An inspirational labour of love,
This review is from: Patterns of Creation (Paperback)
Steve Pope's book has been many years in the writing - I've been lucky to have known Steve for more than 20 years now and have attended some of his workshops. This has been a true labour of love.
The end result is more than worth it. Steve has taken the entire prologue of the Gospel of John and translated it in the mystical terms that most likely would have been used at the time (when the oral tradition was much stronger than the written one - 95% of people did not read or write).
Together with these beautiful translations, Steve has placed the teaching fairly and squarely in the 21st century, showing us how ancient wisdom is still valid in the modern world. He also includes simple meditations.
It shows that the teaching of Jesus (and the mystical teaching of the time) is all-embracing AND it shows it with Biblical text and translation. This is incredibly valuable in the modern world where the fundamentalist will quote the Bible at the spiritual believer. Without wishing to encourage 'Bible tennis' it is wonderful to have contemporary but clear alternative translations to work with.
The book takes a wider brief than just the prologue - giving a clear and concise view of the life and times of the people who wrote the Bible, and a sensible and not over-complicated guide to the Kabbalistic tradition.
I won't give it away, because the whole book is worth reading, but Steve's translation of Jesus' 'well-known phrase, 'I am the way the truth and the life...' made me go 'Yes!' and feel a tremendous sense of relief and joy.