The Bible you usually read is not the complete story. Some holy writings were left out for political or theological reasons, others simply because of the physical restrictions of ancient bookmaking technology. At times, the compilers of the Bible skipped information that they assumed everyone knew.Read more...
The Bible you usually read is not the complete story. Some holy writings were left out for political or theological reasons, others simply because of the physical restrictions of ancient bookmaking technology. At times, the compilers of the Bible skipped information that they assumed everyone knew. Some passages were even omitted by accident.
In "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor, " acclaimed author and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman provides the stories and other texts that didn't make it into the Bible even though they offer penetrating insight into the Bible and its teachings.
The Book of Genesis tells us about Adam and Eve's time in the Garden of Eden, but not their saga after they get kicked out or the lessons they have for us about good and evil. The Bible introduces us to Abraham, but it doesn't include the troubling story of his early life, which explains how he came to reject idolatry to become the father of monotheism. And while there are only 150 Psalms in today's Bible, there used to be many more.
Dr. Hoffman deftly brings these and other ancient scriptural texts to life, exploring how they offer new answers to some of the most fundamental and universal questions people ask about their lives. An impressive blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship, "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor" reveals what's missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important.
- ISBN-13: 9781250047960
- ISBN-10: 125004796X
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
- Publish Date: September 2014
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Hoffman (And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning) leads the reader through the Pseudepigrapha and related writings left out of the biblical canon. Through his summaries and analysis, he ably demonstrates why these “second tier” works—some of them not included in the official biblical canon for their controversial theology, and others for purely practical reasons—should not be ignored. They shed crucial light on our understanding of the books of our “official” Bible, as well as being themselves worthy sources for seekers of theological, and philosophical, meaning. Hoffman also provides an accessible and entertaining history of the context in which the “rejected” works arose, a fascinating account of how the Dead Sea Scrolls came to light in the mid-20th century (and what they include), an analysis of Josephus’s contributions to history, and the relationship between the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Bible) and the Hebrew Scriptures. As the book is but a taste of extracanonical riches, it accordingly includes an appendix with recommended additional reading. Agent: Irene Goodman, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Sept.)