Nehemia Gordon speaking in Nashville and Knoxville

Originally posted on Jonathan's docs:


My friend Nehemia Gordon will be speaking near you, and if I were in town, I would personally invite you all to go with me. I think you’ll get a lot from this man’s speech whether you are a Christian or not. If you are an educator, teacher, or at all interested in history and the Bible, this will be fascinating for you!

He is a Bible-believing Jew who obeys the Scriptures, and even though he is not a Christian, he respects Yeshua (Jesus) in what he says.

Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, inspirational author, and Bible teacher Nehemia Gordon is speaking in Nashville and Knoxville next week on December 6-7, 2014. His topic is:
The Hebrew Power of the Priestly Blessing.

YHWH bless you, and keep you;

YHWH make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;

YHWH lift up His countenance on you, and give you…

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China’s Xiamen University expands into Malaysia

Jonathan Lankford:

I hate to be the skeptic in the crowd, but my first instinct was, “OMG!” As an educator for 7 years and a teacher in higher education in Vietnam for 5 years, and with multiple contact in China’s education system, I can tell you that everything China says and does is over the top and to save face in front of the public eye.

China’s education system mainly consists of information learned by rote and a dependency on higher authority (teacher, manager, etc.) to do any task. It is instinctive to never assail a higher authority even if it means failing at the outcomes, goals, or even mission of the organization.

Foreign teachers are hired to appear on campus in order to put up a front for PR and marketing purposes, but it is sometimes agreed that the teacher doesn’t even teach a class on that campus.

I receive email invitations to teach in China on a weekly basis, and I am consistently turned off and turn them down.

Unaffordable or poorly planned architectural projects in developing townships has resulted in ghost towns, and structures are typically built only to remain in “new” condition for 10 years.

Red tape and socialist fascism is worse in China than it even is becoming in the US. Bush said China was a most favored nation, but I can’t see how or why unless he and other US presidents want that for the US.

It’s like China is an economic or education “cold war” with other countries, but in the end, it will burst just as the housing market in the US did and just as the military industrial complex of the Soviet Union did.

Personally, I would never send any of my children or students to any Chinese school, except maybe to learn the language.

I hope this message gets out loud and clear.

Originally posted on China Daily Mail:

Xiamen University in Fujian Province announced that it would open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian state of Selangor in September 2015. It will become the first Chinese university to open an overseas branch.

The final agreement for the Xiamen campus will be signed in early February during the launch of the Kuantan Industrial Park in Pahang where Chinese and Malaysian companies just agreed to invest 10.5 billion Ringgit ($3.4 billion) in the Southeast Asian nation which will include steel and aluminum plants as well as a palm oil refinery.

Back to the land of its founding father

Xiamen University is actually back to the land of its founding father.

Xiamen University, listed among the top 20 universities in China, was founded by Malaysian rubber magnate Tan Kah Kee in 1921. The in Xiamen born businessman Tan Kah Kee also set up many schools in Singapore in the early 20th century.

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“The Spirit Speaks”: SBL and Print Updates

Jonathan Lankford:

TRINITY: Father Son Spirit

The Holy Spirit in the New Covenant is predominately contributed to the Father. in multiple instances in the New Covenant, it records that the “spirit of the Lord” came or was on them or was moving. In 100% of the cases where this phrase is written in the Old Covenant Hebrew, it is actually “spirit of Y’howah” attributing the Spirit to the Father. While the New Covenant Greek was obviously copied from the Old Covenant Greek “spirit of the Lord,” it is clear that the thought (spirit) behind the writing was in Hebrew and therefore “the Spirit of Lord” should be “the spirit of Y’howah.”

In only 2 cases in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit is attributed to the Son with the phrase the “spirit of Christ.” But we can see in the prophets that the root of Jesse and the son of David, was was Yeshua on earth, inherited the Father’s name of Y’howah as well (Hebrews 1, John 17:11-12) especially in the future when he performs the work of the Anointed One (Christ, Messiah, King) as Jeremiah 23:5-6 records.

The other cases in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit is referred to as “Holy Spirit” which is not a new term but was actually present for quite some time and even recorded in the Psalms. The “Holy Spirit” is a term directly attributed to the Father’s spirit.

