Episode 688: A 400-Year-Old Chinese Bible
Our partners inside of China recently held a secret meeting in Hunan Province. Some leaders from one of the main networks of the underground church came together to discuss the things they’ve seen in the last 3 years, and what they will do going forward. Out of this meeting they said there is one thing that they have need of… Bibles.
Thanks, Eugene, what a fascinating history lesson. Shang Di comes from ancient monotheism in China, while best I can tell “shen” is sort of a generic supernatural or spirit being, like the Hebrew “Elohim” which is used twice in Psalm 82:1:
God stands in the assembly of El;
in the midst of the gods he renders judgment.
The first time it refers to God, and the second to beings God is judging, which I take to be pagan gods or fallen angels, although some take it to be human rulers. Anyway they both seem like good word choices.