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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2013 06:24 pm
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srossi wrote: I'm reading "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth" by Bart Ehrman.  Just a few chapters in, don't know what to make of it yet.  Won't comment until the end.
I'm curious, was it any good?

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carpetbeggar wrote: srossi wrote: I'm reading "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth" by Bart Ehrman.  Just a few chapters in, don't know what to make of it yet.  Won't comment until the end.
I'm curious, was it any good?


It was interesting.  Definitely made me look at things in a different way, especially as it relates to using the Bible itself as a historical document, which I had always discounted in the past.  He takes you through the early verified sources of different things, both religious and non-religious.  The writer is a bit of an arrogant prick, so that turned me off, and there's a lot of redundancy and some things that don't really hold water.  But it is a good introduction to legitimate theological research.  The writer is an agnostic, by the way, but scoffs at the very idea that people question whether there was a real historical Jesus who more or less did the things we hear about (preach, hang out with the sick, rabble-rouse, get crucified).  He's pretty brutal towards sceptics.

There are some other interesting tidbits in there as well that shed light on translations.  Things that couldn't possibly have been said by Jesus that he is quoted as saying in the Bible, because they only make sense in Greek (the language the New Testament was actually written in) and not Aramaic (the language Jesus spoke).  Like if a comedian makes a double-entendre joke in English, a translation makes no sense because it won't be a double-entendre in Spanish.  So he can easily cut through some of the bullshit conversations that clearly never happened except in the minds of the people who wrote it a frw decades after Jesus died.

Anyway, if you have any interest in the subject, just read it.  If you've already read other books about it though, they migh be better.  My feelings on this are fairly mixed.



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I finally read "I Was A Teenage Professional Wrestler" by Ted Lewin.  Nothing much to say about it.  It was a pamphlet that I finished during one lunch break.  Thought I had heard good things.



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I'm a little over two thirds through "Republic of Pirates" by Colin Woodard. It's the story of the golden age of piracy, which is really 1715-1725 (it's where most of our popular perceptions about them come from). Fascinating book and a real flavour of the time.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: I'm a little over two thirds through "Republic of Pirates" by Colin Woodard. It's the story of the golden age of piracy, which is really 1715-1725 (it's where most of our popular perceptions about them come from). Fascinating book and a real flavour of the time.
THat actually sounds interesting.  I'm adding it to my library queue.



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Published in 1976 by Spire Christian Comics.Tells the story about how Johnny Cash was saved by Jesus Christ.Got a bunch of other comix from Spire Christian Comics including some Archie's.Reading about Archie trying to get Betty and Veronica to accept Jesus Christ into their lives is f'n hilarious!



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TonyDaLoccsta wrote: Reading about Archie trying to get Betty and Veronica to accept Jesus Christ into their lives is f'n hilarious!


I assume that "Jesus Christ" was Archie's nickname for his dick.

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Read "The Mephisto Club" by Tess Gerritsen. This is a Isles and Rizzoli story. It was a bad story. It didn't answer the question if the bad guy really was a Nephilim.

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Just finsihed MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy's autobiography.  The first part is pretty boring as he just talks about his time in the LAPD and sucks a lot of pig cock, gloats about police brutality, and defends the Rodney King beating.  It picks up a bit when he talks about the formation of the UFC.  I had no idea he was so instrumental from the very beginning.  Then it gets a little boring as he just recaps a lot of fights.  The behind-the-scenes stuff involving the initial planning stages and then the sale to Dana and the Fertittas are the most interesting parts, and it's a very long and detailed book.

Later today I'm going to start "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson, author of one of my favorite books of all-time "The Devil in the White City".  It has a lot to live up to. 



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srossi wrote: Later today I'm going to start "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson, author of one of my favorite books of all-time "The Devil in the White City".  It has a lot to live up to. 

If you read less you'd have more time to start threads on this board so it was less boring for us. :)

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I've had a copy of "Pain & Passion...the History of Stampede" on my Kindle for six months and haven't touched it. Just started reading it last night and was blown away at home good it is so far. Admittedly, I had become really burnt out on wrestling bios, especially reading the drug/pranks hijinx that seems to happen more than Jim Cornette's face got plunged into a birthday cake back in the day, but it's a good read.

I'm 2/3 of the way through the Hobbit. Have meant to read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy forever, so I thought I'd test the waters with the prequel Hobbit. Not sure if I'll do LOTR now. Hobbit is fine, but like the Potter books I've read so far (1 and 2), they just do draw me in.

The other book I've been working on for months is The Last Hero, Hank's Aaron's bio. Really nice history on Aaron, especially in regards to his years with the Milwaukee Braves and the segregation issues of the day. Good stuff with lots of 50s baseball nostalgia.



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This is the "sequel" to A Time To Kill, featuring Jake Brigance and a whole host of other characters from Ford County, Mississippi.

Not really so much a sequal involving Carl lee Hailey and that trail as the novel takes place 7 years after the fact, but if anybody ever wondered whatever happened to Jake Brigance, Willie Traynor (from The last Juror), Lucien Wilbanks, Harry Rex Vonner and host of other characters this is a good read (as are all John Grisham books).

Really good entertaining read



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Been on a reading kick the last couple months.  Grab the Nook every time I take the dogs out.


Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks

Terry Funk More than Just Hardcore

National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling

The House of Hades the Heroes of Olympus book 4

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

The entire X Wing Series:
Rogue Squadron
Wedge's Gamble
The Krytos Trap
The Bacta War
Wraith Squadron
Iron Fist
Solo Command
Isard's Revenge
Starfighters of Adumar
Mercy Kill

The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy:
The Mandalorian Armor
Slave Ship
Hard Merchandise

The Courtship of Princess Leia

Star Wars Scoundrels(Timothy Zahn)

The following are not Graphic novels but the conventional type:
Batman: Knightfall
Batman vs 3 Villains Of Doom
The Batman Murders
Batman: Captured By The Engines
Batman: To Stalk A Specter
JLA Batman: The Stone King
Wayne Of Gotham
Thor Meets Captain America
The Great Gold Steal(Captain America)
The Avengers Thunderbolts
X-Men: Codename Wolverine
Metahumans vs the Undead: A Superhero vs Zombie Anthology



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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote:


The entire X Wing Series:
Rogue Squadron
Wedge's Gamble
The Krytos Trap
The Bacta War
Wraith Squadron
Iron Fist
Solo Command
Isard's Revenge
Starfighters of Adumar
Mercy Kill

The Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy:
The Mandalorian Armor
Slave Ship
Hard Merchandise

The Courtship of Princess Leia

Star Wars Scoundrels(Timothy Zahn)




Wow, I think I read almost every novel in the original Bantam series of Star Wars between '92 and 2000...the Zahn Trilogy, the Kevin Anderson trilogy, the Black Fleet Crisis, Courtship of Leia, Darksaber, etc...but I never got to the X-Wing series. Let me know how those turn out. I seem to recall they are decent books, as they don't focus on the main characters.

Where did you get the digital copies? I'm renting a lot of stuff from the local library lately.



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