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New Manners & Customs of Bible Times [Hardcover]

By Ralph Gower (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.45"
Weight:   2.365 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   Moody Publishing
ISBN  0802459544  
EAN  9780802459541  

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This careful examination of the first gospel brings a fresh vividness and depth to its account of Christ's early life and ministry. Verse-by-verse exposition, grammatical and syntactical studies, and cultural and historical insights add breadth and precision to your understanding of Matthew's apologetic for the messiahship of Jesus. Homiletic suggestions conclude each chapter. A valuable teaching resource and tool for personal study.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! RALPH GOWER (M.E., B.D., London Bible College; Ph.D., University of Liverpool) is currently the minister of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ainsdale, in the north west of England. He has spent most of his life in the area of Religious Education as teacher, lecturer, researcher, administrator and inspector, and has written educational material for teachers and children. He has contributed articles to various Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias and is the author of "The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times, Frontiers, Religious Education in the Junior Years, Religious Education in the Infant Years, "and "Life in New Testament Times." He has been a guide and tour leader in Israel. He resides in Lancashire, England.

Ralph Gower was born in 1933.

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For What It Is, Excellent  Dec 18, 2001
Let me give my reservations first:

1. The book has no bibliography and no notes at all.

This means that when the author says, for instance, that the "synagogue itself seems to have come into existence during the Exile", he gives you absolutely no way to evaluate what "seems to" means. Probably? Almost certainly? The preponderance of scholarly opinion? Does "seems to" mean that the institution might pre-date the Exile, or be more recent? No way to tell, and you're completely on your own for follow-up research.

2. The author often gives one explanation for a phenomenon without explaining that there are others.

For example, the author states, without qualification, that "Maccabeus means 'the hammer'". He neglects to explain that "hammer" is only one explanation for Judah the Maccabee's famously cryptic epithet. It might mean the "commander", or be a family name, or a statement of the uniqueness of God, or (my favorite) maybe it's better translated as "hammerhead" -- Israel describes most of its heroes as physically beautiful, but, strikingly, not Judah. Maybe he was an ugly cuss. Again, as there are no notes, you have no way to do further research on your own.

3. I don't know about the author's frequent use of the very broad term "Bible times." The impression the book gives is that most of the cultural institutions it describes were identical for thousands of years (and may still exist among, for instance, the Bedouin), with the exception of the rule of the Romans. Maybe this is true, but the phrase "Bible times" makes me a bit nervous.

Nevertheless, I recommend this book. Its many wonderful advantages include the following:

1. Profuse illustration. Photos, maps, schematic diagrams, charts and lovely artists' reconstructions really help you get an idea of the institutions and customs described.

2. Highly readable prose, accessible to any adult reader and even older children.

3. The book is divided into thematic chapters each of which ends with a subsection entitled "Now look at your bible," in which the author shows how information from the chapter clarifies specific biblical passages.

4. Similarly, the book does contain a Scriptural Index as well as a topical Index, allowing it to function very well as a reference text.

Good book for lay persons.  Apr 5, 2000
This excellent book is written in a very easy reading style - I read it in only a few days. It is a very useful book to read to help understand the Scriptures. It helps make sense of the meanings, especially in some of the parables of Jesus and the Psalms. I recommend it highly for people trying to better understand the Bible. It is not the best text for serious Biblical scholars, but great for the average Christian
Required Reading for Homeschoolers, Laypersons and Pastors  Dec 26, 1998
This excellent book adds necessary insight to your Bible Studies! The pictures, photos, maps and graphics add so much to our knowledge of life in Bible Times. THE BEST book on this topic! I recommend it to our homeschoolers all over the world!

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