Episode 15–What’s in a Name, Part 1. Our Review of Nehemia Gordon’s Groundbreaking Book: Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence with Our Commentary



 Chapter I. The Thin Silent Voice–The Aaronic Blessing

i. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Num 6:27 ESV); cf. Deut. 21:5. This references the Aaronic Blessing that was customarily placed upon the people as a means for blessing the people. The Father is the source of all blessings and curses and it is only in the Father’s name that blessings can be confered by man. Thus the name of the Father is at the heart of all blessings. Reference Num. 6:23-26 for the Aaronic blessing: Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel: saying unto them, 24 Jehovah bless thee, and keep thee; 25 Jehovah make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; 26 Jehovah lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.(Num 6:23-26 DBY). ..and the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Jehovah thy God hath chosen to do service unto him, and to bless in the name of Jehovah; and according to their word shall be every controversy and every stroke.(Deu 21:5 DBY) ii. Yahweh=Smaritan tradition passed down by a 5th century Christian author–Theodoret of Cyrus (Theodoret of Cyrus or Cyrrhus (c. 393 – c. 457) was an influential author, theologian, and Christian bishop of Cyrrhus, Syria (423-457). He played a pivotal role in many early Byzantine church controversies that led to various ecumenical acts and schisms. He is considered blessed or a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Church.[1])–was versed in Greek but did not know Hebrew iii. Hallelujah=Praise Yah

Chapter 2. The Little Things (The concept of blessings)

i. Being blessed has to do with perception: “Who is a rich man? He who is happy with his portion.” Ethics of the Fathers 4:1–Rabbinic Wisdom ii. Prov. 14:23–“persistent hard work with integrity will eventually yield fruit and lead to prosperity…the secret to being rich is not to amass money or possessions, but to work hard and appreciate whatever blessing God bestows upon you.” in

Chapter 3. Rebooting of Nehemia’s Biblical Faith

i. Anachronisms=something in one period that really belongs to a later period ii. 1st creation account calls the Father Elohim while the 2nd one calls Him YHVH (Hebrew letters Yod-Hay-Vav-Hay) followed by the title Elohim, identifying YHVH as Elohim-God

Chapter 4. They Shall Place My Name

i. Rabbis insisted that YHVH when found in Scripture be replaced with one of the Father’s titles in common speech and prayer ii. Shem Ha Maforash–Babylonian Talmud quoting Num. 6:23 and 6:27 iii. Thus, the Priestly Blessing had to be recited using the Father’s actual name iv. Using YHVH–was how the priests placed the Father’s name on the people v. Supported in Ibn Ezra in Num. 6:27 vi. Per Rabbis, the Priestly Blessing was only to be pronounced with YHVH in the Temple–outside the Temple, a substitute for YHVH had to be used vii. No Temple, no YHVH viii. Where did the Rabbis get this doctrine from? Ex. 20:24 An altar of earth shalt thou make unto me, and shalt sacrifice on it thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen: in all places where I shall make my name to be remembered, I will come unto thee, and bless thee. (Exo 20:24 DBY) ix. Rabbi Josiah–2nd c. CE tied the doctrine to Ex. 20:24 x. Babylonian Talmud (a compendium of writings from Jewish scholars and sages commenting upon Jewish law and traditions, Sotah 28a xi. Rabbi Josiah used “eisegesis”--reading meaning into a verse–boldly rearranged the wording by giving an exact opposite meaning. Thus, Rabbi Josiah understood the plain meaning of the verse but decided to rearrange the words to fit his “preconceived beliefs.” xii. 881 verse where the Hebrew word for name is found in the Tanakh–the Hebrew Bible xiii. According the Ex. 20:24, “The Father will come to every place He causes His name to be mentioned, to every place where the priests proclaim the blessing in His actual name, and He will bless us Himself.” xiv. Results: Whenever the Tanakh references the Father’s name, it always references YHVH with one example found in Isa. 63:16; Psm. 68:4[5] refers to Yah as the Father’s name–a poetic form of YHVH, not a separate name xv. Moses knows there were countless gods in ancient Egypt and he couldn’t just say to the Israelites, “God has sent me to you…The Israelites would demand to know which god. The answer appears in Ex. 3:15–And God said moreover to Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.(Exo 3:15 DBY) a. Rabbinic tradition caused Nehemia to read YHVH as Adonai, meaning Lord b. Nehemia realized that he had been substituting the Father’s actual name with Lord xvi. Does this matter? asks Nehemia a. Answer= I Kings 8:33 Solomon speaking–“When your people Israel are defeated before the enemy because they have sinned against you, and if they turn again to you and acknowledge your name and pray and plead with you in this house, (1Ki 8:33 ESV) b. Confess=hodu=praise–in times of trouble Solomon says to confess and praise the Father’s name c. Midrash Tehillim on Psm. 91:8 quoting Isa. 52:6 and Psm. 91:15–Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore they shall know in that day that I am HE, that saith, Here am I. (Isa 52:6 DBY): cf. Pesikta Rabbati, section 22; (loc. 640) d. Does the Father not answer our collective prayers because we do not pray using His name? e. Zeph. 3:9 For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent.(Zep 3:9 DBY) xvii. The 2nd Temple Priests pronounced the Priestly Blessing with YHVH

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