Unfortunately not yet, Noel. Had a lot more stuff IRL to sort out than I had originally anticipated, and I haven't been able to read as much as I've liked over the past few weeks.
For those who are interested, Noel is referring to the following document: http://tinyurl.com/27loakz
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Okay, I've managed to read through the document (it's really not all that long).
It didn't really bring anything new to the table of the 'Trinity' idea; but what I really didn't like is essentially the lack of actual references
. I know she (Cher) quotes books by Hislop, Hooke, Lainge, Longergan, Chumash etc., etc., but when it comes to quotes from the ECF (Origen, Tertullian, Justin Martyr etc.), she really gives no reference to where they actually said what they supposedly said, making it difficult for me to be able to check whether they said what she has them saying. Really, from what I end up seeing in the base texts of the ECF's writings, not everything is as cut-and-dry with what they said that the English translations of their words having them declaring.
Nevertheless, what she doesn't really take into account is just how many times the books of the NT have Yahushua being worshipped
, something that a pure mono
theistic belief really doesn't like.
As far as the Tanakh is concerned, Yahuweh is the only Being worthy of worship/devotion (Deuteronomy 6:13; ironically quoted by Yahushua in Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8), so the fact that the essentially Jewish
authorship of the NT/RC allows, without reservation or comment, for Yahushua to be included in such worship/devotional practice that they only reserved for Yahuweh, is actually quite evidential that the inclusion also of a third entity into such a practise isn't too far removed from how they viewed monotheism.
What she also doesn't mention is the fact that both Yahuweh, Yahushua, and Spirit are used as Nomina Sacra
/placeholders in all Greek manuscripts of the NT/RC books - something that in the early stages of the development of Nomina Sacra indicated that the authors and/or scribes viewed all three as 'Divine'.
The places where Yahushua is either worshipped/expressed homage to, people asking where to go and worship/express homage to, or at least given to one of His numerous titles are:
Matthew 2:2, 8, 11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:20; 28:9, 17; Mark 5:6; Luke 24:52; John 9:38; Revelation 5:13-14; 15:3-4.
What I find most surprising here is the fact that the most "Jewish" book (Matthew), is the one that has Yahushua being worshipped/expressed homage too the most.
Plus, if people take Revelation as "inspired" scripture, then essentially Yahuweh is
saying that Yahushua is worthy of devotion/worship/expression of homage.
So, if it is true that Yahuweh is the only Being worthy of devotion/worship/expression of homage, then Yahushua also has to = Yahuweh.
Whilst this doesn't necessarily give the 'Trinity' (aka the '3 in 1 shampoo' god) any sort of basis in Scripture, it will probably explain why the early followers of the Messiah attempted to try and explain how, despite being monotheistic, they were able to express devotion to what must've appeared as two different Beings to the outside, polytheistic world.