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Friday, October 9, 2009, 1:01 PM
Israel was still young,
She had never had a king.
The judges ruled the people.
Every man did as he pleased.
Then famine sweep the nation
Food was scarce, and life was hard.
A family of the tribe of Judah,
Headed for higher ground
They settled in the country of Moab, in a
'Wash pot' of a town
Elimelech and his household
Moved to an 'unholy' land;
The father died while they were there
Leaving his wife and sons ~
Both boys married Moabite women
Contravene to the Mosaic Law,
Mahlon and Chilion later both died
Leaving their mother in Moab
with their brides.
Ten years they'd lived in this Gentile place
Now! Naomi's whole family was dead.
Then word came out of Judah
That the famine had finished its days
Naomi said; 'I'm going back home
To the house of bread and praise;'
So, the women headed...down the road
That led to Bethlehem...
Naomi, stopped to kiss them
Good~by; the women were sad,
They began to cry, they did not
Want to leave their mother-in-laws side.
Naomi tried to reason with them, she said;
'I have no more sons to marry you,
Go back to your families get on with your lives,
God bless you, and bestow you good men.'
Going to Bethlehem with Naomi
Had its pros and cons;
The pro was to worship
The One True God
Not a statue
Of gold or bronze ~
On the other hand leaving Moab
To live among the Jew's
Meant being a stranger
In a strange land, and
The prospects of marriage
They had little chance.
You see! The Jews married, from
Within their own tribe's
They obeyed the Mosaic Law,
That commanded them to protect
The land, and keep it
In their own clan ~
Now! Orpah loved Naomi,
And she loved Naomi's God
But! Not enough to go to Judah
Away from the land of Moab ~
These women would
Need MALE PROTECTION
To escape poverty and strife
Orpah bid...Naomi fair-well
Then she turned towards
Home and cried.
Ruth on the other hand, refused
To turn around, she made it clear to Naomi
'I'm staying by your side.
Where ever you go dear mother in-law
I will be there too...
I'll put my trust in your God
Only death can separate, me from you.'
What a valiant young woman Ruth was.
'Ruth' left her pagan land
With her mother in-law
A 'Moabitess,' moving to Judah,
Life was going to be hard.
'She' would not be allowed to enter...
The 'Congregation of the Lord;'
Naomi was an excellent
Role model, a great woman of God.
Naomi and Ruth entered Bethlehem,
It was time or the barley harvest.
Naomi's friends began to cheer
'Naomi! Has Come Back Home!'
'Call me Mara,' she replied; 'God has dealt
Bitterly with me, I left here full,
I came back empty,' woe is me, woe is me!
She echoed the words of Job.
Naomi, a widow of the tribe of Judah
With Ruth, her dead sons wife,
Arrived in Bethlehem alone
Without a male to provide them a home,
Naomi had no right to own land
According to the Mosaic Law ~
Knew her fate!
'Ruth' the 'proselyte,' Exclaimed;
'Let me go, and look for grace!'
She headed down the road,
When 'she' 'happened' to find a good place
The young widow, saw the maidens gleaning,
She perceived that the field would be safe.
The parcel was owned by Boaz.
A mighty man of wealth;
An observer of the Mosaic Law
The 'poor' were welcome there.
'They' followed behind
The reapers, picking up what fell ~
During the course of the day
Boaz came along
He noticed Ruth among the damsels,
Gleaning with the poor and the foreign
He asked his trusted foreman
'Who's that beautiful girl?'
'She arrived from Moab with Naomi,'
Boaz met Ruth in his field.
Boaz had heard a good report
He invited her to lunch
Then he told his servants;
'Let her glean,
Anywhere she wants...'Let fall'
Some extra corn for her
Even among the sheaves' ~
Ruth went home that evening
Her arms were filled with food.
'Who'd you find favor with my dear?'
Naomi questioned Ruth;
'I gleaned in Boaz's field'
She said; Naomi was overjoyed.
'This man is our near kinsman.'
Praise the Lord!
