Nothing Fancy.

Barbara E. Organ's 2004 book Is the Bible Fact or Fiction: An Introduction to Biblical Historiography was one of those books I saw languishing on the shelf at my local library that I just had to grab and take home with me. However, after finishing it late last week I was not impressed. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book, it's just not a very good one.
    Organ, a professor at the University of Sudbury in Ontario, Canada and Catholic theologian, according to the editors at Amazon, wrote her book "out of frustration with uncritical reading of various genres of biblical texts." Unfortunately much if not all of the material she discusses in her book more respected Biblical scholars have already done so, and more expertly. While I'm glad she included a section on First and Second Maccabees from the Apocrypha, (a collection of Biblical books I've wanted to read for years), unfortunately Organ's book contains nothing new or innovative.
    Perhaps Organ's goal is to promote the Bible's religious truth as opposed to its literal or historical truth, (as defined by today's modern standards). If that is the case I'm temped to place her in the "enlightened orthodox" camp with Evangelical Timothy Paul Jones and Mainline Protestant Charles Merrill Smith.
    While Organ's book might make an OK introductory book, by no means is it a definitive work on the Biblical scholarship. You can start with her book, but please, don't end with it.

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