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41. The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth
by Scott Hahn
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-09)
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The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth reawakens a surprising ancient view of the Eucharist, as the harbinger of the supernatural drama described by the New Testament book of Revelation. Catholic theologian Scott Hahn thinks that many worshippers receive the sacrament of communion without ever considering its links to the end of the world, the Apocalypse, and the Second Coming. Hahn wants to change our minds; he wants us to know that "The Mass--and I mean every single Mass--is heaven on earth." Literally. So, Hahn declares, "Now heaven has been unveiled for us with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ ... Jesus Christ Himself says to you: 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me' (Rv. 3:20)." Hahn's enthusiasm, as evident even from these short quotes, is considerable--and infectious. Furthermore, he delivers his arguments with great levity (demonstrated in chapter titles such as "Oath Meal"), which makes The Lamb's Supper quite a tasty read. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very refreshing scripture-based interpretation of the Mass
Those who read Scott Hahn's "The Lamb's Supper" will enjoy a discourse/meditation on the importance of the Mass itself, and one that encourages Catholics to take interest in the most important actitivity of their lives. After giving an overview of the origins and history of the Eucharist, Hahn compares the Mass with the imagery in the Book of Revelation, which he discusses in great detail. Each Mass parallels the worship offered to God by the choirs of angels and saints, Hahn observes. At Mass, heaven and earth meet before the eyes of the faithful Catholics throughout the world. Hahn's Scripture-based interpretation of the Mass is refreshing, especially in our time, when the sacred character of the Mass is often neglected, if not ignored outright.

Exploring the New Testament "eschaton" in order to explain the Eucharist not only reinstills in readers some knowledge of biblical imagery and symbolism, but also, more importantly, connects these images with the liturgy. An understanding of this relationship between the liturgy of the Eucharist and biblical motifs can develop one's awareness of the cosmic and eternal dimensions of Mass, since, as many Catholic liturgies emphasize today, the Scriptures reveal an eternal God working in and through time. As Hahn points out, the celebration of the Mass turns the images about which we read into the realities that we experience first hand. Hahn also establishes a connection between an authentic understanding of the liturgy and an authentic practice of the liturgy. Faithful Catholics need to hear that the Mass is "heaven on earth"; but they also need to see this in the manner and disposition of the priest, the music selected, and in all other elements in the celebration of the liturgy.

Hahn's book, with its strong emphasis on the biblical symbolism as realized in the Mass, is highly recommended, particularly for prospective converts, and for Catholics re-learning their faith.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Calvinist who loved it!
I just finished Hahn's new book 'The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth'. I thought I was in a special camp since I considered historic liturgy to be the key to understanding Revelation, but I was suprised to find that it is historic catholic teaching.

Scott Hahn was a calvinistic presybterian who went to Gordon-Conwell TS but later converted to Rome. I read his first book (Rome Sweet Home) and thought it was stupid. But this one is really good. He gives the best explanation of Revelation I have yet to read.

Revelation is a book containing presbyters in vestments, altars, incense, saints in heaven interceding for saints on earth, hidden manna, sacrifice, chalices, a wedding feast, food imagery, liturgical formulas, judgement, angels, martyrs, and all this in the context of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ and His parousia. Sounds a little 'Romish' doesn't it? I found it very illuminating and enjoyable.

I was not convinced by Hahn's Catholicism by 'Rome Sweet Home', but this one is much more tempting. As a Protestant, this book scares me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real eye-opener
I remember several years ago, when I first became interested in my faith, that being the Catholic faith, and I decided that if I am to call myself Catholic, and if I am to practice my faith, and identify myself with the tag "Catholic", then I am to know what my Church teaches. I was also very clear with myself, in making sure that I didn't choose wishy-washy Catholic writers, such as Paul Wilkes (author of the horrible book "Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics") or the controversial Hans Kung, but with those who are dubbed, how shall I say this, orthodox in their presentation of that which we call Catholic. Scott Hahn definitely falls into that boat called "orthodox".
I am what people would call a cradle Catholic, yet, somehow, this teaching of the Church seemed to slip by me over my years of catechism. With the state of the Church in America, that shouldn't strike one as too odd, though. I do seem to remember at one point in high school, though, hearing a friend of mine allude to the theology presented so eloquently by Mr. Hahn. Other than that tiny reference to it, for eighteen years of my life, I was all unawares about the Mass (or Divine Liturgy) being heaven on earth.
So, initially, the book was over my head. I had no real holding place in my mind for what Hahn was presenting in his book. I was so used to hearing Protestant mumbo-jumbo about the book of Revelation in reference solely to that which is yet to happen; I was conditioned, as they say. So, I had to read it slowly. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. For me, though, it was definitely an odd thing, for I am definitely not a slow reader; but it was, alas, a good thing. I call it good, for I came away with a much keener appreciation for the Divine Liturgy.
Not long after I read this splendid book, I paid a visit to a local Byzantine Catholic Church. In Eatern Churches (at least Byzantine Churches), Catholic or Orthodox, the marriage of Heaven and Earth is represented in a beautiful, symbolic way. The area where the congregation sits is referred to as Earth, and where the altar is is referred to as Heaven. Between the two is an icon screen, called an iconostasis. It is literally a wall covered with icons, separating Heaven from Earth. In the center are the Royal Doors, adorned with an icon of the Annunciation. On either side are the Deacons Doors, adorned with either icons of Deacons who are recognized as Saints or icons of angels. Some Byzantine Churches go so far as to have curtains also, to ensure that one can't see on the other side of the iconostasis. As soon as the Divine Liturgy (what Eastern Christians call the Mass) begins, with the Great Doxology, the Royal Doors open, symbolizing that Heaven and Earth are now one and the same, as Heaven has now touched down.
Anyways, I apologize for my digression. In short, this book was wonderful. I have now read it four times, my most recent time being in one day. Some may view this book as one that shouldn't be recommended to anyone unless they're either Catholic or Orthodox, for it may come across as too strange for Protestant minds. I wholeheartedly disagree. This book contains splendid apologetics for the Eucharist, and also demonstrates quite beautifully that what Protestants call "New Testament worship" is anything but what is found in their Churches. Yet, Hahn demonstrates so with charity and, might I add, clarity. Read this book!

Joe Muir

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow
Gentle and informative. It deepens and inspires your understanding of Mass.

5-0 out of 5 stars God bless this author
My husband (a Protestant) and I (a fairly recent convert to Catholicism) both read this book this spring. We could not put it down! The sometimes silly chapter headings notwithstanding, this book is an incredible interpretation of both the Mass and the book of Revelation. I was aware that the book of Revelation certainly could be interpreted on four levels (what it says about our personal religious journey, what it says about the world of the Christians living at the time it was written, what it says about the future of this world, and its symbolic interpretation of God and heaven itself), but I had never made a connection between it and what we do at Mass (both Catholic and Episcopal/Church of England) and what the ancient Hebrews did in the Temple. This book is a gift from God. I plan to read and reread it many times. ... Read more


42. NVI/NVI Bíblia Biblingue Dura Negro
by Vida Publishers
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This new product is the first of its kind. For the first time, both the Nueva Versión Internacional and the New International Version of the Bible have been put together, in a parallel, bilingual version. Both concordances are included as a powerful tool for your study. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply a great Bible for a true believer
The hard cover edition is simply great, the silky pages are superbe in quality and the shared language layout is awsome. It is an incredible tool for everybody, like me, who enjoys religious material in both english and spanish.
Having both translations at hand gives you a new dimension of the Word of God.
Altough I feel a page marker is missing I still give this bible a 5 star rating. The slick black hard cover and the silky pages are top quality, it is just great.

