By Dima Kotik
Two portions stand out:
The greatness of Black’s little book is its common sense. That it has taken so many years for someone of Black’s prestige to stand up and point out the silliness is too bad; that it has finally happened is a great relief.
Most writers in this field are neither as lucid nor as aesthetically pleasant and quaint as Black; many are hardly readable. So be warned. You will be disappointed if you read Black as an introduction to the field. He set the bar for clarity and the rest of ’em miss it.
I almost feel led to remind readers (and potential reviewers) that we don’t require positive reviews.
Thanks to Robert for an interesting and positive review!
He’s going to do these in a series of posts called “Black Tuesdays.” Here’s an idea, Mark. What if we send you two other books by Dave Black, also published by Energion, so that you an extend those Black Tuesdays?
Go over there and join the discussion!
There’s a nice, and exceptionally readable, review of Why Four Gospels? at A Living Sacrifice. I don’t usually comment on our blog reviewers, because bloggers must be free to review as they see fit, but in this case I make an exception. I’m not talking about the review being positive (which it is), but about it being exceptionally readable. It’s just plain good writing.
(Crossposted from Energion Publications)
I heartily recommend this book to any person lay or scholar who is interested in Gospel and or Synoptic studies – if you are for Markan priority I think it is even more important you read this book – why? Because too often Markan priority people make comments like the quote I gave above from Stein and to save yourself from embarrassment read this book – it’ll at the very least make you a more informed Markan priorists.
Arthur Sido provides a very positive review at The Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia.
Posted here. Takeaway? “… a short book with a big punch.”