I was out of town this weekend and the week was very busy. Thanks, jgnat. I have to confess that I found very strange that the WTS had to provide a separate publication of maps of the Bible locations. I can remember when the Bible maps were discussed in the Scriptures Inspired book and then questions showed up on the Written Review. Everyone moaned and groaned and few got any right.
The WTS is trying to blame everyone and everything but themselves for the profound Bible ignorance of its members.
But that doesn't mean they can't find a way to beat the rank and file over the head with it.
For example, paragraph 14 uses the example of the Gibeonites to remind the rank and file "to manifest a wilingness to do humble tasks in Jehovah's service."
Then they are likened to the Nethinim (the non-anointed JWs assisting the GB)..."we can imitate their attitude by striving to maintain peace with God (translation: WTS) and be willing to handle even humble assignments in his service."
This was mentioned twice in the same paragraph: I don't think the rank and file are being 'humble' enough. I know that at least 1/4 of the elders step down each year...and the replacements are of even lower caliber.
How paragraph 16 "the brothers accepted those risks and thus extended their contact with this traveling representative of God" followed by this in paragraph 17, "Are you not impressed by the appreciation they showed in walking that distance to be with a traveling minister who could inform and encourage them? Do you see in this something that you can apply in your life and thinking?"
Translation: The elders and the rank and file and not kissing the CO or DO's feet (or something else) sufficiently.
Paragraph 18 "fear Jehovah (translation: WTS) and keep his commandements (as interpreted by the only true channel, the WTS)"
Back in paragraph 12 the WTS cannot resist inferring that the end is near:
"We are on the threshold of the promised earthly Paradise."
Yes, for the last 125 years the WTS has been saying this.
SOON, VERY SOON, VERY SOON NOW