1-0 out of 5 stars No me sirvio mucho
No me es de gran aporte tener dos traducciones (igles y español)
en paralelo.

Les recomiendo ver La Biblia de Israel, que trae el hebreo original y español en paralelo.

Bendiciones!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool. Easy to read.
I'm impressed with this tool...the Spanish/English are side by side and you can easily flip back and forth, whether it be for study or reading.

The binding and covers are solid, very high quality--I feel this is underpriced at $...

I highly recommend this resource, especially to anyone who wants to learn Spanish/English, or who evangelizes in those languages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Bilingual Study
I must say that I searched high and low for this type of translation. I wanted an English Bible written in modern text paired side by side with a Spanish Bible in modern Spanish text--a thought easier expressed than realized.

This version is absolutely perfect. For those of us studying Spanish, we can easily translate as the verses are side by side throughout the text.

Porque el SENOR es bueno y su gran amor es eterno!

5-0 out of 5 stars All Peoples Need Access
I need this same exact bible in paperback form. Prisoners in our jails and prisons, most of the time are not allowed hardcover books. Please refer me to where I can purchase this same book in paperback. ... Read more


43. The BIBLE CODE
by Michael Drosnin
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As God dictated the first five books of the Old Testament, He enclosed prophecies in a skip code--that is, every fifth letter in a sentence forms a word. The trouble is, the Code is so divinely complex, you need a computer to find it. Now that we have those, and author Michael Drosnin, you too can read God's secret messages in The Bible Code. Drosnin was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who turned into the Jeanne Dixon of the Middle East after "predicting" Rabin's assassination a year before it happened. Since then, with the help of mathematicians, he's been finding the bleak Future all over the Torah: an earthquake in L.A. (2010), a meteor hitting the Earth (2006, 2010, 2012, or all of these), and, of course, nuclear Armageddon (2000 or 2006). But don't write 2006 off yet, because the book says that the Code doesn't predict the Future, it merely reveals one possible future. Hmm. The Bible Code is this generation's The Late, Great Planet Earth. For those in the market, it delivers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good...Unsure...Not Bad...Interesting...Confusing
That's how I would describe this book. At first, I was amazed at the predictions found in the Bible, according to Drosnin. Then, I began to question exactly HOW these predictions were found. Drosnin does tell us but I would have preferred a much more detailed scientific explanation than what was offered. However, I must say that all of the predictions were quite stunning and one has to wonder if this is all true.

It's similar to the UFO/Alien debate. There are lots of compelling reasons to believe in UFOs and aliens and then there are lots of books to dispute the topic. The same with the Bible Code. I did read an excellent refutation printed by Scientific American. After reading this article, I began to question whether the Bible code predictions were valid.

Nevertheless, if you keep an open mind, the book is not that bad. If you read the reviews which disprove Drosnin's theory, you may not like the book. Read the book first then read the negative reviews.

Shortly after reading this book, I was stunned when I heard there was an earthquake in Japan (September, 2003). Drosnin's book said that another, major earthquake was going to strike Japan between 2000 and 2006. So, I don't know what to think!

1-0 out of 5 stars Assasinations foretold in MOBY DICK
Hola, im just spreading the word about assasinations foretold in MOBY DICK : (...). See for yourself and I'm glad I did a little research before jumping in and buying this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Want PROOF the Bible Codes are real?
This is the first book to bring to the public attention THE FACT that there is a Bible Code in the Bible.

Guess what, it's also in almost every written thing.

Recently work has been done to prove THE CODE is REAL and it does in fact exist within almost every written thing since all things exist within "the creation".

The FACT is someone is making a lot of noise on the Net using BIBLE CODES.

He's using the New Testament as his source.

He is SO ACCURATE the FBI has made him one of the most investigated people in the world due to his "warnings" that have all been based upon THE BIBLE CODES.

Anyway, look up these words and see what a real EXPERT on Bible Codes is saying about the future using matrixes from BIBLE CODES.

GODS BIBLE BODES is the book he wrote and his name is Sollog

Skeptics say the codes are fake since they are in everything.

When you see the person mentioned above using THE CODES to make hit after hit about the future, then you too will have seen THE PROOF the codes are real.

Drosnin should get a huge reward for being the first to bring this story to the public.

He's not an 'expert' on THE CODE like Sollog, but without Drosnin there would have been no Sollog Bible Codes.

You start with Drosnin and then when you are ready you look for SOLLOG and GODS BIBLE CODES

Then you'll know the future

It's not pretty but it is PROOF the codes are real

Let a skeptic tell you about the future from Moby Dick

They can't

2-0 out of 5 stars The Bible Code: Chariots of the Gods (Part II)
Those who seek to know the future by studying records of the past will surely be intrigued by Michael Drosnin's THE BIBLE CODE. Drosnin's thesis is that the Old Testament has buried within it a hidden code that foretells events that have ranged from documented occurrences from the New Testament to those of a general/historical/geopolitical nature which are yet to come. Drosnin, with help from Israeli mathematicians Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg, devised a mathematical computer program that reduced the entire original Hebrew text to individual characters minus vowels in a single continuous stream, which was then configured into a flexible series of arrays. They then used what is now known as an Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS) to identify recognizable word patterns that can be read from left to right, right to left, angled left, angled right, and just about any straight line pattern imaginable. The ELS program would then "skip" a fixed number of letters to determine if there were indeed a "hidden" message in the Torah. When they added actual names, dates, and places into the matrix, the ELS program scanned the entire Torah and revealed "hits" within close proximity to each other. These hits were hailed as references to people, places, events that were in the future of the events described in the bible. When, for example, they entered the name "Yitzhak Rabin," the ELS indicated the following hidden words: assassinated, 1995. And right on schedule, Israeli Prime Minister was assassinated on November 4, 1995.

What Drosnin and his colleagues have done was to tap into the universal desire for humanity for an explanation that our world and life are not a random series of chaotic events. There is a built-in tendency for the uninitiated to believe with no more proof than what is set forth in Drosnin's book. It is up to legitimate science to apply the rigorous methods of proof before the majority of hard-nosed scientists will accept this astounding thesis. There are two general objections to Drosnin: the philosophical and the experimental.

Philosophically, to accept Drosnin's thesis, one must first accept that a higher power at some point intervened to dictate to Moses the entire first five books of the holy Torah. This, by itself, is no small obstacle in that even the majority of those who read and accept the validity of the bible also admit that the Old Testament was not written exclusively by Moses or any other individual. Rather, the accepted current belief is that it was written, re-written, and edited many times over the centuries, with many entire passages added then deleted before the King James version was finally agreed upon in the 17th century. Since so many anonymous writers worked at cross purposes in distant lands at varying times, it is most unlikely that they were in some sort of secret cabal to produce a text that needed modern day computers to decipher.

