I usually carry in my pocket, for easy access, a copy of "The Scriptures, 1988" from the Scripture Research Institute of South Africa (Chris J. Koster, trans.).  It uses the original Hebrew letters for the Name of the Tetragrammaton, YHVH, "Yod-Hay-Vav-Hay," and uses the original Name for God, "Elohim," which is in the plural, as in Genesis 1:1 et al.  I do this not because I am a believer in "God," but because it is the primal scripture for Western Mankind.  I find it useful, both "Testaments," for using metaphors and other references in our society.  It is also useful for pointing out to fundamentalists how their "Bible" can be both a source of evil as well as good.  I love to read the Psalms of David, and others, since they convey a sense of the existential plight of the people of those archaic ages.  For an atheist and Theosophist like myself, it is extremely useful and interesting reading.  Do others find this to be true also?

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