Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Book and new CD from Hoffman

AUDIO CD: 
In Defense of Robert E. Lee in Response to the PBS "American Experience" TV Documentary

Michael Hoffman appears on the Jeff Rense radio program to refute several vicious myths and libels which the PBS television series spread on Jan. 3, 2011 in a national broadcast subtly denigrating Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19, 1807-Oct. 12, 1870), America's beloved Christian Confederate general, statesman and educator.

The PBS documentary was titled, "Robert E. Lee: At War with His Country and Himself." One sees the bias even in the title. Lee believed that Virginia was his country and he was certainly not at war with Virginia.  The PBS documentary is being shown in schools throughout America.

Hoffman analyzes the bias within this sophisticated and clever "public television" propaganda and refutes every one of its falsehoods, in the course of a conversation with nationally renowned radio host Jeff Rense. Approximately 40 minutes.

Michael Hoffman is a historian of American labor and the author of They Were White and They Were Slaves: The Untold Story of the Enslavement of Whites in Early America.

Order “In Defense of Robert E. Lee” here:

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BOOK:
The Rheims New Testament of 1633
One of the most banned English Bibles in western history is now back in print!

"Every corner of England was searched for those books (Rheims New Testament) — the ports were laid for them, Paul's Cross is witness of burning many of them, the Prince's proclamation was procured against them; in the universities by sovereign authority colleges, chambers, studies, closets, coffers and desks were ransacked for them." — Alice Hogge, "God's Secret Agents"

Independent History and Research is pleased to announce the first facsimile reprint of the 1633 edition of the Rheims New Testament (the edition most faithful to the original 1582 manuscript) in nearly 400 years.

The Rheims was the first English Catholic version, translated from the Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome by the fugitive Oxford University linguist Rev. Fr. Gregory Martin, with extensive notes by the fugitive Oxford Bible scholar Rev. Fr. Richard Bristow, and first published in 1582. It was one of the most hunted and banned books in all of Elizabethan England.

About the year 1583, Sir Francis Walsingham, head of the dreaded and occult-steeped British Secret Service, ordered the seizure of the Rheims. Persons in England found with it were imprisoned. Torture was applied to those Englishmen who sold or otherwise circulated it.

The Anglican theologian Thomas Cartwright was assigned the task of refuting it. His work was commissioned and financed by the Secret Service itself.

This is a tale of double intrigue: the Rheims New Testament was outlawed by Protestant Queen Elizabeth I and suppressed by Rome, which saw to it that a "Bishop Challoner" simulacra was deceptively substituted.

Historian Michael Hoffman observes: "Challoner's Bible is falsely denominated by liberal, conservative and traditional Catholics as 'the Douay-Rheims,' thereby conveying the misapprehension that the authentic Douay-Rheims is freely available and everywhere in print. But the seeker cannot find that which he does not know is lost. There is something fantastically shrewd and designing in suppressing a Bible translation by pretending it is still in print."

In other words, today's so-called "Haydock" and "Challoner Douay-Rheims" Bibles are counterfeits. A few churchmen raised the alarm concerning this swindle. In 1837 Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman wrote, "To call it any longer the Douay or Rheimish Version is an abuse of terms. It has been altered and modified until scarcely any sense remains as it was originally published."

Our Rheims New Testament is a hardcover facsimile printing of the final, authentic edition published in 1633. It includes an introductory, eight-page essay by Hoffman, "History of the Suppressed, Original Douay-Rheims Bible."

The owner of this Rheims New Testament will have to learn to read 16th century typography and spelling, wherein the letter "s" resembles the letter "f" (e-mail us for a pdf file of a sample page; see below for details). This is true of any book from that time period. The spelling in the Rheims New Testament is eccentric even by Elizabethan standards (one among many examples: the word devil is spelled "dieul"). Effort is required to comprehend this antiquarian Renaissance English text, but such effort will repay the dedicated reader many times over.

It is not only Gregory Martin's translation that is worth the effort. Richard Bristow's learned, copious and frankly incendiary "annotations," which convey a treasure-trove of Counter-Reformation polemics, apologia, theology and philosophy, is worth the investment. Fr. Bristow's scholarship was a source of grave concern to Queen Elizabeth, who condemned his writings by name in her royal proclamation of October, 1584, "for the suppressing of seditious books."

The sample Rheims page which we offer in a pdf file (to receive it, e-mail: rarebooks14@me.com with the subject line "Rheims sample page”), is from Matthew 27:46-66. You will note that the Gospel text is printed larger than the annotations (this is also true of book and chapter introductions), which are always printed in the smaller type, which you will see at the bottom of the page. The pdf file sample, available by e-mail, affords you the opportunity to gauge your ability to work at comprehending the text. All sales are final, so be certain to review the sample page carefully before considering a purchase.

THE RHEIMS NEW TESTAMENT OF 1633. Hardcover. 8 1/2 x 11 inches, 764 pages.
Please allow from 2 - 4 weeks for delivery.

Order here:

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5 comments:

Kentagerna said...

I just ordered this Bible. I hope the intro explains why a lot of books that had always been in the Bible, East and West, went missing in the King James and the Psalms were renumbered.

Hieronymopolis said...

Thank you for making this text available. As a token of appreciation I have posted the Appendix to my forthcoming study of the Rhemes-Douai. It is a chart detailing the Challoner Revision's diminution of the Latinate-English Biblical Lexicon found in the original Rhemes of 1582.

Jason said...

Kentagerna,
If the intro is the same, or similar to, Revisionist History newsletter #38 "Bible Wars," then it will shed light on why and how the books of the 'Apocrypha' were eventually omitted from the Geneva and King James versions.

As I understand it, and please somebody correct me if I'm wrong on this, the Psalms in the King James were numbered according to the Masoretic Text and not the Septuagint (LXX). I don't know for certain, but I think the 1609-1610 Douay Old Testament has the same Psalm numbering as the LXX.

Kentagerna said...

Thanks Jason! I had ordered a lot of back issues but didn't see the one with Bible Wars. I only found out about Michael Hoffman a year ago. I'm a You Tuber - I wish he would put more on You Tube, I wish I had known about his books/CDs years ago. Yes, the Douay-Rheims has the same numbering and same text as the Septuagint (I am Orthodox, and was surprised to see that.)

Jason said...

Been reading a lot on Orthodoxy myself lately. Loving the Orthodox England website and journals. And definitely looking forward to reading this Rheims NT. If you haven't seen it yet, the Apostolic Bible Polyglot is a word-for-word translation of the Septuagint, minus the Apocrypha.