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The book is extremely well written and theologically very helpful. I'm sorry to be critical of the narration but the narrator is apparently somewhat unfamiliar with scripture and theological academics. In movie parlance - they cast the wrong actor for the part.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The reader should be someone who at least knows the books of the Bible and what the standard abbreviations are. For example this reader kept saying Roman (Romans), and Revelations (Revelation). The reader in a technical book on the Bible which requires reading transliterations of the original languages should have some affinity for acceptable and standard pronunciation. Furthermore, these books do not exit in the Bible, Hosa, Josiah, Zephoriah, and Philistines. Yes, I listened several times and that is what he said. And by the way it is pronounced Colossae, not Colossai, and it should be allusion, not illusion, or elusion (over and over).
What was most disappointing about G. K. Beale and Benjamin L. Gladd ’s story?
I am a huge fan of Beale, but this book is full of overreach to make the biblical material fit the thesis. Beale's constant reference to the uncertainty of scholars and then just stating his opinion without really establishing the point being made, was wearing. Furthermore to move from a disputed and not properly supported conclusion to an "if this is right then this can be said" argument is weak. I think Beale has made to much of the term "mystery" and has attempted bend everything else (almost into a pretzel in some cases) into the shape required to meet the thesis stated at the beginning. While I think Paul did in fact have Daniel 11 in mind when he spoke of the mystery of lawlessness in 1 Thess. 2, I cannot for the life of me see how it can be reasonably deduced that he was consciously employing Daniel 2 in Ephesians 1, 2, 5, Colossians 1 and in the Corinthian passages, and it is a stretch to say he was consciously employing Daniel 2 in 2 Thessalonians 2.
Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Quinlan’s performances?
Not at all for a book of this nature.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Yes, I think it dealt with an issue that was interesting and helpful to me in several places, but the assertions were such a stretch in others places that it frustrated me.
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