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on August 6, 2012
Harold Chadwick should not have updated this book at all. He has just bastardised a good book written by James Freman. Yes, i agree that quite an number of things have changed since James Freeman wrote the book in 1875but harold did not apply wisdom in updating his so called book. For example, Why did he remove the court of the house which was in the original James freeman's book under the book of Esther?To me he should have left all the ancient cultures he took out alone and just write" but as of now in the 21st century, it is such and such.
I agree that it is extremely find the bibligraphy of books that James Freeman used as of 1875 but he quoted some names in his book and the author of the book who said such and such. what is the point of harold removing the bibligraphy but quoting some of those authors saying something. Surely people would want to know where harold got such quotation from. An example of what i mean is this; in the New manners and customs of the Bible in Leviticus 11:35 describing Ranges( page 149) harold just said "many years ago, a traveller nameed Rauwolff described an apparatus he saw among the arabs"... Whereas in the original book by James Freeman under Ranges in Leviticus 11:35, James said "Rauwollf" ( cited by Harmer, Obs.,465) describes an apparatus he saw among the Arabs...."
James Freeman gave the list of books he used including Harmer even though trying to get those books now is like a mirage.
In conclusion, i prefer the original Manners and customs of the bible to what Harold wrote. I am sorry to say that Harold's book is rubbish and in poor taste. I expected something better but regret buying his book. I have discarded Harold's book which i bought and would not recomend anyone to buy it