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The Script (the Bible), with its foreknowledge of the course of the world, could not have come into being if God did not exist. In the background of its brief histories of notable people and events runs a plan, and there is a plot that comes together over the course of the book. Sprinkled, here and there, are bits of knowledge beyond the capacity of the people of the time to know.

From the beginning of this blog, I have collected evidence to support that viewpoint, and my plan is to continue as I can. As much as possible, I want people to understand the mystery of the Bible’s existence.

Obviously, the pace of my writing has slowed, and I could never begin to cover all the material of the Bible at any rate. As I’ve said before, an army of cooperating experts of all kinds could not do the job. Along with the daily struggle to make ends meet, I’m hindered by my lack of writing skills. There are also other things, seemingly endless, that arise out of nowhere to interfere with my studies.

I often feel defeated, but I intend to continue as long as I can (2nd Corinthians 7:5). Since I can’t cover it all, I plan to skip some chapters in order to focus on things that seem more interesting, or extraordinary. As I’m looking at the tower of Babel, in the eleventh chapter of Genesis, this might be a good time to list some of my resources.

Someone asked about my sources recently, and I didn’t have time to answer. When I use study materials particular to the post that I’m writing, I try to give that information in the post. In matters directly related to science, I often refer to multiple internet sites to compare information and data. I can’t afford the time to list every source that I check, but whether they are secular or not, I try to name the most important ones.

Besides checking secular sites, I frequently study materials from the Answers in Genesis organization. Their science is generally well researched, and though human beings often disagree about details, I have found few areas of disagreement with them. I’m sure there are other Creation Science organizations equally dependable that I’m just not familiar with.

I consult multiple translations of the Bible, but for Bible word studies, I primarily use the King James Version. It is a more basic “word for word” translation than most modern versions which concentrate more on the interpretation of the “thought” of the sentence. It also has a larger vocabulary, which can make it easier to study in depth (some words may be used only once).

Its varied spellings better reflect the original wording which makes the study of word transliteration simpler. For instance, many modern versions homogenize the New Testament Greek spelling of names to match that of the Hebrew Old Testament. In many ways, the King James version of the Bible stands alone. Modern English versions may be easier to read, but original information (evidence) is sometimes obscured by the process of simplification.

The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, which I use often, works best with the King James version. Most of the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek, and Strong’s includes dictionaries of both languages. Strong’s numbering system of Bible words is used by many later works.

A wonderful example of this is The Interlinear Bible. That version, by Jay P. Green Sr., gives us the Old Testament in the Hebrew language (which is written from right to left) with the corresponding Strong’s dictionary number printed above each Hebrew word. Beneath the Hebrew writing, Green gives a direct English translation for the word. Then, because that direct translation (written backwards) is difficult to read (but wonderful to study), he gives an easier to read English version in a column to the left.

He does the same thing with the Greek New Testament. This makes a large, heavy, book with fine print, but I can’t begin to tell you how I love it. It has never received the attention that it deserves however. I’ve seen a few typographical errors in it, but what is that in such a tremendous work.

I also study a parallel Greek-English (Brenton) version of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament made during the interval of time between the two Testaments. Then, I have Whiston’s translation of the works of Josephus, the ancient historian. William Whiston succeeded Isaac Newton at Cambridge University in 1703, though he later lost the post due to his unorthodox religious views.

Josephus includes a lot of information found in the Bible, and compares it to information given in other ancient histories. Josephus is one of the few secular writers living in New Testament times who mention Jesus. Jesus was not a very widely known person during his short life on earth. I also have a couple of old collegiate level Webster’s dictionaries that are helpful in the study of word origins. I believe that God is my primary source, and resource. Though I strive to be absolutely correct, I believe that he has sometimes made me aware of oversights in my writings before I posted them.

I wish I could promise that I’ve heard him in every case, but 2nd Corinthians 4:7 tells us that “we have this treasure (the light of God) in earthen vessels.” Very often, I don’t know what God’s plan for my writing is until it takes shape. We have plans, and so does God. That may lead us to wonder if things that people do, or neglect to do, ever prompt God to go to another plan. Contrary to what is often preached, there are many examples in the Bible where God seems to have done that very thing. Why would 1st Thessalonians 5:19, “Quench not the Spirit,” be in the Bible if God’s Spirit could not be quenched?

I do believe that God always has a plan, and that he’s working at all times for the greatest good that can be done. At any rate, the fact that it takes me a month to write a few lines doesn’t mean that’s the way I plan it. I don’t blame God for it either. Maybe tomorrow, I’ll have a little more time and energy to write.

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