• This review will cover John 1:1-2. Dr. Heiser defends the traditional Trinitarian interpretation (“and the Word was God”) against the NWT (“and the Word was a god”). Dr. Heiser falsely charges JW’s of teaching that the absence of the article in Greek before the word “God” means Jesus is “a god.” After his misrepresentation, he claims that this passage teaches that Jesus is fully God without providing any basis for why the Apostle John made inspired distinctions between the Father (“the God) and the Son (“[no article] God.” Let’s unpack this further. Some Christians continue to falsely charge JW’s of teaching that the translation “a god” should be used in the New Testament every time there is no article before the word “God” in the Greek. Dr. Heiser states, “What if we used their own criterion, their own litmus test (wherever “God” lacks a definite article, we should translate it “a god”)? What if we did that through the rest of John 1 and the rest of the nt? What kind of readings would that produce?” The problem is that the Watchtower Society has never made such a claim. All one has to do is examine their translation (NWT) and it becomes evident that this charge is fallacious. Just because the unbiblical, authoritative Watchtower Society has made past failed prophecies and continues to promote some unbiblical doctrines is no justification for leveling this false charge. Because Dr. Heiser omitted the controversy surrounding the translation of John 1:1c, a brief summary follows: John 1:1 contains three clauses. The controversy is over how to correctly translate the third clause (“and the Word was [?]”). The second clause reads, “and the Word was with God” (ESV). Because the Word (Jesus) was with God (“and the Word was with God”), Jesus cannot be the same God He was with without the heresy of Modalism. Who is the God that Jesus (Word) is with? The Trinity has three choices. Jesus is undisputed with His Father (“God”). So Jesus is not the same God He was with (John 1:18). The second clause in the Greek translates, “and the Word was with THE God.” It includes the definite article “ton” before the word “God” (omitted in English translations). John made a second inspired distinction between Jesus (Word) and His Father (“the God). He placed a direct article before the Word “God” in the second clause for the Father and omitted this article in the third clause for Jesus (“and the Word [Jesus] was [no article] God. This leaves no doubt that Jesus is not the same God He was with. Yet Trinitarian translations pretend that John also used a direct article for Jesus and make Him the same God He was with (“and the Word [Jesus] was God [the Father]”). Trinitarian translations teach Modalism and don’t reflect the underlying Greek. A literal translation that transmits the inspired distinctions that the Apostle John made is to translate the third clause, “and the word was a god.” Since the Father who is greater (John 10:29, 14:28; Romans 6:10, 1 Corinthians 3:23, 11:3, 15:24-28, Ephesians 4:6) is sometimes called “a God” in the Old Testament (Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 32:4, 1 Samuel 2:3, Nehemiah 9:17, Psalm 7:11, 68:20, etc.), it is not out of place for Jesus to be called “a god” in the context. Other Bibles had this translation before the JW’s came into existence (For example, see the 2-3rd century Coptic Gospel of John). A correct understanding of the first verse of John sets the tone for the entire Gospel.
    1. In reply to Into Grace comment. It is sad that you can not understand that Jesus is God. God is in three person's, even if the Bible does not say Trinity in it, God in three persons is illustrated throughout the Bible. Matthew 28: 17-20 is a great demonstration of it and the last part of 17 that some doubted still happens today as you are pointing out. Also read John 14:9 with Jesus talking to Philip telling him that Jesus the son and the Father are the same. The old King James version does not say that the Word was a god it says "the Word was with God and the Word was God. Also who do you believe the us is in Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8 ? The word in Hebrew is ʾanachnuw and translates as "we", "ourselves", and "us". we (first pers. pl.--usually used for emphasis.
  • The manuscripts I consulted with did not contain any morphological tagging. It appears that Logos did a paste job. So if you want Sympathetic highlighting and the benefits of tagging, look elsewhere. Logos, please fix this problem. Thank you.
    1. The book's coverage of the doctrine of the Trinity is full of smoke and lies. It pretends this doctrine was in existence during the Ante-Nicene Fathers era. The author provided several quotes from this period, but not one define God as being one person who eternally exists as Father Son and Holy Spirit (a Trinity). Pretending that the Ante-Nicene Fathers believed in today’s doctrine of the Trinity is like taking a quote from President Lincoln and pretending he believed in the internet.
      1. Poor design. When a new card is selected, the letter is instantly pronounced and the name of the letter is provided below it. How can I test myself when the answer is instantly provided?
