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Review of Things to Come (J. Dwight Pentecost) for Bible Prophecy Novelists

Things to Come

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Things to Come

If this book is read carefully and the reader has a good knowledge of the Bible, you will understand in depth how God will deal with the earth regarding the rapture of the church, the seven-year tribulation, the millennium and eternity future. You will need to read this book with the Bible right beside you, to look up verses to increase your understanding, because Pentecost interprets many Biblical passages by only giving you the reference. You have to understand that Pentecost wrote this as part of his doctoral dissertation for Dallas Theological Seminary. 

He does present all views on all these matters and presents the pros and cons of each view. This could be useful as a novelist in the creation of the story world, perhaps to create a character who is off in his Bible prophecy which causes great calamity. The first thing he does is explain the different methods of Biblical interpretation, showing that the historical/grammatical method is best and that if the text is to be interpreted as a metaphor, the Bible usually indicates it. Literal interpretation (the text means what it says as it says it) should be our guideline for interpretation unless the text states otherwise. It’s more complicated than this, but Pentecost covers just about all the bases for everything he discusses.

Using the literal method of interpretation as his standard, he then goes forward.

First, Pentecost goes through the Biblical covenants to explain that there is a distinction between the Church and Israel. The Abrahamic covenant is God’s promises to Abraham regarding his seed (the Jewish nation). The Palestinian covenant is God’s promises to Israel regarding their land. The Davidic covenant are God’s promises to Israel regarding how David’s heir will be the Messiah and also that David, himself, is promised an eternal kingdom.

As a novelist, with scenes in the millennium, I will need to portray Jesus and his saints (all those in resurrection bodies, including Old Testament, church saints, tribulation saints, etc.) as reigning from the holy city Jerusalem, which will be hovering over the earth, though not in direct contact with it. Then you have the New Covenant, which describes Israel in her glory, reigning as a nation during the millennium. Only resurrected saints will live in this eternal city, the heavenly Jerusalem. Those who live on earth below are in their mortal bodies, and are those righteous who have survived the seven-year tribulation (along with their children and descendants). The judgments at the end of the tribulation are described (who, when, where, etc.). All the righteous dead in their resurrection bodies will live in the heavenly Jerusalem (described in Rev. 21 & 22), hovering over the millennial earth.

The millennial earth is described in great detail, including how the animal kingdom changes, people live longer and that the only ones who die during the millennium are mostly the rebels who did not like their Jesus dictator’s rule. Plenty of ideas here for creating a fantasy world. Though my goal is to make that world as real as possible to the reader, so I will strive to make my world align with the Bible (with the help of this book which helps me see that world more accurately and comprehensively).

Pentecost emphasizes that all the covenants are unconditional, except the Mosaic (the covenant of the law). This means that the covenants mentioned in the paragraph above (all of which are unconditional) MUST be honored, even if the other party to that covenant has failed to obey God. So, the Jewish nation, despite her disobedience, WILL fulfill the Abrahamic, Palestinian, Davidic and New Covenants. As a writer of novels involving Biblical prophecy, I could create conflicts revolving around those who claim the church has replaced Israel (a false teaching). This book would give me the ammunition to create those arguments.

Pentecost devotes a large part of this book discussing the various rapture positions: partial, posttribulation, mid-tribulation, pretribulation and the events for the church following the rapture. He takes the pretribulation position, that the rapture will happen BEFORE the tribulation. This appears correct to me, using literal interpretation of the Scripture. As a Bible prophecy writer who strives to be accurate, I will depict the rapture as happening before the tribulation, though the Bible is not clear if the tribulation happens right after the rapture, so there could be a break, which I may utilize in my novel.

The church goes up to heaven after the rapture, where she first is judged for rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ and then takes part in the marriage of Christ to his bride, the church. All while this is happening, the earth is going through tribulation below. Because I may want to keep my main characters in their mortal bodies for most of story time, I may have God make an exception for my leads to keep them in their mortal bodies during the tribulation. This is where my fantasy writing will come in.

Pentecost discusses the church, the Holy Spirit, Israel, the Gentiles, the Campaign of Armageddon, and the Judgments of the tribulation. The church will NOT be on earth during the tribulation. To keep Dor and Brianna (born again Christians at the time of the rapture) on earth during the tribulation, I will have to violate this rule. I may have Jesus make an exception for them somehow, using fantasy writing skills, while portraying the church as up in heaven. Jesus will be making appearances in my story and he can explain the rules and how and why he’s allowing Dor and Brianna to break them.

Pentecost does not believe Moses and Elijah are the two prophets of Revelation, and he presents good arguments, but has not convinced me. So if God can bring back Moses and Elijah, couldn’t he make an exception to special church saints who he will allow to remain in mortal bodies to help out tribulation saints? I will have to go out of my way, to show that these are exceptions and that the church IS IN HEAVEN DURING THE TRIBULATION.

Jesus has told me that not one Jew will come to Jesus during the tribulation. But, of course, the entire nation will come to Him AFTER the tribulation, that is, those one-third that SURVIVE. I will portray the 144,000 as coming to Jesus right after the rapture, and BEFORE the tribulation starts. This is viable. Pentecost explains from the Bible that the 144,000 must be on the scene early in the tribulation. So if these Jews come to Christ BEFORE the tribulation; then Jesus is right, no Jews will be saved during the tribulation. But those 144,000 Jewish missionaries will be the greatest missionaries this world has ever seen! But they won’t have much luck with their fellow Jews due to the Antichrist’s pact with Israel during the tribulation. This can be a source of great conflict for my lead character, whose job will be to lead the Jewish nation to Jesus to solve his problems.

Pentecost describes the tribulation world pretty vividly, a great help to any Bible prophecy novelist. There is a league of ten world leaders who will side with the Antichrist, but three of them will be troublemakers (another source of story ideas).

I disagree with Pentecost on the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel and don’t think it will all happen early on in the tribulation. I believe it will be in two parts, during the second seal (when war breaks out) and right before the Campaign of Armageddon (the final battle between Christ and the Antichrist). But Pentecost has given me plenty to stew over.

His descriptions of the judgments after Christ conquers the Antichrist, is quite vivid, and I can see the Gentiles lined up for their judgment, where they will be judged over how they treated tribulation saints and the Jews; and the Jews all saved at once, and those who accept Jesus as Messiah go into the millennium in their mortal bodies. May need to review this chapter again when I get to this section in my book.

Pentecost goes into great detail regarding the events of Christ’s Second Coming, where Old Testament saints will be resurrected, and the nations and then those who survived the tribulation will be judged.

As a result of reading this book I have a much clearer picture of what will happen during the tribulation and the millennium. Will be a great help to me as I write my novel, to keep it as Biblically accurate as possible.

As I have one book that has the millennium as the story world, his sections about how Israel and the Gentiles will be during the millennium will be essential as I create my story world for that novel. Jesus will be reigning from Heavenly Jerusalem which will be hovering over millennial earth, but not touching it. It appears that some of the millennial mortals living on earth can visit this heavenly city from the earth, but they don’t live there. The sin problem will not be eradicated, but greatly reduced, explaining Jesus’ need to rule with a rod of IRON. As my millennial novel has characters in both resurrection and mortal bodies, knowing this about the heavenly Jerusalem will help me create the rules for my story world. It appears to me that to be Biblically accurate, I should probably have all my POV characters remain in mortal bodies until the climax.

Any ways, I highly recommend this book to anybody who takes their Bible seriously. J. Dwight Pentecost has thoroughly thought through his beliefs and based them on Biblical interpretation principles that honor the Bible and truth. I believe Pentecost is about 90 to 95% accurate in his depictions and for those novelists who want to write truthful stories related to Bible prophecy, this book is a MUST READ!

The book is long, but you get your money’s worth. It is designed for those who take God and the Bible seriously. As a person who has read the Bible from cover to cover hundreds of times, I think this is one of the best books out there on Biblical prophecy in terms of accuracy and scope. In today’s world, where we are obviously in the end times, knowing what’s in this book may help Christians to keep their priorities and focus where it should be, something that I hope my novels will do as well.

