It seems very fitting to me that the final book that Philip will have published is an introduction to the whole Bible. I read through the manuscript, sent along a few suggestions which he wisely ignored, and am so very pleased with the work that I am literally compelled to mention it on this the saddest of days.
It’s- seriously- a book you will want to read.
This book is for anyone curious about the Bible: what it is, and what modern research reveals about it. Unlike most textbooks, it has no footnotes, avoids technical discussion as much as possible, and makes no assumptions about religious belief. Its aim is to introduce the contents a way that engages readers critically, and to persuade them that in a modern secular society this collection of ancient writings can still contribute to the way we think about history, philosophy and politics. It is a challenge to both those who regard it as ‘word of God’ and those who dismiss it as obsolete or myth or irrelevant.