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Nicely laid out dictionary of the Bible. An intriguing approach

  • Aug 21, 2013
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Author Stan I. S. Law points out that what we have in the Bible is a flow of Hebrew words, arranged on a page, and all the rest is interpretation. Some Christians might say the words were placed in precisely that order by God. As we read our favorite version in our favorite language, some of us claim the words and translation are both guided and designed by our Creator. Still others trust in God and turn to Him for interpretation of what cannot be fully known. Stan I. S. Law looks at what he calls the “inexorable demise” of organized religion, views the Bible and related books through lenses of symbols, science and history, and offers his dictionary to children of an Age of Individualization.
While my personal interests lie in the real (historical and scientific) world of the Bible, filled with real people, loved by a real God, I enjoy the author’s allegorical interpretations. I delight in symbols. I love parables. And as stories and words repeat, reflect and refract, I love the timelessness of interlocking meanings.
But how do you “use” a dictionary when reading in translation? The author offers an intriguing introduction with Biblical passages quoted around bracketed alternative words. Footnotes remind the reader of symbols—“son” as “consequence,” “10” as “executive power,” “land” as “bare ground,” and more. Moving from Exodus, through Isaiah, to Revelation, Old Testament to New, comparing faith with knowledge, and inviting question, the author shows how his dictionary can be used.
And then he provides a truly comprehensive dictionary. Place names, people’s names, names of nations and more are interspersed with common (and uncommon) nouns and verbs, all with their various options and meanings displayed. The format’s plain and simple (and dictionary-like), and the result is truly intriguing.
While new translations of the Bible look for literal accuracy, and modern interpretations seek original meaning in the light of historical culture, this author looks for symbolic accuracy, repeated (and timeless) ideas, and internal structures reflecting the heart of individualism. Even if you’re interests are different from the author’s, this book is a pleasing and helpful way to find out more about the Bible’s words.
 
 
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this dictionary by the author and I promised my honest review.

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August 25, 2013
Very informative for theology enthusiasts!
 
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Stanislaw Kapuscinski, (aka Stan I.S. Law) an architect, sculptor and prolific writer, was educated in Poland and England. A refugee from Poland at 13, then at 33, having overcome numerous difficulties, he began his search for the secret of life. Now, he is a successful writer, happily married for 25 years, with an assured future. His special interests cover a broad spectrum of arts, sciences and philosophy. At times he seeks inspiration in the Peruvian Andes, or solitude under sail. His books (articles, short stories, poetry) attest to his particular passion for the scope and the development of Human Potential. He authored more than twenty-five books, forteen of them novels. His non-fiction explores Ancient Myths, Biblical Symbolism, Immortality and the mystery of Visualization. Three volumes of Essays (Beyond Religion) investigate the Nature of Being. Generally, if you suspect you are more than flesh and bones, read Stan Law. If you want to be sure, read Stanislaw Kapuscinski.
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