In this episode of Hebrew Voices, From Islam to Israel, Nehemia Gordon engages with the unique voice of Shamir Barnett—a living example of those who say, “We have heard that God is with you.” Raised Muslim, Barnett first heard the God of Israel speak to her heart as a young child standing in her bedroom doorway. This 7th-grade graduate is now studying for her second Master’s Degree in biblical studies—this time from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. Barnett describes herself as a believer in Yeshua with a Hebrew roots understanding. She explains her disconnect from the culture of Christianity because it does not honor the Sabbath of the feasts of Yehovah.
Barnett and Gordon discuss supersessionism (replacement theology), the institutionalization of the mind (which temporarily halted her education in 7th grade), and the irrevocability of words. Barnett compared the Beatitudes with the Commandments, and expounded on her view that every page of the New Testament is about the Tanakh and that the Torah is the backbone of the Bible.
Barnett’s thesis for her first master’s in biblical studies (from Regent University) was “God doesn’t have two communities.” Barnett explains, “God has one community and it is Israel. There is no other community. There is no other group. If you follow Yehovah, you come to Israel, you stand at Sinai, and you say, ‘I do.’”
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Shamir Barnett is an American believer in Yeshua who obeys the Torah and is studying Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She was born into a Muslim family in Massachusetts, and realized early on that the only true God was the God of Israel. She currently resides in Rishon LeZion, Israel.