        1. Do anyone one know if the contents of this book were published in the Bible Study Magazine? I may purchase years 2008-2017 (digitally) and don't need redundancy. Thank you.
          1. I've subscribed to Bible Study Magazine since the first issue and don't remember seeing any articles that would have come from this book. Even if there were a few articles, they would not cover the same material of such a specialized book. A few years ago, I came across some kind of list of the Table of contents of BSMs. I've looked on my computer and don't see where I've saved it.
        2. Logos, please add a "new to you" option. Those of us who may upgrade want to know what new titles are included. Thank you.
          1. It actually has a "New Journals in 3.1" section. But I guess that other option might be helpful. Have a great day.
        3. Segment Three This segment is called, “The First Problem with Understanding Monotheism.” But before we get our feet wet, we should know the definition of monotheism. According to Merriam-Webster (2017), it means, “the doctrine or belief that there is but one God <historically related forms of monotheism as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Historic monotheism is not a denial of the existence of other gods. Dr. Heiser makes this important point throughout the course. There is a plurality of good and evil gods. Monotheism is like a scope that points to the Father as the one God (Yahweh). Because of His awesomeness, He is in a league all by Himself (as it were), without any competition. With an understanding of monotheism, Dr. Heiser illustrates how different translations have experienced difficulty translating the Hebrew word “elohim” (1 Samuel 28:13; Deuteronomy 32:17; Psalm 82:1). How this ambiguity in the word “elohim” creates a problem for monotheism is not stated (Or I missed it). Heiser continues and in bold letters provides this sentence: “The Old Testament Concept of Divine Plurality is Foundational to the New Testament Trinity.” Apparently, Dr. Heiser is communicating that the broad meaning of the word “Elohim” (to include other deities both good and evil) is a necessary understanding for Trinitarians. While I agree, I was unable to determine how this creates a problem understanding Jewish monotheism. This is because Jewish monotheism doesn’t deny the existence of other inferior gods. It just unmistakable declares that the one and only God (far above all others) is Yahweh (the Father). Secondly, Dr. Heiser is apparently attempting to conditions minds to think of the one God in terms of divine plurality because this is required for Trinitarians. But Dr. Heiser needs to substantiate this premise from the Bible, if true. The standard of truth is the Bible property understood and not something one must believe because of being a Trinitarian. This is because all the passages that identify God as one Being or Person are Unitarian (The Father is the one God). Not one passage includes Jesus or the Holy Spirit within the definition of one God (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; 6:4; 32:39; 2 Samuel 7:22; 2 Samuel 22:32;1 Kings 8:60; 19:15; 1 Chronicles 17:20; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 18:31; Isaiah 37:20; 43:10; 44:8; 45; 45:14; 45:18; 45:21; 46:9; Zachariah 14:9, etc. Mark 12:28-34; Luke 18:19; John 5:44-46, 17:3; Romans 3:30, 16:27; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Galatians 3:19-20; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Timothy 1:17, 2:5; James 2:19; Jude 25). Dr. Heiser writes, “Divine plurality, just the idea, is an important baby step toward helping your Jewish friend understand that, look, when we, as Christians, embrace the idea of a Trinity or Jesus as God, we can still think of ourselves as monotheists in the sense that there is only one incomparable Yahweh.” Dr. Heiser confuses a plurality of divine beings (both good and evil) with the Shema. The Shema is “locked tight.” Yahweh is the only God. Trinitarians wrongly claim they are monotheists when they include Jesus and the Holy Spirit within the Shema (which the Bible excludes). Dr Heiser writes: “There are multiple elohim, and, as we will see in the course of this course, there is an idea of a Godhead in the ot as well.” Dr. Heiser wants his students to assume certain unestablished facts up front. While there are multiple good and evil elohims, the Old Testament doesn’t teach the existence of a multiple Persons (or Beings), godhead. Dr. Heiser is not shy about front loading his students with presuppositions required to make his case. For the complete review, please see website under my profile. Thank you.
          1. Ok...but God is Triune
          2. Only a person that has been saved by the grace of our God can know that our God is triune. May God open your eyes to his truth so that you may never again speak out against the truth of the Godhead.
          3. I disagree with you Into Grace. The Bible does not specifically say Trinity, but there is evidence spoken throughout God's word. How who you explain the small word of us used in Gen. 1:26. It's a small word, but the us involves the 3 person God, to clarify the one and only God!