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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    And I apologize as well Jeff, I don't know why my old brain read Stove as Steve (DUH!) Any way, you are too gracious. Your input was also really well considered and you also have studied this to some degree. I wonder if there are other more typically denominational Christians that have some...
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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    No problem Steve the content was excellent and yes I saw these themes in my studies as well. At least in the cultural narrative this EL (YHVH) shows Himself to be the true EL or most high of all the Els. We are kind of getting a bit off topic though...what are your thoughts on the Word of...
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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    Actually I do have a few.... a) I do not believe in the EY(J)DP theory (the documentary hypothesis). By the time Moses wrote down the Torah, the personal name of this El (YHVH) was already known. The first 11 chapters ARE referenced from other texts (the book of the generations of Adam, the...
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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    Think on this Steve... According to the Targumim, Hosea 1:7 says that God will save the House of Judah by the Word of YHVH and Isaiah 45:17 and 25 also tells us that the true Israel shall be saved by the Word of YHVH, “with an everlasting salvation” (yeshuah), and that “by the Word of...
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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    In the Targum Jonathan on Genesis 19:24 Jonathan writes, “and the Memra (Word) of YHVH caused to descend upon the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, brimstone and fire from the YHVH in heaven“. If you compare this passage in the Masoretic or the Septuagint, or even the KJV or NASV, this “Word of...
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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    Davar (the proper word for speaking or speech) when referring to God has great relevance (obviously). He spoke and it was. But the Memra is the Hebrew Aramaic equivalent spoken in the period from after the Babylonian captivity to well after the Jesus events. The Targumim used it in reference to...
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    New thread on the Word posted....and yes as we see the eretz without form and void can indicated the primordial stuff from which God "made" or "formed" the things of the Universe, the Genesis account can be seen to bear this out. For example in Genesis 1 when Elohim creates humankind (bara) He...
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    Bible Study John's use of Word of the Lord or Word of God in John 1:1.

    After a careful study of the 1st and 2nd century Targumim I became enlightened to the fact that John was not borrowing an idea from Greek mystery religions or any other such hogwash. It became starkly apparent to me that this idea of YHVH being manifest in different forms (many times in the...
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    Very well put (I am aware of this usage)...thanks.... To understand Judaism in such ancient times it IS best to explore the thinking and conceptualizations of Jewish peoples from that time. All cultures and times did not (do not) THINK the same...this has helped clarify their thinking. One...
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    Gematria, again, is very subjective (but intensely interesting)! So now how about the gematria for Midianite? Midian was the son of Abraham and Keturah (thus Semitic, i.e., of Shem)...but I may be incorrect because after all Jethro was a Kenite (of Canaan) who were Hamites...
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    Sorry if I came off like a bad attitude brother! Actually in the past I have enjoyed Rashi and Maimonides commentaries on many points (very insightful from a Talmudic Jewish perspective), and who knows, his interpretation may in fact be correct (Jertho did after all return Zipporah at one...
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    True, and thus Talmud is not Torah, and cannot replace it. Rashi explains it and cites his source. And his source is the pilpul of men. Same with the denominational arguments and discussions among Christians. Rashi does not explain that after Zipporah returned to the tents of her MIDIANITE...
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    This is Talmud...and traditions can be of men...but what about Scripture? Zipporah was a Midianitess (clearly different than a Cushite)...how do they explain this?
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    Bible Study Numbers 12:1

    Though there is controversy about whether this is Zipporah, I would say NO! Zipporah was a Midianite (of the line of shem) from the family of Jethro a Midianite priest and herdsman. This wife was Cushite (of the line of Ham) and they settled in Ethiopia. Long before Moses the Ethiopians...
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