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About the Author-Editor

Paul Sumner

  Since before the Yom Kippur War, I have adventurously navigated the Hebrew Bible and Hebrew currents within the New Testament. My journeys have been far-ranging, ongoing and existential.

My journey toward Hebrew Homeland (my term, Heb 11:14) has been one of discovering and nourishing a Hebraic consciousness. It was deepened by trips to Israel, studies at two seminaries and two colleges, and especially by sitting under an elderly, wise, non-Jewish, Hebrew tutor.

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One fruit of my explorations is my graduate thesis on the Heavenly Council in the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and New Testament. Another fruit was a study paper I published during 1986–1995 called Yashar [PDF], which matured into this website and went online in 1998.

From my studies, I have come to engage in whole Bible theology. The word "streams" reflects the line from Psalm 46: "There is a river [nahar] whose streams [pelagim] make glad he city of God."

Biblical Theology listens carefully to Scripture's own terms, emphases, and structural patterns. It does not give ear to the categories or agendas of post-biblical Systematic, Dogmatic Theology that tends to use the Bible as a ventriloquist's dummy to voice opinions of a theological elite.

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An underlying purpose of this website is to encourage notice of the streams of Hebrew revelation flowing into the New Testament. Two passages, in particular, represent a confluence of major streams focusing on God and Messiah:

Being full of Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. And he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." (Acts 7:55-56)

"He showed me a river of the water of life...coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1)

For more detail explaining the why and how of this website, see the Explanation page.

If you wish, Contact me.


Kiddush beside Yam Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)
[Scene composed by Lucy Paz, Ramat HaGolan, Israel]

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