Volume 11, Number 3
Summer 2004

In This Issue

Cover Picture Explanation:  The Hebrew letter  – pronounced “sheen” – is the “sh” sound in a Hebrew word. It is often used alone to represent the Name of God, “El-Shaddai”, sometimes called the mother name of God. “Shad” means, “breast”. As a baby gets all its needs met on the mother’s breast – love, comfort, assurance, etc. as well as nourishment – so The Almighty One is the supplier of our needs.

Some see the sheen in type around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The dark images on the cover picture (resembling a “W”) depict the 3 valleys pertaining to the Mount:

1. The Kidron Valley on the east separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives.

2. The Hinnon Valley, west of Mt. Zion.

3. The Middle Valley was the Tyropean Valley, or Valley of Cheesemakers, separating Mt. Zion from Mt. Moriah. It is indistinct today because the many layers of ruin and rubble, left by the many destructions of Jerusalem, have completely filled this valley.

For comparison we have superimposed a sheen from a modern Hebrew font on our front cover picture. You can judge for yourself if there is a likeness. After Solomon’s famous dedicatory prayer of the First Temple, “HaShem appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, ‘I have heard your prayer, and I have chosen this place to be a Temple of offering for Me.

“If I ever restrain the heavens so that there will be no rain ... or if I ever send a pestilence among My people, and My people upon whom My Name is proclaimed, humble themselves and pray and seek My presence and repent of their evil ways – I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.

“Now, My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers of this place. And now, I have chosen and sanctified this Temple that My Name should remain there forever, and my eyes and My heart should remain there all the days” (II Chron. 7:12-16).

We are grateful to Lambert Dolphin for some of the above information (re: valleys) from his fine article on the Temple Mount.

 

The Ineffable Name by Chris Josephson

Letter from the Editor