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Joshua Moon

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  • Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peter Brown
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

    Jacobus says: "A learned, well-balanced postmodern history"
    "Marvelous Work, Disastrously Performed"
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    What would have made Through the Eye of a Needle better?

    The reader has no clue about any of the subject. He mispronounces nearly EVERY main name: Cyprian (says "SIGH-pree-un"), Paulinus, Augustine (Ah-Gus-TEEN), bishopric (buh-SHOP-rick), apposite, etc., etc. Latin is mangled as much as the French, not to mention the Hebrew. A reader need not be a scholar, but if he had asked a first-year student how to pronounce the vocab he could have improved it immensely. SO frustrating! Also reads like he's not always quite sure where the sentence is going. Badly done.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The book is a tour de force, and standard high scholarship as one would expect from Peter Brown. It is rich, interesting, and immensely provocative.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fleet Cooper’s performances?

    If he took a first year course in Roman history or theology....


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that he could so systematically mispronounce names and terms. It stands in such utter contrast to the scholarship of the book itself that I couldn't stomach it.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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