Written By Thomas Pere. August 24, 2016 at 6:44pm. Updated January 4, 2018 at 10:40pm. Copyright 2016.
This article is a spin-off in reference to another article I posted before entitled, “What is Gods Name?”
Let Us Begin:
The word “Am” appears 855x’s in the ENTIRE Bible.
In reference to the Hebrew (Heb)
In the OT, the word “Am” appears 599x’s. However, out of that total, the ACTUAL Heb word appears ONLY 6x’s. It appears in SHC1961 – Hayah (we looked at 1961 and Hayah already in the prior article, “What is Gods Name?” Therefore, the other 593x’s simply DO NOT exist. It has no corresponding numerical number to it.
In reference to the Greek (Gk)
In the NT, the word “Am” appears 256x’s in total. However, out of that total the Gk word appears 133x’s. Out of that total there are 3 different Gk words for “Am” they are as follows:
GK 1510 – Eimi – 125x’s
GK 1511 – Einai – 7x’s
GK 5607 – Oan – 1x – in the fem.
1510 means – 1st person, singular, from a primary and DEFECTIVE VERB. Also means “I exist” – ONLY when emphatic, have been. See also 1488, 1498 & 1511.
1511 means – the same thing, except instead of “I exist” its “to exist,” “are, come,” “is,” “to” “be,” “was.”
5607 means – the fem, neut, being, come, have.
Combining the Hebrew and Greek, the actual times the letter “I” appears is 722x’s in total. While “Am” appears ONLY 139x’s. Thus, 855-139=716. In other words, the letter “I” was used and ADDED 716 times.
The most prevelant is 1510. Which appears in John 8:58, 14:6, and so on. BUT remember what we established in my last post, the “I” NEVER existed. It doesn’t exist in any Heb/Gk Concordance, Lexicon, or Heb & Gk Bible dictionary. I LOOKED it up everywhere. It is NOT there. Here are 6 pics regarding this issue:
Pic 1: Reveals the absence of the letter “I.” Instead we are told to go to the preface. Of which I’m sure most folks rearly ever do.
Pic 2: Reveals the reason why. And that reason being…well, just read it for yourself. It’s the 3rd paragraph.
Pic 3: Reveals that the letter IS found, but only in the Gk portion of the concordance.
Pic 4: Reveals the true importance of the so-called letter from a Greek lexicon. It is enclitic – which means “a word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the preceding word;” in our case, the word “Am.” Any reader of the Greek language can see that the letters that are used to form this enclitic letter uses a combination of 3 Greek letters. They are; Epsilon, Gamma and Omega.
Some might cite saying, “well, it appears in my Greek NT.” And my response would be, “of course it does.”
BUT, modern day Gk translations are based upon English translations, which IN TURN are based upon the Latin Vulgate (which remained the only source of Biblical translation available for 1400+ years, until the likes of John Wycliffe -15th cent, and Tyndale -16th cent). Tyndale being the most influencial in his assertings (add-on’s). Add-ons which obviously came from the Latin, since it was not located in the Greek texts at their disposal. Choosing to make sense out of certain grammatical portions of translation into the English language, they simply adopted the Latin “I” and placed it with “AM” in which we have today, “I’ am.” I probably would of done the same thing at the time, especially if it fitted so neatly into my beliefs of a Trinity and Jesus as the only means of salvation.
It must be understood that Latin has been in circulation from 700BC to the present. It’s parent systems include old Italic Script, the Greek Alphabet, the Phoenician Alphabet, the Proto-Sinaitc Alphabet and Egyptian Hieroglyphics. It’s sister systems include; Cyrillic, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian and Runic. Thus the letter “I” does appear in Latin sources; both ancient and modern, as Pic 5 & 6 demonstrates.
Simply put, the word “I” does not appear in the original source material and documents. And this goes the same for 34 other words. Words like; “you,” “my” and “me,” “with” “the,” etc. Moreover, the word “me” is the equivalent to the word “I,” and so on, and so on. Note: However, in all honesty, the word “the” is bit more complex. Complex because we are dealing with definite and indefinite articles of grammer.
But simply put, John 14:6 should read – “Am,” be our Way, be our Truth, be our Life. No man knows Father except through Jesus Christ.” Or it can read, “Am, be our way. Am, be our truth. Am, be our life. No man sees Father except through Jesus Christ.” The message is still the same. All I did was rid Jesus Christ of the EGO.
Re-phasing John 14:6 the correct way would cause eyebrows from mainstream Christian Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, Catholics and the Greek Orthodox institutions to rise. It is blatantly obvious that the Reformers and translators of the Bible, particularly the New Testament, had their doctrinal positions in mind when formulating what we have today.
And as much as I admire their courage in the face of Catholic popery and Inquisitional authorities, they fell short in this area. It would seem that the early 1st and 2nd cent Christian Gnostics had it right all the time. But that’s for another discussion. Logic like this can entail one to believe that Jesus had the Christ in Him, as if to say that they are two separate individuals. But not really, because the deity between Jesus and “AM” is plainly obvious and is one and the same; as the next paragraph illustrates.
NOTE: Notice how I avoided the word “I” and simply used one of Jesus’ names instead, which is “AM.” Also, notice how I broke up the commas and replaced it with periods instead. “AM” actually means, Abba, Father. Interestingly enough, the Hindu faith used the word “OM” during their chantations – strikingly similar to the phonetic sound of “AM.” But if we were to look at it through the eyes of a Trinitarian, we would not understand the basics. But didn’t you know? I’m a Onessness believer, not a Trinitarian.