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1.0 out of 5 stars Delivered Less Than Promised, 4 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Lost in Translation Vol 1: (Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of Our Faith) (Paperback)
First the good - there are some interesting facts in the book regardng Jewish practices and so when you first begin to read it, you begin to think that it is going to live up to the promise of its sub-title.

However as you get further into the book, facts are replaced by opinion and theory. There is of course nothing wrong with opinions and theories but particularly in regard to theology, you need a lot of reference material, especially scriptural to support your particular theory and interpretation over and above those of others.

As has been remarked by a previous reviewer, the substantiation for the theories is often somewhat sparse and as many of them are very well defined and precise but also very contraversial, the requirement for support for them is so much greater. This applies especially to the distinction between types of angels and the definition of demons. There seems to be a desire to distance God from the death of people as in the explanation that all the people killed in the flood were actually tainted by Fallen Angel genetics and therefore not really human. A suggestion is also made that such 'nephilim' still exist today and although they look like people, they really are not human but essentially demonic. This seems to be going towards some very dangerous territory.

As you go on through the book, you find factual errors, which begins to undermine yout confidence in whether the earlier information was accurate or not, as well as giving even less confidence in the poorly supported theories. Examples are that Abadon (who is described as a fallen angel from the top rank of angels along with the Satan) actually killed the first born in Egypt, being given the title of 'Angel of Death' to support that. This again appears to be an attempt to distance God from death of people but Exodus 11 and 12 are quite clear that it was the Lord himself who did the killing, so this assertion is scripturally quite wrong.

There is an assertion that Enoch was included in the Hebrew Canon as part of the Tanakh and this is then used as support for using Enoch on the same basis as scripture. Enoch is a very interesting book and does throw more light on many things and it is true that it was regarded highly in Jewish history but it was not considered to meet the necessary criteria for inclusion in the Tanakh and thus never was included. There are in fact no books in the Tanakh that are not included in our Bible. This factual inaccuracy is very misleading.

The section on colours was the part which totally destroyed my faith in the book. If you are going to relate physical things to spiritual meanings, you do need to get your physics right! The primary light colours are listed as Red, Yellow and Blue in the book whereas of course anyone with any elementary knowledge of Physics will know that they are actually Red, Green and Blue. The book states that Green light is composed of Blue and Yellow Light (and thus a secondary colour). This is of course completely the wrong way around and yellow is actually the secondary colour produced by a mixture or red and green primary colours. Their rainbow also has purple in it which I presume means violet but these are actually two different colours. As the proposed theological significance is based on this totally incorrect primary and secondary colour definitions, no credence whatever can be placed on it. That you could publish a book with such elementary and easily checkable errors does the authors no credit at all.

I have awarded one star as some of the early material in the book relating to fact rather than opinion is quite interesting but there are so many better books around on the Jewish basis of the Christian faith. I was convinced to buy this book at a Christian festival by a man who was very confident about its merits. I should have known better. My advice in regard to buying this book is don't!
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