by Hugh NibleyI learned a lot about early Christianity from this book, but most of all I really felt like I was discovering what the New Testament meant for those living at that time. I think today we have a natural, and justified, view of the New Testament, likening it to ourselves and taking the lessons and thoughts and applying it to our time. And since scripture can have multiple meanings and multiple fulfillment, that's completely valid. This book helped me see that the lessons I see for myself aren't what they saw.
Even though I've studied the scriptures all my life and knew about the 'Great Apostasy' I think there was a part of me that thought that the members of the early church were giving each other pep talks and trying to make it work and maybe they could last a while. But they didn't think that way because the New Testament didn't teach that. It was quite eye opening how, dare I say 'fatalistic'?, their attitude was. And yet even though they knew the truth would be lost they still did their best. I think it's a different type of courage than holding on for the greater good, knowing your cause will succeed for the others around you. These early members of the church instead knew that night would fall and the dawn wouldn't come for a long, long time.
The first half of this book seemed to go quick, filled with new insights and discoveries, but I really had a hard time with the second half. This book is filled with references of all kinds, and although I see Nibley's wit here
and there, it's a collection of scholarly works and they are, in a word, intimidating.
|Title||Mormonism and Early Christianity (The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Volume 4)|
|eBook format||Hardcover, (torrent)|
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