Does the book change your understanding of the Bible?

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Re: Does the book change your understanding of the Bible?

Post by Orizon » 25 Aug 2019, 08:14

The book gives a better understanding to the passage, so it gives a comprehensive understanding.

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Post by Fazzier » 29 Aug 2019, 03:14

vermontelf wrote:
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Certainly this book is far easier to read than the Bible, so I would recommend it to anyone interested in studying the Old Testament. The last quarter of the book is fantastic resources. There were a couple stories that I expected to be longer (because I thought I knew them and knew more details) but overall I like the brevity of the stories. The stories of Cain and Abel I benefitted from as I did not know all those details.
I didn't know the book is brief and therefore easy to read than the Bible. Thank you for the recommendation!

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Post by Only1Cola » 30 Aug 2019, 16:00

The book didn’t change my understanding of the Bible at all. I am an avid bible student and so nothing I read in this book was new to me. Some inaccuracies maybe, but nothing new.

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Post by Katie Canedy » 31 Aug 2019, 00:30

I did change my opinion of the Bible, in a positive way! Books like these help young people to understand the Bible in a different way, and I think this is an excellent reinforcer. This book helped me understand the Old Testament better, and I feel like I can tell someone else what the Old Testament is about without hesitation.
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Post by Philip Chepsingil » 31 Aug 2019, 01:26

Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
19 Aug 2019, 06:18
Philip Chepsingil wrote:
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leiabutler wrote:
01 Aug 2019, 17:01
I don't think it necessarily changes my understand, it perhaps adds a new perspective but this doesn't take anything away from my understanding if anything it enforces it further.
It has also made me get some of those Biblical stories from a different point of view and understanding.
I agree. The retelling of stories like Cain and Abel and that of Abraham were well done and provided additional perspectives making the Old Testament passages more understandable.
Yes, Retelling the Biblical stories gives additional perspectives and makes the Bible more relevant to our daily experiences.

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Post by kenroyreviewer » 09 Sep 2019, 10:46

No book can change your understanding of the bible. The book will only increase your perception of it.

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Post by tkpumpkin » 15 Sep 2019, 10:04

I've already read the Old Testament, but what this book did for me was enable me to get a bigger broader perspective much faster in a glimpse. Instead of taking me a week to get through Genesis and trying to remember and sort through all the details, I was able to quickly grasp the main concepts in a single evening and make more connections with the new testament.

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Post by Kabui-nj » 15 Sep 2019, 13:44

No, but it has put a stamp on my understanding of the Old Testament books of the Bible.

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Post by Once_a_reader » 19 Sep 2019, 01:39

The book doesn't change my understanding of the Bible, but it simplifies the stories since the author presents them in a fun and palatable manner. The book is simple and straightforward. Hence, it could appeal to readers who don't have the time to read the Bible.

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Post by Zeix » 20 Sep 2019, 04:01

It made me understand it better. The explanations of the stories did well.

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Post by Hannalore » 23 Sep 2019, 14:23

No, it deepens and makes appreciate more of God's love throuh the stories. The author does a good job in potraying the stories in a beautiful way.

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Post by danielleamy » 26 Sep 2019, 15:52

I think some of the stories seemed more simplified and explained in a different way. I don't think it changed my understanding though
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Post by mensah2 » 09 Oct 2019, 06:24

For me, it's not easy to change my understanding of the Bible. However, l may be subjected to probing and may come out with my own findings. My attitude towards the Bible remains the same.

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 09 Oct 2019, 09:28

The stories in the Old Testament were necessarily stories relating to people of a pastoral way of life. For instance, the Patriarchs, Abraham, or Jacob, among others, were animal raisers, and the laws would naturally revolve around their trade, albeit primitive by current standards. And their understanding of a God would also be limited by their overview of things relating to their view of life. Interpreted by minds with the present mode of thinking, there would occur many discrepancies deemed to have existed. This is understandable to me.
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Post by nicole-adrianne » 11 Oct 2019, 06:31

It seems so rare today to come across content that makes the Bible more understandable and easy to read. I'm so happy that modern, yet highly accurate editions of the Bible have been produced over the past decade! The Hebrew and Greek scriptures intertwine to create a beautiful portrait of God's qualities and his purpose for humans and this planet. When choosing Bible literature or study aids, it's important to me that I find material that harmonizes with every part of the Bible on both doctrinal and scholarly levels.

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