- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: Citadel Press (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806511249
- ISBN-13: 978-0806511245
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deceptions and Myths of the Bible Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Though I did like the book and found it to be thought-provoking, the main thing that makes me feel uncomfortable is that there is no biographical information on the author. I have searched web pages and news groups, but all I can find is more than a few quotes from this book, and others seeking information about the author him(her?)self, and the general reliability of his information. Obviously "Lloyd M. Graham" could be a pen name. However, the copyright is under simply "Lloyd Graham." Also disconcerting is the total lack of a bibliography. For a book which is written with a scholarly approach, there is little scholarly research cited! Other than the Bible, only a few other books are mentioned as sources, and only as footnotes at least in the edition I have.
Graham spends a lot of time outlining what can easily be described as New Age cosmology. The zodiacal precession theory he uses is reminiscent of what Anthony Burgess used as the foundation for his book "The Wanting Seed" (also recommended). One way to make this palatable is to view the astrological beliefs as what the [i]ancients[/i] believed, not necessarily the author, thus giving the Bible an entirely different spin than what we're used to. Someone familiar with Gnosticism would probably be more at home with this work.Read more ›
Much of the criticism of this book involves the lack of documentation, footnotes and bibliography. Would those who complain of these flaws also note that their Bible equally lacks original documentation, footnotes and bibliography? Graham attacks this book on its own terms. His intention is not to present another reverent scholarly text on the group of writings known as the Bible. Yes, this is a screed, but it is a brilliant screed. Graham's hermeneutics are original and do not indulge in the incestuous patter of which you may be accustomed. Do not mistake Graham's presentation of the mindset of the writers of the Bible as his own. Do not confuse his exploration of the confusion of the Bible as his own confusion. This book may be as important to your spiritual liberty as Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was to the freedom of the American Colonials. Let the man speak for himself:
"There is nothing 'holy' about the Bible, nor is it 'the word of God.Read more ›
It's very abstract and quite frankly I don't believe all the points about his own comosgonic/cosmologic theories. BUT, when it comes to doing some comparative religion, this book points out very succinctly where a lot of those Bible myths originated and it wasn't on Mt. Sinai.
Also, some footnotes and references would have been good. Like Isaac Asimov's Guide to the Bible, nothing is cross referenced. I find that unacceptable. But the book is otherwise quite good.
Perhaps the only real problem with this book is Graham's arrogance. I think he would have been much better off using phrases such as "I believe" and/or "it seems likely they (the original myth's authors) believed, or meant", although he often uses the phrase: "with our theory".
Any way you look at it, this book is a must read.Read more ›
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Interesting not sure about about a lot of the info but its worth readingPublished 1 month ago by CAMERON M.
This has nuggets of information and buckets of disinformation. Do not purchase this book thinking it's wholly correct, it's incredibly inaccurate and misleading in many... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maplefish
Well researched. Mind opening. I applaud Mr. Lloyd Graham for his contribution to the understanding of the hidden and symbolic language in the bible.Published 5 months ago by Dr. Sun
It is true that the book does not provide a bibliography, but the author provides plenty of references throughout the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mesfin Ayenew
This book changed my life when I first read it 25 years ago. While it's Gnostic underpinnings can be a bit heady for those not familiar with such things - it is still a mind... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Douglas Bryenldson
First let me say I'm not a bible believer, so I have no dog in this race. Having said that, this book is filled with so much non-sense and fiction that I had a hard time even... Read morePublished 8 months ago by no
Very informative information about the validity of the Bible. Truly explains how Christianity is just a version of the Pagan religions. All taken from prior religions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by roann