reviewed by Rinney Westra in Sea of Faith (NZ) Newsletter 23, October 1997
"This fresh modern translation without divisions into chapters and verses makes for particularly vivid reading. Each volume preceded by introductory and thematic notes, with particular attention to when the writing began to be circulated and how faith in Jesus developed and grew. The result is an historical picture of the growth of Christianity 'as it developed from a reform movement within Judaism, to a new religious movement in the Roman Empire, to a religion amongst others in the Empire, until in the fourth century it became the official religion of the Empire.' This is a very different picture from the canonical one that most of us have grown up with."