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The Lord's Supper (Things That Your Preacher Forgot To Tell You!) (Volume 10) Paperback – January 22, 2014
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This book was written by Dr. Ron McRay. Dr. McRay has doctorates in Theology, Letters and Philology. After pastoring a church for 35 years he discovered that what he had been taught did not correspond with scripture. His new perspectives brought new understanding to the Bible and Dr. McRay decided that the truth must be spread, even at the cost of losing his pastorate. He has developed a unique approach that reveals obscure and overlooked scriptures in an easy to understand way and brings light to many misunderstood doctrines and prophecies. In his writings, he often uncovers new information, that mysteriously, has been hiding in plain sight, but missed by so many Bible scholars. By using scripture to prove scripture, he imparts a straightforward approach to uncovering the truths of the Bible. Many students of scripture have discovered his insights to be an accurate application of scriptural principles on many subjects, especially eschatology (the study of last things). In 1992, Dr. Ron began offering books and teaching materials that open the Bible's true meaning to believers around the world thru his company, None Left Behind Corp. Many books on a wide variety of Bible topics are available. The Bible does not have to be hard to understand. For further information visit www.EschatologyReview.com. Dr. McRay can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I have no credentials myself, so I'm not eager to denigrate anyone's work based on their own lack. In this case, however, the "About the author" section claims that Dr. McRay possesses doctorates in Theology, Eschatology, and Philology, which sounds very impressive. I'll leave his eschatological opinions aside since prophecy is a foggy subject. There's a lot of room for widely differing views. His theology and philology are other issues altogether.
First, he attempts to interpret the writings of 1st century Jewish men concerning 1st century Jewish religious practices, but I got the impression that he knows very little (if anything) about the Jewish traditions of Passover. If he does, then he seems to pretend not to or to ignore those traditions altogether in favor of an anachronistic reinterpretation.
Second, throughout the text he refers to Jesus as "Yahshua (Jesus)". I know a lot of people do that, and I understand why. They are emphasizing the deity of the Messiah. Unfortunately, every scholarly text I've read on the subject says that the name was almost certainly pronounced "Yeshua," meaning salvation, and that this was a very common name at the time. The long form would be Yehoshua, but never Yahshua. I realize that ancient Hebrew lacked vowel points, but Hebrew didn't exist in a vacuum. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Babylonians all recorded the names of Jewish men in their own writings, so we can probably be fairly certain about the pronounciation of most common 1st century names. Maybe he only studied Greek and not Hebrew or maybe his linguistic studies were in Old English. The text doesn't specify. Either he uses this incorrect pronunciation through ignorance or else he's trying to score some theological points by inserting the common shortened form of the name of God. This would be a very minor issue if McRay's arguments were not related to the language of the Biblical writers. But they are. And this makes me wonder whether he actually has the education he claims. And that makes me wonder what else he might be blowing smoke about.
Summary: I think McRay's eschatology and theology is mostly absurd, but he makes a few good points. The book is definitely not worth the price.