(...)Experimentally, other mathematicians, most notably Brendon McKay of Australia, have called the entire process ridiculous and invalid. Among McKay's objections are the following:
1) With so many billions of letter combinations possible, it is a certainty that if you were to look long enough and hard enough in several dimensions, you will indeed find recognizable word patterns.
2) Drosnin does not indicate how many matched pairs of target phrases failed to return a hit before the use of synonyms returned a hit.
3) McKay was able to use other long texts (Moby Dick) using the same ELS program to get similar results.
4) Since Drosnin's original program eliminated vowels, then adding or subtracting a vowel from the target word would affect the probability of getting a valid hit.

(...)What THE BIBLE CODE boils down to is a gussied up new way to sell snake oil. Until such time as reputable scientists can predict then verify future events, then most educated readers will relegate Drosnin's theories to those of Erich von Donnikan, who similarly thought that human history has been altered by extraterrestrial influence. Besides, even if we know that a prediction is likely to be valid, then we are still left with the paradox of altering its occurrence so that it need not occur at all. What then the use of Drosnin's bible code at all.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Effort
As an historian and theologian, I approached this book with an open-mind, only to be bitterly disappointed. The premise is that as God dictated the first five books of the Old Testament, He enclosed prophecies in a skip code--that is, every fifth letter in a sentence forms a word. The trouble is, the Code is so divinely complex, you need a computer to find it.

First of all, how many people read Hebrew well enough to challenge this man's ideas? If you line up any series of sentences in a proper sequence, you can have it say anything you want.

Second, all of these prophecies were only found in this code after the fact. None of the future predictions have actually come true.

Finally, did the author, Michael Drosnin, actually predict Rabin's assassination a year before it happened? Ask yourself, how many Middle Eastern leaders actually died from natural deaths?

I would not recommend this book to anyone who wants to take the Bible seriously. The Bible is a book of faith and we don't need a computer to interpret it correctly. ... Read more


44. The Sermon on the Mount - Reissue : The Key to Success in Life
by Emmet Fox
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Catlog: Book (1989-10-18)
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The Sermon on the Mount--now passing its 65th birthday--remains a vital and provocative introduction to the ideas at the heart of Christian Science. At heart it means to be entirely practical, as the "Science" of the name would indicate. Denying any interest in theology (there is no theology in the Bible, Fox argues), the author instead suggests that what Jesus was after was results: "Jesus explains to us what the nature of God is, and what our own nature is; tells us the meaning of life and of death; shows us why we make mistakes; why we yield to temptation; why we become sick, and impoverished, and old; and, most important of all, he tells us how all these evils may be overcome, and how we may bring health, happiness, and true prosperity into our lives."

And the Spiritual Key? Fox puts it quite simply: "The Truth turns out to be nothing less than the amazing but undeniable fact that the whole outer world--whether it be the physical body, the common things of life, the winds and the rain, the clouds, the earth itself--is amenable to man's thought, and that he has dominion over it when he knows it." --Doug Thorpe ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Truth Works...
The traditional interpretations of Jesus the Christ's teachings have turned thinking individuals into opponents of the Bible. Well, Mr. Fox's work (I read the original version published in the 1930's) provides some acceptable insights.

While Mr. Fox's works are slightly skewed in his references to how the "European race" has civilized the rest of the world, brought order where there is chaos, etc., etc., there is a solid message here.

His analysis the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5, 6 and 7 in the Bible), demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the mind is the builder of all that is in the life of man and woman.

If you are a Christian fundamentalist who has decided not to question literal, traditional interpretations of the Bible in any way, this book is not for you. However, if you find that traditional, mainstream Christianity doesn't fit into your views of life and yet you still believe in the fundamental usefulness of the core teachings of Christianity, I offer that you do the following:

1) Read this book with an open mind

2) Test some the principles in your own life, applying the principles to the resolution of problems that have heretofore not been solved using other methods

3) See what happens.

Every New Thought book I review I also mention the works of Dr. Joseph Murphy's ("The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" is his most famous) because they have had such an impact on my life as well the lives of countless others. If you are new to New Thought and are trying to decide which books to buy, I say read Joseph Murphy Book "Telepsychics" where he discusses Emmet Fox and this book as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars A long trip back.
I am a recovering alcoholic. A few months back I went on an 8 day cruise to Central America. When the ship left the dock I was seized by a panic, I would be stuck on this ship, away from my support group in no less than a floating bar. I was up most of the first night. The next day I found this book (a friend had loaned it to me) and in desperation I started reading. By the end of the day my panic had passed and I felt closer to God than I had in a long time. I thought I had given up on Jesus many many years ago and that was the attitude I had when I boarded the ship. After reading this book I stepped on to the shore in Miami a Christian again, something I thought was quite impossible. This is a very powerful book. Mr. Fox sweeps away centuries of religious dogma and brings us back to the spiritual principals Jesus actually taught. I have read it several times since my trip. It has done nothing less than revolutionize my whole outlook on life and recovery. The right book at exactly the right time in my life. I pray it will do the same for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
I use this book as a daily meditation and study guide. It has dramatically changed my perspective on Christianity and life. This is a real spiritual study guide -- not for beginners or fundamentalists.

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware
I read this book and fell in love with it. Then, I started reading more books by Fox and doing research on his background and his fellow spiritual teachers. The strange part about his writing is he doesn't acknowledge Jesus Christ as being the true Son of God. He refers to him as Jesus and describes how other religion sects view him, but the writer himself doesn't acknowledge Jesus Christ as "the Son of God," in any of his books. His whole concept of spirituality is that each of us have the power through constructive thinking to physically change our environment and lives. Well this is true on certain levels, but as a Christian I am saved by grace and God's power, not my own. The way to salvation and God is through Jesus Christ, and not just changing our mindset only. If this was true Jesus would have died in vain. Don't just take my opinion, research his background for yourself and read more of his books and compare them to biblical scriptures. Pray for wisdom and insight while you do this. Satan sometimes comes to us as an angel of light. Be discerning.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you could only have one book
I can't count the number of times I have read this book over the last twenty years. And I have given copies of it to a great number of people over the years. I'm buying another copy today for a friend, and one to replace the one I gave away recently. It is truly an instruction manual for a successful spirital (and material) life. If I could have only one book to read it would be this one. And I read a lot. ... Read more


45. Tao Te Ching
by Stephen Mitchell
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Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

 

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2-0 out of 5 stars new age taoism
As a Taoist I am offended when I read people saying that it's irrelevant whether Mitchell's interpolation is a good "translation" of the Tao Te Ching, irrelevant whether this is a good introduction to Taoism -- what matters to these people, and nothing else, is whether this book "moved" them.

