9781250059482

The Bible Doesn't Say That 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions, and Other Misunderstandings

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250059482

  • ISBN10:

    1250059488

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/16/2016
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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Summary

The Bible Doesn't Say That explores what the Bible meant before it was misinterpreted over the past 2,000 years.

Acclaimed translator and biblical scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman walks the reader through dozens of mistranslations, misconceptions, and other misunderstandings about the Bible. In forty short, straightforward chapters, he covers morality, life-style, theology, and biblical imagery, including:

*The Bible doesn't call homosexuality a sin, and it doesn't advocate for the one-man-one-woman model of the family that has been dubbed "biblical."

*The Bible's famous "beat their swords into plowshares" is matched by the militaristic, "beat your plowshares into swords."

*The often-cited New Testament quotation "God so loved the world" is a mistranslation, as are the titles "Son of Man" and "Son of God."

*The Ten Commandments don't prohibit killing or coveting.

What does the Bible say about violence? About the Rapture? About keeping kosher? About marriage and divorce? Hoffman provides answers to all of these and more, succinctly explaining how so many pivotal biblical answers came to be misunderstood.

Author Biography

JOEL M. HOFFMAN, PhD, is the author of In the Beginning, And God Said, and The Bible's Cutting Room Floor. He is the chief translator for the series My People's Prayer Book (winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and for My People's Passover Haggadah. He is an occasional contributor to The Jerusalem Post and The Huffington Post and has held faculty appointments at Brandeis University and at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He lives in Westchester, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. In the Beginning
2. Evolution
3. Noahís Ark
4. Lifespans in the Old Testament
5. David and Goliath (and Elhanan and Goliath)
6. Jesusís Lineage
7. Jesusís Death
8. The Ten Commandments
9. Commandments
10. God So Loved the World
11. The Truth Will Set You Free
12. Healing a Withered Hand
13. Godís Name
14. Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword
15. Dust and Ashes
16. Psalm 23
17. Heart and Soul
18. Unicorns and Dragons
19. Kings
20. Nations, Swords, and Plowshares
21. If Not by Bread Alone, Then by What Do People Live?
22. Who Is the Voice Crying in the Wilderness?
23. Old Testament Prophecies Fulfi lled in the New Testament
24. The Virgin Birth
25. Mosesís Horns
26. The Apple from the Garden of Eden
27. The Jubilee Year
28. The Son of Man and the Son of God
29. Keeping Kosher
30. The Rapture
31. Slavery
32. Marriage
33. Divorce
34. Prosperity
35. Violence
36. Justice
37. Men and Women
38. Killing
39. Homosexuality
40. Abortion
Conclusion
Bible Citation Index
General Index

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