Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Over 200 Books on DVDROM of Early Watchtower (JW) Related Books


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Contents of Disk (created on a Windows computer) :

Zion's Glad Songs (1908). Hymn book published by M.L. McPhail, a travelling representative of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.

At-one-ment Between God and Man by Charles Russell 1910

Poems and Hymns of Millenial Dawn by Charles Russell 1890

The Time Is At Hand by Charles Russell 1907

Food for Thinking Christians by Charles Russell 1881

The Life of Pastor Russell, article in The Overland Monthly 1917

The Late Pastor Russell, article in The Overland Monthly 1917

The World War and Bible prophecy by Harry F Howard 1918

Jewish Hopes by Charles Russell 1910

The Kingdom Come by Charles Russell 1891

The Day of Vengeance by Charles Russell 1898

Studies in the Scriptures Volumes 1-7 (searchable PDF)

The Golden Age Magazine 1919

The Golden Age Magazine 1920

The Golden Age Magazine 1921

The Golden Age Magazine 1922

Great Pyramid Passages Vol 2 1913 edition
Great Pyramid Passages and Chambers, Volume 2 (1913 edition). By John and Morton Edgar. The Edgars were associates of Charles Taze Russell and wrote this treatise in defense of Russell's views on the prophetic symbolism of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt.

1878 Herald of the Morning (last 6 months) Nelson H. Barbour and Charles Taze Russell (original scans)

1879 Herald of the Morning (first 6 months) Nelson H. Barbour and Charles Taze Russell (original scans)

The Way to Paradise by W.E. Van Amburgh, Secretary-Treasurer of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Contains introduction by J.F. Rutherford and was published in 1924. Issued as a book of instruction for children.

The Three Worlds by Nelson H. Barbour

The Photodrama of Creation by Charles Taze Russell. This is the book that accompanied the slide presentation. Published in 1914.

The Object and Manner of Our Lord's Return by Charles Taze Russell. Published in 1877.

The Day Dawn - Written by J.H. Paton in 1880. This was the first book circulated by the WatchTower, edited by Charles T. Russell, and is mentioned several times in the years 1880 and 1881 in that magazine. Paton and Russell parted company in 1881 and the book was later republished by Paton in 1890, but with several revisions. This is the original 1880 edition.

Millions Now Living Will Never Die by Judge Rutherford 1920

Olin R. Moyle Trial vs the Watchtower Trial Transcript

To Readers of Zion's Watch Tower - a publication in 1902 detailing the problems between Charles Taze Russell and his wife Maria.

The Calendar of Jehovah God - Early Golden Age Articles proposing a new calendar with the names of the days and months substituted to give honor to the Creator Jehovah God.

1917 Watchtower Articles Dealing with the Schism after the death of Charles Russell.

Studies in the Scriptures Series 2
by Charles Taze Russell - 1915

The Harp of God: Proof Conclusive that Millions Now Living Will Never Die
by Joseph Franklin Rutherford - 1921 - 365 pages

Millennial Dawn - Plan of the Ages
by Charles Taze Russell - 1886

Russell-White Debate: A Public Discussion
by Charles Taze Russell, Lloyd Smith White - 1908 - 19o pages

Millions Now Living Will Never Die!
by Joseph Franklin Rutherford - 1920 - 120 pages

What Say the Scriptures about Spiritualism?: Proofs that it is Demonism ...
by Charles Taze Russell, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society - 1897 - 110 pages
Letters to Elder Charles T. Russell in reply to his book entitled "What say the Scriptures about spiritualism ... ?" / Daniel W. Hull [1910].



The Finished Mystery
by Charles Taze Russell, Clayton J. Woodworth, George H. Fisher- 1918 - 590 pages

The Bible Versus the Evolution Theory
by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society - 1898 - 40 pages

Studies in the Scriptures - SERIES 1
by Charles Taze Russell - 1886

Tabernacle Shadows of the "better Sacrifices"
by Charles Taze Russell - 1899 - 131 pages

PLUS FREE - the 1954 Douglas Walsh Trial
In November 1954, a trial was held in Scotland, in which the Watchtower Society tried to establish before the British court that certain of its members were ordained ministers. High ranking leaders of the Society testified, including vice-president Fred Franz and legal counsel for the Society, Haydon C. Covington. Covington's testimony before the attorney for the Ministry of Labour and National Service.

