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  • Cerebral entertainment of the highest class. This is an absolutely fascinating book, a staggeringly learned exploration of the origins of all those Bible stories

    Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times (Books of the Year)
  • A superb overview ... Barton wears his erudition lightly, but even for those deeply familiar with the Bible there is much here to be learnt

    Bart D Ehrman, Telegraph
  • As eminently readable as the best of travelogues, it floods with light a subject too often regarded by many as a closed book. ... An extraordinary tour de force

    Peter Stanford, Sunday Times
  • John Barton's magisterial history brings the Good Book splendidly back to life ... It is an exhilarating achievement

    Julian Coman, Observer
  • Rare is the common assumption about the Bible that Barton fails to render problematic

    Tom Holland, Financial Times
  • Vital, hugely informative

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • A work of exceptional merit ... a joy to read

    Linda Hogan, Irish Times
  • Compelling and endlessly intriguing, it courageously looks at the problems of variants, apocrypha, questions of translation and very much more. It should be in the armoury of anyone, whether a believer or not

    Stuart Kelly, Scotsman
  • Hugely important, very readable and judicious

    Anthony Phillips, Church Times
  • The learning Barton brings to bear for this large undertaking is prodigious as well as judiciously deployed, and everything is conveyed in lucid, precise prose. If A History of the Bible is academic popularization, it may well be the finest example I have ever encountered

    Robert Alter, Jewish Review of Books

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