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The Twice Told Tale: Parallels in the Bible is a title by Abba Bendavid that attempts to help the reader make sense of I and II Chronicles, a part of the Bible that is often overlooked. This English edition (using the classic text of the King James Version), of a work originally written in Hebrew, provides the entire Book of Chronicles in one column, with the parallel verses from other books of the Bible in an accompanying column on the same page. In arranging the text this way, the reader is able to see the parallel texts that are found not just in Kings and Samuel but also the Pentateuch and the Prophets. Words or phrases that are omitted in one source are represented by blank spaces of appropriate length in the opposite column, allowing for the reader to make their own deductions from the duplications, differences, or even silence of the text.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Carta Jerusalem
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.5 X 6.5 (inches)|
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John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Extremely Useful!September 28, 2017John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Twice-Told Tale: Parallels in the Bible is an English rendition of Abba Bendavids infamous work Parallels in the Biblea collation of parallel accounts from the Hebrew Bible. Bendavid is an accomplished Hebraist and respected linguist, and author of Biblical Hebrew and Mishnaic Hebrew (Tel Aviv, 1967).
The Twice-Told Tale begins with an introduction by Mordechai Cogan. Cogan is professor emeritus of Biblical History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of numerous books, including The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel (2nd edition; Carta, 2016). Cogan is also the editor to the present volume, and the introduction, though brief, provides a rationale for the choices therein.
There is much to be celebrated about this volume. For starters, it is both comprehensible and exhaustive. The reader is able to easily find the desired text and analyze the various parallels which mark the Hebrew Bible. There are also numerous pages dedicated to the content layout to help cultivate the usefulness of the volume for future reference. Readers that are familiar with Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels by Burton H. Throckmorton or Synopsis of the Four Gospels by Kurt Aland will find the navigational concept of The Twice-Told Tale similar.
The above celebrations are not without a number of shortcomings. First, and probably foremost, while Cogan does offer justification for the decision in the introduction, the use of the KJV is somewhat of a disappointing choice for a volume of this scope. Cogan advises that the use of the KJV is primarily due to the literalness of the translation, but there are numerous literal translations on the market that would more aptly appeal to a target audience. KJV is a safe choice, but likely not the best choice. Second, the organization can get cluttered and distracting at points where there are multiple parallels on display. A wider footprint could have provided more real-estate and offered a more user-friendly experience. Lastly, the use of roman numerals to designate chapter divisions is another somewhat confusing editorial choice. It will certainly be an unnecessary hurdle for some readers.
The Twice-Told Tale: Parallels in the Bible by Abba Bendavid is an excellent and trustworthy resource. It permits readers to identify the duplications, differences, and silences in the parallel accounts, and allows them draw conclusion from the variant verses. Mordechai Cogan has done an admirable service bringing this volume to the English-speaking world, and despite the shortcomings above, it is a highly recommended resource. It will encourage readers to search deep and understand wider, and should thus be consulted often.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Help!May 30, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Carta Jerusalem continues its trend of providing unique, interesting, and helpful titles of the type that you just cant find anywhere else. This title by Abba Bendavid makes sense of a part of the Bible that many have trouble with and usually just overlook the Books of Chronicles. Probably you have struggled through the multiple genealogies that begin Chronicles and the chapters that seem to repeat Kings. This book is a tool that will really enliven your studies of Chronicles and help you see why it is not a pointless repetition.
This English edition of a work originally written in Hebrew is edited and ably introduced by scholar Mordechai Cogan, who is known for his work on Kings. He explains the design of the book and how to glean the most from it. He further explains why the KJV with its more literal translation method is a good one for this project.
The book provides a collation of parallel texts to see how Chronicles compares with other texts. Those parallels are, as you would expect, with Kings, but also with other texts going back to Genesis. Its design is primarily that you can do your own study and draw your own conclusions.
This volume lives up to its press and is an outstanding asset for all students of the Old Testament. I highly recommend it!
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