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Death Certificate Found on the Shroud of Turin

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Death Certificate Found on the Shroud

Death Certificate Found on the Shroud

Death Certificate Found on the Shroud of Turin

If this is the truth, it is another amazing breakthrough on the Quest for the Historical Yahshua the Nazorean.

There is new research on the Shroud of Turin, the sheet that held the crucified body of Messiah.  This piece of linen has been perhaps the most controversial cloth of all time, with the Roman Catholic Church claiming its authenticity as scholars and non-religious lurkers find any way they possibly can to prove the shroud a forgery.  There’s not space or time to get into the controversy here, but suffice it to say that, having watched all these things closely for many years, there has been no proof that it is not exactly what the RCC says it is.

The Article is here: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/bible-news/2010/jesus-death-certificate.htm

But now there may be proof of the Shroud’s authenticity. In the first century, a crucified person bound for a tomb was wrapped in a shroud.  The corpse’s identity and destination was written on a piece of cloth (the death certificate) and glued to the shroud, usually on the face. Dr. Barbara Frale, a Vatican scientist, has discovered the bleeding over of the ink from the death certificate onto the shroud – enough so to not only reconstruct the death certificate itself, but also to ‘prove’ that this was not an inscription forged years later.

Here is Dr. Frale’s reconstruction of the Shroud’s occupant’s death certificate:

“In the year 16 of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius (30 AD) Yahshua the Nazorean, taken down in the early evening after having been condemned to death by a Roman judge because he was found guilty by a Hebrew authority, is hereby sent for burial with the obligation of being consigned to his family only after one full year.”

The reconstruction is from the three languages written on the death certificate, the ink of which bled over into the Shroud.  The three languages?  Latin, Hebrew, and Greek.

So what ‘proves’ this not to be a medieval addition to the Shroud?

He is not referred to as CHRIST, but as “The Nazorean.”

And isn’t the Quest for the Nazorean the subject of all my mails to you?

Related: The Bone Box of James, the Bones of Peter, and the Shroud Pope says bones in Vatican basilica are those of St Paul

The Truth of Islam

Last Sabbath the Convocation featured “Ed,” the founder of The Truth of Islam ministry on the web at http://thetruthofislam.com/.  Ed’s ministry site is very easy to navigate – and that’s important for those who want a quick overview.  You can go there now and see that much of his ministry is made up of “webisodes,” audio-visual presentations of 10 minutes each or less, filmed in the Middle East.  Obviously, the focus of the ministry is teaching the truth to Muslims, and we received a thorough and entertaining presentation on the strange holy book of Islam, the Quran (Koran to some of you oldsters).  The presentations are not judgmental nor are they overtly Evangelical.  They simply take the hot-button issues of (especially) young Muslims and explain them from a logical, biblical perspective.  (After all, these youth are planning their future in accordance with a book that is full of hatred and lost, dynastic dreams.)

Ed receives thousands of emails from all over the Muslim world, but the majority are from Indonesia and Malaysia.  Indonesia has the world’s largest population of Muslims, 200 million is a very conservative estimate.  The presentation and training we received was timely in that we as a nation have again endured recent terrorist attacks in the name of “Allah Akbar.” For those of you who still believe that Allah and Yahweh are the same, and that we worship the same deity as that of the Arabs, http://thetruthofislam.com/ is a great place for you to quickly learn why this is not the case.

“Ed” (not his real name for obvious reasons) may be contacted through his site, and is available for programs and seminars.

Joseph Coins of Egypt Rediscovered

Another incredible archaeological find, this one yet tentative, is the discovery of Egyptian coins with the name and face of Joseph of Genesis 39 fame, the guy of the “technicolor dream coat” who was, according to the Scripture, the ruler of Egypt under a Pharaoh. Historians are ever using the Genesis 39 story to disprove the historical validity of the Scripture, saying there was never any such person as Joseph in the annals of Egyptian kings.  If these coins are what they are claimed to be, we will not only find a monotheistic ruler of Egypt who is well attested in the Scripture, but we will be able to say for sure that Joseph and his father Jacob ruled during the years of the only known monotheistic sovereignty of ancient Egypt – that of Pharaoh Akenaten (i.e. Amenhotep IV, 1350 BC).

The Article is here: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/bible-news/2008-famous-archaeological-finds/joseph-coins.htm

If true, this is a spectacular find and would change the entire religious and demographic history of Egypt, especially knowing, as we do, that Pharaoh Akenaten’s fingerprints are in the Psalms – he wrote the prototype for Psalms 104 four hundred years before King David later embellished it.

Related: The Question of Psalm 104: Was It Really Written by Pharaoh?

New Audios:  Dead Sea Scrolls: Teacher of Righteousness: Autobiographical Sections

Community Rule – an excerpt of the rule including the Teacher’s autobiographic stuff  < 20 min    text stream download

Hodayot Col. 8 – an autobiographical psalm compared to the Unrighteous Steward < 10 min stream download

Shabbat shalom,

Jackson Snyder

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www.JacksonSnyder.org

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

The Most Ancient Bible: The Shapira Manuscript. A Hoax?

Greetings, chevarim & achim:

The Shapira Strips: Hoax?

The last few weeks I have been working with a text known only as The Shapira Manuscript or Shapira Strips – perhaps the earliest digest of Torah portions known to humankind, pre-dating the Dead Sea Scrolls by 600 years or more.  Audio & Manuscript is posted here.

Shapira Sketch Featuring Paleo-Hebrew

This manuscript, like the Scrolls, has a unique story behind it, worth reading at least in this abstract by the late John Marco Allegro:

In the late 1880s, Jerusalem shop-keeper Moshe Wilhelm Shapira arrived in England with several strips of parchment. Shapira claimed that these fragments were found in the Dead Sea area and were part of an early version of the book of Deuteronomy. Experts who examined the strips called them forgeries, saying that the manuscript could not have survived in the Dead Sea climate. Disgraced and dishonored, Shapira left England and soon after committed suicide. Ironically, scholars in recent years have come to believe that Shapira’s manuscript was not a hoax – and may actually have been a portion of the oldest Bible in the world.

J. M. Allegro goes on to describe his book on the subject:

This (speaking of his book) is the true story of a 19th century mystery and controversy which resulted in discrediting what may have been one of the most important archaeological findings of all time.

The book is The Shapira Affair: The Mystery of a nineteenth-century discovery of a Dead Sea Manuscript: a forgery of the oldest Bible in the world? If you like short mystery stories and ancient texts, The Shapira Affair is as good as any fiction – but the book is hard to find, since Allegro, who was (of course) a leading figure and the only Protestant on the original Dead Sea Scrolls team, published it in 1965 (his life itself stranger than fiction).  I found one on ebay; was it luck or destiny?

