Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bibles, Books, and Prayers of the Christian East

Bibles, Books and Prayers from the rich Christian East, provide so much spiritual treasure for me. Christianity is an Afro-Asiatic religion, the Bible is an Afro-Asiatic book, the Mashiach Yeshua was born into an Afro-Asiatic context.

Along with the Bible, the Kebra Nagast forms an important part of Ethiopia's sacred tradition. Also, the Ethiopian Bible has a the longest canon, 81 books. I do not have an English Bible, with the full Ethiopian canon, but I collecting individual books, such as the Book of Enoch.

In trying times like these, the Scriptures afford us hope (Romans 15.4). I am grateful for these editions of the Scriptures, well-translated and with fuller canons. This is a Black spiritual we sing in our church often that emphasizes the need to rely on Christ and the Scriptures.

 "In times like these you need the Bible,
 In times like these O be not idle;
 Be very sure, be very sure
 Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One;
 This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
 Be very sure, be very sure
 Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!"

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