Idioms in the Bible Explained   -     By: George M. Lamsa
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Idioms in the Bible Explained

HarperOne / 1985 / Paperback

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Lifelong Bible translator George M. Lamsa clearly explains nearly 1000 crucial idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech that will facilitate reading and understanding the Bible for student and general reader alike. He further uncovers the original meaning of biblical teachings by discussing at greater length such topics as ''The Sayings of Jesus,'' ''Early Translations,'' and ''The Language of Jesus.'' 104 pages, paper, Harper & Row.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 1985
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 X .37 (inches)
ISBN: 0060649275
ISBN-13: 9780060649272
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World-renowned Bible translator and commentator George M. Lamsa explains nearly one thousand crucial idioms that will enrich reading of the Old and New Testaments for students and general reader alike.

Lamsa, who was raised speaking Aramaic in a community that followed customs largely unchanged since the times of Christ, offers fresh, accurate translations of important idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech found in the Scripture--and provides clear explanations of their meaning of biblical context.

Just as Shakespeare, Milton, and Browning wrote in the vernacular for English-speaking people, Moses the prophets, and the apostles wrote for their own people in the plain language of their times, so that even the unlearned might understand God's Word. Over the centuries, inaccurate translations and misunderstandings of customs and concepts have led to difficulties in bringing the biblical message to contemporary English-speaking readers.

For example, when a man says to Jesus, "let me bury my father," Lamsa points out that this expression means, "Let me first take care of my father until he dies." Traditionally, scholars assumed that this man's father was dead and that Jesus was not interested in his burial. Lamsa's scholarship offers a more accurate understanding of the intent and spirit of this passage.

Idioms in the Bible Explained and a Key to the Original Gospels goes far in correcting such errors that have crept into Biblical scholarship. Obscure and difficult passages from both Old and New Testaments are listed and compared with the King James version (though it will be helpful when used with any English version). These make clear the original meaning of such ancient idioms and assure that our grasp of the biblical message is more sound and rewarding.

To further uncover the original teachings of Scripture, Idioms in the Bible Explained and a Key to the Original Gospels, Lamsa discusses at greater length such topics as "The Language of Jesus," "Aramaic Phraseology," "The Sayings of Jesus," "Early Translations," and more..

Author Bio

George M. Lamsa brings to this work a lifetime of scholarship and translation of the Eastern manuscripts of the Bible. He was raised in Assyria; during his lifetime he translated The Holy Bible from the Aramaic of the Peshitta and authored over twenty books illuminating the original meaning of Scripture.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    June 17, 2013
    Jay Pugel
    Quality: 4
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    Dr. Lamsa, with the aid of one of his Bible students, took the time to diligently catalog numerous idiomatic phrases found throughout the Bible. This work assists readers in understanding the Eastern phraseology found in the Bible. Dr. Lamsa's work helps serious Bible students to get closer to enlightenment of the Scriptures. Although Dr. Lamsa only reveals linguistic meanings of idiomatic phrases studied, when reflected upon these meanings serve to unveil the spiritual meaning behind them. Serious Bible students should not stop consulting the context of the Scriptures, when using this Bible study aid. That being said, Dr. Lamsa's work is a must have reference to build our Biblical understanding.
  2. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    don't bother
    January 1, 2013
    James Wells
    Quality: 1
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    should be titled 'idioms of the Bible spiritualized' NOT explained....though part 2 was a little better in terms of providing background and some clarity to particular situations, for the most part, it was a waste of money.....get a good study Bible instead
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 4, 2009
    Glenn Pennington
    This is an excellent book that explains many misunderstood sayings. It really opens up the true meaning of many passages of the Bible.
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