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Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

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Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

Post Number:#1 by kimmyschemy06
» 10 Jan 2017, 10:08

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Beyond Acts" by Paul R. Finch.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Beyond Acts, written by Paul R. Finch, is a theological book that offers new perspectives in New Testament history. The first edition was published thirteen years ago, and this current edition provides updates and additional information to this very important research. The book has twenty four chapters, fourteen appendices, a voluminous bibliography and two indices in addition to preface and introduction.

The book describes how the apostles and other members of 'The Way of Jesus' might have felt about the arrest and the subsequent crucifixion and death of Jesus as well as his resurrection. It gives a concise recount of the persecution of the followers of the ‘Way’ and the conversion of the Pharisee Saul, who eventually became Paul, one of the leading apostles and one of the authors of the New Testament. The author portrays how the leading apostles, who were so convinced that the second coming of Jesus would happen during their lifetimes, changed their minds and, upon the revelation of the ‘mystery’ to the Apostle Paul, prepared for the canonization of a body of literature for the future Church.

Basically, the book is meant to correct the misconceptions of other Bible scholars regarding the identity of the authors of the New Testament. By doing so, the author includes information that ordinary readers may find overwhelming. Among such information includes the role of Joseph of Arimathea in the life of Jesus Christ. Another surprising fact, at least for me, is the role of James the Just, brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Church after the ascension of Jesus. The book also offers a brief explanation on the origin of Catholicism and other controversies. The appendices offer even more pertinent information like the actual birth date of Jesus Christ and the identity of the magi. Needless to say, in proving the authorship of the New Testament, the author presents a collection of invaluable information for both present and future students of the Bible.

All in all, this is a very interesting, educative and enlightening book. However, though it is written in such a way that is easily understandable by laymen, this book is not easy to read. It is a profound and scholarly material that requires a reader’s full and undivided attention. Knowledge of the Bible and biblical characters will help the reader understand the topics and appreciate the extent of the author’s endeavor to produce such a valuable source of information.

Aside from a couple of typo errors (were so convince hat, was from of a priestly family) and the use of ‘onto’ in place of ‘on to’, I found the book very enjoyable.

I, therefore, give this book the rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to theology students, Bible scholars and ordinary readers who are simply interested in the lives and works of the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. Previous and in-depth knowledge of the Bible, however, may be required to fully appreciate and enjoy this extraordinary reading material.

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Re: Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

Post Number:#2 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 11 Jan 2017, 13:30

Good job on the review! That is a hefty book to read through. I totally get it that you would need some background knowledge of the Bible in order to truly appreciate the book.
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Re: Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

Post Number:#3 by kimmyschemy06
» 11 Jan 2017, 21:38

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:Good job on the review! That is a hefty book to read through. I totally get it that you would need some background knowledge of the Bible in order to truly appreciate the book.

Thank you very much. I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless :)
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Post Number:#4 by KAV
» 12 Jan 2017, 13:12

Good job on the review. This book sounds very educational but also sounds like it would take me a while to get through.😊
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Re: Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

Post Number:#5 by kimmyschemy06
» 12 Jan 2017, 22:55

KAV wrote:Good job on the review. This book sounds very educational but also sounds like it would take me a while to get through.😊

Thank you. It's not one for light reading but a great book nonetheless :)
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Post Number:#6 by Rachaelamb1
» 15 Jan 2017, 11:20

Sounds like it contains a lot of interesting information, though, like you said, it is not a light read.
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Re: Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

Post Number:#7 by kimmyschemy06
» 15 Jan 2017, 21:09

Rachaelamb1 wrote:Sounds like it contains a lot of interesting information, though, like you said, it is not a light read.

Oh, yes it does, very interesting information which some readers may find very surprising :)
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Post Number:#8 by anneloretrujillo
» 17 Jan 2017, 19:02

Great review! I've always thought it would be interesting to read a book like
this one. I think I'd have to be a little more familiar with the bible to really enjoy it though.
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Re: Official Review: Beyond Acts by Paul R. Finch

Post Number:#9 by kimmyschemy06
» 17 Jan 2017, 21:57

anneloretrujillo wrote:Great review! I've always thought it would be interesting to read a book like
this one. I think I'd have to be a little more familiar with the bible to really enjoy it though.

Thank you very much. Yes, familiarity with the Bible, especially the New Testament, is kind of required to fully enjoy this book :)
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