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A History of God: Elohim, Yahweh, and Allah

by Joseph Lumpkin
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In this book we will look at the history and “evolution” of the three deities making up the bulk of the world’s religions, and the evolution of the religions formed from the worship of these three deities. We will examine the history and development of Elohim, Yahweh, and Allah. In doing so, we will also look at the teachings of Jesus and Mohammed, and their influence on the Christian and Islamic faiths respectively. By an objective examination of the Gods of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths we shall see how man’s views of these deities changed over time, and with those changes we will examine how the faiths evolved. No concept of God or religion exists in a vacuum. Ideas and beliefs build on previous ideas and beliefs, combining to form new insights and forms of worship. Customs change when exposed to other cultures. So it is that religions and their gods grow and evolve as one religion or culture meets another. What and who God is has changed and morphed in time with these expanding views. What we see as God’s focus and strength change according to what a tribe or nation needs at the time. To begin our study we must go back to a time before there were Jews, Christians, or Muslims. In the primitive mind of man, there was God. Whether God was conceived or recognized is a matter for discussion.

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The Quran (Koran) for Infidels: Including Introduction, History, Commentary and Three Complete English Translations

by Joseph Lumpkin
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The history of the Prophet Mohammed, the development of Islam, implementation of Shariah Law, and views of Qur’anic interpretations are all presented along with three separate classical translations of the Holy Qu’ran. Put simply, The Qu’ran is viewed as an unfolding revelation. Thus, the last statement in the Qu’ran regarding a subject supersedes any statement that came before it. This is called ABROGATION. Thus, we list verses in chronological order and examine the list for the last verses written on a subject to see what instructions are to be followed by Islam today. What is revealed answers the great questions facing modern Western civilization. What is Islam? What does the Qu’ran really say? How has Islam become so violent and why is Islamic terrorism flooding the world today?

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Radical Islam: Understand, Prepare, Defend

by Joseph Lumpkin
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Islam cannot be treated simply as a religion. Islam is a political movement seeking to bring about a worldwide theocracy with Muslims ruling through Sharia Law. Islam is a socio-political system founded on a religion. Its laws are a set of irrevocable and unchanging religious commands written in the 7th century in a book called the Quran (Koran) by the prophet and warlord, Mohammed. Today, Islamic terrorists are killing innocent people and destabilizing governments around the world, but what do we really know about their religion, their beliefs, and their ultimate goals? We will answer the following questions and more: Where and how did Islam originate? What does the Quran actually say and mean? What do Muslims believe? What makes this religion so dangerous? Why do Muslims insist on using Sharia Law instead of the laws of any nation? Why do some claim Islam is a religion of peace even as it spawns terrorism? How and why did Islam splinter into so many violent groups? What are the Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIS? Where did they come from and what do they want? Are terrorists and radical Muslims actually following the Quran? Do these Muslims really want a global war? Does the Quran actually support war, terrorism, slavery, polygamy, marriage to children, animal sacrifice, stoning, beating, amputation and decapitation? Why are many Muslim believers so eager to kill and die for Islam? Why are European countries sinking into lawless lands of rape, murder, and chaos under the actions of Islamic immigrants? What can be done to stop terrorism here and now? How can we defend our nation and our families against radical Islam? We will use direct quotes from major clerics and the Quran to reveal the truth about Islam. We will look into the plans of radical clerics to take over Europe and then the U.S. We will examine the history, beliefs, laws, aims, and goals of Islam. We will use the words of journalists and reporters to delve into recent events. We will uncover terrorist groups actually working with the U.S. government. We will read the words of noted security experts to gain insight into defense. We will understand radical Islam and be prepared to defend against the coming violence.

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The Infidel’s Guide To Understanding Islam, ISIS, and the Quran

by Joseph Lumpkin
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(This book contains a complete copy of the Koran (Quran) in English.)
Islam is a socio-political system founded on a religion. Its laws are a set of irrevocable and unchanging religious commands written in the 7th century by the prophet, Mohammed. Who was Mohammed? What did he teach? Was he a prophet or a warlord? Did Mohammed actually marry a six-year-old girl? Does Islam still allow sex slaves? Is Islam a religion of peace or of violence? How do you read and interpret the Quran? Was the Quran actually written by Mohammed as an inspired book that cannot be altered? Why are the laws and practices of Islam the same as they were in the 7th century? How did Islam spawn so many violent movements? What is ISIS? Where did they come from and what do they want? Are terrorists and fundamentalist actually following the Quran? Does the Quran teach of an apocalypse? Do fundamental Muslims want a global war? Does the Quran really support polygamy, marriage to children, animal sacrifice, slavery, and such cruelty as stoning, beating, amputation and decapitation? Why are so many believers eager to kill and die for Islam? Do Muslims actually believe there will be 70 virgins for each man in heaven? What is the truth the faithful know and will not say? In this book we will answer all of these questions and more. We will use direct quotes from major clerics and the Quran to reveal the truth about Islam. Can the Islamic terrorists be stopped? Included here are the answers to all these questions along with a copy of the Quran in English and instruction on its interpretation so each statement can be checked and verified. You will learn about the rule of Abrogation that clerics use to properly interpret the Quran. We will see how one rule of Quran interpretation has obscured the true meaning of the faith from those not deeply familiar with Islam. In the end, you will understand what is happening in the world and why.

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Mystics: A Thousand Paths To A Single Door

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Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Secular mystics all search for a deeper and personal connection with life and spirit. In this book we will look at all major paths of mysticism and see what marvelous truth and beauty is held within the heart of the mystic. This amazing journey may have a thousand paths, but all will end at the door of the infinite. The mystical experience is an encounter with the deepest truth and ultimate reality in which there is a sense of sacredness so rich and beautiful it cannot be adequately described. The mystical experience is enlightenment, awareness, wakefulness, love, peace, and a million things more. It is nothing at all. It is the all. The experience may last but a moment but it can change your life. It is available to all people in every moment of life. No matter what path the mystic may walk, all will enter the same gate and end in the arms of love and peace. Let us take this journey together and see what the divine spirit has in store for us.

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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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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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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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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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