Here is the link to the translation and audio: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/shapira/shapira-manuscript.htm

Allegro posits that the ‘scholars’ of the nineteenth century who ruled Shapira’s Torah manuscript a forgery did so on account of anti-Semitism as much as anything else, seeing Shapira as a Jew who converted to Anglicanism for the purpose of plying his forged antiques rather than for the sake of religion.  They judged his discovery as much by their prejudice as by any material evidence written upon the ancient black leather.  Indeed, the vitriol of these scholars drove Shapira to his desperate act, the leather “forgery” having taken on his name (thus his name became synonymous with forgery).  The ancient artifact itself was sold in a public auction and soon after disappeared.

Some Things You Should Know About the Shapira

If you’ve gotten this far with me, let me mention a few circumstances and characteristics of the Shapira before directing you to where you can read or listen to it.

  • It was found about the same time and same place as the famous Mesha Stele (Moabite Stone), which is firmly dated to 830 BC.
  • It is written in the characters of Paleo-Hebrew / Phoenician.
  • The text on the strips was copied and translated before the item itself disappeared.
  • Unlike the book of Deuteronomy, this account is first person with Moshe (Moses) speaking to the Israelites.
  • Moshe references locations in the locale of where the manuscript was (supposedly) found.
  • The sacred name Yahweh is used twice – at the beginning and end of Moshe’s speech.
  • The primary title of the Lawgiver is Elohim Eloheinu.
  • It contains a very different set of Ten Commandments.
  • The story does not stick with the canonical sequence of events, but weaves Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy into a seamless fabric of history.

Now the question becomes, which is earliest?  The material on the Shapira Manuscript or the canonical Pentateuch?

What Do I Think?

My thought is that if the Shapira Manuscript actually dates to the same time as the Mesha Stele, ie 830 BC, then it must of necessity come first, since it is something of an established fact that the canonical Pentateuch came into its final redaction in Babylon or Assyria during one ‘Captivity’ or another.

So if you are interested in this stuff, I took Allegro’s translation (which came from drawings on paper dating to before the actual manuscript disappeared), compared it with the Hebrew, added the citations of the canonical scripture throughout, and recorded it too; for, in hearing it, one can tell just exactly how the mishmash of bible bits and pieces fit together into a very succinct, first person speech, perhaps originally from the mouth of Moshe himself.

Here is the link to the translation and audio: www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/shapira/shapira-manuscript.htm

Let me know how you are doing on the Nazorean way!

In the Scripture,

Jackson Snyder

http://www.JacksonSnyder.org

Roots & Branches: New Time: Roots & Branches Vero Beach will be meeting this week for a short Erev (Friday 13) service now at 7 PM (not 7:30 as before).  Then we will take up the subject of this mailing on the Sabbath (Saturday 14th) at 2 PM.  Both events will be in the River Room at Tabernacles Ministries, Vero Beach.  For directions, go to www.nevy.us or reply to this mail.  The Erev Service will be special, since we officially formed on the last Friday the 13th.

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November 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Dead Sea Scrolls v. First Christian Sermon (audios)

Hinneh, cheverim!

(Cheverim meas ‘friends’ in Hebrew.)

In this Note:

The Identity of the People of the Scrolls: And an audio recording of one of their sermons.

The Earliest Complete ‘Christian Sermon’: Audio and references to the Gospel of the Egyptians.

Melchizedek – Circumcised or Not? The Ancient Christians say No, but the Jews say Yes.

You Christians and Your Halloween: A Little Something to Share with your Group.

To view this letter on-line, go to www.netzer.wordpress.com

Sorry for my long absence from your inbox, but life has taken some unexpected changes the last several months.

In case you know Mignon – she is up and about now some, slowly recovering as promised by YHWH, but still very weak.  Please continue to pray for her recovery.

Roots & Branches Study Group is back on schedule:

7:30 PM Erev Shabat (Friday) Nazorean True Worship

2:00 PM Shabbat (Saturday) | Roundtable study of Qumran ‘Essenes.’

Location: Tabernacles Ministries Vero Beach, “River Room”

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The Identity of the People of the Scrolls

And a recording of one of their sermons.

In the last two weeks we discussed the “roots” of whatever people stored their valuable scrolls in caves around the Dead Sea.  I am not at all convinced that the sectarians of the scrolls were Essenes; in fact, being as familiar as I am with these texts, I am inclined to believe they were Zealots (sons of Zadok).  Then last week, we discussed an actual sermon included in one of the primary works of the sectarians’ community – The Damascus Document (CD, 4Q266ff).  The sermon is dated by some of the more progressive scholars to 1st century, with some of the sermon added on after 62 AD.  Can we realize that this date is very important for serious bible students?  Can you imagine why?  Anyway, the sermon is full of characters known only by nick-names – like the Spewing Liar, The Whitewashed, The Shoddy Wall-builders – many more – and many of which we can fairly well recognize even beneath the false names. (Of course, the ability to recognize the characters depends on whether you are dating along with the “consensus scholars” or not.)

Then last week, we actually listened to that famous Sermon from the Damascus Document.  We had some eye-opening moments and some excellent discussion!

Very seldom can one find a non-consensus study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the people of the Scrolls).  But if you have been wanting the off-the-beaten-path tour, then use some of these tools:

The Ancient Sermon from the Damascus Document (CD, Geniza A + B, 4Q266 – 272) – a True names Version

We have been looking at (and listening to) the sermon from the Dead Sea Scrolls’ Damascus Document, which is dated between 150 BC and 50 AD, with the progressive scholars dating it even later – to after 62 AD, (and here is the answer to the query above) the year that the Messiah’s brother Ya’aqov (James the Just) was executed by the High Priest Ananus.  According to the progressives, the characters mentioned in the sermon include:

the Teacher of Righteousness, who is James, the brother of the Savior,

the Shoddy-Wall Builders, Whitewashers, and Boundary Shifters, who are the Pharisees,

the Sons of Zadok & Household of Torah, who are the Righteous Priests of Acts 6:7,

and the Spitter of Lies, who is the Apostle Paul (see, for instance, Galatians 1:19,20).

The other characters in this sermon are, from the progressive viewpoint, not so difficult to identify.  Therefore, the sermon is absolutely loaded with Nazorean / Essene concepts that later carry over into the New Testament, related writings, and the practices of the so-called ‘Jesus Movement’ of 35 – 70 AD.  You can listen to it or read it yourself at

http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/damascus-zadokite-document.htm

The Earliest Complete ‘Christian Sermon’

Next we can make a comparison of the text of the Dead Seas Scrolls introductory sermon and the earliest sermon that actually quotes passages in the New Testament as Scripture.  However, one will be surprised that the quotations, though quite familiar, always seem to have non-canonical twists.  I think this is a great thing, for I’m supposing that the author of this sermon (traditionally known as Second Clement) used either the sacred manuscripts before they were in their final form, or, if Clement actually did this sermons (since he was converted by Barnabas and taught by Peter), remembered the sayings he heard himself.  There is one particular story related in which Peter (Kefa) is a character, and his replies to the Master are far and away from what the ‘bible’ tells us he said.