Written by: Gail Chord Schuler (Gabrielle Chana pen name)
Things to Come
Date written: 2/16/2019
5.0 / 5 stars


How to Write a Masterpiece for Jesus

Good message about staying on the path God has for you. I’d combine this with John MacArthur’s message or book about how to find God’s will for your life.

I also have John MacArthur’s book Found: God’s Will and reread it on occasion to see if I’m still on my path. Basically if you are WHO God wants you to be, He controls your wants, and you just need to do what you REALLY WANT TO DO DEEP DOWN INSIDE.

Like right now, more than anything, I want to write my Silver Skies novels. I’m consumed with this! But not just like I’d write any other book. God has put a masterpiece inside my soul and I’m determined to honor that! To God be the glory. My goal is to equal the quality of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. And, you know what? I think God put this desire in my heart. I want it to be the quality of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but true to Bible prophecy, so that when someone picks the book up, they will feel like the future portrayed could very well happen in real life and that this book is very relevant for them.

You might say, “That’s impossible! You could never write as well as Tolkien and also be very prophetic in your novel.”

Well, with God, all things are possible. If he put this desire in my heart and I am who I am supposed to be, then it came from him and he will honor that desire for His honor and glory. I will write this masterpiece, and won’t cut corners and while I’m doing it, He’ll take care of my NEEDS and I’ll be on my path. God promises to take care of those in the center of His will for their life.

You might say, “You’re awful stuck on yourself to think you’ll write a masterpiece.” Well, actually, I never really believed it was a masterpiece until I picked up cold what I’d written in the 1990s. I read that 1990s draft with amazement and remembered what was in my heart as I wrote it. I then got to where I left off and found myself shouting, “Where’s your ending? You gotta write the ending! This thing is good. Why did you quit?” Back in the 1990s I had a consuming passion to portray to the world the amazing love between me and Brent Spiner. When I found out about Loree (who claimed to be Brent’s girlfriend at the time and publicized this everywhere), I dropped the book cold, forgot my writing skills and got somewhat off my path. I was confused about my love life.

The true ending that I need to write to honor the first two-thirds masterpiece is not what I tacked on in 2004 to help Steven Spielberg have an ending for the movie version. I hear the movie won Academy Awards. But you know what? I never could get into what I wrote (my modified version) in 2004. That’s cuz I forgot some of the skills I had in the 1990s that helped me write the 1990s masterpiece, when I tacked on an ending in 2004 to help out Spielberg. Spielberg based his movie on the 1990s version, THE 1990s VERSION IS WHAT I NEED TO FINISH. If I could make the first two-thirds a masterpiece (which I DID), I can finish it as a masterpiece. This is apparently a gift Jesus has given me and I need to use my gifts.

The point is the first two-thirds is masterpiece. If I did it in the first two-thirds, I can do it in the unwritten ending! I recall that I always felt like I needed to compensate for my inexperience as a writer in the 1990s, and I studied writing craft books like crazy to hone my craft and applied what I learned to my book in progress. I also trusted my guts, which I learned were uncannily accurate. My firm rule was to write like what I like to read, even if the whole world felt otherwise. I do recall that I told myself that to write the ending, I’d need to study Hebrew. Back then, there weren’t any good free Hebrew courses, so I probably would have paid for a Hebrew course. But Jesus says only spend money on food and bills and now there’s a free Hebrew course through a Master’s seminary professor. But you have to WORK, make flashcards and help yourself learn. I’ve learned that God honors hard work and passion, which is what I put into the first two-thirds. I can do it. Just don’t quit and do my best. I did it in the first two-thirds. I can do it.

I recall I spent a lot of time in RESEARCH when I wrote the 1990s version, which paid dividends in some of the most brilliant characterization I’ve ever seen in any novel (Yup, MY NOVEL). The amount of research I did filled up an entire file cabinet. I’ve lost all this stuff, because I couldn’t afford to move my files from Seattle to Florida at the time of my divorce. But I remember that I spent time in research every day while writing the novel. I have reordered any books or research material I used that were instrumental in how the first two-thirds turned out. I will have to continue the research to make my ending match the first two-thirds. And so I WILL.

