People interested in the development of Judaism and Christianity during the time between the books of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, will gain much from this book. It is in the apocrypha, for example, that we find the first instance of the teaching of the concept of original sin.
This book contains an excellent translation and superb commentary of five books of the some dozen apocrypha, ancient books that Roman Catholics consider inspired and include part of their Bible, but Protestants and Jews do not: Tobit, Judith, Esther, Baruch, and three additions to biblical Daniel. Tobit and Judith are fascinating stories of pious and resourceful people, while the other three are… Read more
I have this book in hard cover in a form children can hold and enjoy. The pictures in it are colorful and the three dogs look cute, even adorable. Mom, the owner of the pups, plants tomatoes and tells her dogs, who love to dig, not to touch the plants. One dog does dig, not maliciously, but out of fun, failing to care. In the story the pup learns respect but, obviously, children who read or hear the tale will identify with the three dogs and, like the pup, learn respect. Significantly, the pup who lacked respect was able to learn this lesson without any help from its owner, and this too will prompt children to think and realize that lack of respect can be hurtful while showing respect means… Read more
One can always find something approaching a negative that one can say about everything, even an excellent film such as this one. I am sure that some people will find it to depressing and not want to see it; or feel that it was too long. Others may be bothered that the daughter doesn't seem to have sufficient backbone to disagree with her father and agree with her mother that she should not give up her job - one in which she is very good and moving higher and higher. Still others may feel that Hurt was not very strong in playing the father. I disagree; I think his understated acting made his character more real. Finally, I note that a reviewer felt that adding the police angle to the story… Read more