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Mirror Bible: A selection of key New Testament texts paraphrased from the Greek [Kindle Edition]

Francois Du Toit
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Book Description

The incarnation is the most accurate and articulate translation.

Any sincere student of classical music would sensitively seek to capture and interpret the piece so as not to distract from the original sound of the composition.

To form an accurate conclusion in the study of our origin would involve a peering over the Creator's shoulder as it were, in order to gaze through his eyes and marvel at his anticipation. His invisible image and likeness is about to be unveiled in human form.

The incarnation celebrates the fact that the destiny of the Word was not the page but tangible human life! The word of truth accurately preserve's God's original idea in the resonance of our hearts.

3:2 Instead of an impressive certificate framed on my wall I have you framed in my heart! You are our Epistle written within us, an open letter speaking a global language; one that everyone can 1read and recognize as their mother tongue! (1Anaginosko, to know again; to read with recognition.)
3:3  The fact that you are a Christ-Epistle shines as bright as day! This is what our ministry is all about. The Spirit of God is the living ink. Every trace of the Spirit’s influence on the heart is what gives permanence to this conversation. We are not talking law-language here; this is more dynamic and permanent than letters chiseled in stone. This conversation is embroidered in your inner consciousness. (It is the life of your design that grace echoes within you!)

People who have stopped reading the Bible or never even read it before say about The Mirror, "I have never read anything that touched me so deeply, it is a brand new Bible, I cannot wait to give it to all my friends!" 

The Mirror Bible is a paraphrase from the original Greek text. While the detailed shades of meaning of every Greek word have been closely studied, this is done taking into account the consistent context of the entire chapter within the wider epistle, and bearing in mind the full context of Jesus as the revealer and redeemer of the image and likeness of the invisible God in human form, which is what the message of the Bible is all about.

To assist the reader in their study, the author have numerically superscripted the Greek word and corresponded it with the closest English word in the italicized commentary that follows. This is to create a direct comparison of words between the two languages. Many words used in previous translations have adopted meanings in time that distract from the original thought. Individual words can greatly influence the interpretation of any conversation.

For years deliberate as well as oblivious errors in translations were repeated and have empowered the religious institutions of the day to influence, manipulate and even abuse masses of people. Consider the word metanoia, consisting of two components, meta, together with, and nous, mind, suggesting a radical mind shift. This word has always been translated as "repentance," which is an old English word borrowed from the Latin word, penance. Then they added the "re" to get even more mileage out of sin consciousness. Re-penance. This gross deception led to the perverted doctrines of indulgences, where naive, ignorant people were led to believe that they needed to purchase favor from an angry god. Most cathedrals as well as many ministries were funded with guilt money.

The Bible is a dangerous book! It has confused and divided more people than any other document. Scriptures have been used to justify some of the greatest atrocities in human history. People were tortured, burned to death and multitudes murdered based on somebody's understanding of the scriptures!
Jesus, Paul and believers throughout the ages faced their greatest opposition from those who knew the scriptures. If it is such a dangerous document, how does one approach the book? The Mirror unveils the Incarnation Code as the key that unlocks the mystery message of scripture.

The romance of the ages is revealed here.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror Bible July 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This translation makes the word come alive,It is easy to read and has been written to reveal the amazing Grace that God has revealed to us. I recommend this to those who have that desire to go deeper into the word of God and explore the treasures that are available to you and I
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A clear picture! July 16, 2012
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I continue to be awed by this beautiful book. A translation in process, The Mirror Bible has spoken to my heart with crystal clear language, holding up a looking glass so that I can see once and forever my true nature, my real origin, my everlasting identity. I'm so pleased with it! It is, in my belief, the most significant rendering of God's word in this generation. The Spirit SINGS through the pages of The Mirror Bible! The understanding of Grace is so beautiful, so pure, and so refreshing that I truly can't put it down.

I highly recommend The Mirror Bible and encourage anyone who is considering it to delve deep into the beautiful, gracious words on each page.

P.S. As far as another reviewer's assertion of universalism goes, don't believe it. There is no "new" form of trinitarianism or anything else, nor is there an agenda other than to reveal what the Spirit is saying in the written word of God... and it's the same thing He's been saying all through history.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a full Bible; VERY interpretive "paraphrase" June 1, 2013
By Cindy
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I would probably have bought it anyway, but I was disappointed to see that "The Mirror Bible" is in fact only John chapter 1 and most of the epistles. It includes none of the Old Testament and little of the Gospel accounts and leaves off the Revelation and some of the minor epistles. I've looked over the description again and I see nothing to suggest that this is anything other than a full western canon bible.

So far I think this will be helpful. I haven't read enough of it to give a truly educated opinion. My comment is only to clarify that actual contents of the book do not include all of those books that most of us would identify as part of the Bible.

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Now that I've taken some time to look over this mishmash I have to say that I wouldn't even call it a paraphrase. It sort of loosely follows the scriptures and I'm sure Du Toit means well and believes all the things he's written here to be holy truth. I think I'm right about all the things I believe, too. It only stands to reason; if I thought I was wrong, I'd change my mind. In fact I DO change my mind from time to time -- so frequently that I've come to realize that while I believe what I think to be the accurate truth, I shouldn't be dogmatic about it. Tomorrow, Father may show me (and probably will show me) where I was wrong, wrong, wrong!

