Scapegoats, Shambles & Shibboleths Hardback Book

Martin Manser


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Wonderful words and fascinating phrases you never knew came from the Bible. ´?¢The fruit of his labours´?¢, Martin Manser´?¢s Scapegoats, Shambles & Shibboleths is a delightful book for all who adore the English language. ´?¢In the twinkling of an eye´?¢ we learn that many of our most familiar phrases are taken straight from the King James Version of the Bible. Far from being ´?¢holier than thou´?¢, it seems we quote from the Bible without even realising! Martin Manser explains in detail what it is to be ´?¢the apple of someone´?¢s eye´?¢... ´?¢No modern physiology book would put it like this, but in the past the pupil of the eye was referred to as ´?¢the apple´?¢. After all, it was shaped like one. In addition, because it was recognised to be the most important part of the eye it was a symbol for all things precious. The most valuable part of a highly valued organ of the body. Dotted around the Bible the phrase therefore represents anything that is of great worth - whether it is the law of God in Proverbs 7:2, the people of Israel found and nurtured in the desert or as an individual on the receiving end of divine care.´?¢ A quirky present, Scapegoats, Shambles & Shibboleths will amuse and entertain as well as shed a thought-provoking light on the background to our rich and varied language. 272 pages


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