So here is another resource. If you listen, please notice that there is absolutely nothing in there about being saved by grace or relying on the love of G-d to get you to the 5th dimension.  There is one stairway mentioned over and over – WORK!

The Ancient Sermon Attributed to Clement of Rome – First Century AD

Clement was the disciple of Peter (Kefa) and his successor. (Clement’s journal, in which Peter’s travels is the subject, can be found at www.apostolia.us)  Clement’s sermon is on the subject of the believer’s walk of righteousness, and the earliest to use New Testament (or proto-New Testament) citations as though they were Scripture – except Clement’s citations never match up exactly with the New Testament in our possession.  He was certainly using documents earlier than the New Testament and quotations that he personally recorded.  In addition, there are citations from works that did not make the cut of the canonical rule, including (perhaps) The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of the Egyptians.  We take for granted that the New Testament descended out of Heaven all ready for believers.  But for the first believers, there was no such thing; sayings were collected and passed orally between groups.  This sermon is dated by scholars to the late 1st century; some date it as early as 70 AD, since one of the manuscripts was bound in a codex with Clement to the Corinthians, The Epistle of Barnabas, and The Teaching of the Twelve (Didaché).

http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/ancient-sermon-second-clement.htm

Melchizedek – Circumcised?  Or Not?

So while we’re at it, let’s throw in all the ancient sources that tell us about Melchizedek, the priest whom the bible tells us had not descendents or progeny.  So, or course when we look at these ancient commentaries, we must expect right from the first that some bright fellows are arguing as to whether this man (if he was a man or not) had been circumcised or not!  I leave it to you to find the answer to that.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Melchizedek – all from ancient sources and sacred texts.

http://jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2009/melchizedek_in_ancient_sources.htm

You Christians and Your Halloween

THINK! ARE YOU A BIBLICAL OR CULTURAL CHRISTIAN?

Consider THE TORAH ONCE AGAIN

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 –

your God is herein speaking to you, beloved:

When you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you,

(that is, on YOUR land)

be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations.

(the LORD finds the following things detestable)

Never sacrifice your son or daughter.

(the LORD is speaking of your children and grandchildren.)

Do not let them practice fortune-telling

(profess to predict future events, astrology, tarot)

or sorcery,

(gaining power through the assistance of spirits)

or allow them to interpret omens,

(demon-inspired signs)

or engage in witchcraft,

(magic, charms, Wicca, or donning the costume of a witch)

or cast spells,

(speak magic formulas, go into a trance)

or function as mediums

(a communicator with illicit spiritual entities)

or psychics,

(those claiming extra-sensory powers or darkness)

or call forth the spirits of the dead.

(praying to or parading as those who’ve departed this world)

Anyone who does these things is an object of disgust to the LORD.

Be honest!  Do we think that imitating such as those the Bible calls detestable to the LORD will gain us or our children favor with him?  Consider Halloween – it is the Black Sabbath of Satanism.  The entire theme of Halloween is of darkness, death, fear, threats, hauntings, destruction, spiritual wickedness, demonic possession and evil.

We “sacrifice our children” to dress them as witches, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, corpses, and evil entities from movies and TV, then send them forth into the street to reenact our pagan ancestors’ rituals and curses.

There are some ten million active Satanists in this nation.  October 31, the “birthday of Satan,” will have thousands of dark rituals, including animal and human sacrifices.  There will be people taking on evil spirits, drinking blood, and raping and murdering children.  Believers in our own town will be cursed and set upon by evil entities.  This is the very nature of the holiday.

You may say, “Well, it’s all just fun and we don’t take it seriously.”  But your enemy the devil takes it seriously and, according to his word, so does your Heavenly Father.   Shouldn’t you?

When the church that He purchased with His precious blood builds houses of horror and pagan ritual on its properties so that the little lambs entrusted to its care may be opened up to foul, invading spirits of the enemy: O, how much Father grieves in His disgust and horror!

In the Scripture, Jackson Snyder

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Yomim Teruah: Days of Awe

Greetings to Greater Yisrael of the Spirit from Roots & Branches Virtual Yahad (NeVY.us).  We were really blessed to hear from those of you who have let us know you value this newsletter.  That means a lot.  We haven’t yet heard a ‘discouraging word.’

A Major Festival This Weekend

One of the eight major feasts arrives the 1st day of next week (Sun[god]day). We will gather at 7:30 PM at the beginning of the Seventh day this week (Erev Shabat, September 19) to enjoy the Convocation of Trumpets a little bit early.  No kipas or other gear is necessary except your shofar or trumpet.  If you haven’t any, we will issue you a temporary shofar when you arrive.

The Yahad will happen at Tabernacles Ministries in the River Room.  For directions, try this link or reply to this mail.  There will be no Sabbath Roundtable this week (Saturday) because several in the group will be attending “A Rood Awakening” (Michael Rood’s ministry) Festival of Trumpets in Boca Raton FL on the first day.  Try this link for info about this event or the Rood ministry.

Home or Small Group Feast

Waikra (Leviticus) 23:24.  Yahweh says, “Say to the people of Israel, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.”

Feasts kept by all of Greater Israel (ie all who keep faith in Yahweh and express the Testimony of Yahshua).  They are to be kept throughout all our generations.  They are not optional for Israel, Spiritual Israel or Secular Israel.

And why shouldn’t enjoy Yahweh’s festivals – he gave them in love for us to experience a chip of time out of the old block to commune with him, learn from him, and rest in him?  These are wonderful, meaningful times – and biblical holidays – unlike the secular and quasi-religious holidays that bring no rest, but instead, stress, seasonal depression, idolatry, and the casting of money to swine.

Yahweh’s Feasts are not difficult to keep in authentic ways.  The difficulty comes in changing over from the calendar of the world and its holidays to the Almighty’s.  Once that is accomplished, the stress is off, and one wonders why he/she waited so long to turn back to the good.

Easy Guides

I have composed easy guides for people moving to the feast days.  Many among our family and friends have made the switch in the last several years, and most have used some facets of our guides.  One may start keeping the feasts alone – and the Feast of Trumpets a good place to jump in, because little is required – the minimum requirements are to take a day of rest, blow the horn, and read the scriptures. At the following links you may find my resources for a home service you can do by yourself or with your family.  It includes downloaded music, readings, and authentic acts of worship.

Streaming Feast Music from EloHymns.com:

Shattered Pot

Yom Teruah is the Day of Awe

Horn of a Unicorn

Some of my home resources are here, at Bible-News.com:

Blow Ye the Trumpet Blow!  For Yom Teruah.

Yom Teruah is the Day of Awe; the Feast of Trumpets and the Court of Law

Hearken To The Thunder Of His Voice: Hurricanes and Natural Disasters

Feast of Trumpets

For those who have given up secular / Christian holidays, or for those who have added Yahweh’s Festivals (not to be confused with Jewish Holidays), the Feast of Trumpets is anticipated as one of the most probable days for Messiah to descend.

