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I read this book and was impressed with its remarkable insights into ancient Hebrew perspective, culture and biblical exegesis. The authors' focus is not only about devils and demons; they also cover topics from the Bible's Hebrew origins, to the understanding of covenant, the Jewish Feasts, as well as a refreshing look on ancient mythology. What's more, they profide great historical and scriptural evidence to support their views. I was appalled by Miss Edith Bottom's review. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but she obviously never read the book! I would highly recommend this book to all my friends! Buy it!!
This book is fantastic for those who want to understand the underpinnings of the Christian religion, its connection with the Hebrew roots and the origins of evil. But the book does not really focus on demons. It focuses on Torah and the roots of faith. It is very well written and full of information you would not get at the local church. Well researched and worth every penny.
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This Book is also sold under the Title "Lost in Translation Volume 1" with the subtitle of "Re-discovering the Hebrew roots of our Faith". This might cause a lot of confusion- I see one reviewer (above) bought the book twice as a result. I have already written a review for the other title and feel I should also place it here for balance. I found it difficult to know where to start with this critique so I'll begin with the sub-title "Rediscovering the Hebrew roots of our Faith". If this is what you really want to do then this book is not the one you should be starting with. To do that read Marvin Wilson "Our Father Abraham"; Oskar Skarsaune "In the shadow of the Temple" and Brad Young "Meet the Rabbi's". Also investigate the excellent material from "First Fruits of Zion", "En-Gedi Resource Centre" and other serious but accessible academics and speakers like David Bivin and Dwight Pryor.
This book which is written in a very easy to read style began with much promise, but I quickly grew uneasy as it progressed. It makes some very interesting statements as facts, but there were not adequate references (to my satisfaction) to back up or support what was being said. I was therefore never really sure that I could trust what they were claiming. This became more important as the book developed and moved into areas that the authors themselves admitted were controversial. They also make extensive use of the Book of Enoch to support their ideas. I know both Peter and Jude selectively quoted from Enoch, but that does not mean that we can do so freely and uncritically.
The book starts dealing with the language and culture of the second Temple period, and rightly stresses the importance of understanding this when reading and interpreting the scriptures.Read more ›
This book will open your eyes to God's plan for restoration of mankind back to Himself. From the beginning of time to the end, God has had an overridding plan. Man has a part to play to please God, to know and have relationship with Him. It is called the pathway of Covenant. People and the Church are confussed many times by their understanding of how God wants us to grow this relationship and our responsibility and the blessing that comes from its fulfillment. On the other hand, there are opposing spiritual forces that have the same stratagy ie. to have us choose them (devils) as the recipients of our persuit, increased relationship and covenant. We have termed this deceiptive covenant offered to us as Counter-Covenant. Nephilim, devils and demons, who they are and how they are different and where they came from are subjects we explore from an ancient Hebrew perspective, focusing on the ancient Biblical text, its social, economic, religious, mediforical and historical context. There are two brides at the end of the Bible, one that is separated from power and authority and God, another that is raised up in power, authority, and intimacy with God. We are all being prepared to be a bride. The question is, who's bride are you choosing to look like?
"Devils and Demons and the return of the Nephilim" is a very entertaining work, the first three chapters go into great detail examining the language differences between the traditional "King James" version of the bible and the original Hebrew text, and the Authors also explain ancient Hebrew marriage traditions and various other customs.
However there are some problems with this book, Firstly the book doesn't actually cover Devils and Demons until chapter 4, the Authors explain the differences in terminology and then gloss over where the Devil came from and a little bit about the Archangels, it is hardly a detailed exposition. I continually found myself looking at the cover of this book to try and remember what I was reading, and what it was supposed to be about, if you're looking for something covering demonology or that gives a thorough look at the origins of evil, etc. This is not what you're looking for.
My second problem with this book comes in chapter 6, called Myth vs. Truth, where the Author makes a few assertions that are just plain wrong or don't make sense, for example:
"...almost every one of the common threads of truth that wind their way throughout mythology, no matter how cunningly they twist and turn, came straight from the bible." (Chapter 6, page 131)
Then it goes on to give examples of Egyptian and Greek mythology, I'm Sorry but Egyptian mythology outdates the Abrahamic religions by at least 1000 years so how is it possible that they copied something yet to be written?
From here on the Authors point out that most Christian traditions and holidays are Pagan in origin and that the people who worshipped these false gods were wrong, and they believed all the Myths to be completely factual.Read more ›
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