I beleive the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated, copied, and interpreted correctly. In the course of my studies of the Bible, I've discovered that it has a long and convoluted history. So, these are my discoveries and my musings of Christian history and doctrines.

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Monday, June 06, 2005

The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Part 2

The plot thickens.

Because the document makes reference to the destruction of Jerusalem in several places, it is thought that the Testaments had to have been written AFTER the Roman general Titus destroyed the temple around 70 A.D.. As I mentioned earlier, it is also thought that St. Paul referred often to the Patriarchs book, yet, it is believed by some that Paul was killed in Rome by the hand of Nero around 62 A.D., which, obviously, was BEFORE the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. What is wrong with this picture? Maybe Paul used a version that wasn't re-edited by Christians to include the prophesies.

These so called experts say that because no other documents similar to the Patriarch's book in it's manner of prophesying of Christ are known to have existed BEFORE Christ, then the Patriarchs book had to have been written AFTER the birth of Christ.
That's like saying that bacteria didn't exist prior to the time they were first seen in a microscope. Where is the logic in that? How do they know that the destruction of the temple, the appearance of a star, and other Christological information wasn't in, say, The Book of Gad the Seer, or The Book of Nathan the Prophet, or The Prophecy of Ahijah, or The Visions of Iddo the Seer, or The Book of Shemaiah, or the The Book of Jehu (see my previous blogs about these books), or perhaps in some other book the modern world has never seen, or even heard of for that matter? Fact of the matter is, reference is made to the writings of Enoch in the Patriarchs book no less than 5 times. The Book of Enoch isn't in our Bible.

Excuse me, but I am going to get on my soapbox here. I don't care if these people have PhDs behind their name, all that proves is that they can read, write and take tests. I used to have a friend who would laugh because rocket scientists from the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena would come into to her bank and they were totally incapable of filling out a simple loan application by themselves. That's right. People with PhDs in physics who couldn't fill out a loan application. Just because a person has a degree in ancient studies doesn't mean that they have common sense. But geez, they sure act like they are the last word of God on earth, sometimes.


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