The Five Gospels and the Book of Revelation (Paperback)

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The Five Gospels and the Book of Revelation (Paperback)

By Bart Marshall (Translator)


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The first four books of the New Testament-Matthew, Mark, Luke and John-form the core of Christianity in much the same way as the first five books of the Old Testament-Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy-form the core of Judaism. The books of Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as the synoptic gospels because they are so alike. They tell mostly the same stories in similar wording and chronology. By contrast, over 90% of the material in John is unique, and John is sometimes referred to as the spiritual gospel.The Gospel of Thomas is also included here because it contains valuable sayings of Jesus that echo and expand upon the teachings in the other gospels. It deserves to have been included in the New Testament, but was not known until 1945, when it was unearthed as part of the discovery near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, of thirteen leather-bound codices, containing 52 early Christian treatises, mostly gnostic. I have also included The Book of Revelation because it purports to contain words of Jesus heard in a vision, and has become a key text in Christian literature.The Five Gospels is excerpted from a larger work-in-progress, The Holy Bible: King James Reader's Version (KJRV), which I hope to complete and publish in 2022. In the meantime, I have also published three other works excerpted from the KJRV: The Torah, The Book of Psalms, and Poetry and Wisdom of the Old Testament.The KJRV is formatted like an epic poem, which it is, with the verse numbers in a separate column so as to not be in the way while reading. My purpose in creating the KJRV is to provide the clearest, most faithful, most accurate, and hopefully most poetic version of the Bible possible. It is my intention that it speak directly to the reader, and provide a clear understanding of what's being said, without the need for "expert" commentary or agenda-driven interpretations. I do not take on this task as a Christian "believer," though I greatly admire Jesus of Nazareth. I see the Bible as an incredible collection of ancient religious literature, that has had an incalculable influence on western culture, and on world history. No education is complete without knowing what's in the Bible. But reading it can be tough going, particularly the King James Version (KJV), which is pretty much the gold standard of Bible versions. Other versions that are easier to read and understand have been created, but in the process a certain magic and mystique present in the KJV has been lost. In the KJRV I have tried to create a version with the best of both worlds-an easily understood version that retains the poetry and magic of the KJV. I hope you find it valuable.

Product Details ISBN: 9798868987526
Publisher: Realface Press
Publication Date: November 11th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English