Joseph and Aseneth, A Love Story

by Joseph Lumpkin
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The story of Joseph and Aseneth was written between 100 BCE and 100 CE, in a midrash style. This translation is rendered in a modern, easy to read format with history, background, and commentary. Joseph and Aseneth is an epic story of love, desire, sanctification, and forgiveness. It is also a story of religious intolerance, racism, sexism, subterfuge, betrayal, and hate. The story begins after Joseph’s own brothers sold him into slavery. An Egyptian man purchased Joseph to be a servant to his wife. Because Joseph refused to serve her lustful desires, the woman had him thrown into prison on a false charge of rape. The Pharaoh saw greatness in Joseph after he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, giving the ruler insight that would save his nation. Thus, Pharaoh pardoned Joseph and assigned him a position of power. Joseph, the ever-devout Jew, begins his new career living in a world of polytheists where he seems to be tolerated with more grace than he gives to those “abominations” who are neither Jewish in the racial or religious sense. Aseneth is the daughter of the chief priest of the sun god in Heliopolis. She is a spoiled, arrogant child who disdains all men, and even disrespects her father. Aseneth is cursed with beauty, which draws men to her like flies to a carnivorous plant. Even the son of Pharaoh wants her for himself and plots to get her. But Aseneth loathes and despises men, until she sees Joseph, who refuses to even touch her because she does not worship the same god as he. It is within this setting we begin the wonderful and uplifting tale of Joseph and Aseneth.

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Host Alexandra Clair with Joseph Lumpkin – The Two Witnesses and Enoch

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Christianity and the Two Witnesses of Revelation Enoch – Elijah and the Books of Enoch on BlogTalkRadio

Clarifications to interview: 1) The year at the time was 360 days, 1260 days is 3.5 years. 2) Dead Sea (Qumran) dig produced Old Testament era books. Other digs produced Christian era scrolls.

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The Book of Giants: The Watchers, Nephilim, and The Book of Enoch

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Among the first seven scrolls discovered in the caves of Qumran at the Dead Sea is a scroll given the name, “The Book of Giants.” It is thought to have been based on the Book of Enoch, a pseudepigraphical Jewish work from the 3rd century BCE.

The Book of Giants, like the Book of Enoch, concerns itself with the Nephilim, which are the offspring of fallen angels, who are called the Watchers. Two main versions of the text exist. The Dead Sea version is written in Aramaic. Another version has been found written in middle Persian, adapted from the Aramaic to fit into the Manichean religion. Both versions will be examined. Following theories speculating that the Book of Giants was once part of the Book of Enoch, we will attempt to place the two texts back together to render the complete story of the Watchers and the Nephilim.

We will discover the history and contributions of these ancient scrolls and look carefully at their content and meaning. Throughout the combined texts of the Book of Giants and the Book of Enoch we will examine all the biblical and apocryphal references and parallels within the text. The result is an in-depth and panoramic view of the Angels, the Watchers, and the Nephilim, and how one of the giants of the Nephilim race may have survived the flood intended to cleanse the Earth of their horror.

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The War Scroll; The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness; History, Symbols, Texts, and Commentary

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Following in the apocalyptic visions of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation, The War Scroll reveals the conflict between good and evil in the final days of mankind. Popularly known as “The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness,” the War Scroll is one of the seven original Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran in 1947 and holds the Qumran library designator of “1QM,” meaning it was produced from the dig of cave 1. The War Scroll is a very important piece of literature in our understanding of the concepts of divine justice and retribution held by the Jewish community of the Essenes and the Qumran Community in the time of Jewish persecution by Rome. The scroll reflects a belief that in the end times evil would be eradicated by the Power of God and his Sons of Light. The Qumran community saw itself as a righteous light in the world, solidly on the side of good. As God’s army, they would fight evil in the world, and with God’s help, through his agent, Michael the Archangel, they would win the battle against the Sons of Darkness and bring back righteousness and peace. The text is replete with parallel biblical and apocryphal verses, commentary, and references to numerical symbolism, all intended to lead the reader into an appreciation and understanding of the text.

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OffPlanet Radio – Roots of Gnosticism-Pt1

by Joseph Lumpkin

The Roots of Gnosticism – Angels, Aeons, and Archons Part one.