Throughout the gathering season,
The pair's fondness cultivated.
The twinkle...was visible in their eyes.
During the barley and wheat harvest
Ruth continued to glean,
Naomi noticed them
Looking like...a couple of
Love sick teens ~
She then inquired of her daughter in~law,
'Would you like to find 'rest,' with Boaz?'
The blushing Ruth replied; 'why yes!
I'd like to be his wife.'
Naomi took advantage
Of the custom of the times,
She told Ruth, what she must do,
To become Boaz's bride ~
The harvest is over.
The men are on the hill...separating
The wheat from the chaff...
Silently, go to the threshing floor,
After they fall asleep
Find the place...that Boaz rests his head
At the foot of his bed ~
And sees you there
Lift the covers off his feet.
Boaz, will then tell you
What to do next.
This act is amazing to me; it's the
Same way we are saved.
We have to ask the Lord to...save
Us, in order
To receive His grace; the custom of
The 'kinsman redeemer'
If a relative wanted to be bought back,
They'd have to ask the 'nearest kin'
But, 'he' did not...
Have to say yes.
Thank God, our Lord is not like us
He'd never refuse our plea.
If you believe, and ask to be saved,
He'll redeem you, right now...today.
And that's the difference between
When he awoke around midnight
The maiden was at his feet.
Ruth made the proposal of marriage,
'Spread the corners over me.'
Boaz was elated, that Ruth had chosen him,
She was lovely and pious,
And, she did~not consort...with the
Immature young men ~
Though Boaz could not
Accept her request
He was honored none the less.
He reluctantly told
The gorgeous Ruth
'There's a kinsman closer than myself.
I'll speak to him...in the morning
You can depend on that.'
Boaz was a man of God
Who'd read Leviticus 25
He said to Ruth; 'stay here tonight
Leave early in the morn,
Don't...let the men see you...
Leaving the threshing floor' ~
Take home some food
To your mother in~law,
I'll talk to my near kin.
If he turns down Naomi's offer
You'll be...my wife,
My love...my friend!
The next morning,
Boaz left the floor.
He went to the city gate,
Where all legal transactions...
Of the little town, took place.
He waited for his kinsman
With ten elders at his side
When his relative came into the courtyard
Boaz caught his eye.
'Come over here...fellow'
'I'd like a word or two,
There's a field in the 'HANDS"
Of Elimelech's 'wife,' and
I'm in line after you.'
Now Boaz was a skilled orator, he knew the right
Words to say, he understood, just how...to
Present his case ~
The kinsman said; OK! Boaz
'I'll redeem the field.'
Then Boaz told him the stipulation,
Hoping to siege the deal...
'The day that you
Redeem the land
Our relative Naomi has said;
You'll have to buy
The Moabitess Ruth,
The wife of the dead'...
Not many men would mar their own inheritance,
And buy a kinsman's field.
Then father a son for a deceased man...
So the relatives name though dead...still lives!
The kinsman told Boaz;
'You can redeem the field,
Somebody! Take my shoe
To seal this deal,
I'm out of here!'
Naomi's distress was over
Liberation came at last
By the birth of her
The family's name surpassed.
In the lineage of Our Messiah;
Jesus Christ the Lord!
Why depart thy-selves to a place of idol Worship?
God was surely in the plan, for He returned Naomi,
With her Gentile daughter in-law,
To be included in HIS Messianic Line;
The Story of Love and Redemption;
Boaz received his bride. A 'descendant' of Lot and his
Incestuous daughter, 'Ruth' the Moabitess, was bought.
Ruth 4: 13, 14 "So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel."
Ruth 4: 17 "And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and thy called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David."
Ezekiel 16: 8 "Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread My skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine."
See: Deuteronomy 25: 5~10 "The Law of Levirate Marriage [Brothers]
This law would not help Naomi or Ruth, because all the men of their household were dead.
Note: The word 'dwell together.' There were no male relatives left who lived with Naomi and Ruth.
