As with any Ehrman book, there is a large amount of content overlap with previous works. This book however, does do an excellent job of sticking to its the three core figures and rarely ventures far off topic. As usual, Ehrman approaches the subject matter from a strictly historical point of view, with an emphasis on who these people really were and what they most likely really said, at the same time remembering the importance of how history and its writers remembered or 'chose to remember' these three key figures of the New Testament.
Readers who are unfamiliar with Christian Apocryphal, noncanonical and Deuterocanonical books & scripture might be put off a bit since Ehrman uses these as sources for much of the content and analysis presented - though this book could serve as an interesting introduction to some of the contents of these scriptural writings and why they are no longer considered canon by many Christian institutions. This may also present a problem for readers who want to sit back with their Bible and read along.
The narration and presentation is excellent, though a little bland at times.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Written and read the way history should be; like a story. This book offers a very broad and scholarly view of Alexandria without becoming boring or seeming like just a download of information. An excellent journey through the formation and pivotal role of Alexandria in the ancient world.
The production quality and narration are top notch. Very easy to hear and understand. The use of effects are elegant and don't take away from the storytelling at all. Recommended as a first listen.
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