The Great Pyramid had fascinated men in the 19th century, especially where it concerned bible prophecy, especially with statements like:

"So, then, if we measure backward down the 'First Ascending Passage' to its junction with the 'Entrance Passage,' we shall have a fixed date to mark upon the downward passage. This measure is 1542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at that point. Then measuring down the 'Entrance Passage' from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the 'Pit,' representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3416 inches, symbolizing 3416 years from the above date, B.C. 1542. This calculation shows AD. 1874 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1542 years B.C. plus 1874 years AD. equals 3416 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1874 was the chronological beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation -- no, nor ever shall be afterward. And thus it will be noted that this 'Witness' fully corroborates the Bible testimony on this subject..."Thy Kingdom Come
Millennial Dawn, vol. III
(1891-1904 editions), page 342

The Pyramid and the Bible; the rectitude of the one in accordance with the other
by William Mackenzie - 1868

The Divine Plan of the Ages and the Great Pyramid by Charles Taze Russell 1913

The Millennial Dawn by Charles Taze Russell - 1898
WHY OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO CHRISTIANS. — THE GREAT PYRAMID A STOREHOUSE op TRUTH —
SCIENTIFIC, HISTORIC AND PROPHETIC. — BIBLE ALLUSIONS TO IT. ..

Studies in the Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell
"The Great Pyramid in Egypt is a Witness to all these events"

The Solution of the Pyramid Problem: Or, Pyramid Discoveries.
by Robert Ballard - 1882 - 100 pages

Great Pyramid Passages Vol 2 1913 edition
Great Pyramid Passages and Chambers, Volume 2 (1913 edition). By John and Morton Edgar. The Edgars were associates of Charles Taze Russell and wrote this treatise in defense of Russell's views on the prophetic symbolism of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt.

Life and work at the Great pyramid
Charles Piazzi Smyth - 1867

The Great Pyramid: Observatory, Tomb, and Temple
by Richard Anthony Proctor - 1883 - 320 pages
 
Pyramid facts and fancies by James Bonwick - 1877

The origin and significance of the Great pyramid by Charles Staniland Wake - 1882

Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid, Ed
by Charles Piazzi Smyth - 1874 - 520 pages



Horus in the Pyramid Texts
by Thomas George Allen - 1916 - 76 pages

A Miracle in Stone: Or, the Great Pyramid of Egypt
by Joseph Augustus Seiss - 1877 - 340 pages

Freemasonry from the great pyramid of ancient times, lectures by Thomas Holland - 1885

The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy
by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1897
To know the full septenary significance of the " Primordial Circle," the pyramid
and the Kabalistic Bible must be read in the light of the figure on which ...

New Light from the Great Pyramid: The Astronomico-geographical System by Albert Ross Parsons - 1893 - 410 pages

The Great Pyramid Jeezeh
by Louis Phillipe McCarty - 1907 - 580 pages

Freemasonry in the Holy Land: Or, Handmarks of Hiram's Builders
by Robert Morris - 1872 - 600 pages

Plus you get the following Divine Name Bibles:

Exodus - Revised with notes by WH Bennett 1908

The Book of Genesis by GW Wade 1896

The Songs Hymns And Prayers Of The Old Testament by Charles Foster Kent 1914

Isaiah in Modern Speech by John McFadyen 1918

Jeremiah in Modern speech by John McFadyen 1919

The Psalms in Modern Speech by John McFadyen 1870

The Wisdom Books in Modern Speech by John McFadyen

The book of Job translated from the Hebrew by Ernst Renan 1889

The books of Chronicles by WH Bennett 1894

Joshua by WH Bennett 1899 (some pages hard to read)

The Book of Judges by JF Moore 1899

The Holy Scriptures of the Old Covenant by Wellbeloved Volume 1 1862

The Holy Scriptures of the Old Covenant by Wellbeloved Volume 2 1862

The Holy Scriptures of the Old Covenant by Wellbeloved Volume 3 1862

The Epic of the Inner Life being the Book of Job by J Genung 1891

The Book of Job - the Poetic Portion Versified by Homer Sprague 1913

Mozes bi naltsos alsedihigi odesziz holychigi inda yistainilli ba Hani Mark naltsos ye yiki-iscinigi. Tohatcidi enisoti dine bizadkyehgo ayila (Navajo Book of Moses - retains the name JEHOVAH for God 1912)

Choctaw New Testament 1857 (text sometimes difficult to read)

Joshua, Judges and Ruth in Choctaw by Alfred Wright 1913 (the divine name used is "Chihowah" even sometimes in the New Testament above)

Gospel according to John - Creek by HF Buckner 1860
"In my translation of John I have transfered the Hebraic name Jehovah for the name of the Supreme Being, instead of adopting the Creek word Hesakitvmise."



La Sainte Bible - Crampon (French) Volume 1 1894

La Sainte Bible - Crampon (French) Volume 2 1894

La Sainte Bible - Crampon (French) Volume 3 1894

La Sainte Bible - Crampon (French) Volume 4 1894

La Sainte Bible - Crampon (French) Volume 5 1894

La Sainte Bible - Crampon (French) Volume 6 1894

A Liberal Translation of the New Testament Volume 1 by Edward Harwood 1768

A Liberal Translation of the New Testament Volume 2 by Edward Harwood 1768
"The Supreme Jehovah said to my Lord..."

