The Mission of A.S.K.
It is our goal to bring to the attention of all
Bible believers the importance of self reliance and personal
responsibility when approaching Bible themes. It is the sole
responsibility of the believer to become educated and to realize
precisely what he or she believes. We promote the fact that those
beliefs should be able to be communicated to any person asking a
question. By encouraging people to examine the original documents
for themselves, we help to create a greater comprehension of the
source material itself. By having a biblical and historical
understanding of the Bible, we can all know and trust God better.
David Sielaff, Director
Associates for Scriptural Knowledge
Associates for Scriptural
Knowledge (A.S.K.) is a non-profit religious organization dedicated to
educating people in historical, scientific and theological matters
concerning the Holy Scriptures. We do not promote a pastoral,
ritualistic or liturgical ministry.
Our ecclesiastical position is non-denominational and
non-hierarchical. Our object is to publish and disseminate academic
research materials concerning biblical matters to the general public
throughout the world. This is done through print, electronic, visual and
the communication media. We seek to bring peoples' attention to all
aspects of the Bible. We do not concentrate on theological issues alone.
With this approach, we are not limited to publishing materials for one
segment of Bible believers.
This allows us freedom to disseminate all issues, including those
topics that are often not a part of today's mainstream consensus of
religious discussion. We produce research that would never see light
outside of our A.S.K. publishing agenda. We are also dedicated to making
our materials available to those who are less fortunate without cost if
we are provided, by others, with the necessary financial support to
permit this service.
A.S.K. is located at the north end of the picturesque Willamette Valley in Portland Oregon. Portland is only an
hour's drive from the rugged Pacific Coast and about the same distance from beautiful
Mount Hood to the east. Portland is the home of the the NBA Trailblazers and the Portland
Associates for Scriptural Knowledge
P.O. Box 25000
Portland, OR 97298-0990
Biography of David Sielaff
Director, Associates for Scriptural Knowledge
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in October 1949, Mr. Sielaff attended grade and
high school in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and in 1972 he graduated from the University
of Wisconsin, Madison, with a Bachelor of Arts degree as a dual major in History
and Political Science. His personal studies in theology, biblical studies and
history have always held a fascination for him. He attended Fuller Theological
Seminary in Pasadena, California and received a Masters of Arts in Theology
degree in June 1987. He is married to Dr. Robin (Wichern) Sielaff, since 1976. She has a master of science in biomedical sciences and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oregon. They have two grown daughters, Heather, a pediatrician, and Carole, a licensed school psychologist.
nine years between 1985 and 1994 Mr. Sielaff worked for and later supervised
Fuller Seminary’s Word Processing Department, supporting the faculty in the
Schools of Theology and World Mission in the typesetting and editing of books,
manuscripts, monographs, academic papers, class materials and other professional
materials for the professors and their international publishers. As a student,
and on the job, he learned what was good (and mediocre) scholarship. He is a
typesetter by vocation and continues to study biblical matters. Until becoming
Director of ASK he had written only privately published articles.
Raised Lutheran, he became a member of the Worldwide Church of God from
approximately 1969 to 1973. He has had no denominational associations since that
time. He discovered the work of Ernest Martin in 1974. Dr. Martin's theological
and historical work has been seminal to Mr. Sielaff's understanding of the Bible
and the world, which was later supplemented by his seminary experience. It was
since that time he learned the truths of God regarding the Universal
Reconciliation of all to God and the deification of man through the redemptive
work of Christ Jesus.
In 1983 Mr. Sielaff went to Israel on a tour conducted by Dr. Martin, after
which a slowly increasing regular contact began between the two men. Mr. Sielaff
began typesetting books for ASK on a contract basis in 1993 with the latest
edition of Restoring the Original Bible, later adding some editing functions to
that task. It was during the final edits on The Temples That Jerusalem Forgot in
early 2000, that Dr. Martin first discussed the continuation of his work, should
that be necessary.
