on Dec. 19, 2014 :
Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism is the perfect companion to furthering our understanding of biblical text. Author Stanislaw Kapuscinski never ceases to amaze me. The dictionary he has compiled provides definitions and symbolic meaning for 3300 words that have not been previously translated. This opens up a world of new meaning and understanding.
Kapuscinski provides examples of how to use the dictionary and inspires readers to discover their own interpretations. At some point it becomes apparent that much of the bible is written in allegories and finding the meaning in it is important. With Kapuscinski's Dictionary you will be well on your way to finding your individual spiritual truth. I highly recommend it!
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2013 :
Author Stan I. S. Law points out that what we have in the Bible is a flow of Hebrew words, arranged on a page, and all the rest is interpretation. Some Christians might say the words were placed in precisely that order by God. As we read our favorite version in our favorite language, some of us claim the words and translation are both guided and designed by our Creator. Still others trust in God and turn to Him for interpretation of what cannot be fully known. Stan I. S. Law looks at what he calls the “inexorable demise” of organized religion, views the Bible and related books through lenses of symbols, science and history, and offers his dictionary to children of an Age of Individualization.
While my personal interests lie in the real (historical and scientific) world of the Bible, filled with real people, loved by a real God, I enjoy the author’s allegorical interpretations. I delight in symbols. I love parables. And as stories and words repeat, reflect and refract, I love the timelessness of interlocking meanings.
But how do you “use” a dictionary when reading in translation? The author offers an intriguing introduction with Biblical passages quoted around bracketed alternative words. Footnotes remind the reader of symbols—“son” as “consequence,” “10” as “executive power,” “land” as “bare ground,” and more. Moving from Exodus, through Isaiah, to Revelation, Old Testament to New, comparing faith with knowledge, and inviting question, the author shows how his dictionary can be used.
And then he provides a truly comprehensive dictionary. Place names, people’s names, names of nations and more are interspersed with common (and uncommon) nouns and verbs, all with their various options and meanings displayed. The format’s plain and simple (and dictionary-like), and the result is truly intriguing.
While new translations of the Bible look for literal accuracy, and modern interpretations seek original meaning in the light of historical culture, this author looks for symbolic accuracy, repeated (and timeless) ideas, and internal structures reflecting the heart of individualism. Even if you’re interests are different from the author’s, this book is a pleasing and helpful way to find out more about the Bible’s words.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy of this dictionary by the author and I promised my honest review.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2012 :
I have been afraid that this would turn out yet another attempt at conversion into one of the established religions. Not so. Mr. Kapuscinski provides us with dispassionate, calmly objective information necessary for us, all of us, to draw our own conclusions, to make our own decisions. The Dictionary is a truly mature document with fascinating consequences.
I’ve spent innumerable hours picking passages from the Bible, at random, and applying the principles of the Dictionary to the text. The results were often stunning. Secrets of the ancients unfolded before my eyes.
Thank you Mr. Kapuscinski.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on Jan. 19, 2012 :
I spent a lot of time looking for someone to take over the work initiated by Emmet Fox. The potential of this Dictionary is to rewrite our understanding of the whole of scriptures. It applies with equal force to the Old and the New Testaments.
Now, in just three days, I completed the first three chapters of Genesis. My initial ventures into other chapters are just as eye-opening. Quite incredible! And the equally surprising thing is that the more I do it, the more I seem to understand what the ancients were talking about. If ever a book deserved 5 Stars, this is it! A most amazing discovery!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Discover the story behind the story! Over 3300 words not translated? This Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism unlocks many of the hidden truths in the bible. It’s amazing to me what religious leaders are willing to sacrifice in their self-serving attempts to control the masses.
This book must have been years in the making. Thank you Mr. Kapuscinski for doing this legwork for us. And thank you for opening the door for us to discover the deeper “real” truth.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Dec. 14, 2011 :
This book is a real eye opener. I can’t help but feel now that I’ve been reading half-truths and only part of the story for years. It’s incredible to me that this has all gone largely unreported until now. The author does an excellent job of helping us unravel this untold (or highly omitted) version of the story. Throw in some suspense and mystery and you have a real winner.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2011 :
I will definitely look at Bible passages differently going forward. I feel like I’m no longer being kept in the dark. In fact, it’s like I’m reading a completely different book. It is quite a remarkable accomplishment for an author to “awaken” an audience to this degree. Well done!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2011 :
The Dictionary is an amazing exposé of the willingness of scholars of various religions, principally Christianity, to keep the masses in the dark for some 2000 years. It seems that half-truth made the rabble easier to control. The symbolic meaning let alone the actual translation of more than 3000 words, particularly when majority of such words refers to a state of consciousness, is nothing short of staggering. This book is an amazing eye-opener.