See Leviticus 25 "The Redemption of Land" (or person). Any close relative, in the order of the [Nearest kin]; Elimelech's 'family' property was qualified to be redeemed from the 'hands of Naomi,' his widow...at her request, by a kinsman 'willing' to redeem it under her terms, which included the marriage of her dead sons wife.
Even though Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon was not of the tribe of Judah, and according to custom she was an outsider, Boaz accepted her as his bride...because he loved her.
See: Numbers 26 "Division of Land," [tribes of Israel]; The MALE off spring, were ascribed to keep the land divided among the tribes through inheritance; the land was later abandoned during the dispersion. Christ will redeem it back, at the Second Coming. There was one exception to the rule, concerning land being passed down, male to male. See Numbers 27: 5~11. "The daughter's of Zelophehad."
Read: Genesis 29: 35; 49: 8; Exodus 1: 2~5; Deuteronomy 23: 3; 1 Chronicles 2: 3; Joel 3: 20; and the book of Ruth.
Scriptures are taken from the: King James Version of the Bible.
[The tribe of Judah, (the kingly, Messianic line) Jacob's forth son (Judah)]
Bethlehem "House of Bread"
Moab "Wash Pot"
Naomi: A type of Holy Spirit, teacher and comforter.
Ruth: A virtuous Gentile woman in need of a Savior, and a
surrogate for Naomi
Boaz: Goel, a picture of Christ, kinsman redeemer, protector,
Obed: The family redeemer, this child carried on the family name.
Orpah: The one who turned back
Thursday, January 22, 2009, 4:59 PM
What have you been taught?
This! Is what the Bible teaches.
Ham’s son Canaan was cursed by Noah, and yet a lie has passed down, from generation to generation, long before the slavers misquoted the Holy Bible in order to justify their [Great sin].
In some societies [sun burn] meant that you spent much of your time in the heat, which also indicated that you were an ordinary worker or a slave. And then later (on) in our American society, there was no better way to identify a captured or purchased human being, than by sight! Of course not each and every dark skinned person was a slave, but! If you weren’t one, you had to prove it, or, become one.
In Genesis 9 the Bible tells us that “God blessed Noah and his sons.” Would God ever turn a blessing into a curse? The answer is no! Whom God blesses, no man can curse. Noah had three sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) when they all (a family of eight) went into the ark. None of these brothers were ever cursed by God, or by Noah. The Bible says that from these sons the whole earth was to be populated. See: Genesis 9: 18-19. After the flood, Noah began to be a farmer and he planted a vineyard; after its harvest he drank too much of the wine from his labor and lay drunk and uncovered, in his tent. Ham (the father of Canaan) saw the nakedness of his father (Noah) and thought it was pretty funny, he (a disrespectful son) told his brothers who were outside; Shem & Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward into the tent and covered the nakedness of their father. (To be naked is to be exposed.) When Noah awoke and found out what his son (Ham) had done to him, Noah said: “cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren.” Noah could not “curse” Ham (his son) because God had already blessed all three of his boys. Noah cursed Ham’s youngest son, Canaan. And yet, this curse doesn’t affect anyone today because Jesus took our sins to the cross. Our Savior died for all sin, past, present and future.
The dark race
Ham was the father of four sons, Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan. The dark race, are descendents of Cush, not Canaan. Ham’s son Cush, migrated into ancient Ethiopia (Nubia), which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of modern Ethiopia and Sudan, the area was also known as Cush. (Cushites: Kish-Nubian-Ethiopian.) Out of these were born Nubian princesses, princes, queens and kings. The Bible referred to them as: tall and smooth skinned.
Ham’s son, Mizraim settled in Egypt. Two of the four brothers (Cush and Mizraim) are closely coupled by distance (location) and skin tone, but they are not one in the same. And yet, they developed strong and powerful nations; Egypt and Ethiopia. They built cities and magnificent tombs (called pyramids). They were mathematicians, doctors, artists and engineers. Egypt was a world power between 1600-1200 BC. This country was founded soon after the flood by Mizraim. (Egypt was called: the land of Ham.) In Egypt, ungodly men called “Pharaoh” ruled for 2500 years.