Imagine you're a devout Christian, and someone has read a particularly beautiful, but misleading and inaccurate, translation of the Bible. Suppose you complain that Christ's message has been garbled and distorted by the "translation" -- by someone who knows no Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek -- and this person replies: "It's pretty irrelevant to me whether this is a 'proper translation' of the Bible. If a piece of art, writing or performance touches you to the core of your being then all criticism is really obsolete," etc.

Okay, quick quiz: Who of you think it would be right for someone to misinterpret the Bible into having Jehova or Christ saying things They didn't say, and then defend that interpretation because it is relevant to them? Well, you might say, it's their right to see the Bible that way, but it's certainly not Judaism or Christianity, now is it?

Just as Mitchell's so-called "translation" is _not_ Taoism. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Of course New Agers simply don't care; if it makes them happy, "moves" them, and reifies beliefs they already have, who cares about us cynics complaining about the inaccuracies of the text itself? Just accuse us of being obsessed with textual criticism, languages, and with our petty, close-minded insistence on understanding Taoism and not twisting the Tao Te Ching for its easier but uninsightful digestion by Westerners with little or no concern about actually expanding their understanding of othr belief systems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching is definitive.
Next to the Bible, the most translated book in the world is the Tao Te Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of the Way. It lays the philosophical foundations for one of the world's great wisdom traditions, Taoism. Written approximately 2,500 years ago by the legendary sage Lao Tzu, this classic continues to inspire readers today. To translate a work that has been translated so many times before--and so well--may seem almost an act of hubris. But as the English language continues to evolve, it is the duty of the translator to attempt to restate a classic for his or her generation, in a language that they can best understand. Stephen Mitchell, in Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, has done that for our generation. And to him we owe a debt of gratitude. Huston Smith has called this translation "definitive," and he has spoken well. At first, a traditionalist may be startled by, for instance, Mitchell's referring to the master as alternately "he" and "she;" whereas, the original refers to the master as masculine, only, thereby reflecting the truth of things in sixth century B.C. China. But when one remembers that the translator is duty-bound to bring the ideas of the text to his or her contemporaries in a way that will have most meaning for them, then one can see the wisdom of taking such a liberty. And, after all, it is in the spirit of Taoism to adapt to the circumstance. As water sometimes comes to earth in the form of rain, sometimes snow, and sometimes sleet, but always in accord with the season, so this classic comes to us now in a form that is right for our own day. Thus, once again, this time with the help of Stephen Mitchell, the Tao Te Ching speaks to humanity, pointing the way.

1-0 out of 5 stars I am very confused as to how exactly this book got Published
My copy of the Daodejing is a wood-block print edition from China in traditional characters, thus, I don't really bother with buying new English Translations, especialy ones prepared for hippy wannabees by scholars with no credentials playing off of New Age fantasies and pop-culture.

Still, a freind of mine was given this book and brought it to me for evaluation, and honestly, I am very confused. I am confused as to why someone who does not speak Chinese would translate a book that is, even to Chinese speakers, elusive and dificult.

I am confused as to why a person would seek to rephrase a work that has already been translated inumerable times when they have nothing new to offer in it's study. Rephrasing other English language works is not typicaly something people pay for... other wise I will get right to work on rephrasing the works of Ernest Hemingway, and we'll see if the same publisher would pay me to do it.

I am confused as to why it is so hard for someone to get published if they have degrees and years of study in Chinese philosophy when apparently this novice can waltz in and publish something that isn't even good. I swear, I want his agent. He could probably sell snow to an eskimo.

I am confused as to why so many people would seem to get their study of philosophy from sources no more sophisticated than a shopping mall or a quote of the day calendar. New Age spirituality in America is very confusing to me, because it is taken so serriously, but it is so superficial. Anyone who had their 'mind totaly blown' by this book, or who gained a deep reverence for the ways of the east after reading it should realy realize they know nothing about what they are talking about, even if it does impress their friends at the coffeeshop.

Finaly, I am confused and so is Mr. Mitchell. He explains that he is qualified to make his marginal contribution because he spent a lot of time in Zen training. I'm a scholar of religions, so I don't want to make this too technical, but Zen is a form of Japanese Buddhism (it's Chinese counterpart is Chan) and the Daodejing is a work of Chinese Taoism. If he came face to face with Lao Zi during his Zen training, then I would hope his Roshi hit him really really hard with his Zen Stick.

Zen is Buddhist, the Daodejing is Daoist. Buddhist pracitioners venerate the Buddha, Daoist venerate the Dao, hence the names. Although there is some question of the integration of early Taoist principles into Chinese Chan Buddhism, the overlap is a concern for accademic scholars at best, and certainly, no Zen monastery keeps a copy of the Daodejing or a picture of Lao Zi around. Can we presume that Mr. Harrison was not paying enough attention during his Zen training to realize that modern Japanese Zen Buddhism and Chinese Taoism have nothing to do with eachother? What kind of training did he have?

In the end, I am just confused as to why someone would pay money for this book when there are others much better out there, others that are, for instance, actual translations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Liberal translation of an ancient classic
Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao te Ching is a refreshing departure from most literal translations of such works. The fact that he attempts to translate the meaning as opposed to the language of the text is what makes it refreshing as well as suspect. The reader must rely upon Mitchell's spirtual background to have faith that they are reading a book by Lao Tzu as opposed to Stephen Mitchell. This is a good book for a reader seeking an easy to read Tao. More serious readers should consider reading a more standard translation prior to reading this book. Despite this caveat, I found this to be an excellent second book and read it more often that the more literal translation that I also own.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT INTERPRETATION
I THINK THIS IS A GREAT INTERPRETATION OF "THE WAY" AND "TAO." IT'S SIMPLE...DIRECT....AND NOT "I'M GOING TO USE BIG WORDS TO MAKE YOU THINK I'M SMART". JUST PLAIN, SIMPLE, DIRECT ENGLISH TRANSLATION. THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT WISDOM, PSYCHOLOGY, AND OBSERVANCES IN EVERYTHING FROM WORK, TO RELIGION, AND ESPECIALLY EVERYDAY LIFE! IT'S ALMOST LIKE IT CONNECTS YOU WITH YOUR FIRST INSTINCTS ON THINGS. I RECCOMMEND THAT YOU BUY THIS. ... Read more


46. New Revised Standard Version Anglicized Edition With Apocrypha Lectern Bible
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The NRSV Anglicized edition has already received wide acclaim for the accuracy and elegance of its translation.It has already been adopted by many schools, churches, and colleges as their basic version of the Bible. OUP is now proud to announce the publication of a large format lectern edition for use in worship.This is an enlargement of the present text edition ensuring that the pagination is identical with the book that is widely used in the pew. This version is bound in high quality goatskin leather and the Bible is supplied with a loose presentation page and is boxed. ... Read more


47. God and the World: A Conversation With Peter Seewald
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Peter Seewald, Henry Taylor
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ratzinger interview part 3
I don't like writing reviews, but I was moved to after reading the 2* review given to this book. After 'The Ratzinger Report' and 'Salt of the Earth', here we come to the 3rd instalment of the Cardinal at interview. Frankly, it's the best of the lot, and I can't help but come back to it time after time. It touches on many issues with such resonating authenticity and authority that I reckon that you cannot fail to find something to take away and be enriched by. It really does enrich. And it is amazing to think that it is answered off the cuff, as the moment called for. Buy it. It's well worth it. Even if you don't like Ratzinger, or don't give a flying f*ck about religion, he comes up with some real pearls.

