A Theological Framework for Peace

A theological path to peace among the three Abrahamic faiths is only possible if clerics and scholars within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are able to explore the powerful writings of their common patriarch — the prophet Abraham. Howard Barry Schatz has spent a lifetime deciphering and authenticating the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), the only writings attributed to Abraham by many within the Chasidic rabbinic community. Within that community many believe this text to be the seminal writings on monotheism and Kabbalah. The academic world has largely ignored this text primarily because no one has ever been able to link it directly to the Hebrew Bible — until now. The Book of Creation is widely considered the oldest Kabbalistic text. Unfortunately, those who are convinced that this text is authentic have largely based that belief on faith or tradition rather than on academic scholarship. There are historical, philological and archaeological challenges to the Book of Creation’s authenticity that must be addressed. My books attempt to put the Book of Creation on a firm academic footing for the first time, by roundly refuting each of these conjectures.

Academic Challenges:

  1. No direct connection has ever been discovered, and no substantial relationship has ever been established, between the Book of Creation and the Hebrew Bible. If Abraham was truly the author of the text in question, then one would expect some reference or direct connection to the Bible.

  2. Philologists tell us that this text was transcribed into Biblical Hebrew no earlier than 200 CE, roughly 2000 years after Abraham would have lived. They argue that any text written during the time of Abraham would have been written in a Semitic script more appropriate to the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2000 – 1600 BCE), such as proto-Canaanite (ca. 1550 BCE) or proto-Sinaitic (ca. 1850 BCE).

  3. There is no archaeological evidence to suggest that Abraham was anything more than a Biblical character.

The Book of Creation text has been deciphered as a Babylonian Base 60 mathematical treatise describing the laws of ancient string theory, all of which is brilliantly encrypted within the Holy Tetragrammaton. The Tetragrammaton’s mathematical template then shapes and structures the the Hebrew Bible. It can be argued that the entire Tanakh is embroidered around this lost Abrahamic mathematics. It can be demonstrated that the mathematics of the Tetragrammaton that has been extracted from the Book of Creation was transmitted from generation to generation in an oral tradition, and was finally transcribed in Biblical Hebrew (ca. 200 CE). The mathematics of the Tetragrammaton also explicates the oldest pre-Biblical cuneiform Ugaritic religious texts transcribed during the approximate timeline for Moses (ca. 1350 BCE). The consensus of Ugaritic scholars are convinced that these texts were transmitted through an oral tradition and originally composed during the Biblical timeline for Abraham (ca. 2000 -1600 BCE). It is hoped that a lifetime of effort to decipher and authenticate this text will help correct the record, and establish the Book of Creation as the seminal text on monotheism and Kabbalah. It lives up to the legend of the man we have come to know as Abraham because “Abrahamic” string theory shapes and structures Biblical allegory. The Sefer Yetzirah is the only text that reveals the lost meaning and pronunciation of the Holy Tetragrammaton that is key to understanding the deep and hidden meaning of Scripture. Well-known Kabbalist Joseph Gikatilla (1248–1305) writes in his book Gates of Light that: “The entire Torah is like an explication of, and commentary on, the Ineffable Name of God.” The Kabbalistic tradition refers to this knowledge as Razah D’Oraytah (the “Secret of Knowledge,” the “Secret of the Torah,” or the “Secret of the 22 Foundation Letters”). Here is a brief video introduction to Howard’s work: