Perhaps an important way to get the big picture of the Christian message is to treat the New Testament as a book, and review it in a manner that the typical book review does. The following post conveys the usual overview of the salient points in a book review and how it “all hangs together.” This article is actually taken from A BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE. This is my most recent book and focuses on its composition and transmission. If you don’t believe the Bible to be trustworthy, you would do well to read the book. You might come … Read More
While champions of the superiority of the King James Bible argue that it is based on the “received text” and is categorically different from the “critical text,” this claim turns out to be ERRONEOUS. We only have to consider the history of how we got our Christian Bible to realize that the label “the received text” falsely assumes its composition was inspired and NOT the result of critical examination. This position contends that God inspired the one, perfectly, while the other was the result of “man manipulating God’s word.” This position believes today’s “critical … Read More
Without the Greek Septuagint, The New Testament Might Have Been Written in Aramaic
There was one book which existed prior to the New Testament that was enormously influential in the development of the Christian Bible. It is the Septuagint. This book was not just “the Old Testament” – it was how the religion of the Jews was understood around the world by religious Jews during most of the so-called ‘Second Temple Period’ – for 350 years – from 280 B.C. to 70 A.D.
While Rome was politically in control of Judaea, the language used there was not Latin. Instead, the … Read More
Prophecy students have obviously gone bonkers over the giants of Genesis 6:4. So many books have been written on the subject. Some prophecy teachers focus on this topic, almost to the exclusive of other issues. But were these enigmatic figures really giants? Or were they something else? Were they hybrids of angels and humans? Or should we understand them to be humans of “stature,” but not so much in height as in their elite status?
Today, the noun nephilim has become a prominent part of the prophetic vocabulary. While the notion has, in my view, received more than an appropriate … Read More
Most of my followers know that there is a period of over 400 years between the writings of the Old and New Testament. In reality, it may span almost 500 years. The last Old Testament prophet was Malachi who wrote approximately circa 450-400 B.C. (and by the way, he may have been Ezra according to some scholars). The first New Testament book was written about 50 A.D., or slightly before, either by Paul, James, or John Mark. This period is also known as the “Second Temple Period” in which numerous apocryphal and pseudepigraphal writings were written. And, also, the story … Read More
THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF SPECULATION REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT JEFFREY EPSTEIN COMMITTED SUICIDE. THE CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE STRONGLY SUGGESTS HE WAS MURDERED. BUT IS SEX TRAFFICKING REALLY THE BIG STORY? OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE? I PRESENT HERE A COUPLE OF VIDEOS THAT DIG INTO WHAT IS REALLY BEHIND THE WHOLE MESS. AND JEFFREY EPSTEIN, DESPITE BEING THE CENTER OF SEX TRAFFICKING AMONG AMERICAN AND BRITISH ELITE, IS NOT THE MAIN ATTRACTION.
This weekend, thanks to my friend “Wink” I got up to speed on the big story. The real story. I wasn’t surprised. I had followed this … Read More
WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FIGURE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT PROTESTANTS GENERALLY DISREGARD? YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED. WE MIGHT THINK ONE OF THE KINGS LIKE JOSIAH OR HEZEKIAH WHO BROUGHT REVIVAL TO JUDAH. BUT ACTUALLY, IT WAS A PRIEST.
His name was written Esdras in Greek (and in the Septuagint). But we know him by his anglicized name, Ezra.
Ezra is an underappreciated Old Testament figure in Protestant circles. This opinion stands in enormous disparity with rabbinic Judaism (today’s Judaism), who sees him as a second Moses. While some scholars believe Ezra lived just 40 years, from 480 … Read More
KINDLE EDITION ONLY – AVAILABLE THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 – $4.95, A 50% DISCOUNT. BUT HURRY, THE PRICE JUMPS DAILY, $1.00.
This weekend (already underway today), is a reduction in price by 50% on the eBook (KINDLE) version of the book, REBOOTING THE BIBLE: Exposing the Second Century Conspiracy to Corrupt the Scripture and Alter Biblical Chronology. Each day the price will go up by one dollar ($1.00). Today the price is $4.95. Friday, the price is $5.95. Saturday the price is $6.95. Sunday the price is $7.95. Sunday midnight, the price returns to $9.95. This will be the… Read More
What does the Bible say about how close we came to losing almost all of the Old Testament? It tells us, in essence, we were down to one copy hidden in the Temple 600 years before Christ. Who found it? And what happened? And what does it say about where the Ark of the Covenant was hidden? And who hid it? These topics are covered in brief in the following extract from my latest book, A Biography of the Christian Bible.Read More
This weekend, REBOOTING THE BIBLE, is on sale as is a related book that is brand new, A BIOGRAPHY FOR THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE.
