MORE BIBLE WISDOM FOR MODERN TIMES SELECTIONS FROM THE EARLY NEW TESTAMENT (only 99 cents at Kindle)
This selection from the Early New Testament contains fresh translations of all of Mark's Gospel, plus 29 early Christian hymns, and 21 Sayings and Stories by and about Jesus, plus extracts from "The Shepherd of Hermas", "The Epistle of Barnabas" and "The Didache" (or "The Teaching").
In this follow-up book to his "Bible Wisdom for Modern Times: Selections from the Orthodox Old Testament", the author has turned to the Early New Testament, which he defines as the book in use by most Christians until the beginning of the 5th century.
This early New Testament is not the same as that printed in Bibles today. It was larger. After "Acts" was placed a book called "The Shepherd of Hermas" which in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries was second in both popularity and priestly esteem only to the Gospels themselves.
Personally, the author does not regard "The Shepherd" as divinely inspired, but it has much to offer. For this selection, he has translated Hermas's "12 Great Commandments" together with his Notes on the same, and his "Similitude" (that is, his Parable) on "The Question of Fasting".
On the other hand, a book that is most definitely wholly inspired is Mark's Gospel. John Mark was Simon Peter's secretary and he constructed his account of the Life and Teaching of Jesus, the Christ, around Peter's own personal reminiscences.
For some reason, Mark decided against using the method (later employed by Luke in "Acts") of mixing first and third person narratives. In Reid's opinion, this decision decreased the force, vibrancy and sense of immediacy inherent in Peter's first-hand accounts; so he has restored the first person narrative where appropriate.
Reid also rejects the misguided attempts by copyists to change some of honest Peter's controversial remarks to make them conform to the similar but highly censored passages in Luke and Matthew. Here then is the unvarnished Peter in all his commendable honesty and forthright fervor.