The Psalms Translated and Explained by JA Alexander 1853 Volume 1

The Psalms Translated and Explained by JA Alexander 1853 Volume 2

The Psalms Translated and Explained by JA Alexander 1853 Volume 3
"For I have kept the ways of Jehovah and have not apostasised from my God." Ps 18:22

The New Metrical Version of the Psalms 1909 - United Presbyterian (Uses Jehovah)

A New Rendering of the Hebrew Psalms into English verse By Abraham Coles 1888 (Uses Jehovah)

A New Literal Version of the Book of Psalms by Stephen Street 1790 Volume 1 (Uses Jehovah)

A New Literal Version of the Book of Psalms by Stephen Street 1790 Volume 2 (Uses Jehovah)

Isaiah - a New Translation by TK Cheyne 1898 (Uses JHVH)

Psalms, a New Translation by TK Cheyne 1895 (Uses Jehovah)

The Book of Joshua by Paul Kaupf and William Furness 1899 (Uses JHVH)

Plus - The Trinity Doctrine EXPOSED!! Contents:

Critical Essays by Ezra Abbot.
such as:
THE AUTHORSHIP OF THE FOURTH GOSPEL,
THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN AITEW AND EPWTAW,
ANCIENT PAPYRUS AND THE MODE OF MAKING PAPER FROM IT,
THE COMPARATIVE ANTIQUITY OF THE SINAITIC AND VATICAN MANUSCRIPTS or THE GREEK BIBLE, THE LATE PROFESSOR TISCHENDORF, THE LATE DR. TREGELLES, GERHARD VON MASTRICHT, BUTTMANN's GREEK TESTAMENT, WESTCOTT AND HORT's EDITION OF THE GREEK TESTAMENT, THE NEW TESTAMENT GREEK, THE GOSPELS IN THE NEW REVISION (three articles),
THE READING "ONLY-BEGOTTEN GOD," IN JOHN i.18, THE READING "AN ONLY-BEGOTTEN GOD," OR "GOD ONLY-BEGOTTEN," JOHN i. 18,
THE TEXT OF JOHN viii. 44,
THE READING " CHURCH OF GOD, ACTS XX. 28, THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROMANS ix. 5, RECENT DISCUSSIONS OF ROMANS ix. 5
TITUS ii. 13
I JOHN v. 7, AND LUTHER'S GERMAN BIBLE,
THE VERSE-DIVISIONS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
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Concessions of Trinitarians being a Selection of Extracts from the Writings of the Most Eminent Biblical Critics and Commentators, by John Wilson, (1842)
THIS IS A CLASSIC-An exposition of key texts used as proof-texts for the Trinity throughout the Bible, such as
Genesis 1:2
Romans 9:5
Acts 20:28
1 John 5:7,8
John 1:1 etc, etc, etc.
Example
"ESTI means not only _is_, but _denotes, represents, signifies_ as in Matt. xiii.38 1 Cor. x.4, Luke xxii. 20. In these passages the _cup_ was _not_ the new testament, but represented it; and therefore _represents, signified, &c_ are the literal meaning of ESTI and HN, rather than the common substantive sense. And thus in Matt. xxvi. 26, "This is my body." p.308
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Statement of Reasons for Not Believing the Doctrines of Trinitarians concerning the Nature of God and the Person of Christ (1886) by Andrews Norton (1786-1853).
500 pages
Excerpt:
"I John v. 7. The famous text of the three heavenly witnesses. The value that has been formerly attached to this passage, though unquestionably interpolated, may be estimated from the obstinacy with which it has been contended for, from its still retaining its place as genuine in the editions of the Common Version, and even in editions of the original professedly formed on the text of Griesbach, from the lingering glances cast toward it by such writers as Bishop Middleton, and from the pertinacity with which the more ignorant or bigoted class of controversialists continue to quote and even defend it." p.184
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Granville Sharp's "Remarks on the Uses of the Definite Article in the Greek Text of the New Testament Contanaining many New Proofs of the Divinity of Christ from Passages which are Wrongly Translated in the Common Version"along with Rev. Calvin Winstanley's rebuttal, "A Vindication of Certain Passages in the Common English Version of the New Testament addressed to Granville Sharp Esq." 1819
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God the Invisible King by H.G. Wells (Anti-Trinity) in .txt format

AN APPEAL TO PIOUS TRINITARIANS BY HENRY GREW (1857) in .txt format (works well in wordpad and most text editors)

