From the dramatic find in the caves of Qumran, the world’s most ancient version of the Bible allows us to read the scriptures as they were in the time of Jesus.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible: The Oldest Known Bible Translated for the First Time into English is the first full English translation of the Hebrew scriptures used by the Essene sect at Qumran. (The Essenes, along with the Pharisees and Saducees, were among the three most influential Jewish groups of their time [150 B.C. to 68 A.D.]). Between 1947 and 1956, in 11 caves overlooking the Dead Sea, more than 800 manuscripts of two types were found. The first are called “biblical”–because they contain material that was later canonized in the Hebrew Bible; the second are called “non-Biblical”–because they contain poetry, rules for holy living, and imaginative, midrashic interpretations that are unique to the community that produced them.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible comprises the biblical manuscripts, including many new Psalms, Apocryphal books, and previously unknown readings of Deuteronomy and Isaiah (which appear to have been among the most important books of the Bible to this group of Essenes). The translation of each book is preceded by an introduction that describes the text’s importance to the Essenes, their distinctive interpretations of the text, and suggestions of how historical and political events may have shaped these interpretations. Translators Martin Abegg Jr., Peter Flint, and Eugene Ulrich have loaded this volume with scholarly notes and commentary, but their interpretations are formatted in a way that does not impede the general reader’s enjoyment of the book. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible breathes new life into scripture by delving into the earliest source material yet discovered. It is a crucial work to reckon with for anyone interested in Jewish life around the time of Jesus. –Michael Joseph Gross
An intriguing read, to say the least. Mostly biblical and upholding the contents of the bible as we know it, some things contrary to the writings we have learned from books not canonized into the bible as we know it, and others not seen before, which need to be studied. Some of what I read upheld much of the existing scripture and some other things were but commentary on what was written. Majority of what was captured was fragmentary at best. Oh, but what a discovery it was! Unless you are a great student of the bible and archaeological finds…this may, or may not, be a good book for you. You need to be a die-hard student. The writing is quite fragmentary and requires much in the way of assumptions.
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Every year at Christmas time it seems the baby in the manger takes more and more of a backseat to retail sales, Santa Claus, and political correctness. With “Merry Christmas” being replaced by “Seasons Greetings” and court ordered removal of public nativity scenes, the fruit of Mary’s womb is falling on hard times. But this year, Kirk Cameron is taking back Christmas with his engaging new movie KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS. Opening in select theaters November 14, the newest movie from the star of Fireproof and Unstoppable is filled with laughter, warmth, and God-honoring cheer! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS will change the way your family sees and celebrates this magical time of year. In KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk’s sister’s annual Christmas party is about to be ruined by Kirk’s brother-in-law Christian, who is chock full of no-fun Scroogery. Kirk realizes it’s his job to grab Christian by his seasonal sweater and show him Christ where Christ has always been: smack dab at the center of all the Christmas hoopla. KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS provides a biblical basis for our favorite time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” Take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in … and then take back Christmas!I (C) IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
I found this short video (1 hr 15 mins) to be an especially informative with respect to certain paganistic ideologies attributed to Christianity, but are quite misunderstood. However, Kirk Cameron explains each of these misrepresented and misunderstood concepts & ideologies very well.
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A no-nonsense, 7-step, guide using the power of habit for self-improvement, good health, confidence and happiness.
If you’re ready to leave behind old habits that have been weighing you down but don’t know where to begin,The Habit Fix has a big, bright arrow that points to “START HERE”.
If you’re serious about swapping a lifetime of unhealthy habits for good, healthy habits but can’t see a clear path through, The Habit Fix will guide you, and you”ll enjoy it!
Very simplistic and a very easy read!
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Eighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter served in the Grand Army of Napoleon between 1806 and 1813. His diary intimately records his trials: the long, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland, the disastrous Russian campaign, and the demoralizing defeat in a war few supported or understood. It is at once a compelling chronicle of a young soldier’s loss of innocence and an eloquent and moving portrait of the profound effects of all wars on the men who fight them.
Also included are letters home from the Russian front, previously unpublished in English, as well as period engravings and maps from the Russian/Soviet and East European collections of the New York Public Library.
Not my normal book to read, but found it rather interesting, from both a historical and warfare perspective. You know certain things happen during war, but more often than not many things are not discussed.
A very interesting look into the meaning of “sovereignty”, which these days has been made out to be a very dirty word in line with communism, fascism, anarchy and may other anti governmental mindsets. But the fact of the matter that each and every person is a sovereign individual, in light of the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the rights given us by God (or as Thomas Jefferson put it Nature’s God.) These unalienable rights, which our founding fathers fought to preserve, that we would be recognized as a sovereign nation in the eyes of England. The power politic resided solely in our hands as “We the People”; however, we have become so lazy that all “We the People” actually do is bitch and complain at the television instead of taking action. But there are a great many things we each can do in order to reclaim our sovereignty and increase our power as individual State Citizens. Much of the information presented was backed by court cases and laws which remain on the books.
Of the three books (at that time) I found this to be the most thought provoking and the most challenging to that which I had learned growing up. Growing up you are taught a great number of things, historically; however, to have the audacity to question what you were taught was unthinkable! As you get older, possibly become wiser and more cynical – you end up questioning most, if not everything. This book presented many points-of-fact from history and I began to see our history in a completely different light…the blinders were officially off! This book should be just the beginning in lifting the blinders from your eyes and enable you to see past the revisionist history we were taught. You may think the history became re-written within the 20th century, but it went as far back as President Adams with the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798. Hmmmmmmm! Our politicians have been tugging at our shirt-tails since the beginning, you ask? Yes, indeed…they have been doing that and more.
George Santayanna once wrote, in essence, that a people who do not study their history are destined to repeat all their mistakes, again and again! This is one book that illustrates the repetitiveness of our ignorance to history, both ours and the world.
Godspeed & Good Read to all!
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