About the Author, Lawrence T. Vosen, PhD
My name is Lawrence T. Vosen, but to my friends, I have always been known as Larry. In ministry writings, I am known as, “larryv”… I am 68 years old, have been married to Charlene Wilson Vosen (Charlie to her friends), for forty-five (46) years (7/11/70) and we have one daughter, and one granddaughter.
Charlie and I were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved from our hometown in 1972. In our travels we have lived in: Denver, CO; San Jose, Oxnard and Riverside, CA; Post Falls (Coeur d’Alene) ID; Central Point (Medford) OR; Las Vegas, NV and now – finally, in Weeki Wachee, FL…
Historically, you might want to know that following eight years in an extremely academic private “Catholic” school, I attended the largest public High School in the greater Cleveland area. Due to many distressing events at school and home, which I have elaborated upon in my book, “Willing To Engage”, I obtained my GED (High School Equivalency Diploma) at 16, extracted myself from a very ugly situation, and enlisted in the Army – signing all papers, when I was 16. I physically entered the Army on 3/7/66. I was 17 years old!
Following training and a brief tour of duty in Germany, I was sent to Vietnam, where I served with the Army’s Fifth Special Forces Group. After a year of service at the 5th Special Forces Headquarters in Nha Trang, I was transferred to, and served on, an elite A-Team, in an extremely remote outpost in the Central Highlands of that country. The A-team camp site and nomenclature was: Dak-Pek (A-242). I remained in Vietnam for a total of seventeen months, and on 11/20/68 – forty days shy of my 20th birthday, I received my honorable discharge and returned home. This part of my life is detailed in my book, “A Diamond on The Wall, Memoir of the youngest Green Beret in Vietnam, 1967-1968”.
Married in 1970, and working, I also went back to school at night. Ultimately, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, an MBA (Inventory Management & Asset Control), and ultimately my PhD (Theology).
Through some very interesting events, the Messiah became known to me in 1979, and I dedicated my life to Him at that time. Of note, however, is that since my declaration of faith and baptism in 1979, I have found myself unemployed three times during my career, and throughout each of those unemployed periods I studied Scripture relentlessly (upward of 18 hours per day). Interestingly, each of those unemployed periods lasted for three (3) years.
Aside from those details, there are three primary things that any reader should understand about me, because these three matters explain a great deal about my drive, and how Father has used those “drives” to bring about the work you are currently reading:
First, I am an individual of faith – not by the hand of any man – but by the Word of Elohim (God). Personally, my confession of faith would include the fact that I consider myself a Disciple of YEHOSHUA (I can only pray that my Master considers me in the same way). Nevertheless, as you have already read, I found the Master in 1979 – and this occurred on my third successive reading of His Word! Although I was “provoked” by a co-worker into reading Scripture for the first time (ever) in my life, I was led to the Messiah solely thru His Word. No man ‘converted’ me, and no man can claim that they “Led me to Jesus” in any way. In my heart I believe this is significant.
The very Word of Elohim itself leapt into my heart and soul, and the Messiah Himself touched me at the very deepest levels of my life! And, ever since that moment of ‘rebirth’, I have studied the Bible on a word-by-word basis, using multiple Bible translations and their respective concordances, in a search for the fullness of His truth. I have used many Scriptural translations throughout the years, including:
1. New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2. King James Version (KJV)
3. New King James Version (NKJV)
4. New International Version (NIV).
I have also utilized the 1833 Webster, 1889 Darby and 1899 Douay-Rheims interpretations of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, and eventually I also explored both the (HOT) Hebrew Old Covenant (Tenach), and the 1894 Scrivener Textus Receptus – for the New Covenant.
All of this was done, and continues being done by me today, in order to insure that, as a Bible Teacher, I am not misinterpreting or misunderstanding His Word.
Second, I think it is important for you to know how seriously I listen to, and attempt to grasp, words and names. For instance, from early in life I have listened intently to how people pronounced their names, because I did not want to mispronounce that name when I repeated it; especially when I was addressing THAT person. I may not be able to put names and faces together very well, but once I hear a person pronounce their name, I strive to repeat that name using their exact inflections and pronunciation. I think that is respectful, don’t you?
Third, very early on in my Bible studies, I noticed that the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, for instance, did not use the same “words” as the New American Standard Bible (NASB), or the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible. I quickly settled on the NASB translation, and used that version for many years.
Gradually, my studies, and the Spiritual Gifts I have been given, led me to become a Sunday School Teacher – as well as a Teacher of all things “Bible”. I say that today with a great deal of reverence, because as a “Sunday School Teacher”, and because I interpret Scripture very literally, the warning issued in James 3:1 to teachers, really impacts my heart. Therein He said, “My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that as such we will receive the greater condemnation” (ENB). I, therefore, take these matters very seriously.
Nonetheless, the differences in the Bible translations has always gnawed at me, and the vast difference I found in Psalm 68, as explained under the tab, “The Exalted Name” is a perfect reason why. And yet it was from the springboard of Psalm 68, and the variations that I noticed, which utterly compelled me to search-out the fullness of His Name. And, through that search, The Exalted Name Bible™ has been born.
Father imprinted 1 John 2:27 within my heart a very long time ago, declaring that I needed no other teacher than He (Through His Holy Spirit), and in the fullness of His imprinted promise, my Teacher has made certain that I have not only read His Word, but by the discipline and strength of His hand, He has made me experience His Word as well. I have been His scribe for many years now, and I cannot wait to return to His Word once again as a student. I am excited about devouring His Word again as a reader of The Exalted Name Bible™, I sincerely pray that you enjoy your reading or listening to this work as well.
I remain faithfully and humbly your servant in YEHOSHUA our Messiah,