Too Bible critical for my taste. E.g. when Jesus went on a mountain to teach, this was often only an “imaginary” mountain according to this book. There is a whole chapter titled, “Imaginary Mountains in Matthew”. The hymn they sang at the last supper is probably also only imaginary as are many other things in the Bible. Here is a quote from the book: “Reading always involves imagination. Authors count on it, for they creatively manipulate the reader’s imagination in order to direct them to fresh insight.” While the book does offer some interesting cultural background, there are nevertheless quite a few things that I classify as "liberal Bible criticism”, which I disagree with.