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The Word: Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria... was a mighty man of valour, but also a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a Sabra, a young girl from the land of Israel, and she waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel." ...So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God [Elisha], he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel... (2 Kings 5:1-4, 13-15) Read the whole of 2 Kings 5 for the full story.
A few years have passed since I wrote the first Hashkama article. At that time I was thinking of retiring and producing an article maybe two or three times a year. I needed to give this little new project a title and a friend in Israel suggested the Hebrew word Hashkama. It means Wake Up! It was appropriate for what I had in mind.
It was about that time that Steve Maltz asked to meet with me, and he suggested that I think about writing a weekly column for Kesherweb. I agreed to give it a go, and the rest, as they say, is history.
... AND HOW IT CAN FIND IT AGAIN
by Steve Maltz
Tackling the ‘uncomfortable truth’ for the Church, this book packs a heavyweight punch in a lightweight package. With great clarity and style the author explains how the Church has been strangled by its past and how the faith in Jesus Christ was infiltrated by pagan ideas from Greek philosophy that have remained to this day. This book exposes and explains how this affects our understanding of the Bible, God, Church and everything in-between. In this provocative, entertaining and encouraging book, we will explore our true roots and discover practical keys to move forwards.
Last January, Geoffrey Smith, a scholar of early Christianity at the University of Texas, noticed something startling: an eBay listing for an ancient Greek papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John — with an opening bid of only $99.