When I finally finished this magnum opus, I put my head down on my desk and quietly wept. I have never experienced such disappointment that a book was over. Blackburn's prose, as electric as it is clean, washed over me like a tide of intellectual bliss. I have often complained to my colleagues at Columbia over the years that a biblical scholar had never written a piece on Theios Aner and Markan miracles traditions. Needless to say, when I received this sleek volume in the mail I complained no more. Start to finish, Blackburn employs an extraordinary hermeneutic that is far superior than that associated with the Bavarian school. I was delighted by his deft use of mollusk imagery and the nautical metaphors that one has come to expect from Blackburn. He systematically dissembles his opponents' arguments with ease and clarity. One particular passage in Chapter Three demonstrated his remarkable rhetorical powers. Blackburn's description of the feeding of the four thousand as a demonstration of"Christ's concerns about the peculiar problem of protein deficiency in the province of Palestine" displays the dazzling alliteration that we have come to expect from this scholar. I probably would have understood more of this book if I knew Greek, but even without that knowledge this book promises to hold the reader in suspense as its tickles the imagination and sends the intellect soaring to unparalled heights. Well done, Dr. Blackburn. You have single-handedly revived the German theological publishing industry.