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Tue, Dec 25 2012 - 10:06 PM

Trinity from a Hebraic Context

By Christopher (From Schtix and Stones)

One of the things I hear so often about in the Hebraic Roots is the debate of the trinity.  Is there a trinity is there not, is there a bilateral concept etc.  I have been amazed here recently in the many things that have come my way on this very subject especially in the Shema which has been a major topic of discussion recently.  

"Shema Yisrael YHWH Eloheynu YHWH Echad"
"Hear O' Israel Yahweh our Elohim, Yahweh is one" 
(Deuteronomy 6:4) 

Now the thing that I find rather fascinating here is the Creator's name is mentioned 3 times in the Shema.  We could chose to overlook that except for one crucial element within the Shema.  Any scholar of Hebrew knows that the word Elohim (or Eloheynu) is plural (meaning: Mighty Ones).  The singular form is Eloah (meaning: Mighty One).  The argument is often presented that the Jews should then know that YHWH is in three parts and the rabbinical texts prove this very thing, however, they say those who believe in a Trinity are polytheists and in the Christian sense they are correct.  Christianity does indeed teach polytheism in their interpretation of the trinity.  However, the picture located at the top of this blog in the left hand side is not from a Christian text.  It is from an authentically Jewish collection of writings rejected by Christianity called the Zohar.  They had laid the concept down exactly correct in the artist illustration of the trinity in the Zohar and it has been proven correct in the Scripture as well, however our orthodox brethren have no clue what or who the pink is and the purple part is.  But they understand the concept, and they are waiting for that to be revealed to them.  This is the intention of the Zohar, to give the attributes of the Messiah, so that people will know who he is.  Now as Netzarim we have the upper hand here cause we know who is the pink bubble and who is the purple.  But we must first of all give the foundation to properly understand this concept.  

Did you know the Hebrew language does not have a neuter case?  In most languages there is a masculine, feminine and neuter case for each noun.  English used it in terms of "he" "she" or "it".  Now when I was in college I studied german, and in german like many other languages it is done rather with words like "the" so we have 3 spellings based upon the sex of the noun "der" (masculine) "die" (feminine) and "das" (neuter).  So in terms of the pink bubble, Scripture in it's original language shows us who that is.  That is why there is much speculation in Jeremiah 44:19, as to who the "Queen of Heaven" is.  Is YHWH married?  Or is this someone we know?  There has been much speculation about this and the key is in the original language.  

   והיא רוח נותן עדות
                                                                And she the Ruach gives testimony…. 
                                                                                (Romans 8:16)

Is this the only witness to prove this?  Absolutely not, not only do we have Jeremiah 44:19, John 16:8refers to the Ruach HaKodesh as a "she", as well as Mk. 1:10; John 1:32, 33; 6:63; 7:39; Acts 8:29, 39; 16:17; Rom. 8:9, 10, 11, 16, 26, 1Cor. 3:16; 1Tim. 4:1; 1Pt. 1:11; 4:14 and 1Jn. 5:6, each of those verses in the Hebrew use a feminine modifier when speaking of the Ruach HaKodesh.  Let us also look at the attributes of the Ruach HaKodesh in John 14-16 the Ruach HaKodesh, she, is refereed to as a "comforter"  and Isaiah 66:13 refers to YHWH acting "like a mother".  So therefore, given the evidence it is rather definitive that the Ruach HaKodesh is indeed a she.  Thus showing the opposite gender role in a rhetorical sense to YHWH.  So you now know your pink bubble in the picture above.  And it is not hard to decifer that Yeshua is the purple in the middle and this can be proven through believe it or not....the Rabbinical texts.  But first off we must establish why 3?  Why not 4 or 5 or 28,835,163?  Let us look at the Pirkei Avos, which is a part of the Talmud.  Now, I have a rabbinical commentary on the Pirkei Avos of Maharal of Prague, which is regarded as a Chassidic book.  Now the funny thing is the commentary was written by a gentleman by the name of Tuvia Basser,  and Basser is not a believer in Yeshua as Messiah but in his commentary of the Pirkei Avos, he proves that YHWH must be 3.  

"It seems superfluous for the mishnah to count how many things were said; after all we can easily count them ourselves.  The mishnah states "they said three things" to teach that the remedy consists of precisely three parts.  No less would be adequate and no more would be required.  The number three is characteristic of a complete entity.  An entity consists of three parts: two opposite extremes and an intermediate part that joins with those extremes to create a unified whole.  Consider a house.  Inside is a haven of refuge and tranquility; outside lies danger and the harsh elements; and the structure joins these extreme.  We can fortify a house in all three dimensions.  We can protect the inside by eliminating fire hazards.  We can protect it from the outside forces with a windbreak and good water drainage, and we can brace the house itself.  All those areas must be fortified, and there is no other area available for improvement.  
This principle of three-dimensional creation appears in many facets of Jewish thought: 