I recall that one screenwriter advised her writers to do a lot of research about the characters in order to make them seem real. I followed that advice in the 1990s. This is why I’m studying Hebrew, which is a MUST to make my rabbi seem real in the ending scenes, where he MOVES TO ISRAEL. Hebrew is not an easy language to learn, but God has made a free course available through a Master’s Seminary professor which I’m taking. I don’t think this is an accident.

So, I’ll study Hebrew and Judaism enough so that my rabbi main character will seem real to my readers. I’ll study theology about Bible prophecy, so that my future tribulation and millennium portrayals will be right on target. I’m basically giving myself a Seminary education in Messianic Jewish Studies. I’ll brush up on the writing craft books I read in the 1990s that helped me write at professional level, so that my novel will read with a literary quality like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Emily Bronte. I’ll remember how to craft scenes with characters that jump out at you, with dialogue that goes to your soul, with a plot that resonates deep spiritual truths and a theme that seems directed right at your heart. And someone someday will pick up this book I wrote and BE TRANSFORMED.

You might say, “You’re taking a Hebrew class just as research for a novel?” Yup. You see, my attitude when I wrote Silver Skies was that this would be the only novel I’d write and I wanted it to be unforgettable. I really believed that back then. I figured with it being the only one I’d write, I’d make it a LIFE project, and so doing things like take a course to help with research would seem reasonable for a life-time project.

Hallelujah! When you are on your path, you transform those around you to the glory of God. You live by faith and you trust God to take care of you while you obey him and honor whatever He has put on your heart, as you remain true to the Spirit’s leading in your life.

I know I have to do the Gail Commandments to stay healthy, and then after that, whatever free time I have left, I use to follow my Spirit-filled heart.

In high school I sang in the Apple Blossom Festival in Virginia as part of my high school chorus. I fell in love with Apple Blossom Time, the theme song for my novel:

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Lord of the Rings Audiobook (better than the movie!)

LINKS TO THE AUDIO FILES:,6jmo2c5q9vbll,jdmyib22aeqpm/shared

I recorded the movies off my television in 2008, but I really couldn’t get into them. It was after listening to the audio books above, that I got into The Lord of the Rings trilogy. You will enjoy the movies, in my opinion, only if you have read the book first. If you haven’t read or heard the book, then it’s hard to get into the characters as they are portrayed in the movie. I felt the characters in the movie seemed sensationalistic and somewhat shallow, because the screenwriters failed to develop their characters, making them more two-dimensional than three-dimensional. The screenplay for The Lord of the Rings trilogy failed to develop the characters like Tolkien did, so the screenplay diluted each character in their depictions and ruined the book. If I was the screenwriter for The Lord of the Rings, I would have concentrated more on the characters and what drove them, and put less emphasis on events or would have shown the events from the perspective of how they affected the characters.

Contrary to popular Hollywood opinion, what makes for exciting drama are exciting characters, even more so than a bunch of slam, bang action. It’s hard to care about the characters in the movie, because the movie doesn’t give us a reason to care. They are all obviously on a mission, but that mission is not made relate-able to the audience (like Tolkien accomplished in his novels) and so you lose those in your audience who want to CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THEIR CHARACTERS. Yeah, they’re brave, but, for WHAT? That question Tolkien answers in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the screenwriters in The Lord of the Rings movies fail to address this properly.

The events in and of themselves are meaningless unless you understand how they deeply affect the characters. I don’t think Tolkien would have liked the movies for this reason. Tolkien’s characters are deep, and this makes the events deep. In the movie, more emphasis was placed on conflict, but less on how the conflict AFFECTED the characters. You can’t leave this out, without ruining the story!

Setting had deep meanings in the book, with each setting (each race, each place, each leader) a metaphor representing a type of moral code. The movie didn’t show this AT ALL. And so it not only failed in characterization, but in theme. The book showed a story of various moral codes at war with each other, and the codes that had the most depth, courage and transparency won in the end. In the movie, you saw fierce battles, but the morals were muddled and the “righteous” were portrayed in a broad stroke and we missed the nuances that showed their righteous and courageous hearts. We just saw the quick strokes and the stereotypes, not the fully developed hearts struggling to be real, courageous and genuine.