Consider what you know about Trumpets from your Scripture studies.  When the trumpet sounds, awesome happening follow.  This is why the Feast is called Yom Teruah, the Day of Awe. Leviticus 23 tells us in short exactly when Trumpets is to be (the 7th new moon of the year),  and a little about what it means.  We find out a lot more about trumpets in Joshua and Judges – trumpets sound to rally the army in anticipation of an attack or retreat.  The walls of Jericho fall down. The prophets predict trumpet blasts in connection with judgment.  Paul speaks of the “sound of the great trumpet,” and John of the prophetic and sinister “seven trumpets.”

Ivan the Terrible

Personal testimony: At the beginning of Yom Teruah in 2004, seven of us were ‘hunkered down’ for the storm of the century, Hurricane Ivan.  We were in the eye of that awesome hurricane.  There was some question whether the front window of the house would stand the storm.  As that was being repaired, I looked at the mezuzah on the doorpost and asked protection.  At two A.M., the roof began to lift off in then midst of a terrifying groan.  The winds were fierce, trees were falling everywhere – we knew the were not because we could see them – but hear them crashing down.  I fell asleep in the very midst of the worst hurricane in a generation.

When I awoke, all was calm.  I went back to the front porch to survey the damage.  I noticed the mezuzah on the doorpost . . . then looked out and around the neighborhood.  Yom Teruah had arrived with Ivan the Terrible.

Everything in the perimeter was destroyed; houses, trees, cars.  Everything was affected!

Everything except the parsonage in which we were all huddled.  It hadn’t been touched.

I spied a different world.  (The rest of this story is here.)

In the Scripture,

Jackson Snyder

www.JacksonSnyder.org

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Enigma: The Teacher of Righteousness

Shalom Chaverim (friends).  We hope all is well in Messiah with you and yours.

Get Your Mezuzah Blessed Off

Roots and Branches Group will meet this Erev Shabbat (Friday night) for our informal Nazorean worship service and scripture training.  On Sabbath (Saturay) 2:00 PM we will gather at Vista Gardens for the Blessing of Mezuzahs and Mikvot (immersion in water in the name of Yahshua Messiah).  For directions to Headquarters at Tabernacles Ministries in Vero Beach, check the website at this link.  If you need to bless the Almighty for the safety of your home and your Mezuzah, reply to this mail and we’ll get you directions.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Library

The last few days I have been reading from the library known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.  There is still much mystery about the Scrolls themselves as well as the people of the Scrolls, whoever they were.  What we do know about them is that they were contemporaneous with both the Maccabees and with the Nazorean Assembly (so-called Jewish Christians).  My brother (Pete) and I have been studying these texts for many years; both of us ‘majored’ in them during our courses of study in higher education.  There is much these texts can teach us about our religious roots.

The Teacher of Righteousness, or Righteous Teacher

In this note, I want to show you some of the writings of the sect’s guiding light, known to us not by a name, but by a title – the Teacher of Righteousness (Moreh haZadik).  Only a very few scholars identify the Teacher with Yahshua our Messiah, though a very strong current in scholarship today identifies (and claims to have proved) that the Teacher is Yaakov haTzadik (James the Just), the brother of Yahshua Messiah and author of the New Testament book Epistle of James.

Who Is this Teacher?

I am sure you are a Bible reader, and probably know well many of the characters of the New Testament; so I have selected a few excerpts for you from the Dead Sea Scrolls book of Thanksgiving Psalms, written by the Teacher himself.  Read through them – they will all seem familiar – and check out the comments – maybe you can place the identity of the Teacher.  Remember as you go through, these are just a few lines of a huge assortment of texts.  Maybe you’ll catch the bug as we have.

From the Thanksgiving Psalms (Quotations based on Wise, Abegg, Cook, 1996)

(1) They did not respect me, even when You displayed your might through me.  Instead, they drove me out of my land as a bird from the nest. All my friends and acquaintances have been driven away from me; they consider me as a shattered pot.

We wonder exactly how the mighty of the Mighty One was displayed!  It seems like those whose hands are full of false miracles receive the respect, when the true prodigy is covered by a bushel.  I did a short musical production on this verse in 2007.  I think it’s pretty good.  You can listen to “Shattered Pot” in streaming audio at this link.

(2) You have appointed me as an object of shame and derision to the faithless, but a foundation of truth and understanding for the righteous.

(3) You have appointed me as a banner for the chosen of righteousness, and an informed mediator of wonderful mysteries, so as to test those of truth and lovers of correction.

The first sentence puts us in mind of Isaiah 53, the suffering servant, though this statement is in the first person, in the voice of a man of suffering and acquainted with grief.  The second statement is a surprise; indeed, these uplifting words are in the opposite mood of the first, an echo of Paul’s wisdom to Timothy, there being one eloha, and one mediator between elohim and humankind, the man, Yahshua Messiah, who gave his life a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5).

(4) I am as distressed as a woman about to bring forth her firstborn. Yea, children come to life through the breakers of death. She delivers a male child: through the pains of Sheol bursts forth a wonderful counselor, mighty el.

(5) You have appointed me as a father to the children of mercy and as a guardian to men of portent.

Here is the theme of Luke’s nativity, the male child carried over from wretched pains and the menace of sudden death to become known as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty El, Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6) over the children of Yahweh’s compassion (Psalms 25:6) as well as the band of prophetic disciples (ie, “men of portent”).

(6) From Sheol and Abaddon you have raised me up to an eternal height, so that I might walk about on a limitless plain, and know there is hope whom you created from the dust of the eternal counsel.

The man of portent Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter) preached that Elohim raised Him up, putting an end to the agony of death (Acts 2:24).  It was told by the Apostle Peter that the Messiah had descended into Tartarus (Sheol and Abaddon) to proclaim his victory and the hope that came out if it.

(7) You assigned my dwelling with many fishermen, they who spread their net in the surface of the water, and hunt for the children of injustice.

Wow!  With fishermen, the parable of the net, and “fishers of men.”  Now look at the next –

(8) I have become a sailor on a ship, when the seas stir up their waves and all their breakers come over me. My bowels are like a ship in a raging storm.

Now he tells about his life on the Sea of Galilee, in the grip of a gale, then speaking shalom.

(9) You have not cast my lot with the assembly of fraud, nor have you set my portion in the counsel of pretenders.

“Pretender” is a near perfect match for the word “hypocrite.” His destiny was to be outside – to be the “True Vine.”

(10) Those who prosecuted me are as chaff before the wind; my dominion is over them.

“His winnowing fork is His hand . . .”

(11) I give thanks to you, O Yahweh, for you have sustained me with your strength, even your Holy Spirit.  Upon the rock you have established my frame, and eternal foundations for my footing.  All my walls are tested walls that will not be shaken. You have appointed me as the holy counsel of the weary.  You have taught me your Covenant (Torah) and my tongue is one of your disciples.

