This is my wordforge review of the book titled above which was graciously sent to me by one of the moderators. Note the book was published originally in 1882 so much of the language felt "off" though was still clear enough to understand the meaning of. Surprising (to me) only the first 83 or so pages concerns parallels between the Old Testament and other religions and for that matter nonreligious cultural myths. The real problem with the book is it seems reliant on the general belief that "If things in the Bible have parallels or similarities to other religions or cultural myths then the writers of the Bible certainly copied those beliefs and included them in the Bible". This ignores the obvious and that is "If the Bible (and for that matter other religious beliefs and myths) were handed down orally for years (or even centuries) BEFORE being written down one cannot infer that the other Bible was copied in part from other belief systems and not the other way around. One could just as easily infer that those "other religions and myths" were copied from the Bible" The book takes as its basic assumption that any cross pollination of ideas had to proceed in only one direction. That is from other religions and beliefs to the Bible when there is no reason to assume the exact opposite.