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BEYOND THE KEN OF KNOWLEDGE

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In the pantheon of Laws decreed by God, there exists some considered chukim. This is a Hebrew word for a decree which God has ordained.A chukah is further explained by God when He said, "No created beingsareabletocomprehendMydecrees." Midrash Koheles Rabbah 8:1 (5). Would God tell us to do something that is incomprehensible to us? And, if so, then why? We've been told over and over again that God is not the author of confusion, or chaos, but the author of peace and order. So, is it true?
Job 28:28 says, ". . . the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;" telling us that the only wisdom we can possess in things we don't understand is the fear of the Lord. In the New Testament, Paul addresses wisdom in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-16 in an attempt to explain why the wisdom of man cannot comprehend the sacrifice of Christ, and why He chose the weak instead of the strong, shaming the strong and the wise men. He further explains that because we have the…

IN THE CAVE OF ABRAHAM

SPOILER ALERT! The following are answers to comments and questions people have had regarding THE GARDEN OF SOULS sequences.
Some have asked whether the images I used in the novel are a fantasy born out of my imagination. The answer to that question is an unqualified, "No!"

The images of the sentinels at the gate of the Garden of Eden are right out of the scripture. The river the characters float down is from Jewish mysticsm and the scripture. 

The river issuing from the Garden is noted for its dream-like qualities in Jewish mysticism, and is often referred to as the River of Dreams. Alana's vision of the tragedy in the Andes is her subconcious mind trying to resolve her complicity in the deaths of her comrades. This is in keeping of the river lulling her into a state of mind that enables her to finally confront what happened.

Liam's vision is taken directly from the Midrashic account of Rabbi Akiva's death. The Rabbi's death is not only deeply moving, but …

indiana-jones-and-garden-of-eden-review by, Katherine Santos

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013 08:58 AM PDT It's hard to find a good supernatural thriller, especially one that stays true to its Judeo-Christian roots. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is one. Cheri Vause's novel The Garden of Souls is another.

The Garden of Souls has a goodly amount of swashbuckle in it, as well as a search to uncover the mystery of our creation and the one who created us. The vivid imagery and fast-paced action make the book flash across your imagination as if you were watching it on a movie screen.

The male lead, Liam, is a priest-archeologist torn between obeying his superior's orders to catalog piles of moldering documents in the Vatican archives and his desire to join his best friend Avi in discovering the secret of humanity's origins hidden in the blistering Israeli desert. The female lead, Alana, is an archeologist seduced into a ring of crimina…

THE CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION OF PENTECOST IS THE JEWISH FESTIVAL OF SHAVOUTH: Pentecost is more than the coming of the Holy Spirit

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Introduction
According the Talmudic sages, the universe was created for the Torah (the five books of Moses) and Israel. Both are referred to in scripture as beginning or primary. The why of it comes from the concept that the Torah contains the primal forces of creation: The letters of the alefbeis or the alphabet. The Hebrew word for letter is ot, which means sign or wonder or miracle. God formed the universe by voicing each of the twenty-two letters aloud, breaking the silence or the nothingness until the universe sprang to life. This means that each of the letters represent the building blocks of creation, and each one holds a spiritual energy or force that hold the elements of the universe together. They are the cosmic glue that keeps the universe from flying apart into chaos.
“In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth—when the earth was astonishingly empty with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the wa…

THE FEAR OF GOD: The Dread of Isaac

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Uncovered at the Ur excavation. The legend of the binding of Isaac reached all the way to Abraham's birthplace.



Introduction
I recently had a intense discussion—pardon me—a huge argument—on the meaning of the Fear of God. Some people got down right nasty, and they tried to tell me that I was flat out wrong, and incomprehensible in my analysis. Plus, I didn't know what I was talking about because the four source theory disagreed with my analysis. Mind you they showed no proof or references for their argument, nor could they read Hebrew, or use reason and logic to dissuade me from my position on what it means to fear God. So, what is my position that prompted such malice and filled me with arrows of hate from the naysayers? I took the high road, and that means I traveled straight to the highest court in history: The Talmud, Judaism's bench of the greatest scholars of all time, and the early church fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. If you want to argue, then take it to the…