Seven Conversations on the Trinity (between a Jehovah's Witness minister and a Trinitarian Christian (searchable pdf format)
Sample: "A vigorous debate still continues around the hymnic [Phillipians 2:6] passage. However, the suggestion that the hymn has been constructed with a strong allusion to Adam, or even modeled after the template of Adam christology is still persuasive." p. 282, The Theology of Paul the Apostle, by James D.G. Dunn
The ambiguity I had mentioned earlier is simply one that is shared by many translators and exegetes.
The Harper Collins Study Bible NRSV states that some of the key words used here "had puzzled interpeters" and are "problematic."
Sure, we have the way that Trinitarians like to look at this verse, as is stated in Heinz Cassirer's "did not look upon his equality with God as something to be held in his grasp," but there are many others that do not see this in the same way:
"who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men" ASV
"who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped" NASB
"who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped" Revised Standard Version
"Who, in form of God, subsisting, not, a thing to be seized, accounted the being equal with God." Rotherham
"who, though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped" TCE
"Christ Jesus, who, when he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as a prize" Bible in Living English
"Who, being in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped" New Jerusalem Bible
"Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped" New American Bible
"who, though being in God's Form, yet did not meditate a Usurpation to BE like God" Emphatic Diaglott
"Who, [beginning] [existing] in a form of God did not consider a seizing, to be equal to God" 21st Century Literal
"although he was like God in nature, he never even considered the chance to be equal with God." 21st Century Free
"who, being in the form of God, counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God." Revised Version
"Though he possessed the nature of God, he did not grasp at equality with God." An American Translation/Goodspeed
"who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped" NET Bible
"who though he had god-like form, did not regard it as a prize to be equal to God." The Original NT-Schonfield
[Footnote: "Referring to the sin which Adam was tempted by Satan to commit, and which Lucifer in his former state had committed (Gen 3:5; Isa 14:12-14). Moses is said to have had a divine form, and as an infant to have received the crown from Pharoah's head (Josephus, Antiq II 232-235). The Christ Above of the Jewish mystics had angelic likeness as a Son of God (Dan 4:25-28; Job 1:6-7)."]
"who - did not think it a matter to earnestly desired." -Clarke
"Did not regard - as an object of  solicitous desire." -Stuart
"Thought not - a thing to be seized." -Sharpe
"Did not eagerly grasp." -Kneeland
"Did not violently strive." -Dickinson
"did not meditate a usurpation." -Turnbull

If, as the New Scofield Bible says, that this verse is the strongest assertions of Christ's deity, then those who hold such a position have a real problem.
These verses are about humility, and how, unlike Adam, Jesus did not try to be equal to God. That is why the preceeding verse it tells us to "have the same attitude that was in Christ." Does that mean that we should try to cling to our equality with God? Of course not. To translate this verse in a way that promotes the deity of Christ robs it of its true force and meaning.



The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity by Benjamin B. Warfield (in .txt format, works well in Wordpad)

Plus: The Pagan Origins of Christmas - Many Books either scanned from the originals to PDF or imported into PDF format for your reading or printing pleasure.

Myths and Legends of Christmastide BY Bertha F. Herrick 1901

Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions by Thomas Doane 1882 (Searchable PDF)
"This shows that the heathen in those days, did as the Christians do now. What have evergreens, and garlands, and Christmas trees, to do with Christianity? Simply nothing. It is the old Yule-feast which was held by all the northern nations, from time immemorial, handed down to, and observed at the present day. In the greenery with which Christians deck their houses and temples of worship, and in the Christmas-trees laden with gifts, we unquestionably see a relic of the symbols by which our heathen forefathers signified their faith in the powers of the returning sun to clothe the earth again with green, and hang new fruit on the trees."

Cross-Examining Santa Clause in the Century Magazine 1922

Christmas & the Nativity of Mithras (Open Court) 1904

Bibliotheca Sacra - Religions and the New Testament 1908

The Christmas book: Christmas in the Olden Time, its Customs and their Origins 1859

The Religion of Mithra - Eclectic Magazine 1888

Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy, Religion, Language by Edward Tylor 1889 Volume 2 "Two other Christian festivals have not merely had solar rites transferred to them, but seem distinctly themselves of solar origin."

Origin of the Sabbath by Parish Ladd in the Free Thought Magazine 1899

The Book of Christmas by Hamilton Wright Mabie 1910

The Christmas Tree in Taylor Trott Magazine 1907

On the Origin of the Celebration of Christmas from the New Monthly Magazine 1821

Early Christmas Carols and Customs in the Bostonian 1896
"Coming at practically the same time as the Roman Saturnalia and the Northern feast of Yule, the respective heathen customs of these two old festivals at once became inculcated into that of Christmas, almost as they stood."

Traditions of Eden; or, Proofs of the Historical Truth of the Pentateuch by Henry Shepherd 1871
"And in pursuance of this idea, the Christmas festival of the Sun-god — identical with Nimrod, Tammuz or Adonis, and also with Bacchus — was celebrated in ancient Babylon for ages before the Christian era. It was identical with the Saturnalia
of Rome, and kept with similar scenes of drunkenness and revelry. The wassailing bowl of Christmas, of the dark ages in Popish countries, had its precise counterpart in the Drunken festival of Babylon."

