The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our TimesJonathan CahnFrontline / 2017 / Hardcover$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 39 Reviews
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Gabrielnew jerseyAge: 55-65Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5PRESIDENT TRUMP, BILL & HILARY CLINTON PREDICTED IN THE BIBLE?September 23, 2017Gabrielnew jerseyAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Mr. Cahn's book The Paradigm is based nothing more than on an eisegetical approach to interpreting the Holy Scriptures.
Exegesis and eisegesis are two conflicting approaches in Bible study. Exegesis is the exposition or explanation of a text based on a careful, objective analysis. The word exegesis literally means to lead out of. That means that the interpreter is led to his conclusions by following the text.
The opposite approach to Scripture is eisegesis, which is the interpretation of a passage based on a subjective, non-analytical reading. The word eisegesis literally means to lead into, which means the interpreter injects his own ideas into the text, making it mean whatever he wants.
Obviously, only exegesis does justice to the text. Eisegesis is a mishandling of the text and often leads to a misinterpretation. Exegesis is concerned with discovering the true meaning of the text, respecting its grammar, syntax, and setting. Eisegesis is concerned only with making a point, even at the expense of the meaning of words.
Second Timothy 2:15 commands us to use exegetical methods: Present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. An honest student of the Bible will be an exegete, allowing the text to speak for itself. Eisegesis easily lends itself to error, as the would-be interpreter attempts to align the text with his own preconceived notions. Exegesis allows us to agree with the Bible; eisegesis seeks to force the Bible to agree with us.
The process of exegesis involves 1) observation: what does the passage say? 2) interpretation: what does the passage mean? 3) correlation: how does the passage relate to the rest of the Bible? and 4) application: how should this passage affect my life?
Eisegesis, on the other hand, involves 1) imagination: what idea do I want to present? 2) exploration: what Scripture passage seems to fit with my idea? and 3) application: what does my idea mean? Notice that, in eisegesis, there is no examination of the words of the text or their relationship to each other, no cross-referencing with related passages, and no real desire to understand the actual meaning. Scripture serves only as a prop to the interpreter own idea.
To illustrate, lets use both approaches in the treatment of one passage:
2 Chronicles 27:1-2
Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. . . . He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the LORD.
First, the interpreter decides on a topic. Today, The Importance of Church Attendance. The interpreter reads 2 Chronicles 27:1-2 and sees that King Jotham was a good king, just like his father Uzziah had been, except for one thing: he didn't go to the temple! This passage seems to fit his idea, so he uses it. The resulting sermon deals with the need for passing on godly values from one generation to the next. Just because King Uzziah went to the temple every week didn't mean that his son would continue the practice. In the same way, many young people today tragically turn from their parents training, and church attendance drops off. The sermon ends with a question: How many blessings did Jotham fail to receive, simply because he neglected church?
Certainly, there is nothing wrong with preaching about church attendance or the transmission of values. And a cursory reading of 2 Chronicles 27:1-2 seems to support that passage as an apt illustration. However, the above interpretation is totally wrong. For Jotham not to go to the temple was not wrong; in fact, it was very good, as the proper approach to the passage will show.
First, the interpreter reads the passage and, to fully understand the context, he reads the histories of both Uzziah and Jotham (2 Chronicles 26-27; 2 Kings 15:1-6, 32-38). In his observation, he discovers that King Uzziah was a good king who nevertheless disobeyed the Lord when he went to the temple and offered incense on the altar something only a priest had the right to do (2 Chronicles 26:16-20). Uzziah's pride and his contamination of the temple resulted in his having leprosy until the day he died (2 Chronicles 26:21).
Needing to know why Uzziah spent the rest of his life in isolation, the interpreter studies Leviticus 13:46 and does some research on leprosy. Then he compares the use of illness as a punishment in other passages, such as 2 Kings 5:27; 2 Chronicles 16:12; and 21:12-15.
By this time, the exegete understands something important: when the passage says Jotham did not enter the temple of the LORD, it means he did not repeat his father's mistake. Uzziah had proudly usurped the priests office; Jotham was more obedient.
Jesus warned beware of the scribes cf Luke 20:45-47. The Greek word for scribe in this passage is "GRAMMATEUS", which means a writer( professional secretary). As in Christ's days on earth, we should be very careful of the writers of today, the modern day scribes who write books many of which are NY TIMES bestsellers that line the shelves of christian book stores. The modern church world today clearly lacks spiritual discernment by the way it neglects the 66 books of the Bible and runs after religious fad books. This gross lack of knowledge among those claiming to know the Lord is also an indication that many have not diligently studied the word of God for themselves, but rather have relied upon false teachers and prophets to tell them what they think God has said. Consequently many have been deluded by a false gospel. These false teachers and prophets prey upon the unlearned who are not skillful in interpreting God's word. These men and women are in the ministry STRICTLY FOR MONEY! Some hide this fact better than others which makes them all the more deceptive and deadly.
2 Corinthians 2:17
"You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ's authority, knowing that God is watching us".
Mary C5 Stars Out Of 5Read the past in the Bible---and see what happens today and the futureSeptember 19, 2017Mary CQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0When I read Jonathan Cahns first book, The Harbinger, I saw how absolutely accurate the Bible is. I believed that the Bible was the Word of God---but never saw before how time is circular and not linear and God gives us the paradigm to read in the Bible so that we recognize it when it comes around again.
How the same patterns repeat and the repetition is uncanny in its accuracy. So far beyond coincidence that the only explanation is the hand of God. In this new book, The Paradigm (the word paradigm means pattern or archetype), Jonathan Cahn has shown again how accurately history repeats itself----according to Gods template. Please put aside any political leanings---this book is not about politics, but about realizing that God has His hand in all of our lives. When you read this book, you can truly believe that God has every hair on your head numbered. He knows us to our very being just as perfectly as He knows that the people in our government will make the same decisions today as the rulers of Israel did in the Old Testament.
It is incredible to know that you CAN look to the Bible to see what God asks of us today and know that His ways are eternal and the answers to life are there---in the Word He has given us.
The parallels between each of the people in the Old Testament and the people today are too many to chock up to coincidence. If you want to know what the future holds---read about the past in the Bible. Once you take the red pill, you can never close your eyes to the truth again.
I read an advance copy of this book, but bought my own hardback copy so I could lend the paperback.
Spiderman5 Stars Out Of 5A Must ReadSeptember 19, 2017SpidermanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was selected to be on the launch team for this awesome book and what a great read it is. This book parallels ancient Israel and the United States and their apostasy from God's commands. From King Ahab and Jezebel to Bill and Hillary Clinton, among many others, to their time in power and the list goes on. The parallels will simply amaze you and it will be difficult to put the book down. I say this book is a Must Read.
Aileen Delgado5 Stars Out Of 5A MUST READ EXPLOSIVE BOOK EVER !!!September 19, 2017Aileen DelgadoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Be Prepare to be stunned, shocked, illuminated, and amazed extraordinary revelations written in this book! The Paradigm by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn it is a life-changing experience! You won't want to put it down! Once you have it in your hands it is the most explosive book I have ever read in my whole life as Young Christian This book revolutionized my life and you will not see your life and this universe the same never again! Blessings and Shalom!
Aileen Delgado Launch Team Member of The Paradigm by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
Dawn5 Stars Out Of 5The ParadigmSeptember 19, 2017DawnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am on the Launch Team for Jonathan Cahn's new book "The Paradigm". Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Revelation after revelation unfolds the truth about what is really happening in America today. How the ancient Biblical happenings are mirrored so exactly with the things happening today, (sometimes down to the day and even the hour), is nothing less than miraculous. I highly recommend this enlightening book!