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Whose Bible Is It?

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Whose Bible Is It?
A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages
By Jaroslav Prlikam
Viking, 2005, 274 pages
ISBN: 978-0670033850

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - May 3, 2010

The author wrote his book to show that God speaks to people of all faiths. The Bible, he writes does not belong to the Jews or to the Christians or to the Muslims alone; it belongs to all people. All people have the right to interpret the Bible as they want, as long they do no harm to others.

And the religions need to work together. The Muslims taught the Jews and the Christians the philosophy of the Greeks by translating the ancient Greek philosophical works. The period of Enlightenment for Christianity and Judaism, the quest for a rational religion of nature, grew from the writings and teachings of other faiths. Judaism and Christianity contributed to the other and without the other neither would have advanced to the stage they are currently in.

Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.

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