2-0 out of 5 stars a bit wishy washy and cotton wool
Ratzinger is rather ambiguous in this book in certain doctrines. he doesn't sound 'staunch' or 'orthodox'. seems to be trying to please everyone and it gets 'foggy' at times. rather sad. ... Read more


48. The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance
by Edward W. Goodrick, John R.,III Kohlenberger
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49. Many Religions, One Covenant: Israel, the Church, and the World
by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Foreword by Scott Hahn
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5-0 out of 5 stars The theological centrality of Jewish-Christian relations
Cardinal Ratzinger presents a lucid summary of the central theological issues arising out of the covenant shared by Jews and Christians. Insisting (properly) that the Abrahamic and Chrisitian covenants represent a single movement of God in his work of reconciliation of human kind, Ratzinger shows how the work of Christ is a fulfillment of God's promise announced in the covenant with Abraham-- 'all the nations of the world shall be blessed through you'

Ratzinger recognizes that for this blessing to be realized, priority must be given to the relationship between Jews and Christians. Until Christians recognize their fundamental kinship with Judaism and Jews, and until that recognition leads to reconciliation between them, the proclamation of God's reconciling work in the world will be truncated and compromised. He recognizes that the often tragic misunderstandings in Chrisitian Jewish relationships raise very specific difficulties, especially for Jews, and Christians have a major responsibility to address those difficulties.

Ratzinger's presentation should be read by Christians, Jews and others for the clear and consise scriptural and theological perspective it offers. I am not a Roamn Catholic but one need not be Roman Catholic to appreciate the charity and discipline that inform this work.

Jim Woods

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple and profound
Just when you think all's been said on a topic, Joseph Ratzinger throws yet more light from a different yet utterly orthodox angle. I bought this book thinking Scott Hahn was co-author, but he writes only the foreword. Ratzinger isn't afraid to raise difficult questions and tackle them head-on. O, the lucidity of the catholic mind. ... Read more


50. Revelation:Four Views : A Parallel Commentary
by Steven Gregg
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An even-handed summary of the four traditional views of Revelation in parallel columns.This convenient presentation not only gives you the information you need on these key views, but also informs you about outstanding commentators on the book of Revelation throughout much of church history.A wonderful addition to any Bible study resource library. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Straight from the Horses' Mouths
This innovative book lets you read several different views of Revelation by placing them side by side. In most cases, you get Dispensational, Historicist, Amillennial and Postmillennial points of view. But in some places [such as the letters to the 7 churches] a different aproach is needed, and is given.

Often people are totally unaware there is more than one view, and this is where books like Gregg's are so helpful. If they make you less certain, this can only be a good thing, where things are not as clear as some would like to make out.

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars As good as a book of this type can get
This is an easy-to-read, clearly articulated description of the main lines of interpretation on this book, presented in parallel format, so you can check one perspective with another right on the same page. As such, this book's main strength is also its main weakness. It offers very clear, unbiased descriptions of the Historicist, Preterist, Futurist, and Spiritual/Idealist views of Rev. 1-19, as well as Premillennial, Postmillenial and Amillennial interpretations of Rev. 20. Thus you get a very well-written articulation of each view (whereas in many other commentaries on Rev., it is difficult to know exactly which approach the author is taking, what implications that approach has on the rest of the book, or what other interpretive options exist.)

What you DON'T get here is an interaction between the views (as in Pate's "Four Views" book); this commentary doesn't point out the strengths or weaknesses that have traditionally been associated with each viewpoint. After reading it, you will understand the differing viewpoints much better, but you won't be much closer to making a good, informed decision yourself, on which approach you think is stronger.

In short, this is an excellent supplementary commentary to have, in addition to another comentary that actually takes a stance on some of the issues. This is definitely a commentary worth having, but get Aune's or Beale's commentaries (for example) in addition for some top-flight research that focuses on drawing conclusions rather than summarizing options.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have reference book for a serious Bible student
This is a great book to read along with the book of Revelation. I also suggest that you listen to Steve Gregg's free audio MP3 series on the end times and his verse by verse teaching on Revelations. You can find them at www.thenarrowpath.com then tape download page > When Shall These Things Be? (Also known as 'Eschatology series') and for the revelation vs. by vs. teaching go to www.thenarrowpath.com then verse by verse teachings > Revelations.
Steve is a great teacher who is always seeking truth even if it proves his own teaching wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else quite like it
This is a terrific book! The author has researched a vast array of commentaries and commentators on the book of Revelation and given us a summary of four different ways of interpreting the book, straight from the mouths of proponents of the various views.

It is obvious that in such a work he cannot be exhaustive. Furthermore, he doesn't really try to prove any one position but simply tries to let the advocates of the various positions state their views.

As a pastor I find this book valuable. Although I obviously have more time to study the bible than most I don't have all the time in the world. I don't have the time to wade through a dozen or more commentaries in preparing to teach on the book of Revelation. However, I have the responsibility to teach accurately and to fairly represent different views which are found within Christendom.

This is where the book shows its greatest strength. Full time scholars will wade through all of the commentaries, but pastors and bible teachers whose time is more limited can turn to this book as a reference on the differing views.

One of the things you will find is that there are four broad categories of approach to the book of Revelation - the historicist, preterist, futurist and idealist. And you will also find that within those categories there are differing angles which are taken on particular passages. This could be discouraging to some because it may make you come away thinking that the task of understanding the book of Revelation is hopeless.

On the other hand, maybe God has a purpose in this confusion. I believe it was Pascal who said something along the lines of this - God did not give us the bible to tickle our intellects but to tranform our our lives. I probably butchered the quote, but the point is that maybe God gave us Revelation in the form it is in to help us understand His greatness and our smallness. Maybe the book of Revelation has received so many different interpretations because God doesn't want us to figure it out or become experts, He wants to humble us and reduce us to awe and wonder at His power which is so richly displayed in the book of Revelation.

All of this is not to say that we can or should be agnostic when it comes to interpreting the book of Revelation. I have a definite opinion on the book and am prepared to argue it. However, this book has tempered my argumentative spirit. It has helped me to see where those I disagree with are coming from and shown me where those opponents have pointed out legitimate weaknesses in my own position. Most importantly though, it helps me embrace those brothers I disagree with as we eagerly await the return of Christ.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most unbiased commentary on Revelation I've ever read...
I was first told about this book by my Professor of NT Studies who saw it at a conference in Denver. He didn't remember what it was called, but I searched and found it. He loved this book so much that he printed out the name, editor & ISBN for the entire class. I picked up a copy of this yesterday, and couldn't be happier.