In defense of the scholars, one might quote the statement about “throwing pearls before swine…” (Matth. 7:6) Speaking for myself, I refuse to be a swine any longer.
I am, Mr. Kapuscinski, forever in your debt.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
Even though I’ve never read the Bible, the few examples the author gives of the application of the biblical symbolism inspired me to buy and attempt to decipher the secrets that the sacerdotal scholars kept from us for two millennia.
After less then a week, I began to study the Bible armed with the knowledge provided by the Dictionary. My understanding of the scriptures changed diametrically. I can finally begin to understand what the prophets, the evangelists and the mystics had in mind.
My profound thanks to Mr. Kapuscinski.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Dec. 10, 2010 :
Having spent most of my life listening to preachers recounting stories from the Bible, it is an incredible experience to compare their fundamentalist interpretation to the meaning ensuing from the study of symbolism which seems to permeate the scriptures. It is not that the stories the preachers recounted were wrong. It is that they fail to unfold the veil protecting the deeper truth from the ‘ungodly’ eyes.
The Dictionary is superb document for those who are interested in esoteric, or in deeper truth. I just cannot resist examining some of the biblical texts using the Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism. And as a side benefit, at least for me, it enables one to really understand Stan Law’s intent in most of his novels.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Dec. 8, 2010 :
I can’t say that I’d ever become a biblical scholar, but just reading Foreword and the Introduction draws you in. And once you start on the Application you can’t resist going on. Later you try a verse or two, on your own, maybe your favorite chapter... And then you begin to understand what it’s all about. Try it… it’s as though you read the Bible for the very first time.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Marlon (Marvin) D. Clark
on Dec. 4, 2010 :
I never read the bible back-to-back but, as of today, I strongly suspect, I’m going to do it: one chapter at-a-time. After only the first 50 pages of the Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism, I already know that this book is an absolute eye-opener. You won’t believe it till you try it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 3, 2010 :
Having read his beautiful short stories, I am delighted to find that Stan I.S. Law, aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski, is also a prolific writer of non-fiction. To my surprise, I found here a document I can use to fathom the depth of the intoxicating Biblical symbolism, or should I say, mystery. I no longer have to rely on others, to tell me what some of the stuff means, let alone how to unravel apparent contradictions.
I note that the Dictionary is inspired by the King James Bible which, though tampered with by future generations of scholars, still retains the poetry reminiscent of, what must have been, the original intent.
Thank you, Mr. Kapuscinski. I always enjoyed unraveling mysteries. Thanks to the Dictionary, I’m looking forward to years of fun.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Hanna K. Loda
on Nov. 23, 2010 :
3300 words not translated? It seems someone wanted to keep us in the dark! It must have taken the author years to produce this document. I never suspected the Bible holds so many secrets: Pearls before swine...?
For most of us who never made the effort to do the research ourselves, you saved years of work. Using your Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism (I've just begun) is like unraveling a story, full of suspense and mystery. Fascinating!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Nov. 20, 2010 :
I've read the Bible several times (though not front to back) and I am an enthusiast of the Old Testament as history. Now there is a way to read and understand the OT as teaching. I am so grateful for Stanislaw's dictionary and his depth of understanding, especially in the extremely helpful examples he gives of understanding otherwise seemingly dry OT passages.
I am using this largely as a reference work as I study the mindset of the author/s of Isaiah for my third novel set at the time of Hezekiah, and I'll keep using it for my own personal enrichment. This deserves wide recognition not only among the followers of religion but also anyone seeking inspiration and understanding.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 16, 2010 :
Even the first 30% make it abundantly clear that this is not an easy book to peruse. Apparently the more effort you put into the Application, the more you benefit. I’m going to do one chapter per week and, who knows, perhaps, one day, this book, the Dictionary, will set me free.
Until today, I’ve been an avid reader of Mr. K’s fiction. Now, I’m a convert. I suspect his non-fiction will be packed with equal depth of metaphysical suspense. Imagine my surprise when I’ve learned that the author developed his philosophy in a number of books, before he started writing fiction. Wish more writers would do that! Thanks again, Mr. Kapuscinski (and… Mr. Stan I.S. Law!)
(reviewed the day of purchase)