The movie did not give me a reason TO CARE. Yeah, we could tell the ring was a big deal, but WHY? Yeah, we knew it was evil. But WHY? It seems to put some of the characters under a sort of voodoo spell and it just seemed so contrived in the movie. In the book, when the ring cast its spell, the characters struggled inside themselves between good and evil, which should have been shown more in the movie! The interior struggle could have been developed in dialogue, by taking some of the interior monologue and putting it into dialogue. Also don’t omit any events CRUCIAL to character development. The movie failed to show the interior of the characters, their struggle between good and evil – THAT WAS WHAT THE WHOLE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY WAS ABOUT. But the movie didn’t GET IT!

You might say, you’re being too hard on the movie. Did you know this movie has won a record of Academy Awards? The only reward I care about is whether the movie affects my emotional core, which this movie didn’t do for me, and which THE BOOK DID. Hollywood seems to get more shallow by the year, making their award ceremonies meaningless.

Full Text of English Babylonian Talmud

As part of my research for my novel Silver Skies (rabbi main character), I will study portions of the Talmud from a website by Tzvee Zahavy.

I include these videos BELOW for educational purposes only. I do not necessarily agree with all taught here.

Hannah Roussel got her master’s degree in Talmudic studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, so she is worth listening to as my rabbi main character is a graduate of this school!


SEDER ZERA‘IM (Seeds: 11 tractates)

Introduction to Seder Zera‘im — Rabbi Dr. I Epstein
Berakoth (Benedictions: 9 chapters, 64 folios, 405 pages) Berachoth.PDF
Introduction to Berakoth — Maurice Simon
Pe‘ah (Corner: 8 chapters, 46 pages) Peah.PDF
Demai (Doubtful: 7 chapters, 82 pages) Demai.PDF
Kil‘ayim (Mixtures: 9 chapters, 68 pages) Kilayim.PDF
Shebi‘ith (Seventh: 10 chapters, 52 pages) Sheviith.PDF
Terumoth (Heave Offerings: 11 Chapters, 57 pages) Terumoth.PDF
Ma‘aseroth (Tithes: 5 chapters, 29 pages) Maaseroth.PDF
Ma‘aser Sheni (Second Tithe: 5 chapters, 33 pages) Maaser_Sheni.PDF
Hallah (Dough 4 chapters, 40 pages) Hallah.PDF
‘Orlah (‘Uncircumcision’, sc. of trees: 3 chapters, 29 pages) Orlah.PDF
Bikkurim (First Fruits: 4 chapters, 4 folios, 24 pages) Bikkurim.PDF

 SEDER MO‘ED (Appointed Seasons: 12 tractates)

Foreword to Seder Mo‘ed — The Very Rev. The Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz
Introduction to Seder Mo‘ed — Rabbi Dr. I Epstein
Shabbath (Sabbath: 24 chapters, 157 folios, 806 pages) Shabbath.PDF
Introduction to Shabbath — Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman
‘Erubin (Blendings: 9 chapters, 105 folios, 733 pages) Eiruvin.PDF
Pesahim (Paschal Lambs: 10 chapters, 121 folios, 623 pages) Pesachim.PDF
Yoma (The Day: 8 chapters, 88 folios, 441 pages) Yoma.PDF
Sukkah (Booth: 5 chapters, 56 folios, 27 pages) Sukkah.PDF
Bezah (Egg: 5 chapters, 40 folios, 203 pages) Beitzah.PDF
Rosh Hashana (New Year: 4 chapters, 35 folios, 174 pages) Rosh_HaShanah.PDF
Ta‘anith (Fast: 4 chapters, 31 folios, 165 pages) Taanith.PDF
Shekalim (Shekels: 8 chapters, 36 pages) Shekalim.PDF
Megillah (The Scroll: 4 chapters, 32 folios, 195 pages) Megilah.PDF
Mo‘ed Katan (Minor Feast: 3 chapters, 29 folios, 192 pages) Moed_Katan.PDF
Hagigah (Festival-Offering: 3 chapters, 27 folios, 171 pages) Chagigah.PDF