Out of Cush’s loins came: – the Africans/the Ethiopians. Out of Mizraim – came the Egyptians/the Libyans; ect.
Some notes about Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world; it originated in the Aksumite (Aksum, Axum) kingdom. King Ahasusrus reigned from India to Ethiopia (over 127 provinces). See: Esther 1:1. Ethiopia grew rich from Ivory trade. Many palaces and temples were built. It was the Aksumite king (Ezana) who accepted Christianity in the mid fourth century. This kingdom was an “important trading nation in NE Africa, growing from the proto-Aksumite period ca. 4th century BC to achieve prominence by the 1st century AD. Its ancient capital is found in northern Ethiopia. The kingdom used the name “Ethiopia” as early as the 4th century.”
Whatever happened to Canaan (the son, not the land)?
Ham’s son Canaan wondered to and fro; they became [those] Canaanites. They are just about extinct today. From Canaan came the Phoenicians, the Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, ect.
Shem (Israelites, Semites)
Ham (Egypt, & Africa) and the few Canaanites left, scattered)
Japheth (Europe and Asia Minor the Greeks, Thracians and Scythians)
How I got over: here, there and everywhere! We all descended from Noah’s sons; from Mesopotamia, where our journey begun. Stretchhh-h, is what the Good LORD said, to the ends of the earth, start a new life; marry, multiply and love your wife.
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:56 PM
Seventy weeks of years! Four hundred and ninety years; Daniels weeks have come and gone, Save One! One week is yet to be, When the Groom collects His bride, And when the Honeymoon is done, Thy kingdom will come! Yes! Thy kingdom will come; From up in heaven and back to earth, Jesus is returning with His church, He’s prevailing with His wife. What on earth will twitch the clock! O men of peace and men of war; whose side are we on? The answer is: The LORD’S
Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 8:12 PM
August 28. 2008
Finally! We let you see us cry-
These tears of bursting joy.
The emotion of salutation in this house, we call America.
We yearned for acceptance through the fog in our eyes.
At last we breathe out and let you see us weep.
Unashamed and in agreement
We collectively lift our hearts to God and wail!
We have waited a long, long time
To free the ducts we peak through.
Fly away sweet ducts, there are no tears left; so fly.
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 4:54 PM
The Torah (the five books of the law) was originally written in one volume; it is both historical and legislative. It covers the history of the formation of a great nation. The names of the “five” books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), were adopted from the Hebrew to Greek translated Bible called: the “Pentateuch.”
The titles of these books are from the first verse of each book.
With the authority of King James, forty seven English scholars converted the Masoretic text (Old Testament), into English. The Hebrew Bible was reprinted from the Masoretic text. The ancient Hebrew language had only the consonants printed, and the vowels were vocalized in pronunciation, but were not written. In order to clarify word meanings and phrases the King James translators added certain words to the Old and New Testament text, these additional words are recognized by italics. Example: “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Genesis 15:1
The Holy Bible ‘is’ the inspired WORD of God; written (primarily) by His chosen people ‘Israel.’ Scholars believe that the ‘Creation’ account was given to Moses by God. No man could have been an ‘eye’ witness to the creation of the world, or anything in the world. The Bible is God breathed.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD (YHWH) our God (Elohim) is one (echad) LORD (YHWH)
Elohim (God), is the Hebrew word meaning strength/power.
The KJV translates YHWH as Jehovah or as LORD (capital letters). Note: the word Jehovah does not appear in the Hebrew text, YHWH is pronounced “Yahweh.”
(YHWH (I AM) is the Hebrew word meaning “He is” or “He exists.”)
Adnoai (Hebrew) means “Lord.”
God: the Father (Spirit), the Word (Son) and, the Holy Spirit (our teacher);”these three are One.”
Yachid: Hebrew word to communicate an ‘absolute singularity’ (one). This word (yachid) is used in scriptures such as: Genesis 22:2. “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 4:51 PM
Inside the Kingdom of God are The kingdom of heaven; and the body of Christ.
