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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2018, 12:30:52 pm »
Agelbert NOTE:
I am guilty ;D of the bold highlighted below in the quotes from Wikipedia. My purpose here is to point out that the scholarly level of knowledge of Greek, that Dr. Spiros Zodhiates possessed, enabled him to spot, and correct, mistranslation errors from Greek to English. These mistranslations cause misconceptions resulting from reading the English Translation of the New Testament (which was originally written mostly in Greek).

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Zodhiates was born of Greek parents on the island of Cyprus. His father first brought the family to Port Said, Egypt and then Khartoum, Sudan, looking for work. Spiros's brother, Argos Zodhiates, was converted to Protestant Christianity after hearing an evangelical preacher and brought this witness to his mother and brother, who also became convinced of its truth.

After neglecting to kiss a Greek Orthodox priest's hand
, Zodhiates was expelled from school. A lady named Katherine took pity on him and volunteered to teach the boy English. After completing his Greek education, he attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt, received his Th.B. degree from the National Bible Institute (later Shelton College, which closed its doors in 1990) in New York City, and his M.A. from New York University. In 1978 he earned his Doctor of Theology degree from Luther Rice Seminary of Jacksonville, Florida. He was also the recipient of several honorary doctorates.

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Dr. Spiros Zodhiates (Greek: Σπύρος Ζωδιάτης; March 13, 1922-October 10, 2009) was a Greek-American Bible scholar, author, and ministry innovator.

Agelbert NOTE: The videos below are examples of the in depth knowledge of Greek that aids all of us in understanding the Gospels. In future posts I will provide quotes by Dr. Spiros Zodhiates from his edited Hebrew-Greek Study Bible. I have learned much from him. I hope you give him the benefit of the doubt and  carefully and seriously ponder what he says. This man knew his Greek. IOW, it was NOT 'all Greek' to him. 😀

A word of Scriptural advice to those who dismiss, mock or otherwise disdain the wisdom of Dr. Spiros Zodhiates in regard to mistranslations of Greek to English (in the Christian Bible New Testament) without serious consideration of what he says in this post and all the posts I will subsequently make:

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Proverbs 15 KJV

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility
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In the videos below, the first important lesson we learn is that, in Greek, there are TWO words for anger, but a SINGLE word for both the Greek words is used in the English Translation of the New Testament. The (justified or unjustified anger) difference communicated by the TWO Greek words for anger is extremely important for all of us.

Justified & Unjustified Anger 1-3




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From the "New Testament Light" television program, produced by AMG International, which aired in syndication in the 1980s and early 1990s. The program features the teaching of the late Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, longtime president of AMG International, from the original Greek New Testament text.
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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2018, 02:21:13 pm »
Dr. Spiros Zodhiates' Funeral Service Part 4 - Philip Zodhiates Son


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Published on Nov 3, 2009

Philip is the third child of Spiros and Joan Zodhiates. Philip and his wife, Kathie, live with their six children in Virginia. Philip and Kathie are the owners of Unlimited Response, Inc.  Philip is the President of the company.
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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2018, 01:10:45 pm »
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Hebrews 13:10-16 King James Version (KJV)

We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2018, 12:03:58 pm »
Explanatory note on Colossians Chapter 3 verses 5 and 11 from the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible (compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.):

Colossians 3:5
This verse combats Gnosticism (a Heresy) which taught that the body is evil, and since it is evil in itself and cannot be redeemed from its evil ways, it might as well do whatever it wants . This is the reason Paul says, "Mortify therefore, the members of your body." Bring them under control. Treat them as if they were dead. Your spirit should have them under subjection because the two, the spirit and the body, are interrelated and the body behaves only as the spirit commands it. The evils of the body which Paul lists are material expressions: porneia, "fornication," including all sexual sins among unmarried or married including adultery, homsexuality, incest, etc.; akatharsia, uncleanness of all kinds that defile the body; pathos, passion which here is translated "inordinate affection"; epithumia, "desire," which in this instance is similar to "lust" because it is coupled with the adjective kakē, "bad" or constitutionally evil (these two words are translated as "evil concupiscence" which actually means lustful desire); pleonexia, "coveteousness or greediness,"  desiring to have more than one has , not because it is insufficient but because others have more. Such desire  is called "idolatry."


Colossians 3:11
The Scythians were a tribe of nomads and warriers from west Siberia inhabiting the Caspian area of the Black Sea from about 2000 B.C. In the late eighth century they moved into northern Persia. Their initial advances to the southwest were checked by Sargon II of Assyria (727-705 B.C.). Paul is using them as an example of barbaric people (e.g. ) who were constantly at war.

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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2019, 01:03:08 pm »
Too many people these days have been lured into embracing evil by the carrots and sticks that demons wield in this Valley of Tears. The "Christian" mega-churches in the USA are an excellent example of depraved humans who embrace all things ANTI-Christian, no matter who is hurt and no matter what the Holy Scriptures say, all so they can "prosper" economically.

The Apostle Paul accurately described the true motive of these heretics and contrasted it with the true motive of a Christian:

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Philippians Chapter 3:18-21

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The bold faced heretics in these prosperity preaching mega-churches often quote Philippians Chapter 4:19, ignoring the message in the verses above and, more importantly, WITHOUT mentioning the even clearer message delivered in some verses (Philippians Chapter 4:11-13) a little before Philippians Chapter 4:19:

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Philippians Chapter 4:19

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Notice that the what God promises to supply to the believer is your NEED, not your GREED or your WANT. Often this NEED is not a material item at all, but some ADVERSITY and/or the LACK of material goods for the purpose of making your spirit grow. But, too many people are blinded by the clever (greed based) claim that hey, God is a really, really rich dude, so if I am promised according to HIS "riches in glory", that is a lot of MATERIAL PROSPERITY!

