I identify with the Church of the East as portrayed in The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins. That church used (uses?) the Syriac Bible. It is important that the Syriac Bible omits 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, Jude and the Book of Revelation. Rejecting these books, I do not consider the New Testament of the Western churches canonical; but I do consider the rest of the New Testament authoritative. I lost interest in religion for a long time so, although I studied Classical Hebrew at university, my Hebrew is now very sketchy. My favorite version of the Scriptures is The Original Aramaic New Testament in Plain English with Psalms and Proverbs (8th edition with notes), translated by Rev. Glenn David Bauscher; and behind that the Peshitta. However, I reject Bauscher's inclusion of 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, Jude and the Book of Revelation in that translation.
During my career I worked as a high school teacher, a TESL teacher, a publications editor, a copywriter of advertising and manuals, and a university assistant professor.
I am partially tone deaf and am not capable of proper analysis of music. At school only two of us were thrown out of the mandatory singing classes for being 'growlers'; I was the only one who dropped through the bottom, the other guy had been in the choir until his voice broke. However I love the sound of some traditional Christian music and of trad jazz.
I like keeping up with current affairs, analysing globalization and finding out about Asian Christianity, particularly pre-14 century Japanese Christianity. In this respect, I am particularly interested in the entry into Japan of several waves of Israelite and Jewish Christian immigrants, the last one in the 4th century. Also, playing and watching sports. When I was young, I particularly loved playing soccer, field hockey, cricket and tennis. Now, at 80, I especially enjoy watching pro soccer and pro baseball.
Favorite Television Shows and Movies:
None. Other than good documentaries and sports programs.
What is your favorite Book of the Scriptures?
The First Epistle of the Apostle John
What is your favorite verse?
1 John 3-5.
What is your favorite quote? (From Scripture or elsewhere)
And the thing which we have seen and heard we show also to you, that you will have communion with us, and our communion is with The Father and with his Son Yeshua The Messiah. . . . And this is The Good News that we have heard from him and we evangelize to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness at all in him.
How did you hear of NazareneSpace?
Searching for information about the Aramaic scriptures on the Internet.
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