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About the Author-Editor

Paul Sumner

  Since before the Yom Kippur War, I have adventurously navigated the Hebrew Bible and Hebrew currents within the New Testament. My journeys have been far-ranging, ongoing and existential.

My journey toward Hebrew Homeland (my term, based on Heb 11:14) has been one of discovering and nourishing a Hebraic consciousness. It was deepened by trips to Israel, studies at two seminaries and two colleges, and especially by sitting under an elderly, wise, non-Jewish, Hebrew tutor.

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One fruit of my explorations is my graduate thesis on the Heavenly Council in the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and New Testament. Another fruit was a study paper I published during 1986–1995 called Yashar [PDF], which matured into this website and went online in 1998.

From my studies, I have come to engage in whole Bible theology.

Biblical Theology listens carefully to Scripture's own terms, emphases, and structural patterns. It does not give ear to the categories or agendas of post-biblical Systematic, Dogmatic Theology that tends to use the Bible as a ventriloquist's dummy to voice opinions of a theological elite.

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An underlying purpose of this website is to encourage notice of the streams of Hebrew revelation flowing into the New Testament. This requires individual responsibility—before God—to search for the foundations of one's faith, regardless of one's religious or cultural background.

The title word "streams" reflects the line from Psalm 46: "There is a river [nahar] whose streams [pelagim] make glad the city of God."

Two passages, in particular, represent a confluence of major streams focusing on God and Messiah:

"Being full of Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. And he said, 'Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.' " (Acts 7:55-56)

"Because he [Yeshua] abides forever...he is able to save completely those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:24-25)

For more detail explaining the why and how of this website, see the Explanation page.

If you wish, Contact me.


Kiddush beside Yam Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)
[Scene composed by Lucyna Paz, Ramat HaGolan, Israel]
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