 SEDER NASHIM (Women: 7 tractates)

Foreword to Seder Nashim — The Very Rev. The Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz
Introduction to Seder Nashim — Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein
Yebamoth (Sisters-in-law: 16 chapters, 122 folios, 871 pages) Yevamoth.PDF
Introduction to Yebamoth — Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki
Kethuboth (Marriage Settlements: 8 chapters, 112 folios, 728 pages) Kethuboth.PDF
Introduction to Kethuboth — Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki
Nedarim (Vows: 9 chapters, 91 folios, 283 pages) Nedarim.PDF
Introduction to Nedarim — Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman
Nazir (Nazirite: 9 chapters, 66 folios, 253 pages) Nazir.PDF
Introduction to Nazir — Rabbi B. D. Klein
Sotah (Suspected Adulteress: 9 chapters, 49 folios, 271 pages) Sotah.PDF
Introduction to Sotah — Rev. Dr. Abraham Cohen
Gittin (Bills of Divorcement: 9 chapters, 90 folios, 439 pages) Gittin.PDF
Introduction to Gittin — Maurice Simon
Kiddushin (Consecrations: 4 chapters, 82 folios, 425 pages) Kiddushin.PDF

 SEDER NEZIKIN (Damages: 10 tractates)

Foreword — The Very Rev. The Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz
Introduction to Seder Nezikin — Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein
Baba Kamma (First gate: 10 chapters, 119 folios, 719 pages) Baba_Kama.PDF
Introduction to Baba Kamma — Dr. E. W. Kirzner
Baba Mezi‘a (Middle gate: 10 chapters, 119 folios, 676 pages) Baba_Metzia.PDF
Introduction to Baba Mezi‘a — Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman
See also: Introductory Essay: Social Legislation in the Talmud (1962) — Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein
Baba Bathra (Last gate: 10 chapters, 176 folios, 780 pages) Baba_Bathra.PDF
Introductory to Baba Bathra — Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki and Maurice Simon
Sanhedrin (Court of Justice: 11 chapters, 113 folios, 781 pages) Sanhedrin.PDF
Introduction to Sanhedrin — Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman and Jacob Shachter
‘Abodah Zarah (Strange Worship: 5 chapters, 76 folios, 366 pages) Avodah_Zarah.PDF
Introduction to Abodah Zarah — Rev. Dr. Abraham Cohen
Horayoth (Rulings: 3 chapters, 14 folios, 106 pages) Horayoth.PDF
Introduction to Horayoth — Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki
Shebu‘oth (Oaths: 8 chapters, 49 folios, 309 pages) Shevuoth.PDF
Makkoth (Floggings: 3 chapters, 24 folios, 175 pages) Makkoth.PDF
‘Eduyyoth (Testimonies: 8 chapters, 50 pages) Eduyoth.PDF
Aboth (Fathers: 6 chapters, 91 pages) Avoth.PDF

 SEDER KODASHIM (Holy Things: 11 tractates)

Epilogue — The Very Rev. The Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie
Introduction to Seder Kodashim — Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein
Zebahim (Animal-offerings: 13 chapters, 120 folios, 596 pages) Zevachim.PDF
Menahoth (Meal-offerings: 13 chapters, 110 folios, 682 pages) Menachoth.PDF
Hullin (Non-holy: 11 chapters, 142 folios, 825 pages) Chullin.PDF
Bekoroth (Firstlings: 9 chapters, 61 folios, 418 pages) Bechoroth.PDF
‘Arakin (Estimations: 9 chapters, 34 folios, 204 pages) Arachin.PDF
Temurah (Substitution: 7 chapters, 34 folios, 253 pages) Tmurah.PDF
Kerithoth (Excisions: 6 chapters, 28 folios, 220 pages) Krithoth.PDF
Me‘ilah (Trespass: 6 chapters, 22 folios, 86 pages) Meilah.PDF
Tamid (The Continual [Offering]: 7 chapters, 33 folios, 38 pages) Tamid.PDF
Middoth (Dimensions: 5 chapters, 23 pages) Middoth.PDF
Kinnim ([Bird-]nests: 3 chapters, 24 pages) Kinim.PDF

