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The Jewish Trinity: When Rabbis Believed In The Father, Son And Holy Spirit Paperback – July 23, 2003
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It took over 1900 years, since our Lord's Resurrection, for us to discover how we reflect the Image of God and the real meaning of Genesis 1:1, Elohim and the "us" of our Creation in Genesis 1:26. DNA and science has demonstrated that male and female each contribute 23 chromosomes to life. Male and female are co-creators of life....They are an "us". Not only does it take more than a Unitarian understanding of "oneness" to create life, it also takes a Trinitarian view of birth to understand redemption since a Man gives children to a Women, for which she ALONE bleeds, suffers and sometimes dies to bring that life forth. Once again, two or more Persons are needed to explain life and reality.......The Trinity. Hence, the entire story of the Bible, Creation, Redemption, the Nature of Lord Himself and His amazing Triunity can be seen through the human family that carries Elohim's Image.
How tragic that such truth is STILL being suppressed by the world as the Bible said it would be in Roman 1:18-21. And yet, our Triune Lord's purposes and plans are eternal and for that we can rejoice.
By all means read this great book and give it to others.
This is a really, really bad book. The author believes, incredibly, and against all Bible translators and historical theologians - Christian and not, trinitarian and not - that the ancient Jews were trinitarians, and that this important fact was deliberately hidden by a cabal of dastardly "unitarian" Jews in the inter-testamental period. This is literally a conspiracy theory book. Of course, the conspirators were so good, they hid all evidence of their anti-trinitarian activity. (See p. 22.)
Mind you, we know with certainty that the doctrine of the Trinity arose no earlier than the NT - really, more around 200-400 CE - as Christians tried to make sense of what the New Testament says about Jesus, God, and God's Spirit. It's an anachronism to talk of pre-Christian trinitarianism. It was a genuinely new idea and doctrine - even if, as many commenters hold, the OT can legitimately be read as containing many hints and pointers to the (later revealed) doctrine.
The book is nearly unreadable - chapter after long chapter of poorly written, Bible reference heavy, repetitive, unordered, poorly argued paragraphs, riddled with typos, and more importantly, with argumentative howlers. The author lards his prose throughout with faker arguments like "This suggests that...", and rarely interacts with the (real) scholars who would disagree with his bold assertions - which would be basically all of them, in many cases!
This is not a serious piece of theology or Bible interpretation. He desperately overreaches throughout. Even the Shema "Hear O Israel..." is (mis)interpreted as *asserting* the Trinity doctrine (not merely being consistent with it, or somehow suggesting it). (p. 113) Just pick up any study bible or commentary, and see how many of Natan's exegetical flights of fancy the real scholars agree with. The author loves to find a passage where "Yahweh" occurs more than once, and then, without any justification, assert that the first means the Father, the second the Son, etc. This is crystal-ball exegesis, or rather plain old eisegesis (reading what you want into the text, rather than extracting what it actually means).
In sum, this is a really bad apologetics book. Non-expert readers may be impressed by the author's constant use of Hebrew and superficial acquaintance with some of the scholarly literature, but if you really want a defence of the Trinity as a biblical doctrine, you really ought to look elsewhere. Citing this book against anti-trinitarians will only show your own ignorance!