As usual, you change the subject. I would be more impressed if you faced
facts as we find them. I'd repeat my earlier description, but it would
On Wed, 13 Apr 2005 23:12:46 +0100 "Vernon Jenkins"
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. No, I can offer no
satisfactory explanation (risible, or otherwise), and freely admit that
you fellows have in your armoury weapons that continue to present
difficulties for one of my persuasion. However, you in turn must
sometimes experience a twinge or two of doubt. Let me therefore test you
with a little matter that was drawn to my attention some days ago.
One of the principal reasons for the 'Mt.Sinai encounter', recorded in
Exodus 25-31, was to instruct Moses as to the precise details of
construction of the portable sanctuary that would function as God's
dwelling place on earth - the tabernacle - together with its furnishings,
and manner of use. Concerning the high-priestly vestments we read
particularly of the oracle - the Urim and Thummim (Ex.28:30) - provided
for the guidance of the people in difficult and uncertain times. Details
are lacking of the nature and use of these items, but we are informed
that they were held in a pouch - called the breastplate (or, in some
translations, breastpiece) - attached to the front of the ephod - the
outmost garment of the high priest. This breastplate was formed from a
single piece of highly-embroidered linen cloth one cubit long and half a
cubit wide, folded over in two to form a square, half a cubit by half a
cubit (about 9in.x 9in). It was adorned with twelve precious stones on
which were engraved the names of the twelve tribes - ie those of the sons
and grandsons of Jacob arranged according to their order of birth. These
were set out in four rows of three stones each (Ex.28:15-30). [Note: the
names 'Levi' and 'Joseph' are absent from this arrangement].
A fair alternative reading of the Hebrew of these tribal names leads to a
rectangular array of whole numbers. 'Jesus Christ' is encoded 3 times in
this array; by name, once in Greek and once in Hebrew; by description,
once in Hebrew. The details may be found here:
Surely mysteries such as these must be accomodated by all who are
committed to the search for truth. I trust you would agree.
----- Original Message -----
From: "D. F. Siemens, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: It's no joke
>I just read a news item in /Science/, 307:1841 (25 March 2005), that
> radiocarbon dating has been calibrated back to "12,400 cal yr B.P."
> tree rings, and to 26,000 through corals and forminifera. The original
> studies are in /Radiocarbon/, 46 (2005). Since an earlier calibration
> brought out the explanation in the /Journal of the Creation Research
> Society/ that bristlecone pines sometimes (~1 in 3 years ?) produced
> double rings, and Vernon insists that nothing can be carbon-dated older
> than 58,000 yr B.P., are we to recognize that every tree produces three
> annual rings annually? Or is it that recognizing an old earth makes
> scientists either unable to count or to recognize growth rings? Note
> that, on YEC/flood geology assumptions, tree rings must have been
> produced since the Flood, not since creation.
> I await the risible explanation, which contradicts the heading.
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