A while back I bought Samuel Graham’s The Origins of the Bible: The Facts and Fiction Behind the World’s Greatest Book. Ha! This was not at all what I expected. I was looking for a study of the secular and pagan influences on the writers and translators of the Bible. Instead, this book is apologetics, attempting to prove the truth of what the Bible says and giving a history of English translations instead of focusing on the origins of the texts. I’m about halfway through the book … and that’s likely as far as I’ll go. I checked the index after reading yesterday and there is no mention of the Council of Nicea. How can you write any history of the Bible without mentioning Nicea?
Today I read this (very long) essay called “The Bible and Christianity: The Historical Origins” by Scott Bidstrup. This is much more along the lines of what I was looking for. The essay is fascinating, but he only cites two sources, despite a lengthy listing of recommended books.
The evolution of mythology/religion/theology continues to fascinate me. So many books, so little time to read them all.