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Do You Have a Good Eye!

  Among the people that followed Jesus in the first century, “ have a good-eye ” was probably a regular greeting that they heard every day. What does “ good eye ” mean? It is also found the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 6:22-23. This saying begins with a statement, followed by two parallelisms, to make the points he wanted to make.   The lamp of the body is the eye.   If therefore you have a good eye , your whole body will be full of light.   But if you have an evil eye , your whole body will be full of darkness.   The underlined terms -- good eye and evil eye -- are Hebrew idioms.   ● The words in an idiom cannot be understood by using their literal meanings. This easily seen in this English idiom -- “ he really put his foot in his mouth .” We know he did not literally put his foot in his mouth, but a non-English speaker might think he did.   ● Since these are Hebrew idioms , it indicates that Jesus and his audience were Hebrew speakers .   In order to discover what the Hebrew idio
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Key Insights for Understanding the Teachings of the Jewish Jesus

  The Jewish Jesus , aka Yeshua and the Jesus of history , is the person that led the movement we read about in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). There are many other “ belief models of Jesus Christ ” that were created after the crucifixion of the Jewish Jesus.   It is important to understand that the Jewish Jesus was an expert teacher and interpreter of the Jewish Scriptures, especially Isaiah’s words. His calling, movement, and core teachings are based on his interpretations of sections of Isaiah. Below are the core teachings of the Jewish Jesus. You will see these points repeated throughout his teachings, including those on salvation .   ● Guard Justice and Rescue the Community.   ● Take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness.   ● Extend your breath to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted lives.   ● Share your bread with the hungry, bring the poor who are cast out to your house; cover the naked when you see them, and do not

Creating Transparency in Bible Studies: Seeing What’s in Plain Sight.

  Exploring Biblical Heritages creates transparency in Bible Studies and Belief Systems. Transparency in Bible Studies begins with an awareness of the relationships between the three types of biblical texts pictured above. The biblical texts most explorers use are English translations. However, it is important to keep in mind that English translations are made from Hebrew texts (#1) and Greek texts (#2) .   There are many things you can discover using an English translation, but there are some things that can only be seen in Hebrew or Greek texts. My job is to be you Tour Guide and always keep my eyes on the Hebrew or Greek texts. I will alert you to things that will help you more accurately understand the verses we are exploring.   It is important to remember that we all bring preconceived ideas (beliefs) about the biblical texts. Some view biblical texts as “ the inerrant and infallible Word of God ,” while others view them as “ complete fiction .” I ask everyone put those beliefs

Who Will Be Saved?

Exploring Biblical Heritages and most Bible studies are two different things. Bible studies are usually “ echo-chambers, ” like we find on social media, which are opportunities to reinforce and confirm what participants believe. Exploring Biblical Heritages , on the other hand, often exposes problems in what participants believe.   ● We ask all participants to agree to follow the BHC Primary Guideline – “ My belief system will be large enough for all facts, open enough to be examined and questioned, and flexible enough to change if errors or new facts are discovered .”   Our first task is to identify the Primary Source ( speaker or writer ) of the words we are exploring using BHC Linguistic Guidelines .   ● A word consists of symbols/sounds with attached bundles of associations that include the Source’s culture and personal experiences.   ● Words must be examined in the complete context in which they appear . Context plays a major role in determining the Source’s

Christians Call it “Charity,” but Jesus Called it “Justice”

  The January 2021 issue of our monthly newsletter, Discovering the Bible and Exploring Our Biblical Heritages , in now online:   Reconnecting Jesus to His Jewish Culture and Impacting Our Lives in 2021   This is one of the most important newsletters I have written in the past 35 years. It specifically addresses the single most important subject for Christians:   Salvation   The graphic above provides the answer. If you want to understand it –   Click Here and read the newsletter .   Which would be more important to Jesus: People doing acts of justice or believing man-made doctrines about him?   How could this “ belief change ” impact our lives and society: 70% of the American population committed to doing acts of justice?   WWJD?   Thank you for Exploring Our Biblical Heritages. Please share and discuss it with others.   Shalom, Jim Myers   ☼  Donate and help us provide much more information!  Click Here to Donate .   ☼  Like  the BHC Facebook page so more people will explore. Click

Three Different Stories About the Ten Commandments in the Bible

  One thing Judaism and Christianity both value is The Ten Commandments . But did you know there are three stories about the Ten Commandments in the Bible -- and they have important differences ? Today, I am going to focus on the commandment related to Day Seven .   The three stories are found in Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 34:21, and Deuteronomy 5:12-15. Based on our work, we believe the order below reflects the order in which they originally appeared.   Six days you shall work, but on the Seventh Day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest. (Exodus 34:21)   The meanings reflected in this version appear to be very straight forward. Notice how the second story expands the commandment.   Remember the Shabbat Day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the Seventh Day is the Shabbat of Yahweh your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your