Biblia Hebraica Quinta: Buyer Use Caution!

Have you heard:

BYU Professor Named Editor of New Edition of Hebrew Old Testament.

Was immediately alarmed when this was read.

This is something that has gone totally under the radar. It is not being widely discussed.

The translation of Hebrew Scriptures in most Bibles is based on the Masoretic Text. For years Bible teachers and students have made use of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia for study of the Hebrew Text. The BHS has also been referenced for new editions of the Holy Bible.

It is therefore alarming that the United Bible Society would invite a BYU Mormon faculty member to work as an "editor" on the new "Biblia Hebraica Quinta".

In addition, another "editor" working on the new Hebrew Bible edition is of the Presbyterian Church USA, a professor with the liberal Union Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Presbyterians Pushing to demonise Israel-Jpost.

Of course the danger in a Presbyterian USA professor being one of the editors of the new Biblia Hebraica Quinta , is how such things as replacement theology, and liberal views may "inform" their editorial decision making.

The Speakers Bureau of the UTSTC features speakers representing church denominations that are among the radical religious left in America. Including the very liberal UCC [United Church of Christ], the denomination that Obama's former church is a member of.

Incidentally, the Presbyterian USA members are beginning their convention in Minneanapolis this weekend and will vote on whether they will adapt the recommendations set forth in that biased, unfactual, and anti-Israel Middle East study report.

Donald W. Parry is one of the two "editors" tasked by the United Bible Society and the German Bible Society to work on Isaiah for the new Biblia Hebraica Quinta.

Of course the concern here is how Parry's Mormonist indoctrination may "inform" his editorial decisions with regards to the Hebrew Text,--that scores of future Bibles published,--may be based on. [Biblia Hebraica Quinta].

Mormonism is famous for intertwinning un-Biblical Mormon "scripture" with true "Biblical Scripture". For example how Isaiah is cross referenced with "Mormon" scriptures , teachings, and misinterpreted.

An article entitled "Isaiah In The Book of Mormon", written by a Mormon, helps give some insight as to Dr. Parry's view of interpreting Isaiah. Here's a brief excerpt from the introduction:

"Isaiah's wife is called 'prophetess' in Isaiah's record [8:3], suggesting that she too had the gift of revelation."

"Isaiah and his wife had at least two sons who served as signs to Israel, as did Isaiah and his wife themselves. 'Behold I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts' [8:19]..."

"Isaiah stood as a type of God the Father; the prophetess was a type of Mary, the mother of Christ; and one of their sons was a type of Jesus Christ"

That last statement of Parry's above, seems to echo official Mormon doctrine that God [the Father], had physical relations with the virgin Mary, giving birth to Jesus in Bethlehem.

Yes, you read that correctlty.

From What the Mormon Missionaries Won't Tell You:

"They will be reluctant to tell you that Mormon leaders have taught that Jesus was concieved by way of a sexual relationship between God and Mary."

'... how are children begotten? I answer just as Jesus Christ was begotten of his father. The difference between Jesus Christ and other men is this: Our fathers in the flesh are mortal men, who are subject unto death: but the Father of Jesus Christ in the flesh is the God of Heaven'-[Joeseph F. Smith, Family Home Evening Manual, 1972, pg. 125]

What makes Mormonism such a "spiritualy dangerous " counterfeit Christian cult religion,- is it's use of familiar sounding Christian words, phrases, and terminology.

Unless one has studied and researched into the true beliefs and doctrines of Mormonism, to see how Mormonism makes use of words and terminology familiar to Christians , but reinterprets them to accomodate un-Biblical doctrines, they can be easily misled.

Insights from and discussions with former Mormons are also of help.

Here is an excellent article from the TBS on the editorial "liberties" that liberal United Bible Society translators engaged in resulting in the NIV:

What Today's Christian Needs To Know About the NIV

With regards to this new edition of the Hebrew text [Biblia Hebraica Quinta], as was pointed out earlier, it is news that is not being widely discussed. 

Chances are that most average "lay" readers of the Bible, who aren't involved in Biblical "academia", this is news that has totally gone under the radar.

This blogger stumbled on to it by accident.


In The Presence of My Enemies: A Review of the Book

Abducted and held hostage by bloodthirsty Abu Sayyaf Islamic terrorists for a whole year, Gracia Burnham doesn't hold much back in her book: In The Presence of My Enemies.


The Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic terrorist group in the southern Philippines with ties to Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.

The horrible ordeal began in late May of 2001.

Martin and Gracia Burnham were celebrating their 18th Wedding Anniversary at the Dos Palmas Resort, when they and several others were abducted and taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf.

They were forced to experience and witness the most cruel sufferings and humiliation. Of fellow hostages and themselves.

Throughout the ordeal, as Gracia Burnham relates, "We never forgot who the bad guys were."

This is important and cannot be lightly glossed over. Under very adverse circumstances in a prolonged hostage or kidnapping situation, some victims have experienced what is refered to as "stockholm syndrome".  

Some of their fellow hostages were released in order to arrange ransom for others. Others were released after ransom was paid.

Others were beheaded.

The Burnhams and Ediborah Yap, a beloved Philippine nurse, remained captive for a whole year.

Gracia Burnham gives graphic testimony to the rollercoaster of hope, despair, encouragement, disappointment, strenghth and weakness.

A constant source of inspiration and hope came from her beloved husband, Martin. A godly man who loved the Lord with all his heart.

Gracia recalled a conversation took place between Martin and one of the Islamic terrorists named Ustedes Hail:

Terrorist: "...but the Christian world has just pushed us too far, and we're sick of it. When people are oppressed, you can't hold them back. It's just going to be this way until we are given what we want."

[Martin questioned the terrorist]

Martin: Let's see,---just what all is included in your homeland?"

[At that point the Islamist began naming this and that area of the southern Philippines.]

Martin: So, if you got these--if the government decided, for the sake of peace, to give them to you--would that be the end of your struggle?"

Terrorist: "Oh no, no."

The terrorist then went on to say that would just be the beginning. Then they would want all of Mindanao. After that Luzon, and other areas until all of the Philippines belonged to the Muslims.

This next thing spoken by the Islamist is the most revealing of all:

Terrorist: " When all of the Philippines belonged to us, then we'd move on to Thailand and other countries where there is such oppression. You see, Islam is for the whole world."

[That conversation is recalled on page170 in the book.]

When I read this, Israel immediately came to mind:

No matter what Israel has done for the "sake of peace", and they have done quite a lot, Including the forcible uprooting and expulsion of their own citizens from Gaza and northern Samaria in 2005, instead of peace, there is only more jihadist terror. 

 Forced to hike both night and day at the point of a gun through the jungles of Basilan Island and Mindanao in the southern Phillipines.

Endurring firefights between the Abu Sayyaf and the AFP, [Armed Forces of the Philippines].

On that last matter, the Burnhams frequently expressed their concerns that they could be accidentally shot during one of those many gun battles between the Abu Sayyaf and the AFP. Which is exactly what happened on July 7th 2002, after a year of being held captive by Abu Sayyaf.

A highly recomended and must read book.

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In related news, just during the past week, a high school principal and Irish priest have been abducted by Abu Sayyaf.