We get a lot of James the Just (3:6) in this word – “my tongue is One of Your disciples.”  So where DID the Savior get all his wisdom (Mark 6:2)?

(12) You planted a stand, trees of life (for your esteem) at the secret spring, hidden among the waters so a shoot might grow into an eternal planting.  That its trunk might be open to the living water and become an eternal fountain.  On its leafy branch every wild animal of the forest will graze, and its trunk will become a gathering place to all who pass, and its branches roosts for all the birds.

  • Isaiah 11:1 There will spring forth a shoot out of Jesse’s; a Branch (netzer, as in ‘nazorean’) will grow out of his roots; and the spirit of Yahweh will rest on him . . . The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. If this was in fact referencing the Savior, then we can see a marvelous prediction that has come to pass in the last millennia.

(13) My bread has become strife, and my drink contention.

The bread and drink was the least of the teachings in the early days; is has become the greatest in our days.

So who do you think the Teacher might be?

In the Scriptures,

Jackson Snyder

www.JacksonSnyder.org

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The Mathematical Nazorean: A Riddle

Greetings, Hebraic Roots Group friends:

Find the Riddle at this link.

It has been nearly a month since I “took up my parable” (1En 1:3).  I’ve missed writing, and I hope this note finds you well.

At the bottom of this issue is a Scripture riddle.  The first to solve it correctly then send the answer back along with mailing address info will get a modest but valuable prize.  Before that is the short answer to What is a Nazorean?

(If you get more than one or you want off my mail, please reply  with your wish.)

This month the subject of our studies will be

“The Lost Tribes Found in the Parables of the Messiah.”

Learn how to use your pneumatic resources.

Learn how to use your pneumatic resources.

These lessons are valuable – nobody I know of has found the Tribes in the Parables.  The series of messages are available ahead of time on CD or streaming audio.  If you want a MP3 CD, just ask for it with your mailing address and you will receive it. Better yet, Come and See.

Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots Group meets in Vero Beach, FL three times a week:

Erev Shabbat Service: The end of the 6th day and the beginning of the 7th, 7:30 PM.  (This is Friday nights.)

(You may not be accustomed to looking at the week in terms of seven unnamed days as opposed to using the names of the days, all of which are derived from pagan gods worshiped by our ancestors. This may challenge your thinking, but it is totally biblical and worthwhile to learn, especially as one reads the Gospels, such as the passage “at the dawning of the first day” Luke 24:1.)

The Erev Siddur (service) consists of the traditional candle lighting, a short liturgy in English, some practice in speaking Hebrew (the Shema), in-depth teaching of the Word (emphasizing the first-century Nazorean context), then sharing the lechem and yayin (bread & wine).

Sabbath Study of Scripture: The afternoon of the 7th day, 2:00 PM. (Saturday afternoon.)  This teaching is in roundtable format.  I set the subject and the primary lesson, and the rest (who are quite well-versed) add their own scholarly insight as we go along.

Fourth Day Intercession: is at the beginning of the 4th day of the week; ie Tuesday evening around 7:30.  This is completely informal and led by the intercessor of the group.

What is a Nazorean? Part One – Historical Context

We are often asked this question as we work to reveal a more authentic picture of our faith.  Here is the short answer:

“He will be called a Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23).  This is the region from which the Anointed one originated – Nazareth of Galilee in Israel.  Nazareth was the one of the starting points of the “Hebraic Roots Group” known as the Way or the Nazoreans.

“You were also with the Nazorean” (Mark 14:67).  Shimon Kefa (Peter) was accused of being with the man of Nazareth and a part of the sect called Nazoreans.  That the Nazoreans was a Hebraic Roots Group is proved by the next citation:

“A ringleader of the sect of the Nazoreans” (Acts 24:5).  The context of the quote is that Paul is being accused by the governor’s attorney, Tertulus, who claims, “We have found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him.”  Paul was a leader of the Nazoreans, but he was not from Nazareth at all.

A Nazarene is from Nazareth. But a Nazorean, according to trusted scholars, is the name of a first-century religious group of which the Savior was the founder.  We learn from the early “so-called “Church Fathers” that this is so, and from the Dead Sea Scrolls that the group was known within its own ranks as “the Way,” “the Meek,” “the Poor,” and by other titles readily found in the New Testament.

Netzer, the Hebrew word from which the Greek title Nazorean originates, means “Branch, or “Offshoot.”

I am the vine, you are the branches (John 15:5).

If the root is holy, so are the branches (Romans 11:16).

And in Prophecy:

In that day the branch of Yahweh will be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the land will be the pride and esteem of the remnant of Israel (Isaiah 4:2).

There will come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow out of his roots (Isaiah 11:1).

Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
and he will reign as king and deal wisely (Jeremiah 23:5).

Of course, these passages have mostly been interpreted as referring to Yahshua Messiah and those who follow him.  This leads us to a second definition.

Netzer means “guardian” and “ keeper.”  The Messiah came as the guardian of the Torah (the instruction of the Almighty).  He also came to keep the Torah in its entirety to do away NOT with the Torah itself (he’s the guardian of it!) but to do away with the meaningless TRADITIONS of the religious that put the folks under bondage to those in positions of power.  A section of Messiah’s sayings, Matthew 5:17-20 shows us that this is the case. To quote just one verse:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Torah until everything is fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18).

Yet many church folk today have learned that the Torah has been nailed up to a cross and abolished.  Obviously, there is a hidden agenda among church leaders to keep the flock and the world in a state of lawlessness.  Those who cite Paul as reinforcing the abolition of any law, seem to overlook the mystery of lawlessness he speaks of as being already at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

Nowadays, the mystery of lawlessness if completely at work as faithless, disobedient, and in some cases, devilishly perverted individuals govern our nation, and the lawlessness of terror strikes multiple targets daily.  It is mystery no longer.

The Nazoreans / Nazarene Israel movement of the 21st century is a calling to Torah.  We keep the Torah as closely as possible.  We reckon that if the people of the world remained under the covenant of Yahweh as Yahshua proposed, there would be no fear of the ‘neighbor’ or STRANGER any longer because there would be DANGER no longer.  And while some still consider that modern-day Nazoreans are cultists (as did Tertulus of Paul and his group) because we believe in living in the controlled environment of the Covenant of Yahweh of Israel, we only need to take a brief look at the worldliness and disobedience of church folk today to see who is blessed and who is cursed.

If you read this far and would like a good book on this subject, just reply with your request for the book Nazarene Israel and I will send it to you by mail. It’s worth reading and learning about the safety and shalom of the covenant folks, the Hebraic (not Jewish) roots of you faith, and how to put your rights and covenant people to work to bring you and your family into the House of Yahweh.

The end of Part One, What Is a Nazorean.

The Riddle: The first to solve the riddle gets a great prize.  Find the Riddle at this link.

(www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/riddle/riddle.htm)

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Odes of Shalomé: Ancient Netzari Songs of Extraterrestrial Love

Greetings in Messiah Yahshua.