1) The kingdom of heaven (earthly kingdom; will be for the Jews, the Old Testament saints and those Gentiles who make it through the Great Tribulation Period.
2) The body of Christ (spiritual kingdom) consists of both Jews and Gentles who accept Christ Jesus.
Kingdom of heaven: Jesus preached the kingdom of heaven to the Jews Mat 3:2Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus was saying that He is the Kingdom of heaven, when He left, the kingdom left, when He returns He will establish His earthly kingdom in Jerusalem. (From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say) Mat 5:3 Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 4:17
Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:10
Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:19
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall
teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your
righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 8:11
And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 10:7
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 13:11
He answered and said unto them. Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Here Jesus tells the Disciples about the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but He didn't tell the others.) John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus. Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 17:20b-21And when the Pharisees, demanded of Jesus to tell them when the kingdom of God would be coming, he said to them: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Note: this is the last time that Jesus talks to the Jews about the kingdom of God (this kingdom is within the hearts of those who love Jesus). Ten years after Jesus returned to the Father, Jesus sent Paul to preach to us (the Gentiles); we accepted the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is within us!) (Jesus made plain [the kingdom of God], but the Jews were looking for deliverance from Roman rule. The people determined that their temporal need for deliverance took precedence over God’s providential plan. This was the second time that they craved an earthly king over their Creator (who was always right in front of them). Never the less, God will keep His promise to the Jews; the church (body of Christ [Can Not] taken their place.)
Body of Christ: Jesus sent Paul [out] to preach to the Gentile sheep (the uncircumcised, the other sheep). Romans 8:23 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (Can anyone say: I do not sin? No! It is only through Christ Jesus, that we are freed of our sins, not of our works, but His work on the cross.) Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
[See:1 Corinthians 15:48-50.] II Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Act 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into [his] lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and [out of] the prophets, from morning till evening. Act 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 1Cr 4:20 For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power.
1Cr 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 1Cr 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Cr 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Col4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only [are my] fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 2Th 1:5 [Which is] a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: (When we look at who [can’t] be part of the kingdom of God, we have to realize
that we are all sinners and we all [come short of the glory of God]. We needed Christ Jesus; for we are still flesh and blood; and we will be flesh and blood
until God changes us to our new Glorified bodies. Christ Jesus will call His bride.
The catching up of the bride (changed, from mortal to immortal bodies; New Glorified bodies). [1 Thess 4:17 1Cor 15:19-23.]
“meta tauta” (after these things). Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. This is during the Great Tribulation Period; death won’t come to the unsaved.
When Christ Jesus returns to earth with His angels and with His bride: [Rev 19:14.]The King of kings and LORD of Lords, Christ Jesus the Messiah will rule over the earth; for one thousand years.After [all] these things: Revelation 21:1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [Inside the Kingdom of God we see God's chosen people (the Jews, Israel) and we see the body of Christ (His bride, His Church).
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 4:49 PM
The Bible was written over a period of [approximately] sixteen hundred years, by the Jews. In 430 B.C., after the book of Malachi was completed the Jews formally accepted (what is known as) the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). By 70 A.D., most of the New Testament had been written; and in 90 A.D., at the Council of Jamnia, the Hebrew canon was closed. These men were Rabbinic Jewish leaders. [By 96 A.D.,] the last book of the New Testament was completed. In the first and second centuries the Hebrew language Bible was translated from Hebrew, into Koine (common) Greek (also known as Hellenistic Greek). This was before the Septuagint (LXX) which was also written by the Jews for the [known world]. The Septuagint [became] the Bible of the [young] Christian Church. In the early days, believers were called: “followers of Christ,” “Jews for Christ,” “the Way” and sometimes “Nazarenes.” In 363 A.D., at the Council of Laodicea, it was agreed that only the Old Testament and the twenty six (and in some groups, twenty seven) books of the New Testament were to be read and the Assemblies (Churches). In 393 A.D., Augustine of Hippo accepted some additional books (the Apocrypha). These books had been rejected by the followers of Jesus (both Jew and Gentile), as not being prophetic or of apostolic authorship.371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 4:49 PM
The Bible was written over a period of [approximately] sixteen hundred years, by the Jews. In 430 B.C., after the book of Malachi was completed the Jews formally accepted (what is known as) the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). By 70 A.D., most of the New Testament had been written; and in 90 A.D., at the Council of Jamnia, the Hebrew canon was closed. These men were Rabbinic Jewish leaders. [By 96 A.D.,] the last book of the New Testament was completed.
