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  • Bill Bullin
    Apparently a shard of pottery from 900BCE bearing the inscription ALWAT and WLT, likely Philistine equivalents of Goliath , have come to light approx. 2
    Message 1 of 31 , Nov 14, 2005
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      Apparently a shard of pottery from 900BCE bearing the inscription ALWAT and
      WLT, likely Philistine equivalents of 'Goliath', have come to light approx.
      2 metres underground at Tell es Shafi (the site of Gath) - the biblical
      Goliath's home town, according to Aren Maeir, Archaeological Head at
      Bar-Ilan University, nr, Tel Aviv, according to Reuters. However the finds
      are evaluated and no doubt they will give rise to lively dispute, they lead
      neatly into a potential alternative approach to the concept of Paraclete.

      The concept of coming alongside is inevitably linked to that of legal
      advocacy but a saviour, like the boy David, coming alongside a dejected
      people as a champion and saviour might easily give rise to both hope and
      comfort. Luke~Acts refers to Messianic expectations in terms of Hope, 'the
      hope of Israel' (Luke 24:21; Acts 28:20). That the Hope of Israel (Jeremiah
      14:8) was also the Comforter of Israel (Isaiah 40:41) is evident however it
      is a narrow but risky leap beyond the evidence as far as I am aware, to
      argue that the eschatologically expected 'Hope of Israel' and 'Saviour of
      Israel' was also known in some circles as the 'Comforter of Israel', one who
      nurtures, protects and defends as well as pleads the cause in any legal
      dispute sense. That our Greek Wisdom of Solomon describes Wisdom coming
      alongside humans, rather like the Angelic divine Presence (Wisdom 10) in all
      sorts of situations, not simply judicial trials of faith, may help explain a
      blurring of the role / concepts of Advocate, Saviour and Comforter amongst
      Greek speaking believers. (Admittedly I am more inclined to historical
      investigative problem solving rather than to positivistic approaches to the
      enigmatic Fourth Gospel).

      Bill Bullin (Private Student, East Sussex).
    • Bill Bullin
      Apparently a shard of pottery from 900BCE bearing the inscription ALWAT and WLT, likely Philistine equivalents of Goliath , have come to light approx. 2
      Message 31 of 31 , Nov 14, 2005
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        Apparently a shard of pottery from 900BCE bearing the inscription ALWAT and
        WLT, likely Philistine equivalents of 'Goliath', have come to light approx.
        2 metres underground at Tell es Shafi (the site of Gath) - the biblical
        Goliath's home town, according to Aren Maeir, Archaeological Head at
        Bar-Ilan University, nr, Tel Aviv, according to Reuters. However the finds
        are evaluated and no doubt they will give rise to lively dispute, they lead
        neatly into a potential alternative approach to the concept of Paraclete.

        The concept of coming alongside is inevitably linked to that of legal
        advocacy but a saviour, like the boy David, coming alongside a dejected
        people as a champion and saviour might easily give rise to both hope and
        comfort. Luke~Acts refers to Messianic expectations in terms of Hope, 'the
        hope of Israel' (Luke 24:21; Acts 28:20). That the Hope of Israel (Jeremiah
        14:8) was also the Comforter of Israel (Isaiah 40:41) is evident however it
        is a narrow but risky leap beyond the evidence as far as I am aware, to
        argue that the eschatologically expected 'Hope of Israel' and 'Saviour of
        Israel' was also known in some circles as the 'Comforter of Israel', one who
        nurtures, protects and defends as well as pleads the cause in any legal
        dispute sense. That our Greek Wisdom of Solomon describes Wisdom coming
        alongside humans, rather like the Angelic divine Presence (Wisdom 10) in all
        sorts of situations, not simply judicial trials of faith, may help explain a
        blurring of the role / concepts of Advocate, Saviour and Comforter amongst
        Greek speaking believers. (Admittedly I am more inclined to historical
        investigative problem solving rather than to positivistic approaches to the
        enigmatic Fourth Gospel).

        Bill Bullin (Private Student, East Sussex).
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