Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 92 – The Treasure of Shechem, Part 2
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The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]
Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!
NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form. No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series. Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere. We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.
The Copper Scroll has led the CRT to the biblical city of Shechem where they are investigating the Tomb of Joseph and Jacob’s Well. But the B’nai Essenes are close behind! Meanwhile, the team’s public support begins to wane as people grow impatient waiting for the treasure’s discovery. Can Jonathan and company unlock the mystery before support runs out? (Taken from here.)
There is NO Study Guide for Volume 8. You’re on your own!
In Sychar, near Shechem is a well that is traditionally believed to be Jacob’s Well.
Archaeologists have discovered a Samaritan’s temple in Gerizim.
The story also contains a conversation between Jim Brenan and his daughter Jessie about how we got our Bible. The gist is that God has preserved His Word even though non-believers claim that the Bible has changed so much since it was first written down. Moses wrote down the first five books of the Bible which was then passed on down to Joshua. There were specific instructions to the kings that would come later. The kings would oversee the rewriting of the scriptures. The Word was preserved this way up until the time of the Jews’ exile into Babylon. Some of the Levite priests made copies to be distributed to the other captives. The scribes carefully copied down the manuscripts up until the time of Jesus. We have over 5600 copies of the Greek manuscripts of the NT.
That Moses wrote down the first five books of the Bible is only one opinion. Not everyone holds this view.
The first five books – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, book of Numbers and Deuteronomy – comprise the Torah, the story of Israel from the Genesis creation narrative to the death of Moses. Few scholars today doubt that it reached its present form in the Persian period (538–332 BC), and that its authors were the elite of exilic returnees who controlled the Temple at that time. The books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings follow, forming a history of Israel from the Conquest of Canaan to the Siege of Jerusalem c. 587 BC: there is a broad consensus among scholars that these originated as a single work (the so-called “Deuteronomistic history“) during the Babylonian exile of the 6th century BC. The two Books of Chronicles cover much the same material as the Pentateuch and Deuteronomistic history and probably date from the 4th century BC. Chronicles links with the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which were probably finished during the 3rd century BC. Catholic and Orthodox Old Testaments contain two (Catholic Old Testament) to four (Orthodox) Books of Maccabees, written in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC.
The history books make up around half the total content of the Old Testament. Of the remainder, the books of the various prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and the twelve “minor prophets” – were written between the 8th and 6th centuries BC, with the exceptions of Jonah and Daniel, which were written much later. The “wisdom” and other books – Job, Proverbs and so on – date from between the 5th century BC and the 2nd or 1st BC, with the exception of some of the Psalms.
(Taken from wikipedia.)
There is a lot of historical information and the characters try to cram it all in within a short space of time. It is not easy to follow if one is not familiar with the names and places. It is even more difficult to follow if one is not an auditory learner.
The listener would get more out of it from listening multiple times and actually doing some research into the claims.