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Idioms in the Bible Explained and A Key to the Original Gospels [Paperback]

By George M. Lamsa (Author)
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Discusses the language and sayings of Jesus, explains idioms, metaphors, and colloquialisms used in the Scriptures, and looks at common customs during biblical times

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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..

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 23, 1985
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0060649275  
ISBN13  9780060649272  
UPC  099455013000  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

George M. Lamsa was born in 1893 and died in 1975.

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Simple, but very enlightening...   Apr 11, 2008
This is a rather simply laid-out book, but I found it very informative on Aramaic idioms and how they are apparent throughout the Bible. Many of them are self-explanitory, but some are very difficult to discern without this book. For the price, it's certainly an interesting and enlightening read.
Good study source  Feb 26, 2008
Every language has idioms, and the translation from Aramaic to Greek to English has left much to be desired. This fills in the gap for many verses in the NT and OT.
Although Lamsa did his work by himself as Jermone did in the Latin Vulgate; there are some things that appear opinionated with need of confirmation. A great reference for scholars.
Idioms in the Bible Explained and A Key to the Original Gospels  May 8, 2007
George Lamsa is one of the foremost Ancient Aramaic Scholars in the world today. He offers great insight to idioms and difficult scriptures in the bible. I myself am a Christian author and his handling of Eli, Eli, lamana shabachthani is right on. (My spelling may be a little off on these Aramaic words because I do not have them in front of me.) If you want to better understand the bible and the society during Jesus Christ time on earth than this book is a must for those who really want to see the accuracy and the integrity in the word of God.
A helpful study tool.  Feb 17, 2007
The purpose of this book is to help us understand the idioms used in the Bible.
Part One is broken down into books by order;Genesis first etc..
A phrase and location are listed with a translation.
An example-Gen.49:24 "His bow abode in strength" means he will become a valiant warrior.

Some of the translations in this book are "off the mark" in my opinion.
The number 666 meaning Nero Caesar.
The Sons of God from Genesis 6 being Seth's descendants.
These ideas are debatable.

A Key to the original Gospels(Part Two of the book) has some interesting information.
"Eli,Eli,Lmana Sabachthani" the phrase uttered my Messiah shortly before his death is rendered-"My God,my God,for this I was kept."

Mr.Lamsa may have went a bit too far looking for symbolic meaning in passages that have a literal meaning.
While I don't think that this book is without error, it has value as a tool for studying some difficult idioms.
A Lot To Be Desired With This Book  Feb 14, 2007
This book reads like a book of lists, whereas I wanted a book that would go into the social context in a more explainative way. I was very disappointed.

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