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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, based on Heb 11:14) has been one of discovering and nourishing a Hebraic consciousness. It was deepened by trips to Israel, studies at seminaries and universities, 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.

Biblical Theology listens carefully to Scripture's own terms, emphases, and structural patterns. It does not grant post-biblical Systematic, Dogmatic Theology ultimate authority over that of Scripture.

Nor does Biblical Theology grant to Pharisaic, Rabbinic, Talmudic Judaism final voice over the contents and meanings of Tanakh. The Ruach Kodesh is not contained solely within or constrained by any tradition. It blows freely among the nations (2 Chron 16:9).

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An underlying purpose of this website is to encourage recognition of the streams of Hebrew revelation flowing into the New Testament. The title word "streams" reflects the line from Psalm 46: "There is a river [nahar] whose streams [pelagim] make glad the city of God."

Two passages, in particular, represent a confluence of broad streams focusing on God and on Messiah:

"In these last days, [God] has spoken through his Son.... When he had made purification of sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:2, 3)

"Messiah Yeshua is he who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us." (Romans 8:34)

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

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