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The Story: An excellent attempt at a difficult task
, September 9, 2011
This review is from: The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (Kindle Edition)
It is not an easy task to reduce the size of the Bible to that of a typical novel. The Story, an excellent attempt at that task, is a sanitized and highly condensed version of the Bible. Early anomalous biblical stories (for example, God being concerned about primitive man reaching God's heavenly domain via a massive building project or Sons of God having relations with human females resulting in the birth of giants) are omitted. Most of the blood and gore including God-sanctioned genocides are omitted. Also most of the poetic section is omitted; nothing from Job, Ecclesiastes, or Song of Songs, and only a few Psalms and Proverbs are included. This is acceptable since the poetic section is somewhat tangential to the overall story. The included portions of the New Testament are summaries of the Gospels, Acts, some of Paul's epistles, and Revelation. I consider this a good book for one who is somewhat biblically illiterate desiring to understand Christianity from an evangelical point of view. However, for one seeking what it really means to be a follower of Christ, it is somewhat weak. For example, some of the most important portions of the Sermon on the Mount are omitted, and the entire Book of James is omitted. The omission of the Golden Rule may be the most serious flaw, especially in light of the fact that Jesus declares it to be the essence of the entire Law and Prophets. Also the essential aspect of relating to the least in society as Jesus explained in Matthew 25 is omitted. In summary, The Story is strong on encouraging one to become a Christian but somewhat weak on what that entails.
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