- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Xulon Press; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (June 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159781184X
- ISBN-13: 978-1597811842
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Devils and Demons and the Return of the Nephilim Paperback – June 16, 2005
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I found it difficult to know where to start with this critique so I'll begin with the sub-title "Rediscovering the Hebrew roots of our Faith". If this is what you really want to do then this book is not the one you should be starting with. To do that read Marvin Wilson "Our Father Abraham"; Oskar Skarsaune "In the shadow of the Temple" and Brad Young "Meet the Rabbi's". Also investigate the excellent material from "First Fruits of Zion", "En-Gedi Resource Centre" and other serious but accessible academics and speakers like David Bivin and Dwight Pryor.
This book which is written in a very easy to read style began with much promise, but I quickly grew uneasy as it progressed. It makes some very interesting statements as facts, but there were not adequate references (to my satisfaction) to back up or support what was being said. I was therefore never really sure that I could trust what they were claiming. This became more important as the book developed and moved into areas that the authors themselves admitted were controversial. They also make extensive use of the Book of Enoch to support their ideas. I know both Peter and Jude selectively quoted from Enoch, but that does not mean that we can do so freely and uncritically.
The book starts dealing with the language and culture of the second Temple period, and rightly stresses the importance of understanding this when reading and interpreting the scriptures.Read more ›
However there are some problems with this book, Firstly the book doesn't actually cover Devils and Demons until chapter 4, the Authors explain the differences in terminology and then gloss over where the Devil came from and a little bit about the Archangels, it is hardly a detailed exposition. I continually found myself looking at the cover of this book to try and remember what I was reading, and what it was supposed to be about, if you're looking for something covering demonology or that gives a thorough look at the origins of evil, etc. This is not what you're looking for.
My second problem with this book comes in chapter 6, called Myth vs. Truth, where the Author makes a few assertions that are just plain wrong or don't make sense, for example:
"...almost every one of the common threads of truth that wind their way throughout mythology, no matter how cunningly they twist and turn, came straight from the bible."
(Chapter 6, page 131)
Then it goes on to give examples of Egyptian and Greek mythology, I'm Sorry but Egyptian mythology outdates the Abrahamic religions by at least 1000 years so how is it possible that they copied something yet to be written?
From here on the Authors point out that most Christian traditions and holidays are Pagan in origin and that the people who worshipped these false gods were wrong, and they believed all the Myths to be completely factual.Read more ›
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A guideline for understanding the Bible. Beautifully writtenPublished 1 month ago by Daris Mondello
The information is a repeat of previous volumes. Research on the nephillim is limited. I was not satisfied with this book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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The author takes so many liberties with his translation of the book of Enoch. He make assumptions that are not in the text. This book was a complete waste of my time. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by S. Moore