In this clip that has been edited by Jeff Campbell (a basic unitarian and fellow facebook friend to many of us here on the KR blog), he takes a segment of a debate featuring Sir Anthony Buzzard & Joseph Good vs. Dr. James White & Michael Brown and then does his own video commentary on Dr. White’s points.
Basically in the debate, Anthony was presenting the terrific argument he has brought up for years, that Psalm 110:1 shows two different lords. See the following links from Anthony for greater detail:
And even here on this very blog a few years ago: http://lhim.org/blog/2007/06/05/adoni/
The first is Yahweh Himself represented in most Bible translations by the all CAPS “LORD” and is “Adonai” in the Hebrew. The second lord is actually a different word in Hebrew. It is “Adoni” and should be represented by a little case “lord”. The critical importantance here is that the first “Adonai” always means God Almighty Himself in all of its occurances. And the other “Adoni” never means diety, but typically always refers to human beings (and on a very few occasions – angels). But it never meant God Himself. This important fact should be seen for what it is – a crushing blow against the trinity belief since it clearly shows that the second lord there in that verse with God is a human being designated by God to be his representative (just what the very word “Messiah” is suppose to mean). Therefore the New Testament usage of this over and over for Jesus not only tells us that he is the Messiah. But that as such, he could NOT be God.
However in the debate, Dr. James White brings up an interesting counter to this argument. His main point was that the Masoretic “vowel pointing” that proves/shows that the two root “Adon” words are actually different (Adonai vs. Adoni) was something that Judaism developed centuries after Jesus. His comment was bascially that by this much later time the Jews would have wanted to counter the deity issue with the usage of their vowel points.
Jeff Campbell here in the video, brings up an interesting point as well that in the original Dead Sea scrolls of Psalm 110, Adonai wasn’t there. It was actually a form of the Yahweh name itself.
So what does everyone think about both points? What is the counter to White’s point about the later formation of the vowel pointing? And what of Jeff’s point about the original words used by David in his Psalms were before Judaism’s over-the-top reverence that caused them to switch YHWH to Adonai?