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There is a lot of good information in the first 500 or so pages on Near Eastern myths, gods and goddesses. The advantage of this is all of these are explained in detail and in one source. Information on the mystery religions, Zoroastrianism, and the Cult of Mythra are alone worth the price of the book.
The section where it fails is in Wray's evaluation of Christianity. He says that the gospels are not biographies, yet it has been conclusively determined by most scholars that they are definately forms of ancient biography (in fact, one writer calls them "classical forms" of ancient biography) but they are not like modern biographies. He also complains that the four gospels are full of contradictions because they relate incidents differently, but they were written by four different writers at four different times using various sources. These are not contracitions but different source accounts.
It is interesting that Wray accepts without question the accounts of ancient biographers and historians such as Plutarch, Josephus, Philo, Strabo, Suetonius, and others, while the gospels and Acts are only treated with skepticism. The reason, I believe is that Wray relies mainly on two biblical scholars who are known for their skepticism, Bart Ehrmann and James Tabor. Ehrmann has publically renounced his faith in the verasity of the New Testament and since then has written and lectured many times, but all from a skeptical point of view. While he has a lot of good information integrating textual criticism and archaeology, it is all primarily slanted toward sensationalist viewpoint and he hardly ever accepts the biblical accounts at any kind of face value. It is fairly easy to spot the axe Ehrmann wants to grind AGAINST any biblical proclamation. James Tabor, who readily admits that he is neither an archaeologist nor theologian, has written outlandish books on "The Jesus Dynasty," which has not been accepted positively by any biblical scholar I know. The Talpiot cave tomb, which Tabor believes is Jesus' family tomb, and with an ossurary (bone box) intact with the name "Jesus" on it is dismissed by almost all archaeologists as having no merit as the Jesus' family tomb. Why would Jesus, who lived his whole life in Galilee, have a family tomb near Jerusalem? And another cave, which Tabor believes to be the sight of John the Baptist's baptisms has no merit, as any scholar will tell you. Wray needs to seriously examine the leading scholars in the field of the New Testament, such as EP Sanders and his groundbreaking book, "Paul and Palestinian Judaism," Ben F. Meyer, "The Aims of Jesus," N.T. Wright and his series of monumental books, "The New Testament and the People of God," "Jesus and the Victory of God," "The Resurrection of the Son of God," "Simply Jesus," and "How God Became King." These are some of the leaders in biblical research into the beginnings of Christianity.
Yes, Christianity is composed of both myth and history. The gospels ARE biographies. Yes, they tell stories in different ways, but ask any police official and they'll tell you that three people viewing an auto accident will give three different interpretations of what they saw.
I was dissapointed to have read so much fine information only to have the main thrust of the book fall apart at the end. He could have done better -- much better.