Skip to comments.Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts
Posted on 02/16/2012 8:27:00 AM PST by fishtank
Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts
February 15, 2012 By ARON HELLER , Associated Press
Israeli library uploads Newton's theological texts (AP)
Israel's national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton's writings, has digitized his theological collection, and put it online.
More at the link...
Engraving of Isaac Newton based on a 1726 painting by John Vanderbank that was from the frontispiece of a 1726 editiion of Principia, on display on Friday, Oct.8, 2004, at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library.
From the article:
“”He took a great interest in the Jews, and we found no negative expressions toward Jews in his writing,” said Levy-Rubin. “He said the Jews would ultimately return to their land.””
I bet the average preterist at the time would have disagreed with Sir Newton.....
Yup, he sounds real orthodox /s:
So he learned how to read Hebrew, scrolled through the Bible and delved into the study of Jewish philosophy, the mysticism of Kabbalah and the Talmud - a compendium of Jewish oral law and stories about 1,500 years old.
For instance, Newton based his calculation on the end of days on information gleaned from the Book of Daniel, which projected the apocalypse 1,260 years later. Newton figured that this count began from the crowning of Charlemagne as Roman emperor in the year 800.
The papers cover topics such as interpretations of the Bible, theology, the history of ancient cultures, the Tabernacle and the Jewish Temple.
The collection also contains maps that Newton sketched to assist him in his calculations and his attempts to reveal the secret knowledge he believed was encrypted within.
There was definitely more than one Isaac Newton. We are mostly acquainted with Newton the mathematician but he did a lot more than that.
I guess my main question, hundreds of years later,
was if Newton had a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
That’s my main concern, or my main curiosity.
I am looking forward to being able to read his works. I looked at some of them but it is a struggle to read his handwriting. I’m sure it won’t be long for a typed copy to appear.
So we have until 2060.
Did the article specify where this collection is online? Each link I tried was essentially useless.
I think his big brain probably took him down some rabbit trails but I wasn’t questioning his faith.
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Newton wrote over a million words about Jesus,and the Holy Scriptures. I haven't read them BUT this is a fun link:
Let me therefore beg of thee not to trust to the opinion of any man concerning these things
. . . . search the scriptures thyself . . . if thou desirest to find the truth. Which if thou shalt at length attain thou wilt value above all other treasures . . . search into these scriptures
which God hath given to be a guide . . . and be not discouraged by
the gainsaying which these things will meet with in the world.
They will call thee it may be a hot-headed fellow, a Bigot, a Fanatic, a Heretic, etc.: and tell thee of the uncertainty of these interpretations, and vanity of attending to them: Not considering that the prophesies concerning our Saviors first coming were of more difficult interpreta- tion, and yet God rejected the Jews for not attending better to them.
And whither they will believe it or not, there are greater judgments hang over the Christians for their remissness than ever the Jews yet felt.
But the world loves to be deceived, they will not understand, they 15 never consider equally, but are wholly led by prejudice, interest, the praise of men, and authority of the Church they live in . . . . There are but FEW that seek to understand the religion they profess, and those that study for understanding therein, do it rather for worldly ends, or that they may defend it, than . . to examine whether it be true with a resolution to choose and profess that religion which in their judgment appears the truest. . . . And when thou art convinced be not ashamed to profess the truth.
For otherwise thou mayst become a stumbling block to others, and inherit the lot of those Rulers of the Jews who believed in Christ but yet were afraid to confess him lest they should be put out of the Synagogue. Wherefore when thou art convinced be not ashamed of the truth but profess it openly and endeavor to convince thy Brother also that thou mayst inherit at the resurrection the promise made in Daniel 12:3, that they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever. And rejoice if thou art counted worthy to suffer in thy reputation or any other way for the sake of the Gospel, for then great is thy reward
His handwriting is messy but passionate looking. Maybe seeing his writings might help some who don’t believe have faith.
Yeah, the article doesn’t have a direct link. Here it is:
I think he was also a Sabbatarian or Sabbath observer as opposed to 1st day or Sunday observation.
I believe he did, but who is to judge the good from the bad?
Newton was a blessing on humanity. I have longed believed that God occasionally has inserted a unique and genius person into our realm in order to keep his ultimate plan on schedule. Without Newton, many other great minds, and Einstein, we would not be at the point where humans can kill off all other humans on the planet.
We would not have nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the ability to deliver those weapons. If the wall of fire predicted in Revelation is man made, then until nukes, we could not do that. I do know that God has to step in to prevent all life from being destroyed.
It is going to get much uglier, before it gets a lot better.
So far, the abortionists’ knife is deadlier, quicker and bloodier than all the nuclear weapons ever used in history.
I don’t consider military weapons to be the ultimate expression of humanity’s evil towards each other.
The most cruel examples are “closest to home”, they are the most quiet, and the most overlooked.
You make a good point.
However, eventually, Nuclear Weapons will come into use. It is sadly, unavoidable. The likelihood of their usage increases with the fewer we have. That is what our strategist in the 50s and 60s realized, and the intellectual invalids of today do not.
Interesting. Thanks for the ping.