After reading and studying the Bible for close to 40 years now, I’m certain (as my books detail) that there are profound answers to the oft asked questions: What is a Jew? Who is a Jew? Who is Israel? Is it a state, a nation? a land? Is it a race people, a religion or an ideology?
Gilad Atzmon’s book provided me with more insights to these questions than any other book I have ever read, especially the ideological, personal mindset that is inculcated in the hearts of those who call themselves "Jew" ~
I did not become motivated (or rather inspired) to write this piece until I recently heard Gilad Atzmon being interviewed by Dennis Bernstein on Pacific Radio (KPFA-FM) along with Rabbi Michael Lerner. In addition to discussing the issues concerning the State of Israel, Atzmon (who is a renowned Jazz musician) closed the interview by playing his saxophone, live on the air, which touched me deeply as I heard his heart and soul in the short piece he provided the audience. As I heard his brief melodious soliloquy, all that I had read in his book became even more profound than his written words.
For the most part, I have accepted the word of God (the Bible) as the closest thing to truth possible because the Bible itself claims to be the vehicle with which God has spoken to His creation (2 Samuel 22:31,Psalm 18:30, Proverbs 30:5, Isaiah 40:8, Acts 20:32, 2 Corinthians 4:2, Colossians 1:25, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 2:15). Over and above reading and studying the word of God, I have spent close to 40 years digging deeper into what many words and phrases contained in the Bible truly mean, through the study of the Greek and Hebrew languages, as well as studying figures of speech and the etymology of key words, which have provided me with greater insight to what God has been trying to convey to His chosen children of promise, and mankind as well.
As I began my research to write my two books The End Times Passover [Etymological Challenges to Millenarian Doctrines] and Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation [The Sequel to The End Times Passover], one of the most difficult tasks was making the proper identification concerning the words Israel and Jew mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments. One of the first books I read that helped me understand the role Israel has played in the Old Testament was The Seventy Weeks and the Great Tribulation written by Philip Mauro in 1944. Since completing my books (for the most part) in 1986 (I began writing them in 1984), I have read many other great books about Israel and the Jews, including The Israel of God, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, by O. Palmer Robertson, and The Israel of God in Prophecy by Hans K. LaRondelle, published in 1983. This last book is probably the most well-written book in the market for its Bible-based acumen. For that matter, had I read LaRondelle’s book back in 1983, I would never have written mine because the content is almost identical to what I have written in my tome. Nevertheless, the most redeeming aspect of these two books is they biblically validated my exhaustive twenty five years of research . Since then, I have read many other books, including The Invention of the Jewish People, by Shlomo Sand, one of the books mentioned in Gilad Atzmon’s book, The Wandering Who.
Another great book I read to hopefully discern many of the questions I have always had concerning Israel and who (or what) are the Jewish people was The Jewish Dilemma, written by Elmer Berger (himself an avowed Jew) written in 1945, before the state of Israel was proclaimed the official homeland for the Jewish people. In his book, Berger made a statement that resonated loudly for me concerning questions that Gilad Atzmon clearly answers, covering all aspects of the “Jewish” question that I have had for over 40 years: Berger states at the beginning of his book:
“The Western World, especially in the last few decades, has become increasingly confused about the status of Jews – whether or not they should be considered as a “separate people” or a “race.” Jews themselves, no less than Christians, have been, and are, confused about it. A Jewish periodical The Reconstructionist, editorialized on this subject some time ago as follows: We have not yet determined whether we are to use the term race, religion, nation or culture to clarify the nature of our Jewish entity and identity.”
Whether they are Jewish or (Gentile) Christians, little do many of these folks know (although I do share with a few of them) that Jewish people have played an important part in my life since childhood. I had many Jewish mentors in my early career in the business, media and political world, and, more importantly, my daughter is half Mexican and half Jewish from a former marriage to a lady that lasted for 23 years, whose parents were Jews who came from Russia. I know and have lived in a co-Jewish cultural existence throughout the majority of my life. I also recently found out that my grandfather, who was born and raised in Castel de Vida, a quaint village outside of Lisbon, Portugal, where there is an atmospheric medieval Judiaria, or Jewish Quarter, where time seems to have stood still, with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses (most of them with Gothic doorways and potted plants on the doorsteps). There in that little township sits the oldest synagogue in the entire country, although all that remains is one modest little room. I was told early on in my youth by some relatives that my grandfather, prior to coming to the US when he was 25 years old, may have been or was probably Jewish; but we paid no mind to that notion. During that period of my life, being raised under impoverished conditions, ethnic heritage didn’t seem important to hard-working kids picking dates and grapes while being raised in a predominately poor agricultural Mexican neighborhood in southern California. Who truly knows if Semitic blood flows through veins covered by my dark brown skin? One thing is for certain, I have never had any ant-Semitic (nor anti racial) thoughts towards any one single group.
While most American Christians believe they have to support the government of Israel, solely based on their misinterpretation of Genesis 12:3, how can they support of group who doesn't know who they are to begin with? Genesis 12:3 was a promise by God that He would bless those who blessed Abraham and his faith-believing (not physical) descendants, as is proven by Galatians 3:6-9 and Galatians 4:22-31. My many years of Bible studies reveals that claim is not theologically valid.
I am convinced (based on 40 years of the study) that the key to overturning this diabolical agenda (which sadly Christian Zionists erroneously support) is to present evidence that the orthodox Christian doctrine as is clearly written and stated in the Bible has been usurped and held captive by Pharisaical forces going back as far as its birth. But it received its biggest boost when ultra Zionists agents at the commands of the Rothschild dynasty, were sent to America to poison the Gospel. Time nor space prevents us from going into well documented details, but the Rothschild empire used agents such as Samuel Untermeyer, Jacob Schiff and British preacher John Nelson Darby to influence and fund a defrocked American preacher by the name of C.I. Scofield to rewrite the King James Bible in the early 1900's. Scofield wrote margins in his version to reflect that key scripture passages should be applied and attributed to Jews migrating to Palestine, rather than the Patriarchs in the Old Testament. That altered Bible version today is called the New Scofield Bible, which is the version used in most American seminaries, which turn out thousands of Christian preachers and pastors who are teaching unbiblical notions to mainstream Christians.
Old Jerusalem is not The Promised Land! The wars and contentions going back after Rome razed Jerusalem in 70 AD rages on because their adherents would rather believe the Pharisaical cabal of money-changers will restore their power over humanity. These diabolically-influenced and controlled Pharisees (who now call themselves Zionists), have plotted from day one to get the power back Jesus took away from them when He paid the price at the cross and redeemed God's Kingdom forever!. They will not quit until they have destroyed Christianity (and all other religions, as well) and establish their godless New World Order. Sadly, the majorities of American Christians are on their side and are supporting their agenda!!
Hopefully, in addition to bringing these issues to the forefront, many will read Atzmon’s revelatory book and (hopefully again) these strident ideologues will learn to place self-proclaiming Jews and or their political Zionist counterparts in an appropriate perspective.