Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 by Severain of Gabala and Bede the Venerable from Intervaristy Press is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. This edition, focusing on the Hexameron- the Six Days of Creation, is the English translation of Severian of Gabala’s In Cosmogoniam and Book 1 of Bede the Venerable’s Libri Quatuor in Principium Genesis. Severian was an early fifth-century bishop in Syria. He is very dramatic in his writing style and he tends to over explain dramatically. Severain refers to the writings of Chrysostom when dealing with Creation and the Fall. Severain does warn against interpreting the Creation of Man as anthropomorphic. In other words, God does not literally have hands and feet, but created man in His spiritual image. Bede the Venerable was a scholar from Anglo-Saxon England. Bede’s method of interpretation consists of two senses, the literal and the spiritual. He deals with history and the sciences of geography, geology and astronomy, but his method of interpretation is to look at how the text teaches about Jesus and the Church. Intervarsity Press has provided another excellent translation of ancient Christian texts into English. A look at the thoughts of early writers gives us a better understanding of how doctrine and traditions have developed over the years. I recommend Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 by Severain of Gabala and Bede the Venerable as well as all Ancient...Read More
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is part of Tyndale’s Life Application Bible Studies series. It contains 13 lessons, study notes, and the complete NLT text for all three books. The study notes are from the Life Application Study Bible and include background, history, geography, and culture. The book begins with an introduction to the NLT. It then discusses the Life Application Study Bible and its features, explaining why it is unique in how it helps readers to apply God’s word to their lives including explanation (explaining the passage), the bridge (relevance for today), and application (applying the passage to your life). Next is the complete NLT text and notes for each of the three books. These look as if they’re taken directly from the Life Application Study Bible and include notes, references, maps, outlines, and more. This is a very easy text to read and the notes are thoughtful, applicable, and well-written. Next is a study guide. The study guide leads you in using the lessons. There are 13 lessons and they include topics such as leadership, building a strong foundation, prayer, training leaders, setting a good example, respecting others, money, character, devotion, being spiritual, building courage, etc. Each lesson is tied to a specific passage with notes and includes from 12 to 20 questions to answer. The questions are designed to make you think about the passages...Read More
The King James Version is celebrating its 400th anniversary (1611-2011). In the past 400 years, the King James Version (KJV) has made a great impact on the English language. David Crystal, in his book Begat The King James Bible and the English Language, shows just how much the KJV has affected our language and gives many examples of words and phrases that are in our common in our daily speech. I’ve read the KJV for many years and I was still amazed at how much of our language comes straight from the KJV. Crystal covers words and phrases such as “let there be light”, “my brother’s keeper”, “two by two”, “thou shalt not”, “out of the mouth of babes”, “heal thyself”, “sowing seeds”, “fly in the ointment”, “seeing the light”, “nothing new under the sun”, “begat”, and many, many more. Crystal discusses how these words and phrases have affected our modern usage of language and the impact they’ve had on developing the English language. Crystal includes a comparison to other old English translations, which in itself is a fine comparative study. He further notes the importance and contributions of translators such as Wycliffe and Tyndale, among others. Crystal does a great job of showing how the King James Bible played an essential role in ‘begetting’ the English language. Highly recommended. Oxford University Press provided this free review copy....Read More
Marking the 400th birthday of the King James Version, Bible, The Story of the King James Version by Gordon Campbell from Oxford University Press tells of politics, religion, translators, printer’s errors, changed lives, the impact the KJV has had on the English language, and more. Campbell gives a nice introduction to the history of the Bible in English, discussing important translators and versions such as Wyclif, Tyndale, Coverdale, The Matthew Bible, The Great Bible, The Geneva Bible, The Bishop’s Bible, Douai-Reims, and the great impact they all had on the development of the King James Version. I’ve heard a lot of information about the history of translations, but I don’t always hear about the translation process. This book gives insights on how the KJV was translated. Campbell introduces some of the translators and takes us through their translation process including revision notes, language, style, and he even shows pictures of some work-in-progress documents that includes hand-written notes. I found this section to be very interesting. Campbell talks about some of the most important and influential KJV Bibles that have been published, including the most important revisions. He discusses the KJV as literature and shows the influence the KJV has today, discussing topics such as the King James Only movement. Campbell does a great job throughout the book showing how the KJV is the most important book in the English...Read More
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