This commentary parallels unbiased ideas on the for views of Revelation from verse to verse: Extreme Historic, Preterist, Extreme Futurist and Spiritual. Whatever viewpoint the apostle John had, no one knows for sure. I am a Preterist, I believe he was writing the book not only for the seven churches of Asia Minor at the time, but for future purposes. However, I respect the other viewpoints. That is what is so great about this commentary. It gives equal opportunity and authority to every perspective, and makes very well in case (if at all possible) you choose to mix certain views together to form your own. It is a fantastic way to learn 4 times the information in one single book and develop a very good understanding of what the Lord has to offer in His Divine will.

Revelation is a complex book, and one so often underrated and taken as a book only "scholars" can read and enjoy (or at least understand). This commentary defeats that view and is the best commentary I have seen on Revelation to date (even better than the SAD Tim LaHaye Revelation Unveiled). Pick this one up. ... Read more


51. New International Commentary on the Old Testament
by Robert L., Jr. Hubbard
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52. Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament and New Testament
by Walvoord
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The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Old Testament) and The Bible Knowledge Commentary (New Testament)

Help from expert scholars in understanding the Scriptures!

• What does that verse mean?
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• What is the significance of this word or phrase in Greek or Hebrew?
• How do Bible-time customs help me understand the meaning of this passage?
• How can this alleged contradiction be explained?
• How does the information on the author, historical background, and features of a Bible book help interpret that book?

The Bible Knowledge Commentary answers these and other questions about the Scriptures, discussing all the Bible verse by verse and often phrase by phrase. In addition, maps, charts, and diagrams help you grasp the meanings of the biblical text. Unlike most others this commentary is by authors from one school—Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary—popular in style and scholarly in content—will deepen your understanding of God's written Word.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary will be welcomed by a wide spectrum of Bible studnets, form the beginner, who will find it easy to understand and easy to use, to the advanced, who will find it consistently thorough and reliable. The readable style, combined with careful scholarship, make this a Bible study aid I and others will add to our "most-used" shelf of books.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Two-Volume Bible Commentary Set!
Walvoord and Zuck's two-volume commentary is an excellent resource for the Bible preacher, teacher, scholar, or student.

Packed full of pertinent information for each Bible book, the typical format for a particular is as follows: 1) Introduction (including: historical setting, characteristics, audience the book is addressed to, author and date, historical proof for the book, and the book's purpose), 2) Detailed outline of the book, and 3) Commentary on the book.

While the book lacks the number of maps and charts of other commentaries, the authors have produced a well-written and detailed commentary that will benefit anyone: pastor preparing a sermon, teacher preparing a lesson, or student or unbeliever wanting to learn more about the Bible.

A highly recommened resouce! ... Read more


53. The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle
by Karen L. King
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Lost for more than fifteen hundred years, the Gospel of Mary is the only existing early Christian gospel written in the name of a woman. Karen L. King tells the story of the recovery of this remarkable gospel and offers a new translation. This brief narrative presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge. It rejects his suffering and death as a path to eternal life and exposes the view that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute for what it is - a piece of theological fiction. The Gospel of Mary of Magdala offers a fascinating glimpse into the conflicts and controversies that shaped earliest Christianity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Woman Apostle
A great deal of mystery surrounds the recently discovered documents of early Christianity. The conflict they create with the accepted Gospels lead some to dispel them as heresy, refusing to acknowledge them as Christian docterine. The issue is worth examining. For those who seek, shall find!

Much of the Gospel of Mary of Magdala is missing, destroyed by years of decay where it was hidden. The portions that we have tell two main stories. One story shows Mary to be motivating the apostles to spread the word after Jesus's death. The other story is Jesus discussing the soul's passage into the afterlife. Much like the Gospel of Thomas, many of the stories from the canon gospels are absent. The Gospel of Mary does give readers insight into the importance of Mary in the development of Christianity. The author speculates as to why the canon Gospels downplay Mary's role. Karen King also explores the myth of Mary of Magdala as a prostitute as part of this discussion.

While we may never know the complete story of early Chirstianity, the new Gospels and lost writings help us get a more complete picture. Because Christianity was spread so far by different people, stories will not always be exactly the same. This accounts for differences in Gospels and schools of thought in Christianity. The big picture of Christainity stays largely unobscured.

5-0 out of 5 stars So who was Mary anyway?
WOW! This book will open the eyes of those who are willing to consider Mary Magdalene in ways other than the ways orthodox tradition has portrayed her. If you're looking to broaden your ideas of the role of Mary during post crucifixion times, this is the book for you. Karen L. King provides examples from scripture and texts from early Christianity to back up her statements. It's easy reading, yet thought provoking.

5-0 out of 5 stars A scholarly work should not be confused with a work of faith
Reviewers who downgrade this scholarly work have confused their beliefs with an impartial evaluation of the merit of this book.

The scholarship here allows us to have a glimpse of the early Christian era separate and apart from the politics--and power--established by the Church.

To say that the Bible in its current form fell from heaven is to preach ignorance, and anyone who wants to know the truth about Jesus and his message will embrace this and other scholarly works if they love the truth.

5-0 out of 5 stars THe apostle to the apostles
Even in the canonical gospels Mary from Magdala was a remarkable woman. She followed Jesus, witnessed the crucifixion, saw the empty tomb and was one of the first, if not the very first person, the risen Christ appeared to. In Karen King's translation of the Gospel of Mary, she is no less remarkable.

Incomplete, brief and based on three fragments from the 5th and 3rd centuries the Gospel of Mary reveals what Andrew refers to as "strange ideas." In a dialogue first between the risen Savior and disciples, and then between the disciples themselves about a vision of Jesus and teachings revealed to Mary alone ideas are presented that are unique to this gospel although there are clearly echoes of these ideas in other sacred writings. For example, there is a distinction made between the material body and the soul with the true self defined as the soul alone. Sin exists only when the soul is distracted by passions of the body and therefore is estranged from spiritual concerns. The familiar, "seek and you will find" is interpreted as the need to seek inwardly to discover the spiritual that is within us all.

The teachings from Mary's vision of Christ are disputed by Andrew and denied by Peter who says he does not believe that Christ would tell a woman what he did not reveal to men. Levi confronts Andrew and Peter affirming that Mary is spiritually mature and as worthy as anyone. Levi then heeds the direction given by Jesus to go and teach the word.