While continuing his deep research into the Jerusalem Temples, Dr. Martin
soon involved himself with a revision of The Essentials of New Testament
Doctrine, his final and greatest book. Mr. Sielaff helped edit and typeset this
final work, editing for clarity, not content. This is his philosophy in putting
out the mass of work that Dr. Martin produced independently over 40 years of
work — the purpose of which has been to have the Holy Scriptures plainly and
simply speak the Word of God into your mind.
Biography of Dr. Ernest L. Martin
Founder, Associates For Scriptural Knowledge
A.S.K.'s Founder, Dr. Ernest L. Martin
(died January 2002), was born in Meeker, Oklahoma on April 20, 1932. He attended
grade and high school in Exeter, California and graduated from the College of
the Sequoias in Visalia, California (specializing in Meteorology). He was a
member of United States Air Force from 1950 to 54, and was sent by the Air Force
to the University of New Mexico for advanced Meteorological training. He
forecasted the weather in Greenland for a year, another year at Research and
Development in High Altitude studies at Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado. He changed
careers in 1955 from science to social science (Theology and History).
attended Ambassador College (now University and accredited) for B.A. (1958),
M.A. in Theology (1962), and Ph.D. in Education (1966). He was Secretary of the
Board at Ambassador campus in England from 1960 to 72 and Senior Professor of
History and Theology and Elementary Meteorology. He was Dean of Faculty at
Ambassador campus in England from 1966 to 72.
He secured the alliance of Ambassador with
Hebrew University in the largest archaeological excavation in Israel near the
Western (Wailing) Wall from 1969 through 1973. He supervised 450 college
students for those five years at the archaeological site in Jerusalem for the
summer months and Time magazine featured his program for providing academic
credits for archaeological work during that period.
Dr. Martin became Chairman of the
Department of Theology at Ambassador in Pasadena, California in 1973. He left
Ambassador in 1974 (and gave up his tenured professorship) and started FBR (the
Foundation for Biblical Research) in Pasadena. He was Chairman of the Board of
FBR from 1974 to 85. He left FBR to found the Associates for Scriptural
Knowledge (A.S.K.) in 1985 and was Chairman of the Board. He was a Member of the
Society of Biblical Literature and the Planetarium Society, and was listed in
the (1997,'98,'99) editions of Who's Who in America, also Who's Who in
Religion, Who's Who in Education, and Who's Who in Biblical Studies and
Author of five editions of The Tithing
Dilemma (over 100,000 copies sold) (1974 to 1995); two editions of The
Birth of Christ Recalculated (1978, 1980); two editions of Restoring the
Original Bible (1984, 1996); two editions of Secrets of Golgotha
(1987, 1996); 101 Bible Secrets (1991); The People that History Forgot
(1994); The New Third Temple (out of print, 1994); The Biblical Manual
(out of print, 1995); The Star that Astonished the World (1996);
two editions of The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot (1999, 2000); and two
editions of The Essentials of New Testament Doctrine (1999, 2001).
authored over 200 special theological and historical studies in printed form,
and over 400 cassette taped lectures on similar subjects, and appeared numerous
times on Television and Radio programs in which he was interviewed. He was
married to Ramona Jean Martin and had two daughters Kathryn and Phyllis and one
son Samuel, and several grandchildren. His primary profession was that of
advanced studies as a Research Theologian and Historian with a deep interest in
the relationship between the subjects of Science and Biblical matters.
He was an ordained Christian minister in
the A.S.K. ekklesia (translated as "church" in the King James Version).
Dr. Martin was first ordained in London, England in January 2, 1959 by the
Worldwide Church of God; then FBR in January 1974; and finally ASK in January
His ecclesiastical persuasion was
non-denominational in beliefs. His main interest was to restore biblical truth
to this End-Time generation (before the Second Advent of Christ) and to make all
people to have the opportunity of knowing the truth of the Gospel of Christ
Jesus, no matter who they are — whatever their status of race, sex, social or
political beliefs, and of whatever religious persuasion they have.
Since the Holy Scriptures dogmatically
teach the Universal Reconciliation of all humans throughout all periods of human
history, he was an ardent advocate of this Scriptural truth. He hoped that all
people on earth can experience their freedoms that they all have in Christ. All
his writings attest to this fundamental truth that motivated his academic and
religious endeavors and activities.