 SEDER TOHOROTH (Cleannesses: 12 tractates)

Introduction to Seder Tohoroth — Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein
Niddah (The Menstruant: 10 chapters, 73 folios, 509 pages) Nidah.PDF
Introduction to Niddah — Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki
Kelim (Vessels: 30 chapters, 142 pages) Kelim.PDF
Oholoth (Tents: 18 chapters, 86 pages) Oholoth.PDF
Nega‘im (Leprosy: 14 chapters, 70 pages) Negaim.PDF
Parah (Heifer: 12 chapters, 58 pages) Parah.PDF
Tohoroth (Cleannesses: 10 chapters, 60 pages) Taharoth.PDF
Introduction to Tohoroth — Rev. Dr. Israel W. Slotki
Mikwa’oth (Pools of Immersion: 10 chapters, 46 pages) Mikvaoth.PDF
Makshirin (Predispositions 6 chapters, 36 pages) Makshirin.PDF
Zabim (They That Suffer Flux: 5 chapters, 24 pages) Zavim.PDF
Tebul Yom (Immersed at Day Time: 6 chapters, 20 pages) Tevul_Yom.PDF
Yadayim (Hands: 4 chapters, 26 pages) Yadayim.PDF
Ukzin (Stalks: 3 chapters, 20 pages) Uktzin.PDF


Foreword by Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie


Jewish Theological Seminary of America perspectives

With my rabbi main character a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, I thought it would be helpful to watch videos of those who have graduated from this school and who are shaped by this school to nail my fictional character as a Messianic rabbi from this background. I have portrayed him as scholarly, passionate, deep and committed from a Jewish perspective. This particular real life graduate (whose videos I feature on this page) seems to have a lot in common with my main character. Though, of course, I will branch off from this real person and make my character Dor his own person and a Messianic rabbi. I actually went to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America website to see what coursework rabbis take there and all I can say is, it’s a good thing I’m studying Hebrew! I do need to have some knowledge of Hebrew to make my main character believable, and it’s good I’m studying both modern and classical Hebrew. It ain’t easy, let me tell you, but then whoever said writing a masterpiece would be easy? I take this novel I’m writing very seriously. I’ve gotten off to a great start and I always knew to write the end of my novel where my rabbi moves to Israel, I’d have to research more deeply into Judaism and Hebrew and Israel.

The main character has an orthodox Jewish sister, and is familiar with orthodox belief and at the Jewish seminary concentrated heavily in Bible. He reverts to a more orthodox position while in Israel. Here is a typical orthodox curriculum:



Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary/Video Flash Cards

I have a terrible memory and made these mainly to assist me in my Hebrew language studies to help me build vocabulary. It took me ALL DAY to make these, and I can’t get my GIMP (to make the Hebrew letters) to make the Hebrew ש (pronounced sheen) that has a dot on the upper right. It also does not do compound shewas very well, either. But it still helps me to learn my vocabulary. This 3 minute video took me ALL DAY. Wish I had a photographic memory! I had to download Biblical Hebrew fonts to my computer to pull this off.

I got my alphabet flashcards from this page, and then modified them with permanent black marker to make them suitable for Bill Barrick’s online Hebrew class:

I imagine this will bore most people. But for those who are studying Hebrew under Bill Barrick at the Master’s Seminary, you’ll probably love me!

I plan to make video flash cards of the vocabulary lists that Bill Barrick requires of his Hebrew Seminary students, since I have such a hard time remembering all this! Those who attend Master’s Seminary or who are studying Biblical Hebrew will love me! Like most professors teaching a difficult subject, he encourages his students not to give up, that it will get easier later if they stick with it.

I goofed on my spelling for Kadosh, and mistakenly used an R (ר) instead of D (daleth ד), but I will leave it cuz it’s too much work to take it down.


קָדוֹש CORRECT for HOLY