Now look at verses 11-13  🧐

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Philippians Chapter 4:11-13

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

You need to be strengthened if you are in adversity. Therefore the "all things" Paul is referring to are even more applicable to bad times than to economic prosperity.

In the light of the above, the true context of verse 19 becomes clear:

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Philippians Chapter 4:19

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When these heretics prosperity preach about "doing all things in Christ", remind them that SUFFERING and ADVERSITY and WANT and HUNGER are OFTEN part of DOING ALL THINGS IN CHRIST. Who knows? It might even rip the money and power loving satanic blinders they wear with such hypocritical pride off of them.

If anyone still harbors doubts about what Paul means when he makes mention of how, and why, God uses His "riches in glory" (see: "glorious power") to strengthen Christians, Colossians Chapter 1, verse 11 should make it crystal clear that economic prosperity is NOT included. God strengthens us during, as well as through, adversity so we grow spiritually. The fruit of that growth is good works, NOT the accumulation of wealth.

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Colossians Chapter 1:10-11

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

ANYONE who tells you that God wants you to be rich is engaging in demonic mendacity. Reject their Prosperity Preaching Heresy. Economic wealth is one of the biggest snares that Lucifer uses to prevent you from obediently serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2019, 01:50:58 pm »
What are Conies in the Bible?

Cony, also spelled Coney, any of certain unrelated animals, including two mammals and two fishes. ... The name cony was once applied to the rabbit and is still sometimes used in the fur business to indicate rabbit fur. The cony of the Old World and of the Bible is an unrelated mammal, the hyrax (q.v.). Agelbert NOTE: qv in British. abbreviation for denoting a cross reference - quod vide. Collins English Dictionary.


Where are hyraxes found?

Hyraxes are very adaptable. In East Africa, they are found at sea level and at altitudes of more than 4,000 meters (14,000 feet). Their habitats range from dry savanna to dense rainforest to cold Afro-alpine moorland.

Hyraxes are small animals without tails. They resemble guinea pigs. The animals grow to 28 inches in length and have a maximum weight of 11 pounds. The hyrax’s skin is covered with thick fur and has varied coloration depending on the species. The yellow-spotted rock hyrax’s fur is yellowish brown and has a white patch just above its eyes. The rock hyrax is greyish-brown in color and has no distinct marks on its face.

The hyrax has several physical attributes that differentiate it from rodents and link it to elephants and manatees. The hyrax’s feet have rubber-like moist soles which are crucial in climbing. Hyraxes have three toes on the hind feet and four toes on the front feet. The toes have nails (with the exception of the hind foot’s inner toe which has a claw used for scratching itches) which resemble hoofs unlike the usual long, claw-like nails found in rodents. The dental characteristics of the hyrax are also close to that of elephants with elongated incisors which resemble tusks found in manatees and elephants. These tusk-like teeth are more prominent in male hyraxes than in females.


Proverbs 30:24-28 King James Version (KJV)

24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;



26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

27 The locusts 🦗 have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2019, 01:04:22 pm »
Explanatory note in regard to Paradise from the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible (compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.):

What is this place called Paradise? :-\

The word paradeisos, "paradise"," originally comes from the ancient Iranian, pairidaēza, and means "a garden with a wall." The Septugint translation of the Hebrew word in Genesis 2:8 is paradeisos. In the New Testament the word occurs only three times:II Corinthians 12:4; Luke 23:43; Revelation 2:7.

It was indicated as a place where spirits go immediately after death, which is also the place that Christ was going to go once His spirit was separated from his body. The continuation of the existence of the personality is also clearly intimated in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.


Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.



The paradise of II Corinthians 12:4 is the same as that spoken of by Christ in Luke 23:24. In Revelation 2:7 the word is spoken pf in an eschatological* sense as being a gift to be given to the one who overcomes. It is evidently the place where the disembodied personalities as spirits or souls of the believers go immediately at death to be with Christ.

* eschatology [es-k uh- tol- uh-jee]

NOUN (THEOLOGY.)

1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.

2. the branch of theology dealing with such matters.

II Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
 
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.


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« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2019, 01:52:20 pm »
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« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2019, 11:54:16 am »

Explanatory note on II Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 1-10 and  II Corinthians Chapter 12 verses 1-6 from the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible (compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.):

In II Cor. 5:1-9 Paul tells us what happens after death He tells us that we are going to appear before the Lord Jesus to be judged for all our works in the flesh whether good or evil (II Cor. 5:10).
To confirm that this was not merely conjecture, he tells us that he has been there and has come back to tell us about it (II Cor:12:1-6).
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« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2019, 12:18:04 pm »

So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.


But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

Psalm 73:22-28 King James Version




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« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2019, 12:17:55 pm »

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For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:24-27 King James Version (KJV)

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« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2019, 11:54:59 am »
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Psalm 66:16-20


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« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2019, 01:45:30 pm »

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Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. -- Proverbs 8:32-36 (KJV)

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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2019, 12:28:46 pm »


Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. -- Acts 13:26 (KJV)
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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2019, 01:31:35 pm »

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Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. -- Proverbs 9:5-10 (KJV)

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Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
-- Acts 13:38-41
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