Ms. King discusses the changing role of women in the early church and the gradual establishment of the canonical gospel. Perhaps most interesting of all, she emphasizes the variety and diversity of early church writings and beliefs reminding us that our religious heritage is much more unsettled and unsettling than out view from the present looking backwards may suggest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Readable
THE GOSPEL OF MARY OF MAGDALA is a scholarly work written in a very readable style. One of the main benefits of reading this book is the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the many different competing ideas which flourished during the early years of Christianity. The Gospel of Mary represents one viewpoint which just happened to lose favor in the long run. Anyone interested in topics such as women's leadership in the church or the authority of apostolic tradition will surely enjoy Karen L. King's latest publication. ... Read more


54. The Message Remix: Bible in Contemporary Language Duotone Brown & Navy
by Eugene H. Peterson
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55. NASB The Message: Parallel Bible (New American Standard)
by Eugene H. Peterson
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56. How to Study Your Bible
by Kay Arthur
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5-0 out of 5 stars Spritual weight lifting!
If you are looking for a tool to build some spiritual muscle- the inductive study method is one heck of a workout! Kay Arthur trancends denomination and gets you into the meat of the word with a challenging and detailed series of steps. If you really put the time and effort into learning this method, no other study will seem quite enough. You will learn to let scripture interpret scripture and learn the rule of context (which is that "context rules!"). Like any fitness goal, with time and persistance you will attain such a level of spiritual fitness that you will be able to dicern whether the pastors you hear, and the commentaries you read, are grounded in the truth of God's word or not. It will help you filter whatever teaching you encounter through the eyes of personally learned truth. Kay Arthur isn't self promoting, she's bible promoting. And as far as spiritual fitness goes- in my opinion she's the Arnold Schwartzenager of bible study!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent study tool...
I've been a Precept student for over a decade now, and there's nothing like this. In fact, this tool is so good (as are Precept's study courses) that seminarys across NA recognize it as solid... some will even transfer Precept courses for accreditation towards a degree. If you want to get serious about your time in the Word and want to find meat instead of fluff, then this is the best place you could start - learning how to interpret and apply the Scriptures for yourself. The methods that Precept Ministries teach are solid and true - the novice to the scholar can can benefit from this form of study method. This book shows you how to do everything from word studies to structured analysis of text. Excellent stuff through and through and highly rewarding for the serious Bible student. Get a copy and dig in!

4-0 out of 5 stars A good study guide
Looking to get in-depth with your Bible Study? This is the book for you. The inductive method is perhaps the most intense type of Bible study. It also requires the most amount of work.

Arthur's book does an excellent job of providing an introduction to inductive study. I say introduction because this is not a long book and does not go into extensive detail on any one point. Listed below are some of the pros and cons I saw in this book:

Pros:
1) The book is very easy to follow. The language is plain and simple. A degree in theology is not necesary to understand what is being taught.

2) The appendixes and examples given are very well thought out and helpful. I've no doubt I'll be referring to this in the future.

3) This book teaches you how to study the Bible for yourself. You are given all the tools necessary. The author is obviously not a fan of commentaries as a first stop in Bible study but she does recommend you refer to them after you have done your own investigation.

Cons:
1) This book is short. It does not go into great detail in any one of its topics. This could be a problem for someone trying to use the inductive method just from reading this book. It's possible but could be difficult. It almost seems necessary to seek out one of the seminars on inductive study offered by the author. This gets to the second con.....

2) The constant referrals to other works by this author (In particular the New Inductive Study Bible) gets a little out of hand. After the first couple chapters I had had quite enough of the advertisements. Granted this was directing you to resources that could help but the repetition was very annoying. No doubt these are fine works. I was just tired of hearing about them.....

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a more in-depth Bible study.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bible Study Aid!
Arthur's title is an excellent supplement for anyone who wishes to know more about the Holy Bible.

Among the many points covered in the book include:

1. Basic principles of observation, interpretation, and application.
2. Be sure to understand the context of a Bible passage.
3. 7 principles for accurate Bible interpretation.
4. Word study tools.
5. Principles in overviewing a book of the Bible.
6. Different literary devices (parable, allegory, etc.).
7. Different ways writers of the Bible presented their thoughts.
8. Outlining a book of the Bible.

All in all, an excellent supplement for helping you learn more about the Bible!

Read and enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple techniques for serious study
Arthur's Inductive Method of Bible study is a wonderful technique for probing the depths of Scripture and discovering truth for oneself. This guide coaches you through observation, interpretation, and application of the Word of God. It's a little weak in the application section, but the heart of inductive study is the observation: what exactly does it say?
Many helpful appendices are included, particularly how to use Greek study tools to gain deeper meaning from the text.
The only drawback to this method is that some people may want more surfactory and less time-consuming method. But then again, as Arthur notes in the book's introduction, "Greatness is never achieved nor dreams realized apart from great discipline."
If you want to do the inductive method, I recommend the New Inductive Study Bible (NASB translation) or one of the new ESV Deluxe Reference Bibles because of their thicker pages, wide margins, large font, cross-references, and literal translation. ... Read more


57. Anchor Bible Dictionary
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Asin: 1577990943
Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
Publisher: Doubleday
Sales Rank: 105809
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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State of the art dictionary on CD contains everything from teh complete unabridged 6 volume print edition with illustrations and features more than 6000 entries from 800 leading international scholars.Includes the Logos Research Systems FREE viewer/search engine tool. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference and interesting reading
I bought this at the recommendation of one of my professors and I'm so happy that I got this as my first Bible reference software. Not only is the content absolutely fantastic, but the Logos system works great, even though I consider myself a beginner user so far. I keep my notebook with me in class and can very quickly find supplementary information that is related to topics being discussed. It is also great to have at my fingertips while doing homework when I run into a new idea in my reading and want to get another explanation for it. I also love the links to the Unabridged Theological Dictionary of the NT. I currently use the books in my seminary library, but am looking forward to getting that on CD-ROM as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Dictionary, Easy Computer Interface
There are many bible dictionaries available on the market but the Anchor Bible Dictionary (ABD) is probably the most comprehensive and represents the finest of biblical scholarship. There are more than 7200 pages, 6000 entries from 800 leading international scholars. Having it available through the Logos Library System is an enormous advantage (if you want something even better than Logos, check out the Accordance for Mac version of this dictionary). You can do quick searches, easy cross-referencing and also sorts of other fun stuff. If you are going to invest in a Bible Dictionary, you can't do wrong with this CD-ROM version of ABD. ... Read more


58. Lighting The Way Home Family Bible, Wedding Edition That Perfect Wedding Gift
by Thomas Kinkade
list price: $89.99
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Asin: 0785258620
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
Sales Rank: 477009
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For years, Thomas Kinkade has gripped the hearts of millions with an art style that captures the warmth and wonder of life. Now the art of the Painter of Light is celebrated in the Book of Light - the Bible. A beautiful collector's family Bible featuring Thomas Kinkade art, this one-of-a-kind keepsake is an ideal "turn-of-the-century" heirloom for anyone's Christian library, and the Wedding Edition is the perfect gift for that special couple. It includes an heirloom wedding photo frame on the inside front cover.

Thomas Kinkade® is America's most collected living artist, a painter-communicator whose tranquil, light-infused paintings bring hope and joy to millions each year. Each painting Thomas Kinkade® creates is a quiet messenger in the home, affirming the basic values of family and home, faith in God, and the luminous beauty of nature.

We've been hard at work streamlining the best-selling Lighting The Way Home Family Bible and lowering the retail price. Here's what we've done:

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lighting the way home family bible
    Most gorgeous bible I have seen. All the beautiful paintings will totally put you at peace while you're browsing this bible. All the inspirational verses and text are another way to get to know T. Kinkade, the artist and man. Have bought this for more then myself, everyone is just in awe seeing it. Scripture is very easy on the eyes, just done exquisitely, and with amazon.com
    so affordable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiritational
    I just received this bible for Christmas and I must say that it is the most beautiful bible that I have ever seen. Inside are pictures of Thomas Kinkade's work which are absolutely gorgous and inspiritational. If you are in the market to buy a new bible this is one I highly recommending purchasing. I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Illuminating the Message
    I can think of no finer artist to illustrate the Message than Thomas Kinkade! This magnificent volume is generously filled with his heart warming illustrations. Appropriately, his talent with a brush conveys his ability to capture the light and illuminate from within. I feel a stronger connection reading God's word with this Bible than I do with the one I have had for three decades. Indeed, worthy of being an heirloom!

