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

    Julian Coman, Observer
  • Barton is a sure-footed guide ... A serious book for serious readers. In it they will find all they want and much more, lucidly set out and explained

    Richard Harries, Literary Review

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