Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Let’s begin by looking at key points of the original version of the ancient story.
And the snake/serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field
which Yahweh the god had made.
● In the First Story animals were made before the First ADAM by the unnamed Creator. The First ADAM is a man and woman.
● In the Second Story, the Second ADAM was formed by Yahweh the god before animals were made. The Second ADAM is a man without a mate.
And Yahweh the god said,
“It is not good that the man should be alone;
I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Out of the ground Yahweh the god formed every beast of the field
and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man
to see what he would name them
and whatever the man named each living creature -- that was its name.
The snake/serpent is a beast of the field that Yahweh made and brought to the man.
That was the first time the man and the snake/serpent met!
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Friday, February 21, 2020
And Yahweh the god planted a garden in Eden, to the east,
and there he put the ADAM whom he had formed.
How long did it take for you to read that sentence? One of the very important skills required for accurately understanding the words written in the biblical text is this:
“After you read a sentence or portion pause and consider
how much time passed in the lives of people mentioned in those words
and what they must have experienced.”
An easy example to understand what I am talking about is found a few chapters later (modern translation).
“And Adam had sex with Eve, his wife.
She became pregnant and bore Cain.”
They didn’t have sex, and then a few minutes later, she gave birth to a baby. Read the rest of the article at --
Thursday, February 20, 2020
At the time of Yahweh the god’s making of earth and heaven,
no bush of the field was yet on earth,
no plant of the field had yet sprung up,
because Yahweh the god had not sent rain upon the earth;
and there was not an ADAM to till the ADAMAH (ground).
In this story Yahweh the god is doing everything – not the unnamed god. This is first appearance of Yahweh in the Hebrew Scriptures. The focus is on the lack of bushes and plants on the earth. There were no bushes and plants because of two reasons:
● Yahweh the god had not sent rain upon the earth.
● There was no ADAM to till the ADAMAH (ground).
This provides us with two clues that the Second ADAM was created for a very different purpose that the First ADAM.
1. This ADAM’s identity is linked to the ADAMAH (ground), not “the image of Creator”).
2. He was created to till the ADAMAH (ground), not be “the Creator’s Co-Shepherd over all living things on earth.”
In this story Yahweh the god is doing everything – not the unnamed god. This is first appearance of Yahweh in the Hebrew Scriptures. The focus is on the lack of bushes and plants on the earth. Continue reading at --
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Let me tell you a story.
There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?"
And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?"*
The point of the fish story is this:
The most obvious and important realities are often the ones
that are hardest to see and talk about.
However, the fact is that in the day to day trenches of adult existence, those realities can have a life or death importance. Let me tell you another story to help you understand what this means. Continue reading at –
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The key to discovering the ancient wisdom embedded in the words of the Hebrew Bible is identifying differences between stories – especially differences that are undeniable and obvious.
● The first story is about an unnamed god, while the second story is about a god named Yahweh.
● The first story is about the creation of the “heaven and earth”, while second is about the making of the “earth and heaven.”
● The first story is about the creation of the entire cosmos; while second about planting a Garden in a place called Eden.
● In the first story the problem is too much water, while in the second story the problem is not enough water.
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I recommend that everyone use the BHC Bible Study Guideline below in all areas of their life, not just when they study the Bible.
My beliefs will be large enough to include all of the facts,
open enough to be examined and questioned,
and flexible enough to change when errors or new facts are discovered.
Compare them to your beliefs and see how they measure up.
1. His name was Yeshua not Jesus. Christ was not his last name . . . .
2. His “religion” was not modern Rabbinic Judaism which came into being in the 6th century CE . . . .
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Monday, February 17, 2020
What If Power Positions in Nations, Corporations, Political Organizations and Religions Were Held By Male and Female Co-Shepherds?
How could the Co-Shepherding Model be incorporated in lives today? Consider potential impacts on individual lives as well as on the society. Continue reading at –