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The Hidden Power of the Bible: What Science of Mind Reveals about the Bible and You [Paperback]

Ernest Holmes
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher; Reprint edition (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425112
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Paperback. Pub Date: 2006 08 Pages: 240 in Publisher: Tarcher of The inspiration of Ernest Holmes has reached hundreds of Light Rail Transit Feeder of readers through his classic works. many of which are just now becoming available in paperback Originally published in. 1929 as The Bible in Light of Religious Science. this exegesis on the hidden lessons of some of Scripture's best-known verses has been largely unavailable-and even unknown-since the 1940s. Indeed. this edition comes as a and-new work to the many readers of Ernest Holmes. It is fully reset and redesigned. published for the first time with an index. and includes a new preface to frame the book for the contemporary reader.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of creative thought 22 July 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This exegesis on the hidden lessons of scripture's most familiar passages was first published in 1929. The new edition comes with an index and a preface in which it is explained how every religion has exoteric (outer) and esoteric (inner) aspects. For example, ritual represents the exoteric whilst the experience of the participants are esoteric. These two aspects have also been likened to the difference between a map and a journey.

It is difficult to describe esoteric experiences as they are associated with a different state of consciousness. But by contemplating the meaning in our Judeo-Christian scriptures we unite thought with emotion to reveal a deeper meaning. According to Rabbinical tradition there are four levels of understanding:

The face value or literal interpretation is called Pashat, the next level is called Remez (hint) which is the implied meaning. The third level is Drash (search), the allegorical or typological application. Finally there is Sod (hidden), the secret meaning of the text which often involves the numerical value of words and letters. Holmes' exegesis is of the interior type: Remez, Drash and Sod. This approach makes the reader contemplate what passages might mean personally rather than literally.

Moses taught the universal law of cause and effect, and Jesus revealed a direct relationship between God and mankind. Religious Science is a science of mind and spirit - psychological, metaphysical, mental, spiritual, idealistic and practical. Prayer in faith, believing, restores our sense of oneness with the Creator. This book first provides the Biblical passage which is then followed by a detailed exegesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of creative thought 22 July 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This exegesis on the hidden lessons of scripture's most familiar passages was first published in 1929. The new edition comes with an index and a preface in which it is explained how every religion has exoteric (outer) and esoteric (inner) aspects. For example, ritual represents the exoteric whilst the experience of the participants are esoteric. These two aspects have also been likened to the difference between a map and a journey.

It is difficult to describe esoteric experiences as they are associated with a different state of consciousness. But by contemplating the meaning in our Judeo-Christian scriptures we unite thought with emotion to reveal a deeper meaning. According to Rabbinical tradition there are four levels of understanding:

The face value or literal interpretation is called Pashat, the next level is called Remez (hint) which is the implied meaning. The third level is Drash (search), the allegorical or typological application. Finally there is Sod (hidden), the secret meaning of the text which often involves the numerical value of words and letters. Holmes' exegesis is of the interior type: Remez, Drash and Sod. This approach makes the reader contemplate what passages might mean personally rather than literally.

Moses taught the universal law of cause and effect, and Jesus revealed a direct relationship between God and mankind. Religious Science is a science of mind and spirit - psychological, metaphysical, mental, spiritual, idealistic and practical. Prayer in faith, believing, restores our sense of oneness with the Creator. This book first provides the Biblical passage which is then followed by a detailed exegesis.

Titled "Readings From The Old Testament," the first part examines passages from the story of creation with chapters like Involution And Evolution, Man's Spiritual Nature and The Story Of The Fall, and from the teachings of Moses the Great Lawgiver, with chapters on The Divine Presence and Blessing And Curse.

Part two is titled "Readings From The New Testament" and is divided in two: From The Teachings Of Jesus and From The Epistles Of The Apostles. The first includes pieces on the secret of prayer, religious morbidities, the kingdom, the prodigal son, the two great commandments, love balanced by law and the Holy Comforter. The second includes passages on the law of correspondents, symbols, intuition, God's law of liberty, the armor of God, doers of the Word and the prayer of faith.

The great psychologist Henry James called it "the religion of healthy-mindedness." This New Thought approach, variously called Religious Science, Mental Science, Science of Mind or Divine Science, is especially helpful in healing those who have been abused spiritually or who suffer from spiritual exhaustion.

In this book, the section called Religious Morbidities reveals that morbidities come from false judgement. We must first clarify our own vision and carefully guard our thoughts. Then we must praise constructively and bless creatively. It is the ultimate cure for depression: loving givingness, pouring one's energies into good causes makes you receive a new inflow of life.

For similar investigations of the hidden meaning of scripture, I recommend Around the Year with Emmet Fox and Power Through Constructive Thinking by the same author, as well as Can We Talk To God? by Ernest Holmes. May the reader be blessed with insight and understanding.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 19 Sep 2007
By Cathleen M. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Every paragraph is rich with meaning and insight, every thought worth a lifetime of contemplation. It really helps to be familiar with the Bible, but it is not necessary - this book is gently and clearly written in such a way that anyone can reap the riches of what the Bible truly has to offer.

This is my introduction to Ernest Holmes, truely a wise and remarkable manm long before The Secret became an evolutionary trend.

Please do not mistake Religious Science for Christian Science or Scientology. It is neither.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Work 3 Aug 2010
By VanPatten Roux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Probably Ernest Holmes' best and most important book. Well written, insightful, and studied. More people need to read this book, the world would be a much better place for it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 Jan 2011
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have commented on the excellence of the author's writing and insight and I agree, but I wanted to comment on the Kindle Experience of this book.

It has a clickable Table of Contents in the front of the book. Very helpful in finding your way and re-visiting some favorite chapters.

I always look for comments on the Kindle Experience in book reviews. Sometimes it makes a difference in what version you purchase.

When you open a Kindle book, it usually goes to the first chapter. If you want to view the "front matter" of the book, copywright info, publishing edition, Table of Contents, etc., you can use the PAGE BACK button to get to the cover of the book and then page forward. OR you can use the Menu, GO TO function to find the Table of Contents, which is sometimes in the back of the book and sometimes non-existant.

Hope this helps some new Kindle owners.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for everyone. 10 Sep 2012
By Vybz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ernest Holmes is an excellent teacher, and communicator. What you already know about the Bible will be expanded on, and challenged to the next level. Covering both the Old and New Testament, Holmes allows you to see the deeper and hidden meaning of what is written, how it applies to everyone, and the part we all play. Holmes does not sell religion, but opens your Mind and Soul to the Truth.
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