A Framework for Peace: Common Ground for Interfaith Discussion

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 on faith rather than scholarship. There are historical, philological and archaeological challenges to the Book of Creation’s authenticity this researcher and author has definitively addressed. The author’s writings put the Book of Creation on a firm academic footing for the first time, by rendering each of the following concerns effectively moot.

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 on ancient string theory that is encrypted within the holiest name of God, יהוה (transliteration: Yahweh or Jehovah). Within the Jewish mystical tradition it is called the “Secret of Knowledge” (Hebrew: Razah D’Oraytah).  The last person to know Judaism’s secret of secrets was the last High Priest of Solomon’s Temple who was kidnapped and murdered in 586 BCE by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.  The underlying mathematics and physics of the light and sounds that continually emanate from the “Voice of God” as God “pronounces” His own holy name, יהוה. All Biblical allegory is embroidered around the lost Abrahamic mathematics. Abrahamic string theory was transmitted from generation to generation in an oral tradition, and was finally transcribed into Biblical Hebrew (ca. 200 CE).  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.”  Here is a brief video introduction to the author’s work: