HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Roots of Our Hope: A Primer About the History of Our Bible
Author: Paul Nagy
Publisher: Bible Education Institute Inc., 1979
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Nagy, Paul. The Roots of Our Hope: A Primer About the History of Our Bible (published in 1979 by the Bible Education Institute Inc., 496 Todhunter Rd., Monroe, OH 45050). “What conclusion does the Bible lead us to about Jesus? There are three choices: 1. Straight jacket; 2. ‘wanted poster;’ 3. truth—He was either insane, a fraud or the Messiah. You will find the answer to this important, but basic book about the Bible.” This small book (95 pages) has fifteen chapters dealing with such subjects as revelation, inspiration, languages, manuscripts, canonization, accuracy, Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient versions, translation into English, and archaeology, along with a forward, conclusion, and suggested bibliography for further study. It is designed to be a simple and straightforward introduction into the field of Bible apologetics.
Author Paul Nagy preached with the Park Ave. Church of Christ in Hillsboro, OH, where my family attended when I was a youngster and has been a friend of our family ever since. During the time we lived in Dayton, OH, and I worked with the Haynes St. church, Paul lived not too far away. Occasionally when my mother would visit us, we would make arrangements to have lunch with him, and for a while he preached with the church in Loveland, OH, which was about forty miles from us. Unfortunately, since then I have lost contact with him and have no idea what he is up to now. Nor do I know if this book is still available, but if not it deserves to be in print because it is very useful. We have made it a part of our homeschool Bible studies.