Randy Maugans, host of Off Planet Radio, and Joseph Lumpkin discussing Gnosticism.
– A primer on Gnosticism –

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Enoch Jubilees Jasher

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Presented here are three of the most popular and sought after apocryphal books in a single volume. – The Book of Enoch is quoted by Jude, cited by Peter, and read by the apostles, Enoch (1 Enoch) informs our ideas of angels and demons. Enoch tells us about the Watchers, the Nephilim, the fallen angels, and the origin of certain demons on earth. – The Book of Jubilees, also known as The Little Genesis and The Apocalypse of Moses, opens with an extraordinary claim of authorship. It is attributed to the very hand of Moses; penned while he was on Mount Sinai, as an angel of God dictated to him regarding those events that transpired from the beginning of the world. The story is written from the viewpoint of the angel. The angelic monolog takes place after the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt. The setting is atop Mount Sinai, where Moses was summoned by God. The text then unfolds as the angel reveals heaven’s viewpoint of history. – The Book of Jasher reveals a large quantity of additional information about the period between divine creation and the time of Joshua’s leadership over Israel when the Israelites enter into the land of Canaan. The Book of Jasher includes details about the antediluvian patriarchs, angels, watchers, the flood, the tower of Babel, and many other events mentioned in the Bible. All three books reveal amazing information about the Watchers, the Nephilim, and the fall of the angels when the sons of God came down and took the daughters of man as wives and produced giants, monsters, and the nephilim.

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Interview with Alex Clair “The Unseen World” 9/11/2014

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Check Out Christianity Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with LIfe Quest Christian Network on BlogTalkRadio
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Tales from a Strange Southern Lady

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Jan Fink’s stories are drawn from her life experiences and the people she has met along the way. She allows her characters to channel their stories in their own voices. Stories that involve what it is to be human and capable of greed, hatred, brutality and even murder.
Her characters take us through the struggles of the human capacity for good and evil, the capacity to love, human frailty, the burden of guilt and sin and realizing the dark side of their own nature. From Anna fleeing her eccentric Southern family, Olivia’s childhood memoir, Damon Pierce’s knowledge, John Love’s quest for Clara Jean, Little Bill’s Greenland to Pauley and Dylan’s driving lesson, a mother’s story of abuse, the long-winded George McNutt, Buzz the collector and Archie’s question, they are each in their own way searching for meaning and freedom.
“Tales from a Strange Southern Lady” is fashioned with sentences that artfully paint perfect pictures and a sharp,
wicked sense of humor.
At the same time they carry that sort of Southern innocence and naiveté
that makes the characters so likable and the hatable.

Learn more about Jan Fink by clicking here, or visit here “author’s page” under the top tab.

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Septuagint

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The Septuagint (or “LXX” ) is the Greek version of the Old Testament. It is a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament and certain Apocryphal books, which was written in the late 3rd century BC by the order of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the king of Ptolemaic Egypt (283 BC to 246 BC). Alexander the Great had spread Greek influence and language throughout “the known world” and the Jews of the area were losing their Jewish roots and tongue. This Greek translation was created for use by the Alexandrian Jews who were fluent in Koine Greek, but were no longer fluent in Hebrew. The Septuagint is quoted in the New Testament by the Apostolic Fathers. The influence of the Septuagint on Christianity cannot be denied and should be studied by students of the Bible and religion. This translation of the Septuagint was written by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton and published in 1851. It was based on the Codex Vaticanus, one of the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Greek Bible. This version of the Septuagint is used by scholars and students of Scripture, religion, as well and Old and New Testament history.

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The Sophia of Jesus Christ (also called The Wisdom of Jesus Christ)

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Presented here are the Books of “The Sophia of Jesus Christ” (also called “The Wisdom of Jesus Christ”) and “Eugnostos the Blessed” with extensive commentary on the ancient texts, Gnosticism, and the Divine Feminine. Gnosticism holds a special and unique place in the formation of Christianity. The theology presented by the Gnostics demands a balance of male and female “energies”. In this book we will explore Gnosticism and the Divine Feminine through the lens of two great Gnostic texts. We will see the influence of Gnosticism and how their idea of the Divine Feminine effected orthodox or mainline Christianity. The treatise of “Eugnostos the Blessed” (50-150 A.D.) and the gospel called, “The Sophia of Jesus Christ”, (50-200 A.D.) are presented together in a single volume, due to their close and undeniable connection. In fact, one borrowed heavily from the other. “The Sophia of Jesus Christ”, also called “The Wisdom of Jesus Christ”, seems to be a later and Christianized version of “Eugnostos the Blessed”, a non-Christian Gnostic text. Gnosticism is complex and deserves explanation in order to better understand the texts. Extensive history, background and commentary are provided in order to reveal the inner working of Gnosticism, the place of women in their theology, and how Gnosticism influenced Christianity.

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