Monday, October 5, 2009

A Give Away

A blog friend and author is having a awesome give away. Go on over and leave a comment so you have a chance to win her latest book. While there take time to read her blog. She is not only a great author but a wonderful and busy Christian mom and wife. I am always amazed at all she does in a day. Tell her Peggy sent you!


PEA said...

Thanks for the heads up, sis, I've gone to enter my name and have also added it to my post:-) xoxo

Brenda Eason said...

Thanks Peggy ,I will give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peggy, Thanks and I hope you are having a good week. Give Rusty and Troubles a treat from me!

Mary said...


Thanks for the heads up about the giveaway. It looks like a great book.

I read your previous post and really enjoyed the poem. October and autumn are also favorourites of mine. It's a great time of year.

Have a fabulous rest of the week, my friend.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Peggy, I am one who also reads items in people sidebar. I was surprised to see the version of the Lord's Prayer you used, using the phrase
"the evil one". I have never seen this. I lay no claim to be a biblical scholar but I thought I would look into it. I have three versions of the Bible: King James, Oxford Annotated Bible, and the New English Bible. From notes I have been able to find the latin words can translate neutral (evil, in general) or masculine (the evil one). But in the Aramaic the oldest versions of the Bible,(Aramaic is the language Jesus spoke and there are still Christians that speak Aramaic in Syria and Iraq) the Devil is never spoken of as "the evil one." On the basis of this I would assume the Latin is best translated as "evil" (in general) and not the masculine.

The New English Bible, which I think uses later translation and biblical scholarship than the other two versions actually uses, "And do not bring us to the test." to end the Lord's Prayer in Luke 11: 1-4.

The three different ending I have mentions certainly give the prayer a different feel.
Evil in general feels like human frailty. Evil one personifies evil as "Devil" being, perhaps. And the use of "test" gives the feel that the Divine tests ( challeges) us, always to be our best.

Years ago, I flatly refused to recite the Lord's Prayer in school or church. I finally found I had to recite it in public when I served a Universalist Church in Boston where they called it the Prayer of Jesus. I was startled when I learned it was the Lord's Prayer. I did what was expected of me but it continued to make me uncomfortable. I got over it. I am afraid I could never personify evil as the "evil one", aka the Devil.

I am not trying to be argumentative and I hope you found this little bit of research as interesting as I did.