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The reviews are great. Take a look and take advantage of the sale.
MAKE NOTE: The sale is on my website, faith-happens.com.
Select BUY@FAITH-HAPPENS STORE. The sale is not at Amazon. You can buy the ebook version of REBOOTING there, however.
AND you must use the coupon, BIOGRAPHY10, when in the “checkout” page. (The sequence is PRODUCT, CART, CHECKOUT). Payment is performed at PayPal – the … Read More
I also bet you don’t have a good grasp of the 500-year period from the Conquest of Canaan to the coronation of King Saul, the first king of Israel. There are many familiar names that figure into the story. But it might be the least understood period in the Bible.
“FOR ALL REAL STUDENTS OF THE BIBLE . THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE IS A FOUNDATIONAL STUDY . IT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT DOUGLAS WOODWARD BEGAN IN REBOOTING THE BIBLE . BOTH ARE EXCELLENT AND EXHAUSTIVE WORKS ON HOW OUR BIBLE CAME TO BE AND WHY IT … Read More
Many subscribe to the view that Moses was the inspiration of the Pentateuch, but he wasn’t really the author. Indeed, Israel’s most ancient history and revelation was oral tradition passed down nearly 1,000 years before it was written down. I disagree… and take a more conventional view. But how did the primeval history of the Bible get written down? I answer that question in my new book.
This weekend the book is available from Amazon (print only) for $17.56 instead of $21.95 (a 20% discount). Prime members get free shipping when ordering from Amazon. Words of support came from Pastor … Read More
A BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE
I will be releasing my next book, it’s number 19 or 20, but who’s counting? It is entitled, A BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE: AND HOW TO DEFEND THE PROTESTANT SCRIPTURES IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
There won’t be a lot of fanfare. (I can’t afford it). So I’ll need your help in getting the word out. Here is the text from the back cover and the cover itself for you to take look. Please share this with your friends or others you think will be interested.
For eager beavers, the book will appear available … Read More
This article is a chapter in a new book I hope to publish in a few short weeks. The working title is, “In Search of the Protestant Bible.” Feel free to comment on this as it is posted on my Facebook page (facebook/s douglas woodward) or by emailing me at email@example.com. While this is a followup to my last book, Rebooting the Bible, it will take a different path in seeking to establish why the Protestant Bible must be understood in the context of other Bibles – The Hebrew Bible, the Greek Bible, and the Catholic Bible.
If… Read More
Summary: Most Christians have little awareness of how the Church selected which books should comprise our Bible. Fewer still know something useful about the Apocrypha. Many Evangelical Christians engaged in the current-day Bible Prophecy community are too enamored with certain books scholars label pseudepigrapha. This lengthy article intends to sort out these issues and explain why the Protestant Bible should include readings from the Septuagint in a number of places where the Masoretic Text was corrupted by rabbis in the second century. It also makes the case that the reason the Apocrypha was left out of current day Bibles (dating … Read More
Summary: I’ve been called many names since I dare to assert that the King James Bible has flaws. After all, isn’t it based on the “received text?” And doesn’t mean that it is inspired such that it is inerrant? I don’t think so. What the authors originally wrote were moved by God to compose what He wanted – inerrantly. But through the years changes were made, including the corruption of selected passages of the Old Testament by the rabbis of the second century A.D. Protestant Old Testaments, the Catholic Vulgate’s Old Testament, and the Hebrew Bible – the Biblia Hebraica, … Read More
CORRECTING CHRONOLOGY –
THE GENESIS TIMELINE RECOVERED
Summary: The conventional biblical timeline is presented in the King James Bible and was supported by the work of Bishop Ussher in his magnum opus, Annals of the World. But does his work stand up to scrutiny from both biblical and secular scholars? There is much debate. I touch on that debate here, pointing out the distinction between the creation of the universe and the creation of humankind. the pivotal issue has to do with whether the Masoretic Text’s chronology or the Septuagint’s chronology is correct. What does the Septuagint teach that … Read More
ANNOUNCING MY NEWEST BOOK — GOING TO WAR: ONE MAN’S PERSONAL STORY.
