It has been almost seven years now since I began work on the original edition of this book and it’s been roughly three years since it was first published under the IS403 imprint. Many things have changed since then and so I felt it was time to revisit this work to make some needed revisions.
Looking back, I still think that Proverbs 25:2 – that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of a king to search it out – very much describes my feelings regarding biblical scholarship. Perhaps even more now than when I first wrote this, I am keenly aware that in my attempts to apprehend some new discovery I have found that there is nothing new under the sun. All of my insights are not the result of any cleverness or intellectual prowess on my part, but rather the result of the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit in my life as I have stood on the shoulders of men far greater than myself in hopes of catching a glimpse of that for which we all seek.
So I do not write here of the new and the novel. Rather I write this in hope of drawing your attention afresh to those ancient truths which remain with us, fixed as they are within the framework of creation, the very foundation of our Faith.
Should you choose to continue to read on from here you should know that I have intentionally oriented this book as a biblical and philosophical work with the intention and hope that the reader will find it devotional in its essential character. Furthermore, while the book is steeped in research, I have sought to use a tone that is conversational rather than academic. There are many references to enrich your reading but I tried to make them as discreet as possible so that they would not distract you from the main narrative. Finally, you need to be aware that for this work I chose to forego the convention of quoting scripture from any of the common English translations. I have done this because I wanted to fully engage you in my line of thinking, as it flowed out of my own study of the text in its original languages.
That said, I sincerely hope you will accept this invitation to come, pour yourself a drink, pull up a seat and allow me the privilege of breaking the Bread of Life together with you.