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Posted November 27, 2010
John Reid's Bible Wisdom for Modern Times sections from the Orthodox Old Testament opens with a prologue featuring Pitfalls and Rewards as gleaned from the supposed writings of King Solomon. Wisdom was a keynote attributed to Solomon who tradition declares was known for thoughts regarding wise behavior, thoughts and writings.
I like that Reid has undertaken this work. Too many of us read the Bible as presented by those who have done translation, and the like, with little understanding that the original writings may or may not be fully delivered in the editions we hold dear today. Because Jesus drew upon Tobias for many of his adages and allegorical narratives it is essential we have a perception of this little known man and the writings bearing his name.
Reid has noted, 'What I've always wanted is a selection from the Bible of important material relevant to my life that's not only easy to read and understand but that sings to my soul. I've attempted to supply just that in Bible Wisdom for Modern Times. It appears that on the pages of Bible Wisdom for Modern Times; Reid has accomplished his goal, and, well at that.
John Howard Reid offers recently deciphered works along with paraphrased choices from Old Testament and the supposed mythical biblical wisdom prose. Included in this particular volume are writings attributed to Solomon as well as anecdotes of Jesus Ben Sirach, and Tobias.
Included in this edition are works of inspired Jewish and Greek writers. Reid has spent a good bit of time bringing many of the old writings into modern English. The original chronicles of The Three Wise Young Men and Tobias, Tobit, have been recreated to make them more readable without losing any of the didactic utterances as appear to be constant with the original narratives.
A must have for every serious Bible Reader; I am happy to recommend John Reid's Bible Wisdom for Modern Times with sections from the Orthodox Old Testament for novice and long time Bible Readers.
Reviewed by Molly's Reviews
Posted January 30, 2008
As a professional writer for over 50 years, I once tried to explain to my Pastor how books like those contained in the Bible came to be written: how inspiration works, how this inspiration is backed up by research, and how the final book is edited and published. Hardly had I begun, when my Pastor blocked his ears with his hands and cried out, 'Stop! Stop! You'll destroy my faith!' It still amazes me that a man's faith is so precarious , it could be destroyed by knowing how books are written and how editors function. Yet the Bible is a book and the normal principles of composition, editing and publishing apply. Neglecting these components inevitably leads to mis-interpreting the Bible and forming false impressions of Scripture. In order to translate these selections relating to Biblical Wisdom, I have turned to the Greek Septuagint, which, including the so-called 'Apocrypha', is the Bible regarded as authoritative and inspired by all the writers of the New Testament. I have approached these books not from a doctrinal or church perspective, but from the viewpoint of a professional author and editor who is endeavoring to reconstruct what the original inspired authors wrote for our knowledge, our edification and the lasting relationship we all hope to enjoy with our God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2010
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