ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bible: An Owner's Manual Book Review

Updated on February 22, 2009

Book by Robert R. Hann

The Bible: An Owner’s Manual Book Review

Given the turmoil found in many parts of the world, some of which are linked directly to the Bible (as the struggle for land and resources in Israel), this thin book, subtitled “What You Need to Know Before You Buy and Read Your Bible,” is well described on its cover, as it lists many aspects that readers of the Bible should be aware of. For this is also of great importance for proper interpretation of the Holy Book used by all 3 of the great monotheistic religions of the world.

Sadly, there is little proper understanding of this ancient text. For instance, the difference between the many different translations, the subject of the second chapter, seems to be a point that is growing in Biblical readings for the lay person and preachers and priests without the proper expertise in reading the holy book in the original. In fact, without offering mere opinion, the author shows his methodology as to why he follows certain trains of thought: “But what if I were to be sent to that desert island, and could take only one version with me: which Bible would it be? …It would be the Revised Standard Version…[or any other detailed,] (other than the King James, Confraternity, and Living Bible versions)” (p. 52). He even goes so the extreme of splitting hairs –yet necessarily. For example, the origin of the original King James Version of the Bible. This was an important English translation for numerous reasons, least of which was that it sought to avoid the sectarian translations from before. Yet despite the ecumenical, diplomatic thoughts that went into the making of the King James Bible, one important problem remained. First, the translation was impeccably done. However, “the Greek text from which they worked contained many errors, and was not a reliable representative of the words of the original biblical authors” (p.31).

Other points of matter include the many footnotes that have found their way not merely into modern printings of the Bible, but since the medieval age. Unfortunately, these footnotes sometimes became more than mere commentary, being incorporated into the text itself, as exemplified by the probable addition of the phrase “who do not walk in the manner of the flesh but in the manner of the Spirit” at the end of I Corinthians 12:13. Quite the addition! Yet, again, the author, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Temple University, explains the views he holds –standard, accepted views of Christian and Jewish scholars.

Not only to the points of rational make sense, they are written in a succinct, clear style that hits to the heart of every matter discussed.

This is a book that believers, non-believers, and everyone in-between or at the fringe sides will find intriguing and useful.

  • ISBN-10: 080912503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809125036


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)