and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.99
  • Save: $0.75 (5%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Idioms in the Bible Expla... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: FREE SHIPPING w/AMAZON PRIME!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Idioms in the Bible Explained and a Key to the Original Gospels Paperback – October 23, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0060649272 ISBN-10: 0060649275

Buy New
Price: $14.24
25 New from $10.37 33 Used from $6.78
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.24
$10.37 $6.78
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books
$14.24 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Idioms in the Bible Explained and a Key to the Original Gospels + Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text: George M. Lamsa's Translation From the Aramaic of the Peshitta + Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus
Price for all three: $50.48

Buy the selected items together
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 73%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (October 23, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060649275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060649272
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Explains nearly 1,000 crucial idioms to enrich reading Scripture for student and general reader.

About the Author

George M. Lamsa brings to this work a lifetime of scholarship and translation of the Eastern manuscripts of the Bible. He was raised in Assyria; during his lifetime he translated The Holy Bible from the Aramaic of the Peshitta and authored over twenty books illuminating the original meaning of Scripture.

Customer Reviews

This book is so helpful.
Judy Kelly
Thank you for the fast service and I love the Book!
Paul
Aramaic idioms are very useful in Bible studies.
R. Crist

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

175 of 197 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book could mean hope for the fundamentalists. If they take this book to heart maybe they will find a more loving God. I loved the book. I would also recommend the book An Encounter With A Prophet; but only for those people who enjoyed this book. The Encounter is way too far advanced for the fundamentalist to start off with. Again this is a wonderful work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
185 of 210 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book should cause Christians to re-think their current belief about prophecies of Jesus returning on the clouds or about the Rapture. According to the Aramaic-speaking Lamsa, these prophecies (and many others) are idioms or metaphors and are not to be interpreted literally. A real eye-opener for theologians and layman alike. How did this book get ignored for 60 years?
Hundreds of important verses of the Bible are translated by Lamsa from the Tree of Life in the garden (Gen. 2:9) being an idiom meaning "sex, posterity, progeny;" to the Messiah coming from the clouds (Dan. 7:13) being a metaphor meaning "coming with great honor and glory;" to the meeting of the Lord in the air (II Thess. 4:17) simply meaning "to hasten meet him."
After reading this book, I wondered how many Christian tenets are based on the mistranslation of idioms. It sort of puts Christianity "in a pickle," when you think about it.
This book, and Lamsa's Bible translation, could revolutionalize Christianity if enough theologians were aware of it. Perhaps seeds of thought for a New Christianity that finally transcends the Dark Ages.
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J.L. Populist on February 17, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The purpose of this book is to help us understand the idioms used in the Bible.

Part One is broken down into books by order;Genesis first etc..

A phrase and location are listed with a translation.

An example-Gen.49:24 "His bow abode in strength" means he will become a valiant warrior.

Some of the translations in this book are "off the mark" in my opinion.

The number 666 meaning Nero Caesar.

The Sons of God from Genesis 6 being Seth's descendants.

These ideas are debatable.

A Key to the original Gospels(Part Two of the book) has some interesting information.

"Eli,Eli,Lmana Sabachthani" the phrase uttered my Messiah shortly before his death is rendered-"My God,my God,for this I was kept."

Mr.Lamsa may have went a bit too far looking for symbolic meaning in passages that have a literal meaning.

While I don't think that this book is without error, it has value as a tool for studying some difficult idioms.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Keith J. Daniels on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
George Lamsa is one of the foremost Ancient Aramaic Scholars in the world today. He offers great insight to idioms and difficult scriptures in the bible. I myself am a Christian author and his handling of Eli, Eli, lamana shabachthani is right on. (My spelling may be a little off on these Aramaic words because I do not have them in front of me.) If you want to better understand the bible and the society during Jesus Christ time on earth than this book is a must for those who really want to see the accuracy and the integrity in the word of God.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Smith on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book contains over 1000 passages from both New and Old Testaments that the author, George Lamsa, believed to contain significant differences from our "conventional" English derivations of the original script, which was written in Aramaic (bearing in mind that the Syrian Orthodox Church considers the Hebrew language to be "Western Aramaic"). Some of the differences are significant, though there is no difference which would offend anyone's sense of Gospel meaning.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
40 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Caleb S. on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read through this book in the library at my University. Most of the so-called "idioms" were not even idioms!! Most are invented! They have nothing to do with the culture or history of Israel or Hebrew. They are in fact the author's invention of idioms. There are real idioms in both the Old and New Testaments that most people are not even aware of, and the author of this book is not even aware of them himself. I am a student of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic and I know better than to call simple words and phrases "idioms" just because I want to believe that they are idioms. Besides, this book is quite old. It was first copyrighted in the 1970s. This book is not based on real Hebrew idioms, but his own idea of what is and isn't an idiom. Just about any phrase could be an idiom, such as "let there be light." He says that means, "let there be enlightenment." He says that serpent is an idiom for the enemy! That is not correct! He does that to many words and phrases that have absolutely nothing to do with idioms, while ignoring the true idioms! I suggest you avoid this book.

The Key to the Original Gospels is alright. But, if you want better information than what he has, you should get good scholarly books on the history of the Jews, the Jewish culture, the cultures surrounding the Jews, and their religions both during the Old Testament and the New Testament. Such books would bring twice as much clarity than this book will ever give.
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Alan Beggerow VINE VOICE on August 7, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book explains certain items in the bible with their meaning in Aramic, the language of Jesus' time.
These colloquial meanings of some familiar parts of scripture did shed new light on some of the ancient texts. All of us read Christian scripture that has been handed down from transcription to translation to interpretation for many centuries. It was interesting to read the possible meanings of some of this scripture.
Books like this are valuable because they help us to see the context in which they were written. If an accounting for context and the historical era aren't taken into consideration, can the truth of scripture ever be revealed? Even if scripture was inspired by God?
Recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Idioms in the Bible Explained and a Key to the Original Gospels
This item: Idioms in the Bible Explained and a Key to the Original Gospels
Price: $14.99 $14.24
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com