When I read this book I really liked it. There were several points at which I disagreed with Young's conclusions however. I also noticed that he relied fairly heavily on one or two sources which also relied heavily on the Talmud and Mishnah. The danger in using these documents to accurately reflect 1st century Judaism is that they were not compiled until the 3rd or 4th centuries. So while this is an interesting and easy book to read, many of it's insights stem from bad scholarly practices.