Roots and Branches Study Group will be getting back together August 7th and 8th at Tabernacles Ministries in Vero Beach.  We do study of biblical literature in roundtable fashion – not unlike the early apostles on the steps of the Temple.  You are invited.

This Means War

One called 'Odes of Solomon'

Once called 'Odes of Solomon' but now we know better.

We attended the First Annual Assembly of Nazarene Israelites in Leesburg (FL) – this being the reason we didn’t have an official study last week, though I understand everyone got together.  The teachers at the assembly were top-notch.  We pried into the workings of the Hebrew language, the origin of evil and spiritual warfare, and even got into the liturgy of the Amidah.   I have got the spiritual warfare seminar posted.  It’s a good 3 hours in sections, and you can stream the audio from this link.

Holy Brother and the Naked Archaeologist

Simcha Jacobovici is the Naked Archaeologist on television.  The show is good.  Except one show. He was talking about the James Ossuary (the bone-box of Yahshua’s brother, Yaaqov  (more info here) when he said, “I didn’t even know ‘Jesus’ had a brother!”  This saying by a archeologist talking about the family of ‘Jesus’ and doing shows on ‘The Jesus Family Tomb” (more info) was a little shocking to me.  My thinking was that if this expert was searching for the historical ‘Jesus’ in the tombs, he should probably be versed in the primary sources of his subject – primary sources being the New Testament, the works of Josephus, and the secular historians of that age.

We who believe the record of this historical person should also be aware of his historical family.  There is really not much of a historical nature written about the Savior of the World.  But there is a LOT written about his brother James / Yaaqov.  What we know of him could be made into a motion picture, with a plot as exciting as any drama out there.  James the brother of Jesus had a full and eventful life, and a highly publicized death.  Some have said, and probably rightly, that the death of James was the root cause of the destruction of Israel in the ensuing 8 – 10 years.

Holy Sister and her Songs

A look at the Gospel of Mark (15:40 – 16:3) tells us that the Savior also had sisters, including Shalomé who took a part in the resurrection.  She is written out of the other accounts.  However, in the Egyptian Gospels, we may read quite a bit about the sister named Shalomé (who is not to be confused with Herod’s niece who danced for the head of John the Baptizer).  From them, we know that Shalomé was a serious student of her brother’s teaching, and that he came to her house regularly to eat and rest.  The Egyptian witnesses also tell us that Shalomé wrote worship song and sang them.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had some of these songs and could sing them ourselves?

Well, we just may have. I published a new little book yesterday, The Odes of Shalomé: Ancient Netzari Songs of Extraterrestrial Love.  As is the case for so many apostolic witnesses, the material has been out there for a long, long time, but on account of ecclesiastical control, it simply isn’t known except by specialists in the field.

Following on here is

  • a little of the book’s introduction and
  • one of the Odes.

I will be happy to send you an ebook of these wonderful testaments to the devotion of the family of Yahshua Messiah, a family hat we all could know well if we only wanted to.

Introduction to the Odes of Shalomé

You can find the printed book at this link.

These ODES are 40 songs attributed to the sister of ‘Jesus’ and scholars data them to that time.  If you like spiritual poetry, you’ll really like these songs.  I’d be glad to send you the e-book free for the asking.

THE ODES OF SHALOMÉ is generally known as The Odes of Solomon.  Some of these Odes have been attributed directly to Shalome, the sister of Yahshua Messiah, in an important and early Egyptian Nazorean text.  Further evidence for female authorship might be the repeated use of the True Name MarYah (which means, Master Yahweh), and the recital of MarYah’s feminine aspects found throughout the book.

Trusted contemporary scholars tell us that

(1) the original language of the Odes is Aramaic – the language of the Messiah and the Nazoreans,

(2) the origin of the Odes may be Edessa in Adiabene – a sanctuary land for persecuted Nazoreans,

(3) there is affinity between the language, sentiment, and theology in the Odes, the Gospel According to John, and many of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and

(4) the Odes do not contain Gnostic concepts or quotes from the New Testament (this means they are very ancient).

(5) since all the Odes end with HalleluYah! and water is mentioned throughout, they may have been used as part of a baptismal liturgy in the ancient assemblies of the est.

The Odes came from the same milieu as John and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and may be just as early. Therefore we may surmise that The Odes of Shalomé is one of the earliest hymnbooks of the first century (AD) Nazorean Movement. This present compilation hopes to place the Odes back into their original setting, rewording and reworking where necessary to make their meaning plainer and more authentic than other available scholarly translations.

Nice Examples of Shalomé’s Work

Notice the feminie imagery and the affinity to the Gospel of John.

6. Wind

As the wind glides across the harp and the strings speak, the Spirit of MarYah speaks through my members, and I speak through His love.  For He shatters whatever is not-of-me so that everything is of Him.  This is how it has been from the start, and will be until the end.  So that nothing will be divergent, and nothing will rise up against Him.

MarYah has multiplied his knowledge; He has been zealous to make known all His favor has given us.  He gave us His name to praise, and our spirits praise His Ruach haQodesh.

A stream went forth and became a great and broad river; in fact, it carried them all away, crushing them and bringing them to the Temple.  The barriers built by men were not able to hold it back; nor the craft of those who always hold-back water.  Yes, it spread over the surface of the entire world and filled all.  Then all thirsty in the world drank; thirst was quenched; the thirsty relieved; for the drink was given by El Shaddai.

Great are those who serve the drink; all those who have been entrusted with His water.  They have refreshed the parched lips, and aroused the paralyzed will.  Even the living who were about to expire have been held back from death.  Shattered limbs have they set and restored.  They gave strength for their future and light for their eyes.  Everyone recognized these waters as MarYah’s own, and they stayed by the living water of eternity. Halleluyah.

40.  Honey

As honey drips from the bees’ comb and milk flows from the woman who loves her children, so also is my hope in You, Eli. As a fountain gushes forth its water, so my heart gushes forth the praise of MarYah, and my lips carry forth praise to Him. His anthems sweeten my tongue, and His odes anoint all my members.

My face rejoices in His jubilation; my spirit lifts in His love, and my soul shines in Him. If the fearful will trust Him, redemption in Him is assured. His wealth is timeless life; those who receive it cannot perish.  Halleluyah.

Yours in the Scripture,

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II

www.JacksonSnyder.org

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Habeas Corpus: Produce the Body

Greetings in Messiah, Hebraic Roots Friends:

Roots and Branches Vero Beach will meet Friday evening for a short time of worship and training, then of Saturday (Sabbath) 2 PM for in depth roundtable-style Scripture study.  Thanks to you who have been pivotal in keeping the word going out.  Yahweh is indeed moving over the entire earth.

Here are a couple g1fts for you this week.

Habeas Corpus: Produce the Body

We know that Yahshua the Anointed ascended into the sky, as it is reported in Acts 1.  But suppose he went up to come down somewhere else.  Since it is beyond belief that the Savior of the World would be spending the last 20 centuries kneeling in the heavenly prayer room.  Rather, He is living and active.  Yes, I think he came down.  In fact, Yahshua was reported as down m

This is the best Enoch anywhere

This is the best Enoch anywhere

any times in the literature of first century Nazorean Judaism.  He was seen in Galilee, Arabia, Galatia, and Turkey according to the New Testament.  First century history also has him seen other places, including a notice by Emperor Claudius somewhere around 50 AD.  He also prophesied the fall of Jerusalem in 68 – 70 AD.  We’re pretty sure his brother Simeon Cleopas was in Jerusalem at that time, during the “escape” to Pella.  Wouldn’t the Master be there also?

I have put together an audio presentation that follows the story Yahshua from the crucifixion in 33 AD or so to the escape from Jerusalem in 69 AD, including all the reported stories in between, with appearances by some of the talmidim (disciples) as well.  I call the story by the title HABEAS CORPUS, a legal term meaning “you should have the body,” meaning, of course, the body of the Risen Sovereign.  It’s a great story (I’m told); entirely based on the early annals of Hegesippus, Clement, ESuetonius, Eusebius, and JOSEPHUS, who was actually at Jerusalem throughout the siege.

You may listen to Habeas Corpus here: http://radio-yahweh.com/m3u/habeas-corpus.m3u (55 minutes) or read the story at this link: http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2005/habeas.htm.

Higher Criticism for All!

Textual criticism of the Scriptures gets a bad rap.  We can learn a lot about both then and now if we will only be a little more critical in our approach.  (Critical in this instance means Analytical.)  Part of our Sabbath study will include an exercise in scriptural analysis that I call Parallels and a Little Chiasm.  Participate in a little Textual Criticism by doing this short exercise and you may never see the Scripture the same way again.  A half hour spent with Parallels and a Little Chiasm can make every subsequent study a time of popping out, as new correlations and truths begin to jump from the text.  Parallels and a Little Chiasm includes directions, and is found at this link:  http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/yah/message/parallel-chiasm.htm.

Enoch (Khanokh), the Sky Tripper

Finally I have a couple new translations.  The Book of Enoch (Khanokh) is quoted in the New Testament at least once, and several times in the Sinaiticus that is getting so much attention.  I have a brand new translation of 1 Enoch taking in account the Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, and Aramaic texts.  This doesn’t make the reading hard – it makes it easy – and with the True Names back in where they belong.  I call this translation Khanokh the Sky Tripper.  It features a full glossary, alternate readings, and a picture of Belial’s eyes on the cover.  You may purchase the paperback at cost from www.Apostolia.us or you may have a free digital version.  Just reply and ask for one – glad to send it.

Bar Naba of the Seventy Comes to Life

Finally, I have a new translation of one of the LOST BOOKS OF THE BIBLE – in the Sinaiticus but cast out of the canon by the Pope in the 9th century. This is generally known as The Epistle of Barnabas, but I call it A Letter of bar Naba to his Sons and Daughters – because that’s what HE calls it.  I believe this book to be authentic and written by exactly who claims to have written it.  Mysteries are solved in this book; like, “The Mystery of the Three Letters ,” “The Mystery of the Seven Days” (about the Millennium), and the exposition of what Yahweh will make an end of when he comes.

The book sports an awesome picture of my brother Phil’s face on the cover.  It’s available at cost in paperback from www.Apostolia.us, you may hear the audio book here: http://radio-yahweh.com/m3u/bar09.m3u (about an hour). Or if you want a digital, reply and ask for it.

Enough for now.  May Yahweh bless you right out of church and into the truth.  As usual, if you want off this list, let me know.  It won’t hurt my feelings – well not too much.

Always in the Scripture,

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II
www.JacksonSnyder.org

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sinaiticus! I have one!

Hello, fellow Israelites in the Dispersion!  Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots Group will meet Friday night 7:30 (time change) and Saturday afternoon at 2 PM.  Study sessions are roundtable format and last about two hours each, but you are free to go anytime.  R&B meets in the River Room at Tabernacles Ministries in Vero Beach Florida. There are maps and other info at www.yahpop.us if you care to join us.

Thanks for making us a full house last Sabbath!!

“The Oldest Bible,” It Says

One of you send me a link to an article “Oldest known Bible goes (now) online.”  You were very open to the spirit to send it. So I write in hopes that you’ll take time to read my account of the “Oldest Known Bible” in this note.  I have had personal experience with this “Bible,” and I’ll make the story short.
We are talking about the Codex Sinaiticus version, probably more than 1700 years old, the oldest complete New Testament in existence, found in the trash can of the St. Catherine’s Monastery at the top of Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.  Here’s the link to the story at CNN.

How Rare!

Years ago, when I first learned of this ancient Sinaiticus (sine-EYE-tick-oos) New Testament, I wanted to have one myself, for I read that, being the oldest New Testament we had, there was significant differences between the it and the Johnny-come-latelys of the last 1700 years.  So I started looking for the Greek Sinaiticus but could not find a version that was readable.  I started looking for English translations, but there weren’t any.  None.  Almost none anyway.  This manuscript has been out of circulation so long that most have forgotten it.  The H. T. Anderson translation I found dated back to the 1860s.  There were only a few of them in the US, all in the rare books section of certain university theological libraries.

Not at the Local Library; Not on Amazon; Not of this World

I tried these libraries, but because of the translation’s rarity, they wouldn’t lend it to me.  Finally one library said I may borrow it if I could find a tenured theology professor to borrow it on my behalf.  Even at that, it would have to be back in 10 days.  So I found a dusty old professor to borrowed the dusty old book for me.  When I received it I only had enough time to scan the entire translation into my computer and send it back.  It took me weeks to run optical character recognition software (OCR) on the text so it might be edited for the first time in 140 years. After another solid year of editing Anderson’s
text (with the help of some online editors), I put the whole Testament online myself – the only such translation on the only such website anyplace.  The original site is still up here: www.sinaiticus.com.

Flying Off the Shelves; well, not exactly

I print-published the H T Anderson in 2007 and have it for sale at my little online bookstore. There were only a couple sales, then nothing – until just this month.  All of a sudden, they are ‘flying off the shelves.’  Sure wouldn’t have known why had not that certain someone sent me the CNN article.  Thank you!  Write back!  Send news! (I hope you’ll take time to read the account of how Tischendorff found this manuscript in 1840 or so – the story would make a first-rate novel, history again more astounding than fiction. You can find a short version of the story in my editor’s preface at www.sinaiticus.com.)

Differences Between Sinaiticus and the Rest

Obviously, a text this old would be shorter than the later texts used to bring you bloated translations like the NIV and NRSV.  Why shorter? Because the Sinaiticus came along before medieval scribes, monks, priests, professors, philanthropists, and theologians doctored the later copies to help lead us astray in all centuries since the 4th, beginning with the takeover of the Messianic Faith by the Roman government.  Don’t believe for a minute that theologians and the rest didn’t change the Scriptures to them read both Catholic and Protestant!  Even the layperson will be able to tell the difference, because reading the Sinaiticus is so simple and understandable.  Certain doctrines that have kept us bound up in fear are simply not in there because they weren’t thought up yet.

