The up and down of this text by Mark E Moore: The down side: Moore restates the verses again after quoting the passages offering little insight into the parables or other meanings derived from the words and actions of Christ. The up-side: This same practice by Moore serves a valuable purpose. It is a functional 'classroom' text allowing a review of the scripture, 'some' critical analysis, but most importantly it opens the door for the instructor of any class to control a lot of the details. Even of more paramount pertinence, Moore's approach allows the class to contribute in discussion and get things moving in this venue. In other words, the down-side is also the up-side in this regard. For classroom purposes, it is excellent.