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The New Covenants: Restoration Edition (Restoration Scriptures) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 25, 2017
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It appears the crew that undertook this were certainly sincere, however, I'm unimpressed with the standard of writing. It seems to me at least, that they were all so impressed with it, no one was game enough to say anything about the glaring mistakes throughout. To me that is reading by the light of their own conceit. These are the scriptures, not a rewrite of some novel for a screenplay. Accordingly, typos, poor grammar and the insistence of "making their mark" with this particular style of "alterations" and "contributions" where they are not required or necessary. That is the very reason the scriptures have ended up so mangled in the first place, because of translators egos. Also the self appointment by claiming the Lord has authorized this, is very suspicious. At least to me.
Through the ages, the various additions and deletions (of which the Creator has spoken) have contributed to a most unfortunate collection of higgledy piggledy writing. And sadly these authors haven't done a great deal better. Just because they have a "good idea", doesn't necessarily translate into reality. For example, removing the word verily, and substituting truly, is remarkably twee and prissy, plus, if we were to get a few linguists into the mix, we'd find the Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew words for verily, most certainly do not turn into truly. That kind of smug hubris is very irritating; at least to this writer.
The New Testament via the King James Version is wonderful reading and excellent literature, tainted though it may be, via tampering from writers who also wanted to make "improvements", but for me, I get the feeling of milk and water through this whole affair. Even though I tend towards being vegan in my diet, this is a subject of which I want meat 'n potaters!
Joseph Smith made significant corrections via revelation on the Old and New testaments. However, I'm sad to say, there is a lot of mis-directed self assurance from these people who are saying they have the authority of the Lord to "fix things up". I don't think so boys!
This writing can't hold a candle to what Joseph Smith did. He and his assistants were quite plain, and very clear, that the Lord directed them to fulfill this work, they saw him and were instructed of him, and angels at various junctures, and they used the Urim and Thumim to facilitate that translation. These boys haven't had that direction from the Lord, plus they don't have the Urim and Thumim to participate in any translation or revelations. Indeed, no one on the earth is doing that either.
As for me, I'll stick with Joseph Smith's translation. At least I'm getting solid gold from him, and not the watered down presumptuous material from people soaked in social media and "modern technology".
I'm left with a gut feeling of, "this ain't right".