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Last week we read that five historic manuscripts were copied over and over by scribes.  The earliest textual evi-
dence we have are 500 to 1500 years after the actual events.

Let’s compare this to the earliest biblical textual evidence that has been discovered, the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Before we do that, what are the Dead Sea Scrolls?  In 1947, Bedonin teenagers were tending their goats and
sheep near the ancient settlement of Qumran located at the Northwest shore of the Dead Sea (lowest place on
earth).  They found a collection of large clay jars that contained the scrolls.  About 85% to 90% of the scrolls
were written on parchment made of processed animal skins known as vellum.  Most were goats and gazelle skins.

The Scrolls include fragments from every book in the Old Testament except Esther.  Some fragments
describe the first three days of creation from Genesis.  Some fragments describe the Ten Commandments.  The
book of Psalms is one of the best preserved biblical scrolls that contain 48 Psalms.

It is widely believed the Dead Sea Scrolls were written by the Essenes, a religious community of Jews.
The Essenes flourished for several hundred years from about 300BC to 70AD, possibly fleeing when the
Romans seized Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple.  The Essenes devoted their lives to writing and preserving
sacred text.

Next week we will compare the five historic manuscripts against the Dead Sea Scrolls.  How long after the original
events were the Dead Sea Scrolls written.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome to the new readers.

Let’s continue to read who wrote the New Testament.  What single author wrote most of the
New Testament (after Jesus birth)?

Romans was written by the Apostle Paul.  Reading Romans 15:26 it is suggested that Paul had received con-
tributions from the churches of Macedonia and Achalia, so he either was in the city of Corinth or had just been
there.

1 Corinthians was written by Paul.  1 Corinthians 16:21  I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.

Galatians was written by Paul.

Philippians was written by Paul while he was in prison.  Philippians 1:13  As a result, it has become clear
throughout the palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Colossians was also written by Paul while he was in prison.  Colossians 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by
the will of God …

1 Thessalonians was written by Paul.  1 Thessalonians 2:18  For we wanted to come to you- certainly I, Paul,
did, again and again-

1 Timothy, Titus, Phlemon 1, and Hebrews was written by Paul.  

In all, Paul wrote 14 books of the New Testament.  More than any other author.

Just a little background.  Paul, originally named Saul, was a Roman citizen.  He would imprison Christians and per-
secute them and even have them put to death.  One day, Saul was nearing Damascus to search for Christians.  He
was stopped by a bright light that surrounded him.  He fell to his knees as he heard the voice of Christ say “Saul,
Saul, why do you persecute me.”  Because of this encounter, Saul entered Damascus and tells of his conversion.
After this he traveled the northern and eastern sides of the Mediterranean Sea spreading the news about Christ.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

The Old Testament was written mostly by the prophets.  Continuing, who wrote the books of the
New Testament (after the birth of Jesus).

Mathew was written by Mathew, one of the twelve apostles.  He traveled and walked with Jesus.  He was an
eyewitness to the life of Jesus.

Mark was written by Mark, also one of the twelve apostles.  He also traveled and walked with Jesus.  He also
was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus.

Luke was written by Luke.

John was written by John.  John 21:24  “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them
down.  We know that his testimony is true.”

Luke was written by Luke.  Luke 1:3  “Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the
beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you.”

So far, it appears most of the New Testament was written by the original twelve apostles that travel-
ed and walked with Jesus.

Next, what single author wrote most of the New Testament.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 9

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Heaven
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Let’s sum up our study of heaven.

The scriptures tell us that heaven is a real place and God lives in the heavenly realm.

Further study reveals that God is a Spirit that not only lives in heaven but also outside of heaven.

We read that heaven is upward in the sky.  The heavens start around the clouds and reach to the stars.
There are at least three layers to heaven.

God is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual beings that fill the entire
universe.  They are omnipresent or present everywhere at the same time.

Not only does God fill the earth, the heavens and the universe, they created the earth, the heavens
and the universe.

Next week we will review our study on hell.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 4

Posted: May 18, 2017 in Heaven
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This week we will read about the location of heaven.  Where is heaven?

Psalms 103:11  For as high as the heavens (plural) are above the earth, so great is the love of those who fear
him …

Mark 16:19  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven …

Luke 24:51  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Acts 1:11  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has
been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 7:55  But Stephan, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God.

Isaiah 40:26  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens (plural).

Jeremiah 31:37  This is what the Lord says:  Only if the heavens (plural) above can be measured and the
foundation of the earth below be searched out …

These scriptures clearly tell us that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.

Next week, where does the heavens (plural) start.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 43

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 6:  In approximately 33 AD Jesus became the final sacrifice to make atonement for the death that
was due sinful mankind.  Never again was the animal sacrifice at the Temple of God necessary.

God now communicates through the Holy Spirit to every man or woman that seeks him.  Salvation has come to
all people, not just the Jews and the nation of Israel.

Romans 11:11  Again I ask:  Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!  Rather, because of their
transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles (non Jews) to make Israel envious.

Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70 AD, the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the
second Temple of God.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt.

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  Unfortuately, the Jews of Israel still don’t recognize Jesus as the Son of God.

Next week we will be reviewing “heaven.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Last week we read that the Gentiles (non Jews) who believe in Jesus have been grafted into the Kingdom of God.
As believers they receive salvation.

After the death of Jesus, the Temple of God was irrelevant.  No longer were the High Priests required to
perform animal sacrifices.  No longer were they required to meet with the Holy Spirit in the Holy of Holies at the
Arc of the Covenant.  From this moment on, all believers can seek God’s wisdom and counsel themselves.

At this time in history, the Roman Empire had control of Israel.  The Jews rose up several time but the revolts were
crushed by Rome within a couple years.  Approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus, in 70AD, the Romans
conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple of God.  This is the second time the Temple had been de-
stroyed.  To this day, the Temple of God has never been rebuilt. 

The State of Israel never existed again until May 14, 1948.  After World War II, the State of Israel
was once again established.  The State of Israel still exists today.  Unfortunately, the Jews of Israel still don’t
recognize Jesus as the Son of God.  Jesus who died on the cross and brought salvation to all believers through the
Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5  … He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us
generously through Jesus Christ our savior.

For more information to how salvation works, please read Point of Salvation (pages 15 -18).  Column to the left.

Next week, we will review our study of the Old Testament and how Israel came into existence.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff