Monday, 26 September 2011

What does ‘Son of God’ mean in the Hebrew Bible?

We’ve all been subjected to evangelical Trinitarian Christian material; the more you look into their claims the more you realize how far off the mark they are. The mere fact that there exists CHRISTIANS, who do not believe Jesus is God, is enough to spark further study of THEIR proof texts – the Bible. Here we can ponder upon the way evangelical Trinitarian Christians misuse the term ‘son of God’ whilst attempting to convince Muslims (and others) that a man (Prophet Jesus) is God Almighty.

The Jesus scholar, Geza Vermes, lifts the lid on the term 'Son of God' and what it actually means rather than the stuff churned out by evangelical Trinitarian Christians.

Common knowledge: ‘Son of god’ is figurative not literal

It is common knowledge that before the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls regularly speak of ‘Sons of God’ and occasionally refer to God in figurative speech as ‘begetting’ or ‘procreating’ a human being. [1]

‘Son of God’ used for ANY Jewish male who was pious

In the Bible and in writings produced during the centuries that followed the completion of the Old Testament, ‘Son of God’ occurs in a variety of meanings. In addition to the angels already discussed, among the humans ‘Son of God’ was the title of anyone believed in some way to be linked to God. Every male Israelite could pride himself on being a ‘son of God’, and reciprocally he was in a position to call God his Father. In the course of time the phrase was also applied – more and more restrictively – to the good Jews, to the especially holy Jews, culminating with the king of the Jews and finally with the Messiah, the most holy and powerful future ruler of Israel about whom we read in the Florilegium, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ‘I will be his Father and he shall be my Son. He is the Branch of David’ [2]

‘Son of God’ NEVER referred to a ‘man god’

Trinitarian Christians who promote Jesus to the status of God are found wanting with regards to the basic term ‘son of God’ as the scholar confirms the term does not refer to their idea of Jesus.
…It is universally agreed among experts that in Judaism the phrase [‘Son of God’] is always used metaphorically; it never designates a person who is believed to be simultaneously man and God, a human being who also shares in some way divine nature. [3]

Christian misinterpretation of Psalms

Here is another important point to be aware of whilst dialoguing with Trinitarian Christians, you may have come across some Christian missionaries citing Psalm 2:7 whilst proclaiming it as a verse denoting deity of Jesus; however, the Jesus scholar – Geza Vermes – highlights their misinterpretation

The Jewish king, while the monarchy existed down to 586 BC, and the awaited royal Messiah after the Babylonian exile, were systematically portrayed as engendered by the Deity: You are my son, today I have begotten you’, we read in Psalm 2:7 [4]

[1] The Nativity, Geza Vermes, Penguin, 2006. p53 and 54

[2] Ibid. p54

[3] Ibid. p54

[4] Ibid. p54


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Muslim Scholar on Extreme Fundamentalist Christians - Dr Timothy Winter

How to respond to Christian fumndamentalists on the internet. Insha'Allah this erudite lecture by Muslim intellectual and scholar, Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad (aka Timothy Winter). will help Muslims to deal with and contextualize the anti-Muslim rhetoric sputed by militant Christians on the internet.

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad talks about modern day christian fundamentalists and their anti-islamic attacks via the Internet or political means. He also talks about the correct muslim response

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad also known as Dr. Timothy Winter is a lecturer at Cambridge University and has made many contributions to islam. He also translated many classical islamic texts, perhaps most famously Rememberence Of Death And The Afterlife By Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali.


NOTE: I combined all the 4 parts into one video. Previously this lecture was only available in split form