Religion, Theology and Morals By Harvey W Scott 1917
"But every custom and every doctrine of long standing has departed far from its original. The Christinas festival, in its
main featiires, relates more to paganism, so-called, than to Christianity. The genesis of the Holy Trinity is traceable,
through ecclesiastical and personal disputes, through politics and speculative philosophy, back to Philo and Plato; and the
paganism of old Rome, transformed more or less, is still reflected through the Vatican."

The Galaxy Magazine 1878
Christmas brings us, with its religious ceremonies, festivities, and pleasant customs which, it is to be hoped that advancing rationalism will never cause to be forgotten. Yet it is worth while, at least for descendants of the Puritans, to remember that the 25th of December is probably not the date of Christ's birth; there being reason for believing that he was born in the Spring of the year, a fitting season it would seem for such an event; and that our festivities at Christmas are of pagan origin— the dressing of houses with greens being a Druidical custom, and the giving of gifts being a remnant
of the Roman Saturnalia. The feast of Yule, now confounded with that of Christmas, was observed at the Winter solstice by all the Northern nations long before the introduction of Christianity.

Article on the pagan origins of Christmas in the Christian Review 1840

Yule and Christmas, their Place in the Germanic Year by Alexander Tille 1899 (searchable PDF)

Folk Lore/Superstitious Beliefs in Scotland with an Appendix Showing the Probable Relation of the Modern Festivals of Christmas, May Day, St. John's Day, and Halloween to Ancient Sun and Fire Worship 1879 by James Napier

Sun Lore of All Ages, a Collection of Myths and Legends Concerning the Sun by William Tyler Olcott (searchable PDF) 1914

The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge Vol. 12, 1912
"It has also been conjectured that the day was selected because of its significance in the Roman calendar, where it bore the name of dies invicti solia, "the day of the unconquered sun", since on this day the sun began to regain its power and overcame the night."

Sun Worship in Bihar - Calcutta Review 1904

Pagan & Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter 1920

The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, excerpt: "It is in the last degree incredible, then, that the birth of Christ could have taken place at the end of December. There is great unanimity among commentators on this point. Besides Barnes, Doddridge, Lightfoot, Joseph Scaliger, and Jennings, in his "Jewish Antiquities," who are all of opinion that December 25th could not be the right time of our Lord's nativity, the celebrated Joseph Mede pronounces a very decisive opinion to the same effect. After a long and careful disquisition on the subject, among other arguments he adduces the following;--"At the birth of Christ every woman and child was to go to be taxed at the city whereto they belonged, whither some had long journeys; but the middle of winter was not fitting for such a business, especially for women with child, and children to travel in. Therefore, Christ could not be born in the depth of winter. Again, at the time of Christ's birth, the shepherds lay abroad watching with their flocks in the night time; but this was not likely to be in the middle of winter. And if any shall think the winter wind was not so extreme in these parts, let him remember the words of Christ in the gospel, 'Pray that your flight be not in the winter.' If the winter was so bad a time to flee in, it seems no fit time for shepherds to lie in the fields in, and women and children to travel in." Indeed, it is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties * that the day of our Lord's birth cannot be determined, ** and that within the Christian Churchno such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance."

Christmas In Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan by Clement A. Miles 1912

The Sacred Tree: Or, The Tree in Religion and Myth by J. H. Philpot, Isaline Philpot 1897

THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS IS HE A MYTH? by M. M. Mangasarian
We can only offer a few additional remarks to what we have already
said elsewhere in these pages on the Pagan origin of Christmas. It
will make us grateful to remember that just as we have to go to the
Pagans for the origins of our civilized institutions--our courts of
justice, our art and literature, and our political and religious
liberties--we must thank them also for our merry festivals, such as
Christmas and Easter.

Christmas and the Saturnalia - Article from Bibliotheca Sacra and Theological Review 1855
"While, therefore, we would not say with Prynne, that all pious
Christians should abominate this festival, we do say that it has
neither the historic dignity, the moral significance, nor the sacred
associations, that every such institution should possess to command
the approval of the Christian world."

Observations on Popular Antiquities, Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies and Superstitions by John Brand Volume 1, 1813

Observations on Popular Antiquities, Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies and Superstitions by John Brand Volume 2, 1813

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer

The Star of the Wise Men - being a Commentary on the Second Chapter of St. Matthew by Richard Trench  1850

The Wise Men: Who They Were and how They Came to Jerusalem by Francis William Upham 1901

The Origins of Christianity by Charles Bigg, Thomas Banks Strong 1909 (Easter Controversy)

CHRISTMAS - ITS ORIGIN, CELEBRATION AND SIGNIFICANCE AS RELATED IN PROSE AND VERSE by ROBERT HAVEN SCHAUFFLER 1907
Excerpt: The pagan nations of antiquity always had a tendency to worship the sun, under different names, as the giver of light and life. And their festivals in its honor took place near the winter solstice, the shortest day in the year, when the sun in December begins its upward course, thrilling men with the first distant promise of spring. This holiday was called Saturnalia among the Romans and was marked by great merriment and licence which extended even to the slaves. There were feasting and gifts and the houses were hung with evergreens. A more barbarous form of these rejoicings took place among the rude peoples of the north where great blocks of wood blazed in honor of Odin and Thor, and sacrifices of men and cattle were made to them. Mistletoe was cut then from the sacred oaks with a golden sickle by the Prince of the Druids, between whom and the Fire-Worshippers of Persia there was an affinity both in character and customs."

