Why I Pray to Mary

A controversial title, no doubt. Being raised Protestant and Messianic, I always thought that prayers to the Saints/dead believers was an obvious no-no, compounded by the (largely inaccurate, I later discovered) anti-Catholic material I consumed. I (incorrectly) viewed it as "worship". It was always the sticking point when I considered converting to Catholicism or Orthodoxy … Continue reading Why I Pray to Mary

The Jan 6 Hearings – Day 1

I'm a couple days late to the party, but here's the US House Select Committee to investigate the 6 January 2021 Capitol insurrection's first day of public hearings presenting their findings. Pretty eye-opening and damning stuff. Be aware, some of the footage may be disturbing to some. It can only be viewed on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ0yNe3cFx4Continue reading The Jan 6 Hearings – Day 1

Restored English Translation of Genesis: Chapter 18

J-M's History Corner

G’day, mates!  This is my Restored English Translation of Beresheet (Genesis) chapter 18.  As usual, it contains the Hebrew names, with a glossary of them afterwards.  In another list at the end are the Aleph-Tavs (which are no longer included in the main text).

There is some controversy over the  last part of verse 22.  The Masoretic Text – the basis for most translations – reads “and Abraham stood yet before YEHOVAH”.  However, the Massorah – footnotes on the text by the Masoretic scribes – claims that the text originally read “and YEHOVAH stood yet before Abraham”, but that they changed it because they judged the original “irreverent”.  However, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Samaritan Pentateuch, Aramaic Peshitta and Greek Septuagint all agree with the Masoretic reading (“Abraham stood yet before YEHOVAH”), and there are literally no manuscripts supporting the Massorah’s reading, so I have followed the…

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