It’s Not In There

(What’s not there?  Just to name two doctrines – the Trinity is not in there, neither is Everlasting Burning in Hell.  These doctrines were never taken out of the Scripture – they just were never in there to begin with.  Others false teachings, like the substitution of the multitude of pagan names for that of our Heavenly Father, were added into the Scripture at a later time – sometimes by accident, but more often deliberately.  Remember, in those days, all  manuscripts were published by hand – whoever was paying for 50 scribes could have them put any extra in there that would serve their purpose.  The doctrine of eternal torment has really served its purpose down through the millennia.)  Reply if you want to know more.

What IS in There

What IS in there might make the preacher shake if any preachers really cared what was in there.  There are two extra books in the New Testament that were cast out centuries later by the Catholic Church.  Why?  You tell me.  The first, right after the Book of Revelation, is The Epistle of Barnabas. This letter is every bit as authentic any of Paul’s letters; yet if you read what churchy scholars have to say about it, it could be the letter from Hell.  Barnabas simply writes to his spiritual sons and daughters around the time of Jerusalem’s destruction (70 AD), teaching them how to live through terrible times.
Barnabas was thrown out no doubt because Banabas tells us what the Savior means in his Olivette prophecies, and how ‘moderns’ might understand
living the Torah life in spite of the lawless world teaching contrary. Can you see why Barnabas would be solid gone while Paul takes up most of the
book?  If you are intereste in The Epistle of Barnabas, I have a new translation at www.Apostolia.us. If you don’t want to invest $14, you may listen to the whole book at this link (about 45 minutes long).

The second book is The Shepherd of Hermas.  Like Revelation, there is an angel guiding Hermas, a new believer, through allegorical places, with each place teaching truth.  It is thought that the Shepherd was helpful to true disciples, children, and new believers, to learn what it means to be living the life of a
believer.  This is a really great book for everyone – but I must warn you – churchy types, if they know it at all, don’t like Shepherd in the New Testament because it actually teaches MORALITY and SPIRITUALITY.  You can read it at www.Sinaiticus.com.

Why the Apocrypha Cast Out

The Sinaiticus has what is called “the Apocrypha,” Jewish scriptural works that made the original (1611) King James Version.  The Apocrypha wasn’t liked by the Jews because they were written in Greek thus too pagan.  Protestants hate the Apocrypha (and hate is not too strong a word) because they think it’s too Jewish!  Both have cast it out of the Bible!  In this case, we are in debt to Catholics and Orthodox folks because they kept it in and made all these wonderful books available to us.  Again, I have some, like Tobit and Judith recorded if you would like to hear their wonderful stories.  (Tobit or  Tevyah is here. Judith and Susanna are here.)

If you read the CNN Article

Finally, if you do read the article from CNN, please consider a few errors in the article.

1) Sinaiticus is not the oldest Bible but the oldest complete New Testament.

2) The Sinaiticus in no way denigrates the resurrection.  It does show us that the Gospel of Mark ended with 16:8 rather than the tacked on endings that accumulated down through the years.

3) The Sinaiticus Greek is finally online at http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/.

In the Scripture:

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II

www.JacksonSnyder.org

www.Sinaiticus.com

July 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

The Great Escape of ’68

Hello, achim and achiot from Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots in Vero Beach. It’s great to actually use a group name to address you this week!
R&B Group will be meeting at Tabernacles Ministries’ River Room Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) 7:30 PM and Shabbat (the 7th day) at 3 PM.
Directions are found at http://www.YAHpop.us. If you receive this, you are invited. Study is roundtable style (no pews or such) and informal.

A Breathtaking Journey
The last few months have taken us on a breathtaking, whirlwind tour of apostolic literature! We’ve stopped here and there to examine small niches of interest and wonder, then flown higher into the heavens to see how the small places get lost in the landscape. Just look where we’ve been in our search through prophecy for the Standing Man:

Sestains of Destiny – – anointed and prophetic verse
Isaiah 9 – 19 – – 2006 to the Abraham Path Initiative
Jeremiah 50 – 51 – – Two Gulf Wars
First Enoch – – Judgment of the chattaim
Genesis 1 & 2 – – the two creations, signs of destiny
Epistle of Barnabas – – the seven days of soteriological history
Ezekiel 38 & 39 – – the two Turkish captivities, Gog and Rosh identified (not Russia)
Jeremiah 35 ff – – Zeal! The Rechabites; Phinehas and Melchizedek priesthoods
Romans 10 – – Zeal and Proxy!
Dead Seas Scrolls, Community Rule – – the Mebakker and Zakanim
Gospel of Thomas – – the inheritance of James the Just, Pillar, standing man
Clement’s Epitomes – – Paul v. James on the Temple Steps, the Netzer Exodus
Flavius Josephus – – rising men: Theudas, Judas, the mysterious Egyptian, the escape (69 AD)
Acts 21ff – – Zeal for the Torah and the plot against Paul the Heretic. Zeal! Zeal! Innovation!

Escape to Pella, 68 AD. The Real Story!
This weekend we will continue with a closer look at the BELIEVERS’ ESCAPE FROM JERUSALEM DURING THE ROMAN SEIGE IN 68 AD.
Although James died in 62 (and thus commenced the war with the Roman Empire), there was at least one other brother of our Savior on hand for the escape.
This other brother was known in history simply as “The Rechabite.” He is known in the Gospels as Simon the Canaanaean, Simon the Zealot, and Simeon bar Cleopas.
There was a miracle in 68 AD. You should Learn about another great witness of the faith who is passed over by the scribes. Simeon Cleopas.

You Won’t Find This In Your Church
This width and breadth of Scripture study is impossible to find outside of the top institutes of higher education; yet despite the academics, the word rises up with anointing and conviction.
The wonderful thing about the study of so-called “Christian Origins” is that when someone brings something new to the roundtable, those who know the Word almost always ‘find the fit’ or history within their own scriptural understanding. We experience many EUREKA MOMENTS. When was the last time you had a EUREKA MOMENT in Sunday School? More probably to have a SENIOR MOMENT there!

James the Just & Simeon bar Cleopas
These fellows walked together down the Emmaus Road. If you’d like to know a little more about the brother of our Savior, James the Just, here is streaming audio of my impressions about James when archaeology made the discovery of the James Ossuary public in 2003. You can download it and play it if you’d rather.
Here is the link to the stream: http://radio-yahweh.com/m3u/snyder-james-just.m3u
Here is the link to the MP3 download: http://www.radio-yahweh.com/byrneville-5/snyder-life-times-james-just.mp3

I got your questions this week, but have run out of time to answer! Will get to the questions in the next installment.

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In the Scripture,

Dr. Jackson H. Snyder II
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