Religion: According to Graves

The Holy Bible, a comfort and a bulwark of doctrine for plain Christians, is a mighty challenge for serious scholars and a treasure trove for cranks. The ordinary layman reads little of the work of either—scholars are all too often unreadable, cranks are generally unpublishable. But when a crank has the reputation and writing ability of Novelist Robert (I, Claudius) Graves, publishers are glad to let him run on for page after page. The Nazarene Gospel Restored (Doubleday; $10), by Robert Graves and Joshua Podro, published last week, runs on for 982.

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