A Note from a Sikh
- A few days ago, I received a note from a Sikh asking for the GThom file
that I send out to scholars. At the end of his note, he quoted one "St.
Isaac the Syrian", as follows:
>Persecute yourself, and your enemy is routed as fast as you approach.I found these thoughts to be quite beautiful, and it started me thinking on
>Make peace with yourself, and heaven and earth make peace with you.
>Take pains to enter your own innermost chamber and you will see
>the chamber of Heaven, for they are One and the Same,
>and in entering One you Behold them Both.
>The Stairway to the Kingdom is withIn you, Secreted within your Soul.
>Cast off the guilt of sin and you will find withIn you the Upward Path
>that will make your Ascent possible.
how I would answer the pastor who asked "Isn't is possible that Jesus was
God incarnate?" One of the answers that springs to mind - perhaps the
correct answer - is that, regardless of what we believe, we must assume
that he was not, for purposes of our investigations. Or, if one likes, we
could say that that question is irrelevant because we are concerned
strictly with the human Jesu, not the divine one. These are good answers,
but I think there may be something more important to be said here, and so I
beg the indulgence of the reader for a brief moment of ahistoricity.
One cannot help but find that all the world's great religions contain much
truth and beauty. But they also all contain the seeds of evil. The reason
for this is that they were all constructed by human beings - reaching for
the divine, no doubt, but inevitably falling short. Thus it is that we see
both great good and great evil arising from the same roots. ISTM that the
good usually comes about when one tries to live out the basic _spirit_ of
one's religion; the evil, when one insists on following "the letter of the
law" - because there are some portions of that "letter" that are inevitably
flawed, in one way or another. And none of it comes directly from God. So I
would say that the enemies of Christians are not Muslims, nor the enemies
of Sikhs, Hindus. Rather, the enemies of all lovers of divinity and truth
are the ultra-orthodox of whatever stripe, who do evil in the name of good.
OK, I'll get off my soapbox now. (It did feel good to say that, though.)
Resources for the Study of NH Codex2
- Are any of you able to give me some information about some books? We
received at catalog from a 'Christian' bookshop this week (we're on
everyone's sucker list). In the catalog were some books that looked
interesting: "The Complete Jewish Bible", "Jewish New Testament", and
"Jewish New Testament Comentary" all by David Stern. By Joseph Shulam and
Hilary LeCornu is a "Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Romans". Finally
there is "Judaism in the First Three Centuries of the Christian Era--2
volume set". Has anyone ever heard of these? What is the background of
the authors? Are they known as scholars in this area?
>Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 07:09:55sometimes useful for providing Hebrew words to NT passages. I can't say he
>To: Anne Quast <anneq@...>
>From: joe baxter <joseph@...>
>Subject: Re: Book question
>At 07:20 PM 11/1/98 +1000, you wrote:
>>Are any of you able to give me some information about some books? We
>>received at catalog from a 'Christian' bookshop this week (we're on
>>everyone's sucker list). In the catalog were some books that looked
>>interesting: "The Complete Jewish Bible", "Jewish New Testament", and
>>"Jewish New Testament Commentary" all by David Stern. By Joseph Shulam and
>>Hilary LeCornu is a "Commentary on the Jewish Roots of Romans". Finally
>>there is "Judaism in the First Three Centuries of the Christian Era--2
>>volume set". Has anyone ever heard of these? What is the background of
>>the authors? Are they known as scholars in this area?
>I have two books by Stern, including the Jewish New Testament. It is
is a highly respected scholar. I believe he is part of the Jews for Jesus
>past 24 hours? How about you?
>By the way, I have only received one or two pieces of crosstalk mail this