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By Richmond Lattimore

Richmond Lattimore, essentially the most amazing residing translators of Greek, has during this publication accomplished his rendering of the hot testomony in clean and exact English for the trendy reader. The booklet of his translation of The 4 Gospels and the Revelation in 1979 used to be hailed by way of the recent York occasions ebook overview as "an fulfillment that areas us extra deeply in Lattimore's debt than the other in an extended diligent career."

The Acts of the Apostles, which he calls "the earliest consecutive tale of early Christianity that we have," and the 3 teams of Letters of the Apostles—those of Saint Paul, the letter to the Hebrews, and the final Letters—are now made to be had to accomplish the hot testomony in his translation. His objective back has been to supply an easy, literal rendering during which the syntax and order of the Greek dictate the nature of the English style.

Lattimore, as an expert at the Greek language during which these...

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But God turned them about and committed them to the worship of the host of the sky, as it is written in the book of the prophets: House of Israel, did you bring me victims and sacrifices for forty years in the desert? No, but you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of the god Rhompha, the figures you made, to worship them. And I will move you beyond Babylon. Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the desert, as he who talked with Moses told him to make it in the image of what he had seen; and our fathers inherited it and also brought it here when with Joshua they dispossessed the Gentiles, whom God drove from the sight of our fathers.

The Letter to the Hebrews is included with the letters of Paul, but the name of Paul does not appear in the text. There have been many speculations about date and authorship, but no final answer (except, perhaps, that it is not by Paul). Next comes the group known as The General Letters (or Catholic Epistles, Epistoloi Katholikoi). The name signifies that they are addressed (most of them at least) to the whole Christian community rather than to separate churches, as Paul’s letters were. The Letter of James is believed by some to be the work of James the brother of Jesus Christ, one of the chief men in the original church in Jerusalem.

So I ask, for what reason did you invite me? And Cornelius said: Four days before this time I was praying at the ninth hour in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in shining clothes, and said: Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your acts of charity have come to the attention of God. Send therefore to Joppa and invite Simon, who is surnamed Peter; he is the guest of Simon the tanner, by the sea. So I sent men to you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Here then we are all gathered in the sight of God to hear all that the Lord has commanded you to say.

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