And There Was Light Paperback – 22 Sep 1998
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Since there are hundreds of theories on the bible, I'm sure not all will be satisfied.
What I really loved about this book is that Errico did convince me that an Aramaic perspective really helps shed light on a lot of idoims and passages of the bible. Why? Because they have so many expressions that were never meant to be taken literally (like it's raining cats & dogs in english). Errico explains that Aramaic is a very colorful language and is known for many colorful expressions and unique idioms and cultural things that the Bible is full of, page by page and to be taken without the Aramaic light is a very limited venture. I think it is fair to say that an Aramaic expert can shed much light on Jesus' parables and idioms of the New Testament. Not a Hebrew or Greek expert but an Aramaic expert. This book shows many instances where things never made sense to me and after reading it from the Aramaic perspective it all "clicked". It makes a lot more sense and there are very few things now that make you say "WHAT! Why the heck would Jesus say that???" As was always the case for me before.
Of course there are 1 or 2 things I might question here, maybe, but they are rather insignificant in light of the great explanations Errico puts forth.
I think anyone who has a more spiritual slant (not dogmatic religious ideas) will enjoy this book. It puts forth a more natural, enlightened Jesus who was more of a teacher of self realization. This book presents his teachings as an inner process of discovering what is within not a strong faith based kind of thing that is traditionally set forth. It takes Christianity out of "hellfire and brimstone" stuff and makes it much more nondogmatic and spiritual.
I found the that perspectives used to generate the interpretations are interesting although exegesis could certainly be debated due to the translation methods. Inference is heavily used but in all fairness can not be discounted outright.
Literalists will find this book appauling as it directly confronts some of dogmatic interpretations that have been received through the Hellenistic worldview. However, I wouldn't necessarily classify this book as a Hebraic roots text if that is what you are looking for.
I think that this is a decent book in that may force the serious student to examine the foundation of their respective interpretations in light of the fact that most do not read the Bible with a cultural sensitive background. This book may serve as a launching point to a study of near eastern cultures as they relate to the Bible but is certainly not exhaustive.