Paths into the Book of Books

New Biblical Translations through the Festivals of the Year

Elsbeth Weymann; Translated by Luke Barr

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  • For anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the Bible
  • An in-depth linguistic and cultural study of a selection of biblical passages
  • Passages chosen to represent the main Christian festivals throughout the year

An in-depth linguistic and cultural study of a selection of biblical passages, chosen to represent the main Christian festivals through the year.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
160 pages
Publication date:
21 May 2015


Study of the Bible can be enlivened by understanding the historical and cultural context of the text, and delving more deeply into the original language.

In this book, Elsbeth Weymann, an expert in Greek and Hebrew, has selected biblical passages which take the reader through the festivals of the year -- from Advent and Easter to Pentecost and Michaelmas. Each passage has a fresh translation and in-depth commentary. For instance, in the story of Pentecost, she highlights the use of the unusual feminine form of the word 'spirit', which points to a feminine aspect of the Holy Spirit.

Weymann's study of specific words and grammar also shows how the living presence of the Old Testament is evident in the New Testament. This book is for anyone looking for deeper meaning in the Bible.


'This marvellous book by Greek and Hebrew scholar Elsbeth Weymann carefully guides the reader through a close examination of the vocabulary, grammar and context of each reading, explaining her reasons for how she has translated the text. [...] I only regret that she didn't write more - I found it all utterly fascinating!'
--New View


Elsbeth Weymann was born in Kiel, Germany in 1942. She studied Ancient Greek and Hebrew in Freiburg, Athens and Munich. For twenty-five years she taught at Waldorf schools in Munich and Stuttgart, as well as lecturing in New Testament Greek at The Christian Community priest seminaries in Hamburg and Stuttgart. She lives in Berlin.

Luke Barr is a priest of The Christian Community in Aberdeen.

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