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Michael Anthony

“This remarkable book is on the concept of understanding as reflected in the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo Judaeus, the Talmuds, the Zohar and a very wide range of Church Fathers, Rabbinic, and ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic and Babylonian writings. There is, to my knowledge, no other work on the theme of Understanding assembled with such vast industry from an extraordinarily wide scope of ancient literatures.”

Brurce M. Metzger, Ph.D., L.H.D., D. Theol.,
Professor of New Testament, Emeritus Princeton Theological Seminary,
Editor of The Oxford Annotated Bible and Editor in Chief of the Revised Standard Version and The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

The Book of Understanding is an encyclopedic work enabling us to ascend the Ladder of Understanding. THe author carefully documents each rung of the ladder as it commences from the foundation which is: ‘The Fear of the Lord’ all the way up to the Truth at the very summit. As he presents each rung of the ladder he calls upon the Holy Scriptures, Midrashic and other rabbinic texts, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, the Zohar, in addition to commentaries from both Christian and Jewish tradition. So much scholarship is methodically and clearly compiled so as to prove each step up the ladder, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

“The author systematically searches and researches the sources to painstakingly interpret each word validating each step. Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge, all sound so much alike but he helps us to know the nuances between them – the development and advancement from one to the other. Each rung requires meditation and contemplation for he focuses our attention on how one can live the ‘good life’ fulfilling the purpose for which we were created, and the goals of the Almighty. The Book of Understanding is in essence a text-book of life, a major contribution for those who seek a way of life based on fundamental faith leading to Understanding.”

Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz,
The Center for Christian Jewish Understanding, Fairfield, Connecticut 06432

“The author [was] both a Scriptural and rabbinic scholar who has lived as a hermit for the past twenty-nine years. He [resided] in a hermitage in the woods of a Cistercian abbey in eastern Canada. He [was] a noted writer whose works include The Bread of God, The Secret Joy of Repentance, The Revelation of Bethlehem and the Revelation of the Son of Man (BenYamin Press).

“Get wisdom and with all your getting get understanding” (Proverbs 2:3). The Book of Understanding is the fruit of eighteen years of research on the subject culled from the Holy Scriptures, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Philo, Talmuds, Midrashim, Zohar, Christian and rabbinic traditions, and ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Ugarithic, and Greek writings.”

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Benyamin Press, ©1994, 543 pages