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Deceptions and Myths of the Bible Paperback – June 1, 2000

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  • 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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I read this book about 10 years ago, and actually want to re-read it and independently verify much of what is written there piece by piece. I don't think Christians should ignore this book, and should probably spend some time and some cyberspace critiquing and discussing its flaws, merits, and any misinformation. I get the feeling a lot of people have read it.
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.
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This exposition by Mr. Graham is exasperating and invaluable. Like other reviewers, I desired footnotes and references not so much to back up the author's point of view, but to use as a guide to my own research. Noting that there would be no footnotes or bibliography, I took the book as a wonderful anti-religious screed that certainly breaks down in many places but is invaluable as an ignitor of new thought-sparks in any open-minded person. I have referred to Mr. Graham's book over the years as a source for inspiration! There are few books about the Bible that will suggest better to the reader that perhaps the Emperor Jehovah is wearing no clothes. If you are not satisfied with the confusing hotch-potch that is the Western Holy Book, join Mr. Graham for a non-stop rant.
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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.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend some years ago.
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.
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By B Corr on February 17, 2000
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Wow, I'm surprised at all the negative reviews here. I usually expect this sort of thing from fanatics. I think those who find so much fault in this book, either haven't fully read it, lack a logical mind to understand it, or perhaps lack the imagination to consider other possibilities beyond the "Creationism/ Big Bang-Evolution Paradigms". Also, I don't think it's necessary to have a purely "scholarly" work in this case. Graham's main thrust is to compare these ancient mythologies through the process of "correspondence and analogy" to which he adds a conclusion which he thinks is reasonable. Besides, "scholars" can often be trapped in the same old ways of thinking, particularly when it comes to translations of ancient texts. Many beliefs about the meanings of texts have been based on the assumption that the earlier translations were correct. Much of western though is based on these assumptions on top of assumptions about the myths. Therefore a new look, uncluttered by past assumptions, is at least refreshing. On the science criticism, I don't think any theory of planetary origins are set in stone. The current theory of the "Big Bang" has evidence that can be studied, and is based on sound logic, but I don't think you could find any open-minded scientist who would say that Graham's (or the myth's authors) theory is impossible.
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.
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