonomics states several times that there is no consistent theme. It appears, as others have noted, to be a conglomeration of magazine articles expanded … [Continue reading]

Complaining vs Speaking Out


Is all Criticism Complaining? One of the things I ran across during my 20 years of ministry as a Pastor, District Worker and Church Administrator was what I now refer to as the "Gag Rule" in many churches where it's considered taboo to speak up or … [Continue reading]

Top 5 September 2014

Top 5 Posts in September at Bart's Barometer

Top 5 at Bart’s Barometer September 2014 Top 5 for September I had a few lulls in my posting in September due to some family travels, but it was still encouraging to see the interaction and interest for the articles I did get up.  I am … [Continue reading]

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