  • The three forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, left a legacy for the Jewish nation in the dimensions of kindness, strictness and the balanced synthesis of these opposites. 
  • A human being is the synthesis of the physical and spiritual planes of existence 
  • There are three areas of the Torah law: mishpatim mitzvos, and chukim.  At one extreme are mishpatkim- intuitive civil law, the other extreme are chukim- laws that defy systematic rationale.  And in between those two extremes are all other mitzvos, which have systematic principles that require significant effort to discover

 (Pirkei Avos of Maharal of Prague pg 13-14)

This truth is also shown in the Talmud as well with 3 eras of history.  These three eras also show unity within two extremes as well.  Alef and Tav (beginning and end).  And remember Yeshua of course will always be the middle pillar in this harmony in the aspect of the number three which as well is the unifying factor otherwise, there is disorder.  Here is what the Rabbi's said: 

"The Tanna debe Eliyyahu teaches: The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era, but through our many iniquities all these years have been lost....
Rab said: All the predestined dates have passed, and the matter [now] depends only on repentance and good deeds."
(b.Sanhedrin. 97a-97b)

Again this shows Yeshua as the middle pillar in the diagram above as well.  And Paul, makes note of this as well:

"In all wisdom (Chochmah) and insight (Binah) He made known all the mysteries of His will (Keter)"
(Ephesians 1:8-9)

In the very simple exclamation of the Shema we see hidden truths within in that time of the Messiah Yeshua, it is also shown in the Rabbinical writings as well as in the Scripture.  There is a reason Yeshua is called the Middle Pillar, and this is shown again in the Zohar. 

Better is a neighbor that is near, than a brother far off.  This neighbor is the Middle Pillar in the godhead, which is the Son of Yah.
(Zohar 2:115) 

The Middle Pillar [of the godhead] is Metatron, Who has accomplished peace above, According to the glorious state there.
(Zohar 3:227) 

"And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house…" (Gen. 24:2) Who is this of whom it said "his servant?" In what sense must this be understood? Who is this servant? R. Nehori answered:
"It is in no other sense to be understood than expressed in the word "His servant,"
His servant, the servant of Elohim, the chief to His service. And who is he? Metatron, as said. He is appointed to glorify the bodies which are in the grave. This is the meaning of the words "Abraham said to His servant" that is to the servant of Elohim. The servant is Metatron, the eldest of His [YHWH's] House, who is the firstborn of all creatures of Elohim, who is the ruler of all He has; because Elohim has committed to Him the government over all His hosts.
(Zohar 1:129b) 

This is why it is important to have a context of the trinity, cause if we do not then we are calling Yeshua and YHWH a liar, Christianity teaches polytheism, 3 separate gods.  Remember the words of Yeshua in Mark 12:28-34.  Shalom  

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gloriousdays - 5 years ago

Hi Nazarene,

some of the things you are saying may seem to make a lot of sense, especially to those who do not know Hebrew.

The problem with your reasoning can be seen in the second to last paragraph. I cannot recall that Jesus' other name is Metatron. Is that Hebrew or English?

If Abraham spoke to the eldest of all his servants then age comes into play in my understanding. If God is one, how then is his age different from one to the other? Is not God eternal and without age? You are caught here to do exactly what you set out to say the Christians are doing...teach polytheism. You have separated God by age and so have ended up with three different gods. Don't get confused and tell me that while God came in the flesh as the man Jesus that he had age and that made him separate from the Father and the Holy Spirit. Search the scriptures and you will see that Jesus is eternal.

That is what happens when you wrest the holy scriptures and try to add to them from a diverse source.

May the Lord Jesus grant to you and all of us to see his words much more clearly.

I must say that I have learned some things from your post. I like the Hebrew words.


roundtable - 5 years ago

The "Queen of heaven" mentioned in Jeremiah Chapter 44 is almost certainly a pagan godess that Jeremiah is talking about and not someone who is working as a partner with Jehovah. The implication is that they are using this deity to totally eclipse worship of Jehovah. That is why Jehovah has set is sights to destroy them (as explained in passages 23-30 of chapter 44 in Jeremiah).
Your other argument concerning Romans 8-16 depends on whether you have your grammar right. The Holy Spirit in the English translation never has any gender. We know that Jesus and Jehovah refer to themselves as male because they call themselves the Father and Son. If your translation of Romans 8:16 is correct then you have made an important point. However if there are any other praize members with a Jewish background who know Hebrew and Aramaic could you please also take the time to comment.
This information if true, can go in many different directions.
However, it is important to remember that all 12 apostles of Jesus were men (the ones who he traveled with, not people who were made apostles after the death of Jesus). It also mentions in the New Testament that even though a deacon could be a man or woman, the bishop had to be a man (I Timothy chapter 3),(Titus chapter 1). The husband was the leader in a marriage (I Timothy chapter 2). A woman could also be a prophetess (such as Anna) or elder. However it is the bishops (and in the Catholic church the Pope) that decide on church policy. When Judas killed himself he was also replaced with another man.
Can you indicate what letters in line 16 of Romans 8 are the word "she"?