Archive for November, 2007

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, abridged by William Goldman

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

My introduction to The Princess Bride came in the form of an excerpt (the fabulous sword-fighting scene at the top of the Cliffs Of Despair) that was part of an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories, which I had gotten at about the age of 13 or 14.

For many years after that I sort of casually kept an eye out for the entire book, but back then there wasn’t a great selection of books available cheaply in Trinidad.

Well, I almost couldn’t contain myself when I saw that someone had actually made The Princess Bride into a movie. And I wasn’t disappointed in the least – what a great flick! Inconceivable!

Finally, a few years ago I came across William Goldman’s re-telling of this wonderfully whimsical, yet totally action-packed tale. And now I have my very own copy of The Princess Bride and the movie too. Yeah!!! I highly recommend this one – both the book and The Princess Bride Movie – especially if you have kids.

Strong’s Concordance

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Strong’s Concordance is an exhaustive reference book that is a must for your personal bible study. I have the King James version with the Greek and Hebrew dictionaries and it is just fabulous! I believe that it may also be available for other versions of the bible as well.

Basically, what Mr. Strong did was to identify every single occurrence of a particular word – say “brother” for example – in the Bible, list every chapter and verse with the phrase containing that word and then give the exact hebrew or greek word that was used in the original manuscript. You can then go look up the original hebrew or greek word in the appropriate dictionary to find the original meaning(s). Then it’s up to you to decide whether or not you think the Bible translators got it right, or if there is another possible meaning that you think they should have used. Another nice feature is the phonetic information that’s included throughout – so you can finally figure out how to pronounce Mephibosheth.

In my opinion, the Strong’s Concordance should be the first Bible study tool in your library – after your Bible of course.

God bless!

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