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Jehovah's Witnesses Defended: An Answer to Scholars & Critics Paperback – November, 1997

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  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Elihu Books; 1st edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965981479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965981477
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,807,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Among the 76 titles on Jehovah`s Witnesses in the Amazon. com catalogue, most are more or less critical, and just one defends the group. However, this last-mentioned book is really a jewel and deserves to be read both by those who support and those who oppose Jehovah's Witnesses (J.W.). I have studied the literature on J.W. for more than three decades, and it brings me great joy to see a book written on a scholarly level by one who advocates the Witnesses'beliefs. Stafford`s discussion of John 1:1 and other passages related to the position of Jesus Christ cannot be ignored by any serious scholar desirous of contesting the Witnesses' view of the trinity or their view of Jesus Christ in general. I believe those who champion trinitarian theology will have a hard time trying to counter the arguments found in this book. The author has an extensive knowledge of relevant literature and an excellent command of New Testament Greek. His excursus on Granville Sharp`s rule concerning the Greek article is ground breaking, gramatically speaking. This book is like a breath of fresh air in a desert landscape where everything looks similar. It is highly recommended. Rolf Furuli Lecturer in Semitic languages University of Oslo
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2001
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I like JWD because it deepened my appreciation for how the Bible is woven together and translated! This is definitely a scholarly/technical defense of Jehovah's Witnesses. It also advances Bible scholarship.
Please note: JWD is NOT a re-hash of Watchtower literature. While Stafford does quote from Watchtower literature, I think he certainly breaks new ground and discusses scriptures in a unique way. He also buttresses his presentation with nice figures and charts. Even though I am not a language scholar, I found the bulk of it to be absorbing reading!
JWD covers more material than its 1st edition (blood abstinence, chronological prophesy, salvation, and more on the Trinity) and includes a partial reply to White's criticism of the 1st edition. (The rest of Stafford's reply is on the Web.)
Stafford in the Introduction (p.xxv) says he's been "one of Jehovah's Witnesses for the past nine years." He also says in his Acknowledgements (p.xxi): "Neither the first nor the second edition of this book was written at the request of the Watchtower...Society." He respectfully acknowledges in the Introduction (p.xxvii-i) that the Watchtower Society could doubtlessly produce a book superior to his, but that they are rightly focusing on Bible education--on what God requires of us. Also on p.xxvii he says, "I have endeavored at all times to encourage balance and an absence of diatribe in discussions." This is a good foundation for JWD, and must be recalled when reading it.
Stafford appraises numerous criticisms using various translations of the Bible and ancient Judeo-Christian literature. He then professionally shows why every criticism fails completely.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1998
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I am very pleased to see such a well scholarly written publication. I have been a professor of biblical languages for over thirty seven years at a seminary in Richmond, Virgina. I was approched by a fellow professor and freind who studies the bible with the Jehovah's witnesses.We have many times discussed the theology of the witnesses but on this particular occasion he knocked on my office door with this book in his hand. After discussing some things with me he placed the publication with me. I read the entire book within three days. This book has definetly helped me gain a view of the witnesses I never thought about before. After reading the book I can truly say that the witnesses have been dubbed falsely.I have orderd five more books for friend's and the seminary has orderd one for its library.I belive that Mr.Stafford has done the religous community a great favor in writting a book such as this.
Proffesor D.Johnson
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1998
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I read parts of Mr. Stafford's book and I read them with an open mind. Two things stand out about his research:
1) He clearly understands the arguments of the critics of the group Jehovah's Witnesses as well as Witness teaching. This places his argumentation far superior to the arguments of the critics since they do not clearly understand the JW position as reflected in their books. Stafford frequently uses this knowledge to demonstrate that critics often argue against something the Witnesses do not even believe. Further, he proceeds to follow their own thinking to their inevitable and troublesome conclusions.
2) He takes a scholarly approach in reasoning from the scriptures. I found that he does not belittle the scholars and critics to whom he is giving an answer. Instead, he supplies copious references to scholarly comment and COMMENTARY on WHAT THEY MEAN. This reviewer carefully checked the scholarly references and found they were quoted honestly and in context. This reviewer found that he came to a clearer understanding, not only of what Witnesses really believe (something difficult if not impossible to do from critic's books), but about what the bible teaches on Christology as well.
For example, in his chapter "The LOGOS of God," Stafford presents and quotes what scholars have actually said with respect to John_1:1. He deals with Colwell's rule, explains what it is and its theological implications, and exposes the assumptions and contradictions the critics make to defend this "rule." He further deals with the merits and problems with the "qualitative only" understanding of John_1:1c "theos" (divine/godlike/deity) and demonstrates, both scripturally and scholarly why "a god" is in harmony with Judeo-Christian monotheism.
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