Thursday, 21 August 2008

dead sea scroll in stone part 4/ gabriel's revelation

A new inscription, recently published in BAR for the first time in English,a may hold the key to unlocking a new understanding of some of the history of Christian and Jewish messianism.
Written on a stone 3 feet tall, the new text has many of the characteristics of a fragmentary Dead Sea Scroll, including being poorly preserved. Based on the stance and form of the letters, the distinguished decipherers of the inscription (Ada Yardeni and Binyamin Elizur) date it to the late first century B.C.E. or early first century C.E.
Yardeni describes the text as “a literary composition similar to Biblical prophecies.” From a word or a phrase here and there, she notes that the text is apocalyptic in character and comes from a group that believes in a Davidic Messiah. She calls the text “Gabriel’s Revelation,” or Hazon Gabriel in Hebrew.
The Dead Sea Scrolls have, in general, revealed that many of the same religious concepts and beliefs found in Christianity are also found in the scrolls, often appearing first in the scrolls and thereafter surfacing in early Christianity. I believe this is also true of the messianism of “Gabriel’s Revelation.”
As we shall see, “Gabriel’s Revelation” has a great deal to tell us about a different kind of messiah—a Messiah son of Joseph, who is different from the Biblical concept of a Davidic Messiah.

For the rest of the story, read it from the link below:

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

51st national day thanksgiving service

51st National Day
Thanksgiving Worship Service


30th August 2008 (Saturday)


6.00pm – Tea/Coffee Reception
7.30 P.M. - Worship

Venue: St. Paul’s Church, Lorong Utara Kecil,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 7956 3309 (O).
(Directly Opposite Amcorp Mall, By The Federal Highway )

Guest of Honor: Tan Sri Bernard Dompok
Minister In The Prime Minister’s Department

Sermon : Rt. Rev. Ng Moon Hing,
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia

We are facing a critical time in our nation.
As responsible citizens we yearn for a united nation,
where we can live in peace, respect and understanding
with one another, and where the rights enshrined
in our constitution shall be safeguarded and respected.


Further info contact: 03-7960 8926

second temple silver coins

Deep inside of the hills of Jerusalem rests the Kibbutz of Ramat Rachel. Over the past 50 years many archaeologists have realized that hidden beneath this kibbutz are archaeological treasures beyond one’s imagination - the ruins of the palace of one of the king of Judah, along with relics from the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman era.

At this site where space and time are mixed within the earth, another hidden treasure long buried underground has recently resurfaced. Just a few days ago, 15 silver coins dating from the Second Temple period were discovered inside of an ancient pot hidden in a columbarium.

see the video using the link below:

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

'walking with wise men'

this was last tuesday's 5 minute sermon in STM chapel. with just 5 minutes to speak (and an equal amount of time for translation into chinese), what can one say in that short time? a proverb, of course.

i have been sharing on proverbs for a number of years now on tuesday morning chapel in the seminary. this one is from proverbs 13:20.

Monday, 18 August 2008

power of a motto

V's personal motto consists of the Latin phrase Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici (By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe), which in turn consists of five words that begin with the letter V - V.

p.s. reminds me of the Latin motto of my children's school [king george V] which is Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) commonly attributed t0 Julius Caesar or to William Shakespeare.