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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Noohra Foundation (July 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963129244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963129246
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a bridge between our Western ways of understanding and the Near Eastern social realities that are embedded in the Bible. --Richard Leviton, author of The Imagination of Pentacost

About the Author

Rocco A. Errico, Th.D., D.D., is an ordained minister, author, lecturer, and leading biblical scholars working from the original Aramaic texts. Dr. Errico is the recipient of numerous awards and academic degrees, including a doctorate in Letters from the College of Seminarians, The Apostolic Succession of Antioch and the Church of the East—American See, a doctorate in Divinity from St. Ephrem's Institute in Sweden, and a doctorate in Philosophy from the School of Christianity in Los Angeles. For ten years he studied intensively with Dr. George M. Lamsa, world-renowned native Assyrian scholar of the Scriptures. In 1970 Dr. Errico established the Noohra Foundation, which is dedicated to helping people of all faiths to understand the Near Eastern background and Aramaic interpretation of the Bible.

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His scholarship seems to work backwards.
Shilo Michelle
This book is from one of my two favorite interpreters of biblical scripture, the other being Lamsa, with whom Errico worked.
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The best book I have ever read on understanding what the bible really said.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Valasek on May 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
It should first be noted that this book is not written as a scholarly journal, and therefore does not deserve the criticism reserved for a scholarly text.

This book is about helping the general reader and student of the teachings of the Bible to be more receptive to the the context in which the stories contained within were written and who they were written for.

Mr. Errico describes in simplistic terms and examples how the Bible can be understood differently by those looking at it two thousand years removed. He presents his seven steps to studying the Bible in its proper context. Drawing heavily upon the teachings of George Lamsa, he presents other possibilities for understanding some idiomatic expressions contained in the Bible.

I can't say that I agree with everything that is contained within this text. I think other scenarios are more probable, but will fairly allow for the possibility.

I do reccommend this book, not necessarily for the interpretations contained within, but for the good advice on how to approach the Bible's teachings and how to frame the study so as not to ignore the proper context.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stavish, The Institute for Hermetic Studies on June 12, 2000
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"Let There Be Light: The Seven Keys" is an ideal book for anyone interested in understanding the Old and New Testament from the perspective of Middle Eastern language, culture, and mysticism. Written in a very informative and relaxed style, "Let There Be Light" takes the reader through a virtual short course on Semitic culture. Once obscure and confusing Biblical citations become clearer, more informative, and meaningful through Rocco's careful scholarship and teaching style. This is an excellent book for lay readers or students of religious thought.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2003
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Definately some great ideas on the Bible and Jesus. Sheds light on so many illogical things that never make sense to most of us. Makes the bible much more understandable and user friendly.
I learned a lot. I read this going. "oh my God, that makes perfect sense now! That's what Jesus really meant."
It's more of a spiritual seekers book than one for "strict" Christians who are not into new ideas and interpretations on the bible. Although after reading this you feel like you can't imagine how anyone ever got along without these ideas because they make so much sense.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. David Colvin on May 5, 2001
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This book, along with "Setting a Trap for God" really opens up the Scriptures as few books are able to. Both my wife and I got goosebumps as we read the section regarding the meaning of Jesus always saying "Truly or verily, verily I say....." Highly recommended for anyone wanting a full understanding of the Scriptures!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Egil Mevik on July 19, 2005
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A mind boggling and tremendously fascinating book. If you are among the many who never really figured out what Jesus actually said on several occasions, this is a book for you. The author unveils 7 keys to open up the door to the ancient Aramaic world from which the Bible (or at least the New Testament) emerged. The language is plain and simple and the contents will give you a much deeper insight into New Testament and Biblical teaching that you think would ever be possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bonam Pak on December 5, 2007
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Usually it is claimed that the Bible was written in Classical Greek, then translated into Aramaic and all the other languages. However, the author of this book suggests that today's Aramaic versions are rather re-translations, as the Ancient Greek versions obviously include very many literal translations of Aramaic idioms. Translating idioms literally into other languages usually deprives the correct meaning of the words. Hence, this book offers a startling perspective on the literal and inerrancy controversy about the Bible. Even SHOULD the words been taken at face value, many sections simply cannot get overstood as intended and automatically once, as long as the Aramaic idioms are not overstood. (And the other six keys, which are the Aramaic language to begin with, mysticism, the local culture of the Bible's origin, Biblical psychology, symbolism and amplification.)

The author stresses that he avoided as much as possible any theological implications and interpretations of the Bible according to any given denomination. In other words, the issue at hand cannot be completely free of sections which are more or less challenging to one or the other variation of belief. Most will find this book highly rewarding, as this book is a key to unlock the mother tongue of Jesus and the immediate followers and authors of the Bible.

Personally, as a mystic, I did know about the constructed nature of the concepts of hell and the devil and that Adam and Eve are about the lost ONEness. However, the specifics getting unveiled is of tremendous value. However, if you have gotten fond of those concepts, this book may be a bit too challenging. Of course everyone is free not to take the author's words for 100% true, I have a couple of reservations/variated approaches as well. Naturally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beautiful Dreamer on March 20, 2009
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This was the first Rocco Errico book I purchased over ten years ago. It was eye opening and mind opening as it explained previously misundestood portions of the New Testament. It provided a context through the lens of language and culture that was actually liberating.
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