Ancient Roots Perspective on Antichrist video
Several people have asked me my opinion of the popular U-tube video that is circulating widely on the internet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raCRSjnT0Wc
The contributor, ppsimmons, asks the question whether Barack Obama’s name is revealed in Luke 10:18, if the text was translated into Hebrew.
Since I’m working on the Aramaic text, I thought I’d give you the latest from my work.
1) The Hebrew and Aramaic agree for the word “lightning”. The spelling is “BARAQ” as the contributor points out, and the Strong’s numbers is 1300. Interestingly, Strong’s number 1301 is the proper name, “Barak”. He helped fight with Deborah in the book of Judges, chapters 4 and 5. You can look up ALL the references for those Strong’s numbers at the website on the ARTB Bible Search: http://www.ancientrootsbible.com/external/text/word/strongs-search.html
2) I translated the Hebrew word 1116 as “High-Places”, not “Height” or “Heaven”. In some places the spelling is “BMH” and some places “BMT”. The Hebrew in the verse cited in the video, Isaiah 14:14, is the BMT form, not the BMH form. Isaiah 16:12 and Ezekiel 20:29 use the BMH form. So the clear point to the president’s last name is not quite so straightforward.
3) The Aramaic translation of the New Testament matches half of his conclusion about Luke 10:18. The word “lightning” BARAK, is there. But the second word is a different words altogether, 8065, which I’ve designated as “heaven”, “SHMYN”.
Here’s the rough copy of my notes for the passage with the English words and the matching Hebrew strong’s numbers:
18 (He) 1930 (said) 560 (to) 3807b (them) 2007 (I have) t1934e (envisioned) 2370 (Satan) 7854 (He) 1886bl (fell) 5308d (as) 3588c (lightning) a1300 (from) 4481 (heaven) a8065
4) The meaning of our President’s name is closer to “LIGHTNING AND HIGH-PLACES” without a clean match on the last name. I do not agree with the conclusion that his name is "revealed" in Luke 10:18.
I’m very excited that the work I’m doing in Ancient Roots will allow us to view all the references for a particular Hebrew/Aramaic word THROUGHOUT the bible. Today you have to do a lot of work to put the pieces together--soon it should be easier!
The New Testament has NOT gone to press yet. If you note above, the Strong’s numbers for the passage match the Hebrew. This has never been done before, and required more work than I expected. Stay tuned—I’ll let you know as soon as it goes to the printer.
A. Frances Werner
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New Testament Update, March2009
My excitement builds as the Ancient Roots Translinear Bible (ARTB) New
In my last note, I had hoped that it would be ready for release this
For example, the Greek word “Gospel” is in use in the Aramaic NT, but
Bear with me--I want you to easily be able to know which words are the
A. Frances Werner
Insights on Crucifixion
I’m continuing to press ahead on finishing the Ancient Roots Translinear Bible (ARTB) New Testament. Just thought I’d share an interesting insight with you about CRUCIFIXION. I had always thought that the cruel form of capital punishment of crucifixion was an invention of the Romans at the time of Christ. But the Aramaic New Testament helps uncover that the concept probably occured at the time of Ezra, during the return from Bablyon, approximately 400BC.
There is a Hebrew word “zaqap” (Strong’s number 2210) which is “erect” in the Ancient Roots Translinear Bible (ARTB). It occurs twice in the Old Testament:
(If you haven’t tried the WordSearch feature on www.AncientRoots.com, give it a whirl! Simply enter the number 2210 in the Strong’s number box, and these verses will pop up.)
The single Aramaic use in the Old Testament is spelled the same “zaqap” (Strong’s number 2211), and also is listed as “erect” in the ARTB in Ezra 6:11.
When you get to the New Testament, the usage of the root 2211 explodes. It changes a tiny bit in spelling, but is clearly is the word “CRUCIFY” as the crowd calls for Jesus’ death. It also has a related root which is the word “CROSS”.
As usual, the Hebrew/Aramaic vocabulary is wonderful in its richness. They clearly differentiated between HANGING on a tree (ie an actual TREE with a NOOSE), and dying by being hung on a manmade structure by manmade means which is CRUCIFIXION in the New Testament (NAILED to a CROSS). The Ezra 6:11 verse catches the transition: Tear down the house, ERECT a manmade structure, and INJURE him over it. Sure sounds like crucifixion to me.
You may want to make a note in your ARTB text.
I also received a note about this information from a reader:
Your research is confirmed by historical references. It was used even before Ezra.
Acccording to Josephus and other authorities, Haman was crucified on a cross by Ahasuerus, King of Persia.Crucifixion was used extensively by the Persians:
"It was in use particularly among the Persians, Seleucids, Carthaginians, and Romans from about the 6th century BC to the 4th century AD, when in the year 337 Emperor Constantine I abolished it in his empire, out of veneration for Jesus Christ, the most famous victim of crucifixion. "
A. Frances Werner
Yeshua or Jesus
I received a question from a reader:
First I want to thank you for the swift processing and sending of the Ancient Roots Translinear Bible (ARTB). What a breath of fresh air. Secondly, I was wondering what Hebrew name for Jesus will be used in the New Testament when it comes out?I've been doing research. It's amazing how many different spellings and renderings of Jesus name there are in the Hebrew. I read one article where the person said Yahushua is the real name of Jesus. Others say Yahshua or Yahoshua, Yeshua. I didn't know if you were a sacred name person or what. As you can see, I ask a lot of questions but I do so to learn. I love to learn.
The final decision for the name of Jesus has not been made. We will likely do a survey of the readers in the near future.
At this point, the spelling of the Hebrew alternative would be Yeshua. There are two main groups who are studying the ARTB. Those who are coming from a Hebrew/Aramaic perspective who would like to see all names and places in Hebrew/Aramaic, and those who are only familiar with a Greek New Testament who would be lost if Bartholomew was listed as "Bar-Tolmai, a disciple of Yeshua".
Glad you are enjoying ARTB!