Thursday, 21 August 2008
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 Worship Service
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.
A L L A R E W E L C O M E
Further info contact: 03-7960 8926
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
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.