Sex and Sex Worship by Otto Augustus Wall 1920 EDIT
The egg has in all ages been considered a sacred emblem of
spring; of the rejuvenation of nature after the winter sleep. In
Pagan times ornamented eggs were presented to friends, to celebrate
the re-awakening of life in the spring; and this Pagan
festival, but thinly disguised as being emblematic of the resurrection
of Christ, persists in our Easter festival and its attendant
gifts of Easter eggs.

CHRISTMAS: ITS ORIGIN AND ASSOCIATIONS, TOGETHER WITH ITS HISTORICAL EVENTS AND FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS DURING NINETEEN CENTURIES BY W. F. DAWSON 1902 (searchable PDF)

Esoteric Christianity, Or, The Lesser Mysteries: Or, The Lesser Mysteries by Annie Wood Besant 1913
"The relation of the winter solstice to Jesus is also significant. The birth of  Mithras was celebrated in the winter solstice with great rejoicings, and Horus was also
then born: "His birth is one of the greatest mysteries of the [Egyptian] religion. Pictures representing it appeared on the walls of temples. . . . He was the child of
Deity. At Christmas time, or that answering to our festival, his image was brought out of the sanctuary with peculiar ceremonies, as the image of the infant Bambino is still brought out and exhibited at Rome." On the fixing of the 25th December as the birthday of Jesus, Williamson has the following: "All Christians know that the
25th December is now the recognised festival of the birth of Jesus, but few are aware that this has not always been so. There have been, it is said, one hundred and thirty-six different dates fixed on by different Christian sects. Lightfoot gives it as 15th September, others as in February or August.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages By Manly P. Hall 1928

STUDIES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX VOLUME I BY HAVELOCK ELLIS 1927 (searchable PDF)
"Frazer (Golden Bough, 2d ed., 1900, vol. iii, pp. 236-350) fully describes and discusses the dances, bonfires and festivals of spring and summer, of Halloween (October 31), and Christmas. He also explains the sexual character of these festivals."

Pagan Christs: Studies in Comparative Hierology by John Mackinnon Robertson 1903
"The Mithraic Christians actually continued to celebrate Christmas Day as the birthday of the sun, despite the censures of the Pope, and their Sunday had been adopted by the
supplanting faith. When they listened to the Roman litany of the holy name of Jesus, they knew they were listening' to the very epithets of the Sun-God...Others than
Mithraists, of course, would offend, Christmas being an Osirian and Adonisian festival also.

Plus- Is the Christian Cross a Pagan Symbol? Many Books mostly scanned into pdf format

The Non-Christian Cross-An Enquiry into the Origin and History of the Symbol Eventually Adopted as that of our Religion, by John Denham Parsons, 1896 (scanned in .pdf format...also an additional searchable pdf)

The cross, heathen and Christian : a fragmentary notice of its early pagan existence and subsequent Christian adoption (1879) Mourant Brock

The Masculine Cross and Ancient Sex Worship by Sha Rocco (pseudonym of Abisha S. Hudson) 1874 (searchable pdf)

History of the Cross-The Pagan Origin and Idolatrous Adoption of the Worship of the Image by Henry Dana Ward (1871)

The Two Babylons or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife By the Late Rev. Alexander Hislop 1903

The 2 Babylons Dictionary in searchable .pdf format

A reply to: Jehovah's Witnesses and the Symbol of the Cross.

Sample: Are JW's using partial quotes? And do Greek Lexicons and dictionaries agree more with Mark's point of  view? Let us take a look. "The Tau was the basis for what is now called the "cross" taken from the Latin "crux".
"The shape of the [two-beamed cross] had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the god  Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and in adjacent lands,  including Egypt. By the middle of the 3rd cent. A.D. the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system  pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration by faith, and were permitted largely to retain  their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered,  was adopted to stand for the cross of Christ."—An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (London,
1962), W. E. Vine, p. 256.
What is this? The Cross used among ancient pagan? Is there more?..... (in searchable .pdf format)

The Swastika - The Earliest Known Symbol and its Migrations by Thomas Wilson 1894 - 167 pages

Kersey Graves and The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors (.txt and .pdf format)

The Mysteries, Pagan and Christian 1897 by Samuel Cheetham

The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism By Franz Cumont 1911

Paganism and Christianity (1891) James Anson Farrer

Paganism Surviving in Christianity by Abram Lewis 1892

Plus you get the following books and Bibles about John 1:1c similar to the New World Translation:

Contents:

Newcome's corrected New Testament 1808

Abner Kneeland New Testament 1823 (poor quality scan)

Hermann Heinfetter's New Testament
"In commencing this dispensation, the commans was existing, yet the command was with the God, as the command had relation to a God.

