Pros:Extensive information, good for those that know only bible "basics"
Cons:Not meant as companion to bible, more of a critique, may offend some
The Bottom Line: This is the best book for anyone that only knows about the bible from fragmented memories of Sunday school as a child.
This book lives up to its title. It answers questions like: "who wrote the old testament? Were there really apples in Eden? Why did God try to Kill Moses? Was David a traitor? Was Solomon really so smart? Was Jezebel really so bad? Why does God make bets with Satan? Who wrote the New Testament? Was Jesus born on Christmas? Why is 666 the number of the beast?*"
Recommend this product?
Davis answers all of these questions and more. He uses reliable sources from philosophers to biblical analysts, and builds a convincing case for his answers. He dispels some common myths, about the Virgin Mary and about the apples in Eden. Often, he directly quotes from the source and discusses the Hebrew to Greek to English translation-which proves that the author has an extensive knowledge about the bible. His basic arguments are well thought out and even witty at times. This book is entertaining and informative.
Yet, I would not recommend this to people who consider themselves extremely religious and the Bible unquestionable. Davis questions everything from who the writers were, to what they MEANT to say. Also, this is his interpretation, the entire book is a compilation of his opinions. Do read anyway because it does help one clear up interpretation.
*Note to reader, that which appears in quotes is directly quoted from the source, as sub-headings. Please note that the words within the quotes are from the author, Kenneth C. Davis, not the reviewer, and only used to intrigue the reader to buy the product.