BIBLE WISDOM FOR MODERN TIMES: Selections from the Orthodox Old Testament
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Newly translated and paraphrased selections from Old Testament and so-called "apocryphal" biblical wisdom literature, including The Wisdom of "Solomon", Jesus Ben Sirach, Tobias (Tobit), Greek "Ezra", King David and other inspired Jewish and Greek writers, are rendered into modern English. The original stories of "The Three Wise Young Men" and Tobias (Tobit} have been reconstructed, whilst retaining as many of the later moralistic interpolations as seemed consistent with the original narratives. Tobias is especially important as it is the book drawn upon by Jesus of Nazareth for his most famous parable and maxims. Other books represented include "Susanna", "The Visions of Ezra", "Proverbs", "Psalms", "Baruch" and "The Prayer of Manasseh."
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Nov 27, 2010John 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... More > 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 molly martin ===========================< Less
Oct 15, 2009"Why the Christian Church Lacks Wisdom" On September 15, 1974, I officially joined the Assemblies of God. This church teaches that the Bible is infallible. What Bible? Unofficially, members believed that the Bible of choice was the rigorously condensed King James Bible, an edition with no Preface, no variant readings or footnotes, abbreviated books of Esther and Daniel, and the complete omission of Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Jesus ben Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, The Prayer of Manasseh, both books of Esdras, and both of Maccabees. Sexual allusions in the Old Testament -- no matter how slight -- were purposefully modified or deleted (yet detailed descriptions of horror and violence were retained in full) ostensibly to make the work a "family Bible." In the New Testament, John's Gospel was translated from late manuscripts that had been deliberately altered to modify John's slighting references to Peter. These were just some of the faults of the Bible regarded as infallible... More > by the entire congregation except the Pastor and myself. To their credit, the hierarchy of the Assemblies of God did make an effort to wean people away from their beloved King James, but to little avail. The Assemblies of God is the world's largest Pentecostal denomination. Yet here they were, trying to teach people about the Holy Spirit without a Biblical text book. Although there are two such text books in the Bible, detailing not only the character and functions of the Holy Spirit but ways in which the Holy Spirit can be invited into a person's life, they could not use either of them, because they were not included in the little King James Bible all the people were using. So they had to fall back on personal experience. One Sunday night, we had a guest speaker, a pastor in his eighties who'd spent his entire lifetime seeking the Holy Spirit. He told us what he'd found out through personal experience over 65 years. I didn't have the heart to tell him after the service that in two seconds flat he could have found out all and far more than what he'd so painstakingly gleaned over 65 years simply by opening a Bible -- a real Bible -- and turning to chapters 6 through 9 of Wisdom.< Less
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- by John Howard Reid (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- John Reid
- August 17, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.51 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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