In the first and second centuries the Hebrew language Bible was translated from Hebrew, into Koine (common) Greek (also known as Hellenistic Greek). This was before the Septuagint (LXX) which was also written by the Jews for the [known world]. The Septuagint [became] the Bible of the [young] Christian Church.
In the early days, believers were called: “followers of Christ,” “Jews for Christ,” “the Way” and sometimes “Nazarenes.” In 363 A.D., at the Council of Laodicea, it was agreed that only the Old Testament and the twenty six (and in some groups, twenty seven) books of the New Testament were to be read and the Assemblies (Churches).
In 393 A.D., Augustine of Hippo accepted some additional books (the Apocrypha). These books had been rejected by the followers of Jesus (both Jew and Gentile), as not being prophetic or of apostolic authorship.
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 4:32 PM
The original writings (“autograph”) of the Bible were hand written [manuscripts] (MSS). In 430 B.C., after the book of Malachi was completed the Jews officially accepted the books of the Old Testament.
By 96 A.D., [all] of the original Greek manuscripts which make up the 27 books of the New Testament were completed (not all assemblies accepted the book of Revelation); but by A.D. 100, all 27 books were agreed upon.
Preserving the Original Hebrew Text:
Some time between the 1st and 11th century A.D. (7th -10th possibly) Jewish Rabbi’s called: Masoretes, preserved the original Hebrew Text by coping it on parchment made from the skin of [clean] animals.
Publisher and Editor of the Masoretic Text:
In 1524-25 Rabbi Abraham Ben Chayyim (a Christian Jew, and poet) edited (the MT) and Daniel Bomberg published it under the name: “The 2nd Great Rabbinic Bible.”
The New Testament was translated from the Koine Greek (common or Hellenistic Greek) into Greek, by Erasmus in 1516; and in 1522 Luther translated the New Testament portion of the Bible from Greek into the German language.
In 1526 Tyndale translated the Bible from German into old English.
The KJ translators began their work in 1604. Fifty-four scholars were (originally) approved; 47 devoted men of God began to translate the Bible into the Kings English. They were divided into six committees. These men used what is called: “formal equivalency” (or verbal equivalence); this method took Hebrew and Greek words and deciphered them as closely as possible into English.
The Latin word: Textus (text) Receptus (received, or agreed, approved, accepted text; was the Greek text type available to translators. The TR (text type) used movable type to print text. This “text type” is also known as: the Traditional Text, the Byzantine text or the Syrian Text. Prior to 1624 it was called the [Majority Text].
In 1613 the Apocrypha was detached (from the KJB) and in 1885 it was officially removed; leaving only the 66 books that we use today. The Apocrypha was translated from the Greek Septuagint (LXX). In order to justify the Apocrypha, down through the year’s people like: Westcott and Hort (and their allies) have attempted to dismiss the King James Version Bible as imprecise.
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 4:30 PM
The soldiers shook and trembled for forty days and nights, while the giant came forth and trifled with them. Oh! He was such a fright. Then along came David the shepherd boy, bringing chow for his father's sons; and he wondered what the fuss was all about. Why I have protected my father's sheep from the lions and the bears. Goliath! the uncircumcised Philistine, why are you all so scared? Young David the red-headed comely boy had faith that God would prevail... the giant is putty in God's hand; no need to weep and wail. So David slew the giant Goliath with a sling and a rock, and he took his head to Jerusalem and placed it on the block. In the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, little David saved the day.371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c