St. Matthew's gospel, with the parallel passages in the other evangelists ... - Page 331
edited by James Stark - 1878
The correct translation is: 'In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was WITH
THE GOD, and the Word WAS A GOD ; he was in a beginning WITH THE GOD. ...
 
The Four Gospels Translated from the Greek, with Preliminary Dissertations
by George Campbell - 1837
Others maintain that QEOS here should be translated "a God was the word.'

The Freewill Baptist Quarterly - 1866
We open to John 1: 1—5, and copy the word for word translation:—"In a beginning
was the word, and the word was with the God, and a God was the word. ...

The Testament of Jesus
by Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy - 1901 - 140 pages
16 John answered them, saying, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
a God, and the Word was the sacred Spirit of God. ...

The English Works of Raja Rammohun Roy: With an English Translation of ... - Page 831
by Rammohun Roy- 1906 - 978 pages
1, " the word was a God" ? We may, however, easily account for this inconsistency.
The term " God " in, Exodus is applied to Moses, the notion of whose ...

The Gospel According to St John translated from the 11 Oldest Versions by Solomon Malan 1862 (a god was the Word)

Emphatic Diaglott

Plus - Over 100 articles in .html and .pdf format by an Apologist on the New World Translation

Sample articles:
Acts 20:28: DIA TOU hAIMATOS TOU IDIOU "blood of his own Son" or "his own blood?"
Robert Bowman and the "Faithful and Discreet Slave"
CRI and the Money Scandal
Walter Martin on Bible Translations and Capitalization
Spurious Passages of the New Testament
AUTO as an Neuter Pronoun in the Greek. Is the Holy Spirit an "IT?"
Romans 8:1 and the Case of the Missing "Now" in the New World Translation
What's Wrong with the New King James Version
Appreciating the Bible via the Watchtower - An answer to the critics.
Why is the NWT a Superior Version at John 8:58? Why do so many other Bibles read similarly?
Is John 20:28 actually addressed to Jesus. What does the New Testament Greek Tell us?
Outrage, Hank Hanegraaff, and John 5:18
Can John 1:1c be translated as "the Word was LIKE God"
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! Ron Rhodes and Mark 10:18
Answering Jay Hess on the word "Worship" and the "Angel of the Lord" and Michael.
Why is the NWT a Superior Version at John 1:1?
Hermann Heinfetter, A Literal Translation of the New Testament,1863, [A]s a god the Command was"
Abner Kneeland-The New Testament in Greek and English, 1822, "The Word was a God"
Robert Young, LL.D. (Concise Commentary on the Holy Bible [Grand Rapids: Baker, n.d.], 54). 1885, "[A]nd a God (i.e. a Divine Being) was the Word"
Belsham N.T. 1809 ?the Word was a god?
Leicester Ambrose, The Final Theology, Volume 1, New York, New York; M.B. Sawyer and Company, 1879, "And the logos was a god"...PLUS MUCH MORE!!
Proof that Jesus IS the Archangel Michael.
John A. Lees, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 1930, Vol. 3, page 2048 states:
"The earlier Protestant scholars usually identified Michael with the pre-incarnate Christ, finding support for their view, not only in the juxtaposition of the "child" and the archangel in Rev 12, but also in the attributes ascribed to him in Dnl.
Protestant Reformer JOHN CALVIN said regarding "Michael" in its occurence at Daniel 12:1:
"I embrace the opinion of those who refer this to the person of Christ, because it suits the subject best to represent him as standing forward for the defense of his elect people."
J. Calvin, COMMENTARIES ON THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET DANIEL, trans. T. Myers (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979), vol. 2 p. 369.
List of Whole Translations with the Divine Name and other info.
Angels as Gods.
The Comma Johanneum and the Trinity.
Are there Contradictions in the Bible?
What a Difference a Word Makes in Bible Translation.
The New Testament In An Improved Version-Newcome-Gospel of John in .txt format (Gospel of John only).
Bible Theology and the Word "HELL".
An Inclusive Version-The Feminist Bible.
My Vicious Letter from the International Standard Version Bible.
Who Was King James?/King James the Fop.
The King James(Authorized) Version Bible-Is it the Best?
Why Jehovah's Witnesses are not False Prophets.
Don Cupitt on John 1:1 and Divine Agency
Protestant Witchhunt and the Case of Murray J. Harris
Defending the New World Translation-The NWT vs. the NIV and the NASB.
Smoke and Mirrors-Tactics Used by Opposers to Sway Jehovah's Witnesses.
Lies Ron Rhodes Tells in his Book against JW's.