Because of this, I would NEVER enshrine my own interpretations of scripture into the text as holy writ. This is what Du Toit has done, imo. I'm sure he believes his ideas to be good and correct, but that doesn't justify adding to the scriptures IN the scriptures. Sure, preach a sermon; write a book; tell us what you think and how you interpret the text.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bible Teacher January 16, 2014
By SJW
Format:Kindle Edition
I was not surprised to see so many people give this a high rating. I was surprised to see something called a "Bible" that was so far from what the original Author wrote. It's hard to even find in these words what the Spirit penned. The paraphrasers seem to have no understanding of how grammar actually works or how the semantic range of words is determined. Or the necessity of understanding context over tearing apart "original meaning" of parts of words.

This is in no way what it is titled, a "translation." This reads as more of a paraphrase of a paraphrase and it's meaning is so far from the original text. It certainly fits our times, but is not at all what Jesus said. The life changing work that Jesus does is based upon what He actually said as His Spirit applies that Word. I'm hopeful that someone with more experience than my masters and extended study, one year of Greek and three of Hebrew, will be wise enough to give a thoughtful review for those who care about what Jesus said and meant. Meta-noia means NOTHING like "co-knowing with God." Sheesh! No one translates it this way, not because it would be new or fresh, but because it would be completely wrong. May I plead with you . . . . Bereshith never meant "in your head." EVER. Any more than Mary Baker was right when she said Adam means "a dam" because of her ignorance of Hebrew. This is the work of well-meaning amateurs, who, in the introduction, believe that "The Message" is a translation! At least read it with a real translation in one hand (like the RSV mentioned by the paraphrasers in the introduction). To paraphrase the paraphrasers, not only do they not capture the "original sound of the piece," Jesus would not have recognized it as His tune.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of the Life & Love of God December 11, 2012
By David
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The word paraphrase doesn't really communicate what the Mirror translation of the Christian scriptures is all about. Through language that captures the essential spirit and message of the original authors combined with the presentation of thorougly researched word studies set along with the text the Mirror Bible provides an experience as close to that of a first century Christ Follower reading a letter to the Church from one of the first apostles as possible.

The presentation of the first chapter of the Gospel of John by itself is more than worth the price of the book.

Almost everyone I have shared the Mirror experience with has said something similar to "if the Apostle Paul's native language had been English this is how his letters would read."
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I have immensely enjoyed reading the "Mirror Bible".
Published 14 days ago by B. Harmon
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a bible and barely a commentary. It is best described as...
This is a very, very poor "not a translation" but an opinion of a reader of the Bible. This is so, so bad. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazonian
1.0 out of 5 stars Put down the Mirror, people, and no one will get hurt.
My cousin recently gave me this book when it came up in conversation that our family was learning Greek in order to read the New Testament in its original language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea
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This book is awesome, it held you more to understand Gods love and more
Published 1 month ago by Paula Wilson
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Outstanding from the first page to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Tom Shellshear
5.0 out of 5 stars Great translation!!!
This translation clearly shows the original Author's intent and explains God's original desire for all mankind in a wonderfully helpful way!!!
Published 1 month ago by Paul Gray
1.0 out of 5 stars It's NOT all about YOU!
The most offensive thing about this writing, which I can see is very appealing to most, is the false idea that the Bible is all about us. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Martini
5.0 out of 5 stars Add the Mirror Bible to Your Reference Library
Most readers and students love to compare views of various literary authors. I gain depth - or at least another view to consider - from each writer, whether they are a favorite or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by geegeeMe
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS TRANSLATION!!
For real, this translation is amazing. It kind of reads similar to the Message version. Jesus is speaking to me so much through it, so thankful for this version, I'm falling even... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreashing!
This was a refreshing clear cool drink of the Gospel.
Which always changes and grows my view of myself and others.
I look forward to the full Translation being available.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Bowles
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More About the Author

Francois grew up in a home where Jesus was loved and lived. His parents were in fulltime ministry in an interdenominational mission. His eldest brother Leon, is a missionary in the Ukraine and Russia for many years.
Lydia and Francois met on the 25th of August 1974, while he was working with Youth For Christ. She was sixteen and he nineteen! The following year he studied Greek and Hebrew at the University of Pretoria for three years while Lydia completed her nursing training. In 1978 Francois also spent a year with Youth with a Mission.
They married in January 1979 and are blessed with four amazing children, Renaldo,
Tehilla, Christo and Stefan. They worked in fulltime mission for fourteen years, during which time they also pastored a church and led a training facility for more than 700 students over a five-year period.
They then left the ministry and for ten years did business mainly in the tourism industry. They built and managed a Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and eventually relocated to Hermanus where they started Southern Right boat-based whale watching.
In December 2000 Francois began to write the book, "God believes in You" which led to him being invited to speak at various Christian camps and churches.
They are now back in fulltime ministry since February 2004, and travel at least once a year abroad and almost every month into Africa and around South Africa.
Francois has written several books in both English and Afrikaans, including God Believes in You, Divine Embrace, Done! and The Mystery Revealed. He is currently passionately engaged in continuing with The Mirror Translation.
His work is being translated into several African languages as well as Chinese, Russian, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch and Slovakian.
They reach thousands of people daily on facebook and bulk email. You can also subscribe to his daily devotionals.

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