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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Note (15.) to HS - "Is the Holy Spirit a Person, God or an Impersonal Force From God?"

15. There are "very few traces of 'three' in the cultus and the religious conceptions of the Israelites .... This relative rarity of a connexion between 'three' and religious notions, which prevails in the OT, should not be [supplied] from other sources. The thunder call, 'Hear, O Israel, Jahweh is our God, Jahweh (the?) one' (Dt 64, cf. Is 414 446 4812), drowns the voice of those who refer us to the triads of gods that were adored by the Babylonians, Assyrians (Anu, Bel, and Ea, etc. ...), and other nations of antiquity. .... But the original meaning of the OT text must not be modified to suit either heathen parallels or later stages in its own development." - pp. 565, 566, A Dictionary of the Bible, Hastings, ed., Hendrickson Publ.

If there were even HINTS of a trinity to be found in Scripture, the one word we would see with religious significance would be "three." The fact that it is very insignificant in Scripture is enough in itself to refute any idea of a trinity! - see IMAGE (f.n. #8).

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