By William C. Woodward with S. Douglas Woodward
My father, William Woodward, will turn 100 the day after Father’s Day, June 17. I have assembled his memoirs from his World War II experience with the help of my brothers. Presenting this book to him will be part of the festivities and celebration of his centennial. Not many reach this mark. And when you read about the miraculous circumstances of God’s providential protection of his life, it makes reaching the 100-year mark even more amazing.
His book provides … Read More
AFTER THE RAPTURE, WHAT COMES NEXT?
Two of my favorite interviewers are Gonzo Shimura and Basil Rosewater. Their show, Canary Cry Radio, is both humorous and deep. These cool guys deal with some of the most intriguing “fringe” issues on the minds of Christian apologists today.
Co-author Gray Huffman and I enjoy being interviewed by these “two guys with a mic” discussing our book, The Revealing, whose depth and topics caught them somewhat by surprise. There is a lot to talk about and there are quite a few moments of humor along the way.
Summary: The Septuagint presents the Messiah as God incarnate, whose bodily sacrifice is the means for our salvation. The New Testament quotes the Septuagint (LXX) and not the Masoretic Text (MT) upon which all Protestant Bibles rely for the Old Testament. The MT obscures, intentionally, the mission of the Messiah and the nature of His Person. Salvation is not by faith in the Son of God, but by following the Law. Therefore, the Messiah is a rock of stumbling for those who do not believe. However, He is the rock of our salvation, for both Gentiles and for Jews, who … Read More
Summary:There are many passages in the Hebrew Masoretic Text that do not reflect the original Hebrew which has been demonstrated to be the Vorlage of the Septuagint (from which the Greek Bible was copied) and the most ancient copies of the Hebrew. The passages in question number several dozen – not counting the Genesis 5 and 11 chronologies that also were changed to hide the timing of the Messiah’s coming. The primary emphasis in these targeted passages relate to prophecies about the Messiah, His nature and His mission. In this article, we look at six pivotal passages comparing the … Read More
Summary: The Bible has been transmitted through various means. The Septuagint and Masoretic Text are based on slightly different Hebrew originals, with most scholars arguing the LXX’s “Vorlage” is older than the MT’s. One of the most noteworthy elements differing between these textual traditions is the chronology’s presented in Genesis 5 and 11. But didn’t the MT protect the text from changes? Isn’t the MT version the one that Young Earth Creationists rely upon? What are the ancient codices and why are they important to assure us that we have authentic copies of the originals, the “autographs”?
(The following article… Read More
Going for the Juggler: The Plan to Destroy the Old Greek Septuagint.
INTRODUCTION: At the end of the first century, with its temple in ruins, tens of thousands killed in the revolt that ended in the tragedy at Masada, and Rome still in control of their land, how could the new rabbinic form of Judaism rid itself of their rival pesky Jewish sect, the Christians? Rabbi Akiba, its newly acknowledged leader, elected to attack Christianity’s principaltext; namely, the Septuagint translated from the old Hebrew in Alexandria 400 years earlier.How could he do this? And is it speculation to think … Read More
Lyn Leahz, who has a great audience and works so effectively at creating fast-paced, creative, and fascinating videos produced this video hosting yours truly a couple of nights back for Freedom Nation News.
It is well-edited, packing a lot into 39 minutes (really it’s only about 36 if you cut out the intro which you really should still watch).
Lyn sets me loose to explain the essentials about the rabbinical conspiracy to confuse biblical passages which predict the identity and mission of the Messiah. This is the best video yet allowing me to explain the primary “hook” in my book, … Read More
Summary: When the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., it is correct to say that Judaism split into two different religions. Both were new. One sect was Christianity, the other, Rabbinic Judaism. Christianity was led by Peter and Paul. Rabbinic Judaism was led, ultimately, by Rabbi Akiba. The difference between these two new forms of Judaism couldn’t have been more dramatic. What are the reasons the two religions would be so different? What did the split have to do with the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth? Could they ever be reconciled?
