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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
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on August 20, 2015
An intellectually dishonnest book, which distorts the (original) outstanding work of James Freeman. The book is also doctrinally dangerous. Do NOT buy this book if you are interested in serious Bible study and spiritual growth.
First, The author Harold Chadwick has omitted reference to sources which are included in the original work. Therefore it hides (steals) extremely valuable material.
Second, in attempting to rewrite the original work, the book is very difficult to read due to dull language. The original work has a lively language which makes it more enjoyable.
Third, the author Chadwick has remove many doctrinally valuable information that were included in the original book.
Fourth, the author has replaced the KJV by the NIV and does bother to mention the switch in the preface. In fact, he distorts the original work when the presented idea cannot be supported by the NIV. Intellectual honesty would require to mention the bias in the preface or to indicate that this is not the work of James Freeman anymore. But since Freeman is not around to defend himself....
My Story: I first bought this "new" version and later regreted my investment when I came across Freeman's original work (reprint). If you want a fake version of the real book, you can go ahead and buy this. "New" does not mean "better" is this case. A simple reprint of the original work is still available and excellent for reading and research.
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on September 19, 1997
Out of the 4 or 5 books on Bible manners and customs that reside in my small home library, this book is most definately the best and most used. Freeman presents insightful and relevant cultural background to almost every important verse in every book of the Bible. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to be purchased by anyone remotely interested in the manners and customs of Bible times. It is a real winner and should be in everyone's library
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on March 20, 1998
This book has many errors, and displays them proudly. It seems to support many misconceptions in people have about the Bible. While claiming to explain what terms in the Bible actually mean, it actually distorts the meaning. For example, it talks about the verse in mark about the camel going through the eye of the needle, and explains how there was a gate called "the needles eye" in Jerusalem. While many laymen believe this, this just ain't so. There has never been any substantial evidence to back up this claim.
If one is interested in a book like this, I suggest a book translated from German titled "What the Bible Really Says" or "The Oxford Companion to the Bible." Leave Freeman's book on the shelf.
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on April 15, 2007
Overall, the book would be a good addition to a home library, but when more professional responses are needed, the reader should be aware that the material is outdated. I purchased the 2003 Reprint in 2004 and it was already out of date then. Many of the resources just aren't available either to verify the information as the text uses such old resources that they are either out of print or just unavailable. One good point... it does give recognition to which is the better rendering of word usage--either the KJV or the NIV.
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on September 8, 2015
I purchased this for my husband who is taking a class this semester on customs. The book is a softback book and is thick and full of useful information. The book is well written and laid out. It follows the Bible and is an easy read. There is so much information in this book about customs and manners found in the Bible. I even enjoy reading as I read through the Bible. It gives you perspective on the times.
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on February 5, 2016
We love this book! It is an awesome resource for information about the bible times, culture and helps with studying THE LIVING WORD! I would recommend this book to anyone for bible study or history it is awesome!!!
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on February 24, 2014
This is a great book. Very well written and very very informative. It clears up a lot of misconceptions that happen when you don't know the culture or customs of the times the bible was written in. Awesome book. I would highly recommend it.
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on May 15, 2012
On page 335 the book asserts "Salt produced by the evaporation of sea-water in hot countries is said sometimes to lose its saline properties."

This isn't actually true. It's a complete fabrication that assumes first century Palestine used a "salt" that was so contaminated with rocks that the salt content could be easily washed away without people realizing what they had was no longer salt. The quote holds up an old, easily debunked lie as fact, with no research or sources to verify the claim.

Like the 9th century fiction of "They eye of the needle" being a small door in the Jerusalem wall that was left open overnight the claim is based not upon facts and research, but a shoddy tradition of convenient lies used by lazy pastors to write slipshod sermons.

The book is an amusing read, but given the apparent lack of research and verification, the content should be taken with more than few grains of salt.
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on February 25, 2014
The entries in this book are too basic. Too few entries and no real depth of study or research by the writer/editor. It was very superficial and quite disappointing to a real student of the Bible.
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