    5-0 out of 5 stars NKJV Family Bible Review
    This is a great Bible, even if you buy it for just yourself. It is a New King James version, so it still has a definite poetic ring to it, yet it is fairly easy to understand. It also has beautiful illustrations that I sometimes spend hours looking at. This is a great Bible for anyone! The whole thing is flawless. ... Read more


59. Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God
by KAY ARTHUR
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Asin: 1578564395
Catlog: Book (2000-10)
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Sales Rank: 23393
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Enjoy the expanded and updated editions of the best-selling "Lord" Bible Study Series from Kay Arthur.The "Lord" study series is an insightful, warm-hearted Bible study series designed to meet readers where they are--and help them discover God's answers to their deepest needs.

Discover the Limitless Power of God's Name.

        So much of our confusion and pain results because we don't know God -- who He really is, how He works in our lives.
        But with Lord, I Want to Know You, that will all change. When you know God more fully by studying His names -- Creator, Healer, Protector, Provider, and many others -- you'll gain power to stand strong. You'll find strength for times of trial, comfort for pain, provision for your soul's deepest needs. And your walk with God will be transformed.
        Let Kay Arthur guide you through the Scriptures in this deeply insightful study. Your daily time with God in His Word will introduce you to the limitless treasure available to you as His child. And these are truths you can share easily with others, individually or in small groups.
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2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
This book is a study of the names of God. However, I found some of the commentary and discussion points a stretch - discussing sexual abuse when studying the account of Hagar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study
Studying the names of God is a great way to increase your love and devotion to Him, and this easy workbook will help you. Kay style of teaching allows you to discover the truth from Scripture for yourself instead of taking her word for it. The result is an exciting, multi-week focus on the God who gives us life and peace. He is worth knowing intimately!

There's also a beautiful coffee table version of this book, re-edited for crisper text and illustrated by Timothy Botts. If it's still in print, it's worth seeking out.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Study
I would recommend this study for a Christian of any level. In the western world, names are not as significant as they are in the middle eastern culture. Consequently, names don't mean as much to us as they possibly should.

This study takes you through, not only the names that God has been given by Himself and others, but WHY those particular names are used. Kay Arthur's books do not just tell you why, she has questions that are designed for you to go and learn for yourself. This is a great study method for both individual and group study. This way the knowledge actually becomes part of you. For the beginning Christian, this study helps you to learn more of God, His faithfulness, His characteristics, and such. This makes your personal relationship with Him all the richer. This also holds true for the more mature Christian. This is a study that does take some time, thought, research, and reading. But the most important part of this study (and any study that a Christian does) is prayer. Then you are inviting God to make Himself better known to you.

This study does take a commitment of time and energy. If you are looking for a study that makes you dig into your Bible in a deeper manner, get this one. You will be richly rewarded for the effort that you put into it. By the time that you are prayerfully done, God will be even more personal to you. Christ's words of John 15:15, "...I call you friends." will be even more of a reality of your life with Him.

5-0 out of 5 stars to know Him is to love him
This book helped me to come to know God more intimately. Such an intense study of the character, nature and attributes of God...that help those who want to know God up close and personal. Kay Arthur gave us the means to know that God is more than just a name, but His omnipotence is real, His omnipresence beyong what can be fathomed. In the Old Testament His people called on Him by His many names and it helped to understand how God is there in every aspect and every detail of our lives. This study was well written and delivers one into an arena that leaves you wanting to know more about the One True God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will greatly enhance your understanding of God...
Studying what God says about Himself, based on the names He uses for Himself in the Bible, is not only very enlightening, but also really helps you to know that you are not putting your faith in an abstract God, but in a multi-dimensional God of great power and love, who is completely worthy of our love and devotion and is fully capable of caring for those He created, us. ... Read more


60. The Inspirational Study Bible
by Max Lucado
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Asin: 0849951232
Catlog: Book (1995-03-07)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
Sales Rank: 74866
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In addition to the complete text of the Bible, there are over 700 essential "life lessons" - which are teaching units designed to give you a better understanding and appreciation of the Scripture passages.Plus, Mac offers fresh introductory comments for each and every book of the Old and New Testaments.You'll also find 48 special inserts offering encouraging words from Mac on a variety of inspirational topics, a dictionary/concordance, a topical index, and 100 of the most inspiring passages of the Bible - personally selected by Max Lucado.Unique among all Bibles combining both Bible study and inspirational tools. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the Best Study Bible
I really love my Max Lucado Inspirational NKJV Study Bible. It's a wonderful study bible with many sidebars of life lessons of Lucado's teaching guides. This the only one I use because it helps me to have a better understanding of the Scriptures. Each Book of the Old and New Testaments are laid out in an instruction manual style. All chapters are boldly titled to explain the situation for each one. The Life Lessons examines more closely the situation, makes observations, gives inspiration, makes application and gives further explorations of other scriptures throughout the Bible. It's chalkful of footnotes of many reliable references. Throughout this study gem are more inspirational ancedotes from Grace, Forgiveness, Suffering and Victory to God's Love, Hope, Prayer and Faith. And many more worthwhile inspirations that will bless your life. Even more, it has one hundred greatest thoughts, an index to selected readings, a dictionary with topical concordance, acknowledgments from many great references from the most notable names in Christianity. There's even a place in the back to add your own notes. I'm sure this is the only study bible you'll ever use. I find it to be the most comprehensive, enriching masterpiece of the Holy Bible yet. I would definitely give this as a nice gift.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Study Bible
I found this to be an excellent study tool. Max Lucado does not give a commentary on the verses. Instead he gives a life application lesson with the scriptures and a devotional thought. XCELLENT!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Inspirational Study Bible, the very best ever
I love the Inspirational Study Bible, mine is NKJV. It has truly opened the word up to me as never before. I love reading and studying from it. It helps me understand a lot more of what was going on at the times the books were written. Mostly it helps me apply the Word to my own life. It has spoiled me, I have hunted several times for it in leather bound, I sure wish they would make it. I would get 1 for every member of my family.
Mary A.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Study Bible by Max Lucado
Max Lucado is such a gifted writer. He is truly blessed by God. This bible made such a difference in my life when I needed it the most. It was clear, concise, and most importantly, portrayed Jesus to me in a way that I could truly understand. The summing up of the text and the highlights were very thorough. Definitely a keeper.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Inspirational Study Bible/King James Version
I purchased this Bible over 3 years ago and was so appreciative of the book as a whole. It was informative and the illustrations on the side gave me hope each and every day. Unfortunately, the Bible was stolen because it was in the driver's seat of my vehicle that was stolen in July of 1997. I have not found a Bible that has so much to offer as well as inform. I really love the way Max Lucado illustrates the Word. ... Read more


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