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Restoring the Original Bible 


Associates for Scriptural Knowledge
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This book is a key research work that provides the biblical student with information concerning the historical growth and progression of the Holy Scriptures. It could be academically titled "The Design and Development of the Holy Scriptures." It shows from clear historical and biblical records that our modern Bibles have abandoned the order and arrangement of the books as they left the hands of the prophets and apostles who canonized them (though they do contain all the books of the Holy Scriptures in the normal Protestant versions). It was in the early fifth century that Jerome gave to the world our present (and erroneous) arrangement of the books of the Bible. This order of Jerome is at variance with the early manuscript design. When the original arrangement is restored, a marvelous and harmonious context is shown that reveals truths of the Scripture that could not be seen otherwise. The intended design by those who canonized the Bible (which can be easily shown and proved) provides the modern reader with the accurate type of Bible that the prophets and apostles desired the world to have. Even modern scholars around the world have argued that the Holy Scriptures should be restored to their pristine and proper order of the manuscripts (as shown by Dr. Martin in this book) so that modern man can have the same Bible that left the hands of those who canonized it.

Potential markets include Bible students, professors, teachers and theologians, pastors, libraries, seminaries, universities, and lay people of all Christian faiths.


Prices Details Reference
$28.95 US ASK #: BK02 ISBN: 0-945657-83-8
$33.95 Canadian 512 pages, Softbound Published: 1994
$38.95 Outside US and Canada 3 Illustrations 12,700 copies sold

Selected Reviews

 "Martin's work is a fascinating adventure into the world of late 2nd Temple Judaism and emerging Christianity. It not only deals with little understood aspects of the early "canonization" of both the Old and New Testaments, but it captures the "sound and fury" of those turbulent times surrounding the deaths of the apostles and the Fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in 70 A.D. This book is highly recommended for students, non-specialists, and academics alike." - Dr. James Tabor, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC-Charlotte.
Table of Contents
Chapter Page
1 Restoring the Original Bible 7
2 The Biblical Keys to Canonization 29
3 The Original Number of Old Testament Books 50
4 The Tripartite Divisions 71
5 The Proper Numbering of the Books 82
6 The Place of Roman Execution 91
7 The Design of the Old Testament 100
8 The Law - The First Five Books 105
9 The Prophets Division 109
10 The Writings Division 128
11 The Final Three Book of the Third Division 136
12 The Old Testament Periods of Canonization 148
13 The Need for a New Testament 184
14 The Prophetic Environment of the First Century 215
15 The Book of Acts and New Testament History 235
16 The Jewish/Roman War and Canonization 265
17 The Canonization by Peter 282
18 The Authority to Canonize the New Testament 294
19 The Apostle John and Canonization 309
20 When Was the Book of Revelation Written? 321
21 The New Testament Pentateuch 331
22 The Seven General Epistles 342
23 The Epistles of Paul 358
24 The Canonization of Paul's Epistles 379
25 The Completion of the Canon 392
26 The Rejection of the Apostle John 414
27 The Meaning of Canonization 443
28 Where Was the New Testament Canonized? 453
29 The Autographs of the New Testament Books 461
Select Bibliography 472
Appendix One: Preliminary Suggestions for the Structure of the Psalms 474
Appendix Two: The Book of Proverbs: Its Structure, Design and Teaching 483
 

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