BIBLICAL TOUR AVAILABLE

In March 2020, we will lead a tour in Jordan and Israel.  The tour includes a four-day stay in Jerusalem, as well as numerous other destinations, including Petra in Jordan.  The total tour duration is 13 days.  The dates are March 15-27, 2020.  The name of the tour is “Beginnings Tour” and arrangements are available through Pilgrim Tours. www.pilgrimtours.com/groups/beginningstour2020.htm  will get you to the site with registration materials and a short video about the tour.  This is an amazingly cost-effective opportunity, coming in at $3875 per person (double occupancy) including everything except lunches and incidentals.  That also includes round-trip airfare from DFW airport.  This group airfare rate is phenomenal.

The company will be great.  See the following note from Sam Soleyn, one of the attendees:

I am looking forward to being with Corbett and Judy Gaulden in Israel in the Spring of 2020. Corbett’s knowledge of the Old Testament and his familiarity with the Biblical Sites adds a significance to the trip that is unique. Obviously, you do not have to go to Israel to understand the scriptures, however, I have gained valuable insights into certain things referenced in Scripture on my previous trips to Israel. I believe this is a common experience for anyone with a knowledge of the Bible. I am looking forward to gaining further insights from the wealth of Corbett’s knowledge of the subject matter.
Sam Soleyn

 


WHO IS YAHWEH?

 

This is the third in a series of messages.  The reader will benefit from reading the previous two first.  Darkness and Chaos and Such and Pseudo-Persons and Deities are their names.

Exodus 5:2  “But Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.’” (NASB).

In this verse, the Hebrew word transliterated as Yahweh or Yahovah is translated as “the LORD” in most English translations.  It is believed that Yahweh, however it is pronounced, is the “given” name of God, and not a title.  Both in Jewish and in Christian practice, folks mostly don’t try very hard to figure out how to actually pronounce that name – sometimes as a matter of piety and sometimes due to its foreign sound. 

It is not likely true that Pharaoh was reluctant to speak the name of the LORDRather, he probably said that name in the passage quoted.  That might be considered to be equivalent to his naming any other god.  He might have said, for example, “who is Zeus that I should obey”?  The point is that Pharaoh knew gods by their names, at least many of them.  He would know the names of Isis and Osiris, of Horus and Anubis, for example, because the names of these Egyptian gods were in common use.


PSEUDO-PERSONS AND DEITIES

This short treatise is intended to follow the blog “Darkness and Chaos and Such”.  In that blog, I examined the tendency of humans to attach personality and motivation to things that are not even things.  For example, darkness is not so much a thing as it is the absence of a thing.  These “things that are not things” (let’s call them pseudo-entities) are often quite mysterious to us, and, so, we come to think of them as things to be dealt with at the level of propitiation or negotiation.

In the current paper, let’s examine how we might even go about making such things into supernatural beings, or gods – from pseudo-entity to god.  I do not propose that the discussion to follow is any particular set of events.  Rather, it is an attempt to examine the underlying phenomena.  By the way, pseudo basically means false.


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