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The Original Gospel of Matthew: Its Reconstructed Form Prior to the Greek Translation Paperback – March 11, 2012
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Standford Rives has been a Christian for over 38 years, initially baptized into a Baptist congregation, and then over 20 years ago, spent ten years as a member of a Calvinist Presbyterian church. Mr. Rives currently associates with Assembly of God and evangelical churches. He is a civil litigation attorney of thirty years experience. He is also trained in classical Greek and Latin. Finally, Mr. Rives is the author of the acclaimed work "Did Calvin Murder Servetus?"
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I prefer the reconstruction and annalysis written by Prof. George Howard in his book "The Hebrew Gospel of Matthew", although he uses the Shem-Tov manuscript only in his annalysis. His conclusions, however, are a direct result of what you can read in his literal translation of the manuscript.
Then it happened. All of the pages fell out of the book. I read the last two chapters using a clipboard and rubber bands to keep it together. I suppose the heat of sitting in my car melted the binding, but I have a box of books in my car. Many have been there longer. None have their pages falling out.
I tried to contact the author through his web site. No response.
I would pay big money to have a quality print and binding of this book, maybe with volume two and three included, but I am VERY unhappy with this printing. If you are thinking of buying of buying it, do so, but only after the e-book comes out.
Rives is wrong in a few isolated cases, most notably, 24:14. Here, the reference, as he correctly says, is to 24:5, but it is NOT others calling THEMSELVES Christ, "For many shall come in my name saying I am He, the Messiah, and they shall lead you astray." But, in 24:14 "[And this gospel] OF THE KINGDOM" should be removed, as it is FALSE DOCTRINE. The correct Hebrew version has "gospel CONCERNING ME", as it is a false gospel, merely "concerning me", not the putative Jesus gospel. The way to verify this is 1) to read this first half of Chapter 24 as it was intended -- ALL warning, not cut up by the interjection of a 'true' gospel being preached, and 2) seeing the false gospel for what it really is. Rives doesn't realize that with discretionary punctuation in 24:5, the only logical construction for that verse is as a direct statement, Jesus saying that the many coming will say HE is Messiah, not that they are saying that THEY are. THIS IS CLEAR FROM "IN MY NAME". They wouldn't BE coming "in my name" if THEY were the subject of the verse, they would be coming in THEIR name! This is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to understanding Matthew, and the whole New Testament. Jesus is saying that someone, or some people, will come saying that HE, Jesus, is Messiah, AFTER HE IS DEAD. That is PAUL'S teaching. Romans 10:9, for example: "... Jesus IS Lord". Paul wrote this AFTER he had died. In John 6:40 Jesus is clear, to be saved one must "SEE the Son and believe". In John 9:4-5, in the correct Codex Sinaiticus version with "sent US" not "sent me", he is even more direct about living Master salvation: "We must do the works of him who sent us while it is day; night comes, when NO ONE can work. AS LONG AS I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." Why would he say this if he in any way is still savior after he is gone?
As we saw in 17:11 and 12, and in 21:32-33, John is a savior HIMSELF. And this salvation is accomplished by "knowledge" (Isaiah 53:11). So much for Pauline universal sacrificial savior Jesus. And the Dead Sea Scrolls do for James what Hebrew Matthew here does for John. As was James, so was Jesus. John - Jesus - James: ALL Masters, ALL martyrs, all saviors.
Author: Standford Rives
Judge No. 23
Structure & Organization: 1
Production Quality and Cover Design: 2
What Did You Like Best About This Book:
These three volumes are obviously works of great scholarship and passion. The author deserves recognition for the years of study and effort he has invested in compiling the volumes. For scholars, they contain a wealth of information that will illuminate the Gospel of Matthew; for laymen, they may represent an eye-opening realization of the various versions and their historical context. Bravo to the author for his devotion, extensive research and scholarly presentation.
How Can The Author Improve the Book?
The greatest difficulty is that the vast complexity of this book will limit its appeal. While the author's dilemma in presenting the material is necessarily mind-boggling, the solution of using different colored font (some with the extra feature of strikeouts or underling) makes it extraordinarily difficult to read. It has great merit for scholars and anyone interested enough to endure the challenge, but it does severely limit his readership. It is a difficult book to judge in this contest and the judges have no desire to dampen Mr. Rive's monumental effort, as it is quite impressive and a gift to the world.