The development of the Trinity didn’t happen overnight but took at least 200 years to do so. The writings of Justin Martyr, though he did die for his faith, should be read with the greatest skepticism in that he avidly rejects the commandments of God (Sabbaths, holy days, cleanliness) which his contemporaries (such as bishop Polycarp, disciple of Apostle John) still observed and advocated.

Originally posted on Early Christian Archives (τὰ ἀρχεῖα):

If you’ll be visiting sunny San Diego (a huge improvement from blustery Baltimore, I expect) later this month for SBL, consider yourself invited to what I expect will be a very interesting session on “Spirit and Bible: The Development of Early Accounts of the Spirit in the Christian Scriptures.” I’m certainly looking forward to presenting alongside such a distinguished group of scholars. Here’s the details:

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Finally, I’m pleased to share the news that the full-length version of this project is scheduled to appear some time in 2015 in the journal Vigiliae Christianae. Here’s the abstract:

This paper considers the role of the Spirit within early Christian writers’ use of prosopological exegesis, an interpretive method which seeks to identify various persons (prosopa) as the “true” speakers or addressees of a Scriptural text in which they are otherwise not in view. While scholars are increasingly recognizing that, for some early Christian writers, the…

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Wonderful King

Exodus 28:36
You shall also make a plate of pure gold and shall engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, “Holy to YHWH.”

Exodus 39:30
They made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and inscribed it like the engravings of a signet, “Holy to YHWH.”

Zechariah 14:9
And YHWH will be king over all the earth; in that day YHWH will be the only one, and His name the only one.

Yahwah’s Calendar Part 2

Yahwah’s Calendar Part 1

Come let us reason together and repent


Isaiah 15

15 “So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil.
17 Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says Yahwah. “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.
19 “If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.
20 “But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of Yahwah has spoken.


Hosea 14

1 Return, O Israel, to Yahwah your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2 Take words with you and return to Yahwah. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips.
3 “Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses; nor will we say again, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in You the orphan finds mercy.”
4 I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily, and he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon.
6 His shoots will sprout, and his beauty will be like the olive tree and his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.
7 Those who live in his shadow will again raise grain, and they will blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; from Me comes your fruit.
9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of Yahwah are right, And the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them.

John 1:1 – Did the God (YHWH) become flesh?

The God in John 1

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Yitzhak Kaduri and the prophecy concerning Yeshua


Yitzhak Kaduri refers to the man who lived 2,000 years ago as the Messiah. This part is true. The Aramaic Bible we have today refers to the Messiah as Yeshua, not Jesus or Yesus. This part is also true. No one needs a “prophetic vision” to know this.

But anything this man says must be taken very carefully. In fact, I will NOT listen to anything this man says because Yitkzak Kaduri is a false prophet. Why isn’t he a true prophet? Because he breaks the Law of Yahwah (found in Genesis to Deuteronomy). And the Law of Yahwah states that anyone who breaks the Law willingly and teaches others to do the same, even if his prophecy is correct, he is a false prophet (Deuteronomy 12 and 23). How does he break the Law of Yahwah from Scripture?

1. He’s calls himself Rabbi. Rabbi means “master” and the Messiah said not to call any man Rabbi (Matthew 23:8).

2. He reads and follows the Talmud, which is a book of man-made laws, traditions, and religion that add and take away from the Law of Yahwah (in Genesis to Deuteronomy). The Messiah condemned the Pharisees for this, calling them hypocrites (Matthew 23). Orthodox Judaism today is a direct line from the Pharisees 2,000 years ago.

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3. He’s a Kabbalist. He believes in Jewish mysticism.

The fact is that the name of the Messiah for those who believe in Him was not Yeshua as Yeshua (from which we get “Jesus”) is a common name for a man. The Messiah’s given name was, is, and will be YHWH (Yahwah,

Cherokee morning song with lyrics

Ancient Cherokee, performed by Walela, from the album Walela (1997), with translation by David Michael Wolfe, who is an Eastern Virginia Cherokee and a cultural historian.


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