The No-Name God
A Bible Study by Fred Kenison
There were several purposes for this study. First, I set out to demonstrate that Jehovah and Jesus were the same, and that Jesus actually was the word made flesh. Second, I sought to carefully examine all the words translated as “god” in the Bible, and to demonstrate how The God was gradually revealed throughout the Bible. Third, in the process of accomplishing the first two purposes, I sought to refute the illogical concept of the trinity.
I often wondered why the words “god” and “christ” and “lord” were used as proper names in the English translations but not in the Greek or Hebrew manuscripts; however, I had never really studied these different words carefully. These words are all capitalized in the English translations, except when using the word god to indicate a false god, or idol. Capitalizing these words makes them appear to be proper nouns, or names, when in fact they are only common nouns, or generic terms.
This study examined all uses of the words referring to god which revealed that Jehovah was not the invisible god of heaven, but a manifestation of The God. Thousands of scripture verses were examined to identify attributes of Jehovah. These same attributes were also found to be true for Jesus, demonstrating that Jehovah and Jesus were the same; that Jesus was indeed Jehovah in the flesh.
As this study began, I discovered that the words translated as god (el, elah, eloah, and elohim) were not used in the Hebrew manuscript as proper nouns. The words translated as lord (adon and adonai) are also common nouns. The one exception was the word Jehovah, which seems to be always used as a proper noun, or a name, in the Hebrew manuscripts. Since there are no capital letters in Hebrew, a noun is considered proper by its pronunciation and emphasis, rather than by capitalizing it as we do in English or Greek.
The primary guide for whether or not the Hebrew word is a proper name will be the Analytical Key To The Old Testament by John Joseph Owens. This book analyzes every word for god or lord in both the Old Testament and New Testament to determine its grammatical structure. Each noun is also examined to determine whether or not it was used as a common noun or a proper noun.
Current convention capitalizes the word god (God), and the word christ (Christ), plus all the pronouns and descriptive adjectives relating to them. I am well-aware of the current convention, and I have no wish to offend readers, nor make them uncomfortable. And, I certainly intend no offense to the diety. At the same time, I would like to be true to the scriptures as written. So, should I capitalize, or not?
After wrestling with this issue, I have reached a compromise. In this book, when referring to the invisible creator god, I have used a capitalized, italic expression, The God. I have chosen not to capitalize the pronouns and descriptive adjectives referring to The God.
I decided to follow this approach because I believe that the scriptures, if read as written, will reveal why these nouns were used as common, or generic, nouns and not as proper nouns, or names. I hope this decision will not prove too offensive to the religious sensibilities of my readers. It is certainly not my intent to offend anyone, but to help readers understand the true meaning of the scriptures.
I also ask that readers try their best to lay aside all the knowledge they have gained from the New Testament, and try not to superimpose that knowledge upon the people of the Old Testament. This is a crucial point because these people were at the beginning of the written revelation of a god who only gradually revealed himself throughout the Old Testament scriptures. This gradual revelation was capped by the revelation provided by the life and death of Jesus. However, the people in Old Testament times did not have the revelation that we have had since the time of Jesus.
In this particular study, as much as you possibly can, read as though you had only the knowledge of the creation to understand a something, or a god, who could bring it into being. That is literally all the knowledge the Old Testament people had. Then, follow carefully as that god gradually reveals himself to people who were completely ignorant of everything that we think we know about that god today.
I always write for my own enjoyment and enlightenment. I truly enjoying learning what the scriptures actually say, and I hope you do, too.
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