Item description for The Voice: How The Bible Reveals Reincarnation by Jess Stearn L. Edward VanHoose...
When viewed from a historic perspective, the Bible's Old Testament offers descriptions of, from among many, certain personalities such as Elijah, King Ahab, and Queen Jezebel. These, when compared respectively with the New testament's John the Baptist, Herod Antipas, and Herodias, reveal the same similar and convincing parallels seen in the scientifically controlled case studies of reincarnation - ongoing for forty years - conducted at the University of Virginia's prestigious Department of Personality Studies. Headed by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the cases carefully confirmed that like those seen in the Bible, persons now alive were once dead. That is, the subjects preexisted as human beings before being reincarnated or "born again" into their present lives. More than three thousand cases have been documented. In examining biblical reincarnation, using similar scientific and historical methods, Captain VanHoose utilized two hundred eighty eight fascinating pages of documentation, thirty illustrations, and ninety three thousand - often humorous - well written words.
As to the previously mentioned three, of the Bible's famous and infamous saints and sinners, they are presented as regular folks and not dieties - allowing us to see that in their humanity, they were like ourselves. And like most ancient readers of antiquity, who believed in reincarnation, today's reader can readily see - as normal to the human condition - Elijah returning as John the Baptist, King Ahab returning as Herod Antipas, and Ahab's infamous wife Jezebel, returning as Herod's infamous wife: Herodias. One question to ponder in all is, is that if they were human beings - like us - and could reincarnate, then as a normal course, cannot other biblical persons, Stevenson's subjects, and the rest of humanity?
Jesus, in no uncertain terms, pointed out the Elijah/John the Baptist connection at least six times. Saint Paul preached preexistence, or our having been around before birth, using the word "before" over fifty times. He saw his ministry as an outreach to Greeks and barbarians terming them respectively - "The wise and the unwise." To wizened Greeks, establishing preexistence sets up the basis for this insight of Greek genius: Socrates. Hundreds of years befor Jesus, the sage said: "Souls go from here into the other world, and returning hither, are 'born again' from the dead. Now if it be true that the living come from the dead, then our souls must exist in the other world, for if not, how could they have been 'born again'? Galillee's genius - guess who - concured in putting it this way: "You must be born again."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.91" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jun 7, 2004
Publisher We Publish Books
ISBN 1929841078 ISBN13 9781929841073
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Conclusions don't follow evidence presented May 7, 2007
This book relies on (1) ancient writings that blend political and religious ideology, biased accounts of history, and myth, folklore and legend (the Bible); (2) studies that may be partly scientific in their design, but with conclusions not based on the evidence they provide (Ian Stevenson); and (3) the unscientific studies of Edgar Cayce--which may be factual in their content, but again do not provide evidence of reincarnation.
What the Stevenson and Cayce "evidence" actually suggests is that memories do not dissipate and some people may be able to experience thoughts of others, at least in part. This has nothing to do with reincarnation and everything to do with what we may refer to as "waves" of some type--maybe a type we still don't completely understand (we may designate them as psychic waves, since that may enable our ability to communicate about them in the face of lack of solid data. This is also apparently evident in so-called "psychic" abilities. This evidence suggests it is possible that people may experience thoughts others have had.
The bias of the writers, of course, is "proving" reincarnation. The authors are unsuccessful in supporting their position, because their conclusions don't follow the evidence presented. It's a useful book because it does present what is coming to be a leading Western view of the subject of reincarnation and it shows how researcher bias drives conclusions of any research effort, but it fails as a scientific effort.
Discoveries of Reincarnation in the Bible Mar 26, 2007
The author's discoveries are in three areas: Biblical scriptures, including the words of Jesus to his disciples, scientific methodology of Ian Stevenson, Ph.D., esteeemed psychiatrist at the University of Virginia and his sentinel work on "20 Cases of the Reincarnation Type," and finally, the readings given by Edgar Cayce, 20th century psychic and Sunday School teacher (all of his life). The book is reader-friendly and packed with information. The chapter on the different view points of religion on the soul's journery -- materialist, instant creationism, and pre-existance -- is worth its weight in gold!