The Ultimate Three Minutes – A Book Review

October 15, 2015

John Donne once wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself,” and in the field of Biblical research or early Church history, many scholars look at the history of Israel and its great prophets, or the Church and the early Church Fathers in isolation from the world in which they operated. Canon Cummings could never be accused of that. In his book, The Ultimate Three Minutes, he sets the scene for Israel’s entry to the “Dancing Floor”, as he calls it, and then beginning at the ninth century BC, he takes his reader on a journey through Israel’s history, whilst taking note of events going on in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. When he reaches the Christian Era, Canon Cummings continues the journey to the year 500AD. During this trek through history, there is a vital three minutes which takes place in the year 33AD - three minutes which changed the course of all history, when viewed from a Christian perspective. This book would be suitable for anyone interested in history, for students of Scripture or of early Church history. Canon Cummings’ easy style makes it a very enjoyable read. The Ultimate Three Minutes William Cummings Sussex Academic Press, 2015 ISBN 978-1-84519-734-6 Priced at £14.95 The Author:  Canon William Cummings began his ordained ministry in the Church of England in 1964. He spent 7 years in Chelmsford Diocese before moving to Norwich Diocese for 21 years. During that time, he became a Canon of Norwich Cathedral. In 1991, he became the Dean of Battle in Chichester Diocese, where he stayed until his retirement in 2004. Canon Cummings possesses a Master of Arts Degree from Oxford University. Book picture