Just received this yesterday! I’ve been waiting to get this for months, and fortunately I was able to get it for my birthday. I can’t wait to go through these. These books are HUGE. The font size was larger than I expected, which is good for seeing, but it makes the book size Incredible.
The author is Darrell Bock who is an evangelical New Testament scholar/research professor of NT studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). He is well-coursed in Luke/Acts. He is a Progressive Dispensationalist. If you’re wondering what the heck that is (trust me, I understand), one of my teachers (Lindsay Kennedy) at CCBC York has interviewed Bock and will be posting the interview soon. His blog is called Mydigitalseminary.You can be sure that I will be referencing him a lot.
I’m really looking forward to studying Luke. It’s a class I’ve only seen once in my 4 semesters at Bible College, and it’s a very interesting book (all the Gospels are!) to read.
More on Bock
Bock wrote Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking, which challenges the historicity of various extra-biblical ideas expressed in Dan Brown’s, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (most notably the supposed marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene).
Bock also wrote The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities, which argues for the existence and legitimate office of early Christian proto-orthodoxy (the Early Christian movement which was the forerunner of Christian orthodoxy) over non-canonical gospels and beliefs.
Basically, some believe that ‘proto-Christianity’, becoming prominent by the end of the 3rd century, “stifled its opposition, … claimed that its views had always been the majority position and that its rivals were, and always had been, ‘heretics,’ who willfully ‘chose’ to reject the ‘true belief’” (Bart Ehrman).
In The Missing Gospels, Darrell Bock works to refute that idea. It’s focus and concern is on the later, alternative gospels, their un-authenticity (why we don’t read them like we do the Gospels), and the various so-called ‘Christianities’ during that time.
I haven’t read the two books, but I am interested in them seeing as though many people, upon hearing that there are ‘alternative gospels’ immediately move to discredit the Bible. But one must read what these alternative gospels say before he discredits the Bible.