I was sent an advance copy last month and it's taken quite a bit of will-power to refrain from posting on it (there was an embargo on it). I've got a post coming on it that should appear later today.
Here, however, I just had to highlight what noted New Testament scholar Craig Evans, a non-Catholic, has said about it. To some of you perhaps the name is unfamiliar but he is well-known to anyone engaged in New Testament scholarship. Evans is one of the most balanced and well-respected scholars writing about the historical Jesus today. This quote blew my mind.
“It’s a remarkable achievement, the best book I’ve read on Jesus in years,” he commented. “This is a book that all Christians should read, be they Protestant or Catholic. Any Jewish person who is interested in the Christian story and who Jesus was, I think, will profit.”Evans made the comment during a panel discussion which also included Jacob Neusner, Ben Witherington, and many others, including my friend and fellow blog contributor, Brant Pitre.
Check out the article here.