Consider: Rhodes says the following regarding the NWT's rendering of the verse at Acts 20:28, "The New World Translation rendering of this verse GOES AGAINST ALL LEGITIMATE TRANSLATIONS OF SCRIPTURE" (p. 86. _Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah's Witnesses_)WHY IS THIS AN OUT AND OUT LIE...plus more?
My Response to Andy Bjorklund and his attack on the New World Translation.
John 1:1 and the Word/Wisdom of God, and many many Bibles that also DO NOT READ "The Word was God."
The Misunderstood Jehovah and the Ridiculous Notion that his name means "Mischief."
Proskuneo and Worship/Obeisance/Homage of Jesus and others.
Jesus Christ the Firstborn/PRWTOTOKOS of all creatures.
Did the Book of Mormon Plagiarize the Bible?
Conversations on the Trinity.
A Reply to Jehovah's Witnesses and the Symbol of the Cross.
A Reply to "Only Begotten Son" or "Only Son."
The Majority Text/Byzantine Text vs the Modern Critical Text. With Another Look at the King James Version.
A Reply to the Jewish "Why We Reject Jesus."
Conversations on the Textus Receptus (Received Text).
Colossians 2:9 and the "divine quality."
Johannes Greber and John 1:1c.
Is the Holy Spirit a Force or the 3rd Person of the Trinity?
50 Answers to 50 Questions to ask Jehovah's Witnesseses.
Rhodes vs Jehovah-Is it Jehovah, Yahweh, or just plain LORD?
Elohim, Echad and the 3 Angels of Mamre.
Ezra Abbot on Luther's Bible and the Comma Johanneum.
Is Jesus Jehovah-Heb 1:10/Ps 102 etc.
Is Jesus Jehovah Pt. 2/Bible Innerancy and the Mindset of Opposers.
Colwell's Rule of Bible Translations-What is the best New Testament?
According to Colwell's apparatus, the NASB would only get a 59 out of 64 rating of accuracy, while the NIV garners a scant 51 points. But Goodspeeds New Testament and the New World Translation get top marks.
The Biblical view of Only True God/TON MONON ALHQINON QEON.
On the NIV, the Insertion of the word "other", soul, hell, analusai etc.
The ARCHE at Rev 3:14-Beginning or Ruler/Source?
Proof that kolasin be translated *cutting-off* NOT *punishment* at Matthew 25:46?
Ezra Abbot on the Construction of Titus 2:13.
Answers to 65 questions every Jehovah's Witness should be asked using the NWT-A Catholic Perspective.
Is Jesus the Angel of the Abyss (Abaddon/Apollyon)?
John 1:3, 4, Punctuation, Staircase Parallelism and Caris.
Is Organization Necessary for True Believers?
On the Construction of Romans 9:5 by Ezra Abbott.
My Response to Lynn Lundquist's "The Tetragrammaton and the Christian Greek Scriptures.
The Bible and the Deity of Jesus Christ: On Matthew 1:23 and Immanuel; John 20:28; Men as gods; Psalms 45:6; Colossians 2:9; the Divine Name in the LXX, the worship of Jesus, John 1:1, etc.
A Reply to James Stewart's Review of Rolf Furuli's book on Bible Translation and the NWT
Which Bible Best Retains Most of the Original Wording Prior to the Emendations (Corrections) made to the Hebrew Text
More on the Spirit and Quoting.
Bible Versions and the "Once Saved Always Saved" Theology
Jay Hess and the word "Worship" and the "Angel of the Lord"

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1 comment:

  1. A Paraphrase of John 1:1-18 by Evangelion on http://www.thechristadelphians.org

    In the beginning, there was a pattern for everything.
    The pattern was God’s; the pattern was divine.
    The pattern was God’s from the beginning.

    Everything that exists, came from that pattern. There is nothing that exists now, which did not first exist in the mind of God.
    The pattern is both the source of new life and the meaning of life.
    It is a way of being alive in opposition to death, and death cannot overcome it.

    God sent a man named John to tell people about the possibilities of this way of being alive so that everybody would trust the agent of God, through whom this new life would come.
    John was not this agent, but he taught people how to recognise the one who was.
    The agent of new life was coming into the world.

    To some people, however, this new life is unrecognisable.
    Some who could be expected to see the possibilities of this way of being alive, select death instead.
    Others embrace life. They trust what God has to offer.
    God made this offer to His entire creation. Its source is heavenly, not earthly.

    God is not only the source, but also the meaning of life itself.
    God’s divine pattern was embodied in a man who lived among us.
    No man has seen God literally – but they have seen His only-begotten Son Jesus – the agent of new life, and the representative of God.

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