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The Jewish Trinity Hardcover – 6 Oct 2003
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__Despite conventional wisdom that the Old Testament only hints at distinct persons of Yahweh, the premise of this book holds that it is, in fact, as explicit about the Trinity and the deity of the Messiah as is the New Testament. Moses and the other writers of the Old Testament wrote strikingly and often about the Trinity and the deity of the Messiah.
__Trinity in the Old Testament. He includes many more passages than those traditionally cited in connection with this topic. Among the lines of evidence considered are the plural references to the Trinity, collective nouns, and special names such as the Angel of the Lord, Spirit, Panim, etc. Evidence is also arranged as presented by individual authors or sections of the Old Testament. Natan refutes those who deny that the Trinity is found in the Old Testament and deals with the issue of whether the Masoretes may have minimized some of the evidence pointing to the Trinity in the Old Testament. The New Testament usage of the Old Testament Trinitarian passages is also summarized.
__Natan presents a massive amount of evidence for his case. I did not find all of it to be persuasive, for example, his belief that Panim is a true plural "Presences" and refers to both the Son and the Spirit. It seems more likely that Panim in its various forms refers to the Spirit, even in passages in which they stand in relationship of poetic parallelism with each other. But even if one questions a number of his arguments, a huge amount of evidence for his case remains.
__Interesting side discussions cover topics such as whether Jesus' trial was conducted in Greek or Aramaic and the proportionate use of Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek in Israel.
__Though presenting a very complex argument with many lines of evidence, the volume is relatively user-friendly since synopses are provided for each chapter, and evidence is presented both in individual chapters and in topical appendices. Since Natan is speaking from a perspective of Messianic Judaism [Yoel Natan note: or rather "writes in a Messianic Jewish-friendly style"], Jesus is regularly referred to as Yeshua. In the section on the Presences of Yahweh, Natan does present the Lutheran doctrine of the real presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper. He has a high view of the inspiration and authority of Scripture.
__This book is a very comprehensive argument for the recognition of the Trinity in the Old Testament.
Professor John F. Brug, PhD, 1984, U of Minnesota, Semitic Languages and Archaeology
Glossary and Abbreviations
Synopsis of The Jewish Trinity
Chapter 01: The Syntax War Between Trinitarians and Unitarians
Chapter 02: Proto-Sinaitic Trinitarianism
Chapter 03: The Presences of Elyon
Chapter 04: The Shema
Chapter 05: The Trinity in Daniel 01-05
Chapter 06: The Prophet Behind the Prophets
Chapter 07: Various OT Presentations of the Trinity
Chapter 08: The NT Use of OT Yahveh Texts
Chapter 09: The “I AM” Statements
Chapter 10: The Song of Moses (Deu 32)
Appendix A: MT Plurals Referring to Yahveh
Appendix B: OT Texts That Suggest or Speak of the Deity of the Messiah
Appendix C: Trinitarian Proofs
Appendix D: A Sampling of the NT Use of OT Yahveh Texts
Here we have the truth clearly stated: denial of the Trinity crept into the translations and transcriptions of the texts. The words which professed the Trinity in the Old Testament were "simplified" because the belief in the Trinity was not there.
I find I need to use "The Jewish Trinity" and the "Sourcebook" together. If I start reading "Isaiah" from the "Sourcebook," I want to turn back to "The Jewish Trinity" to fully understand the implications.
I predict that in years to come, every seminary worth the name Christian will have a course exploring these books.
The fact is now indisputable that the Jews in Jesus' day believed in the Triune God. The proof was always there in the Bible. Many theologians even suspected it. But it took Yoel Natan to dig it out and prove it beyond dispute.
These two volumes are not just tomes that will collect dust. These are going to be textbooks in a thousand seminaries that are interested in evangelism among the Jews, the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and even Muslims.
The volumes are priceless and indispensable. The world has been waiting for these volumes for two thousand years and didn't know it--just as the world waited for electric light and didn't know it.
Yoel Natan has brought to light the fact that our Hebrew forebears understood and worshipped the Holy Trinity as clearly as the writers of the Apostles' Creed and almost as clearly as the authors of the Nicene.
The Jewish Trinity and The Jewish Trinity Sourcebook are the Rosetta Stone to the Old Testament. All the evidence has been there staring us in the face for two millennia. Perhaps it is because this information is so desperately needed in our times that it has taken until now to search it out.