Understand, then, that those who have faith are … Read More
Summary: Is the Bible’s chronology corrupted? Did this corruption take place before the time of Christ? Or might it have happened after the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. when rabbis altered the Old Testament to hide the fact that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah?
Which Chronology is Correct? The Masoretic’s or the Septuagint’s?
Perhaps the strongest proof demonstrating the corruption of the Masoretic Text (MT) comes from an analysis of its chronology. In contrast to the majority view in Evangelicalism that sees the MT’s timeline of Genesis 5 and 11 as the authentic chronology, there … Read More
A Great Interview on Minute-to-Midnight
April 20, 2019. Duration 59 minutes.
Summary: Gary Huffman and I joined Tony on his show originating from “down under” in New Zealand. We focused a great deal of time on the failure of Mainstream Media, brought home to everyone with the Robert Mueller’s investigation, to prove the RussianGate Collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Could the investigations shift to Hillary Clinton and Company? Could the Clinton’s be brought to justice? Or will the fear of being “Arkansided” keep reporters from pushing hard on these issues?
Who might be the sacrificial lambs to take the … Read More
Summary: One Rabbi, 2,000 years ago, led the campaign to corrupt our Old Testament (the Masoretic Text that all Protestant Bibles follow). And He succeeded – at least in a narrow sense. He is known as the father of Rabbinic Judaism. His name is Rabbi Akiba ben Josef (50 A.D. – 135 A.D.). Not only was he responsible for creating a Judaism that was no longer dependent upon a Temple and its sacrificial worship, he sought to obscure messianic passages in the Old Testament including the timing when Messiah was believed to arrive. In this article, I make the case … Read More
Summary: The Bible we have today is the result of herculean efforts by scholars for over 500 years, built on sustained efforts to maintain the pure Word of God for almost 1500 years prior to that. Those who do the work of text criticism to discern the original words written by prophets and apostles almost always believe in the providence of God to preserve the text of the Bible for all generations. The issue is how it was preserved. This article focuses on the Old Testament and how its transmission to us is indeed an epic story, one that … Read More
Summary: The 2008 Financial Crisis demonstrated that the global economy depends upon world governments propping up the banking system with “mythical money” (dollars by fiat) and turning a blind eye to unimaginable bailouts when bank speculation drives the system over the cliff. What did the 2008 bailout really cost the taxpayers? Is it possible to fix the system? Or do we have to live with banks who continue to have a license to make billions of dollars with no consequences when things run amuck?
The issue of government bailouts of financial institutions in 2008 continues to be hotly debated I’ve … Read More
Summary: After the release of Special Prosecutor Mueller’s report anticipated for so long, Patriots saw the first real glimpse of hope that the bad guys were going to get theirs. Other reports are coming on its heels. This summer could be when the pivotal change of direction occurs in America. Will it come in time?
The outcome was surprising for many of us who wondered if our worst fears were inevitably going to come true — that President Trump was either going to be fingered for collusion with the Russians or for obstruction of justice through hindering the investigation (like … Read More
The Chronology of Genesis Is Important to Its Truthfulness of the Bible
It’s a question most of us who study the Bible want to know. “When did the stories of Genesis take place?” Specifically, we want to ask many questions related to the events of Genesis. And this topic is important. The “historicity” of these great stories isn’t incidental to the veracity and the message of the Bible.
When God breathed life into Adam, how long was it before the Flood of Noah happened? Then, how many years elapsed after the Flood before
the Tower of Babel was built on … Read More
THE TOPIC IS THE BIBLE’S HISTORICAL ACCURACY: WHETHER ITS OLDEST STORIES ARE TRUE HISTORY.
“History would be a wonderful thing, if only it were true”
When it comes to the question of origins, Christians believe that we have the inside track in this quest. And we do. We know a great deal about the past. The Christian faith is drawn from the renowned actions of the Bible’s heroes and saints, our Lord Jesus chief among them. Unfortunately, we have been fooled into believing a great deal of hogwash about earlier … Read More
The Gog and Magog War: Who Are Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-Togarmah?
Does Ezekiel 38-39 Refer to Turkey Only or Central Eurasia?
Given that Russia is threatening Eastern Europe and more generally, NATO and the Western alliance of nations, it’s once more time to challenge the popular theory that the Antichrist will arise from Turkey — that it will be Turkey who leads the assault against Israel in the War of Gog and Magog…
Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, … Read More