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#173 “Essential” Bible guides

Wow, that book is essential? Do you have any documentation on that? Besides Zondervan’s, I mean. Was it found with the Dead Sea Scrolls? Was it translated from Greek or Amaraic or Hebrew or from the Vulgate? Was it written on parchment or papyrus? Or maybe on some golden plates found in New York state. Did you have to use special glasses to read it, like Joseph Smith? At what point does Christian culture consider something essential and at which point does it veer into the territory of the Latter-Day Saints’ sacred texts? That would be an automatic disqualifer, wouldn’t it, as Christian culture has a definite opinion on Mormonism, and it isn’t good.


But maybe you didn’t mean your book is actually essential to understanding the Bible and the word essential is just for marketing or to emphasize how good you think the book is. If that’s all it is then I’m sorry, I misunderstood. But you did say essential.


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posted July 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I’m a firm believer that your blog should be essential reading for all Christians.

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posted July 23, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’m not against these books per se but what worries me is that they are used to reinforce a narrow view of the Bible and to stop teh reader thinking for themself.

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posted July 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

So where does that leave all those gigantic footnoted study bibles? Or are those out of vogue now?
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posted July 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

It’s abridged works like this that have allowed a generation of Christians to go out into the world without a working knowledge of the Law of Leprosy…..

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posted July 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Essential is just a catch phrase. It is mainly used because “For Dummies” is copyrighted. What it really means is “bare essential” or the least I can get away with. These books have a whiff of self-indulgence in their titles. I feel the same way about other books like “Essentials of Internal Medicine” and “Essentials of Model Railroading.”

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