Update: thanks to Mark Goodacre for giving me some explanation - its why I love the internet! He said on FB:
BUT….if this recent book review is all that was written, then someone on the RBL review board really needs to provide some rationale. As one of my Facebook friends said, it is “the best/worst book review” he had ever seen!
What is really odd is that it is by a senior scholar in the field - in fact I consider Dale Allison to have few peers. Now again, perhaps there was an error. But perhaps he just didn’t have time to do it so he submitted an abstract. But how is it that it would still be published? I would hope that, whether you are a senior or junior scholar, the RBL would require a little more reviewing to take place in a book review.
Now having said all of that: if RBL has lowered its standards then I’ll start publishing numerous “book reviews” of the same sort right away — It will be a good way to beef up that CV of mine !