Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Transliteration that Restores the Original Messages of Yeshua

Have you learned how to transliterate Greek and Hebrew words yet? If you haven’t you should, because it will elevate your Bible study skills tremendously – and learning how is FREE! Just click on the links below and you will soon be working with Greek and Hebrew:


We used a very interesting word as an example in the above lessons. It is a Hebrew word that was transliterated into Greek and is often transliterated into English – AMEN (click here to see example). In this blog we are going to focus on the word “AMEN” in the Greek text of the New Testament:


Before we turn to the Greek text, we need to discuss chapter and verse markers in the Bible. They are not found in the ancient Greek manuscripts. Classically, scrolls of the books of the bible have always been divided by blank spaces at the end (petuhoth) or middle (setumoth) of the lines. Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury between 1207 and 1228, is credited with being the one who divided the Bible into the chapters that remains in use today.[i]

Robert Estienne created a verse numbering system in his 1551 edition of the Greek New Testament which was also used in his 1553 publication of the Bible in French. Estienne's system was widely adopted, and his system is found in almost all modern Bibles.[ii] Estienne was a 16th-century printer and classical scholar in Paris. He was a former Catholic who became a Protestant late in his life and the first to print the Bible divided into standard numbered verses.

Chapter and verse markers act like traffic signs. Chapter markers are like “STOP” signs. Many people base their Bible reading schedule on chapters and stop when they come to the end of a chapter. or multiple chapters of their Bible every day.

STOP: CHAPTER BREAK

Verse markers, on the other hand, are more like “SLOW” signs. Readers slow down, but usually coast on by until they encounter the next “STOP” sign.

SLOW DOWN: NEW VERSE AHEAD

The more you study the biblical text using the BHC linguistic skills, the clearer it becomes that many chapter and verse breaks were inserted in the wrong places. When that happens the context may be adversely affected or destroyed. It is very important to learn to learn how to ignore the chapter and verse markers and define the context by following the flow of what is written.

One of the obvious examples of verse markers being in the wrong place can be seen in contexts where the Greek word “AMEN” appears in the Gospels. However, finding the translation of “AMEN” isn’t always easy. Which word is the translation of “AMEN” in the King James Version of Matthew 5:18:

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

(In The Real Yeshua Blog I explained the meanings of jot and tittle.)  In order to find “AMEN” we are going to learn how to use another very important and valuable Bible study tool – the interlinear Bible. It has the Greek or Hebrew text with an English translation below each word. The interlinear Bible is available online for FREE. Click Here to go a interlinear text of Matthew 5 and then scroll down to verse 18 and find the Greek word “AMEN.”


Did you find it? “AMEN” is the first word in the verse and below it is the English translation “truly.” The King James translators translated it “verily.” Now, instead of using one of the above translations, let’s transliterate  it.

Amen! For I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Keep in mind that Yeshua was teaching in Hebrew, not Greek or English. Remember, “AMEN” is also the transliteration of the Hebrew word, which means “so be it.” “AMEN” usually comes at the end of something and is used to highlight or stress something.  But, in this verse “AMEN” is the first word in the sentence. Why? It is first because Robert Estienne inserted a verse marker right in the middle of a point Yeshua was making.  As a result, the word he used to stress the point he was making was severed from the statement. Now look what happens when we reconnect the two parts and recreate the original context by combining verses 17 & 18:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Amen! For I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

There are four words that have cultural meanings that differ from the normal definitions you will find in an English dictionary. (Click Here to see my blog which will provide more information about those words.) Below is a reconstruction that reflects more accurately the cultural meaning of what Yeshua really said:

Think not that I am come to misinterpret the Torah or the Prophets (two sections of the Hebrew Scriptures).   I have not come to misinterpret, but to correctly interpret them. Amen! For I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass, neither the smallest Hebrew letter YOD nor one of the even smaller decorative marks on the Hebrew letters shall in no way be removed from the Torah until all is correctly interpreted.

Knowing that the Greek word “AMEN” is in the verse and that it usually appears after a significant statement or point is made allows you to reconnect the parts and reconstruct the words of Yeshua. You will be able to see what he wanted to emphasize. (Keep in mind that when you need to use a Greek or Hebrew interlinear Bible, CLICK HERE to go to the Biblical Heritage Bible Study Tools Page and you will find the link to interlinear Bibles, different versions of the Bible, dictionaries, encyclopedias and much more.)

Now it’s your turn. Below is a list of some other verses in the King James Version in which the Greek word “AMEN” was translated “verily.” You will find an online version of the King James Bible on our Bible Study Tools Page too. You can use it and your word processor to copy and paste verses in documents, so you can start working on your own translation of the Bible. Be sure to set up a folder and save all of your work. As you look at each appearance of “AMEN” in the verses below do the following:

(1) Replace the translation “verily” with “Amen!”

(2) See if a verse or chapter marker was inserted in the wrong place.

(3) Reconstruct the context by reconnecting the parts  & see what Yeshua wanted to stress.

I think you will be amazed by how much power is added to the teachings of Yeshua by simply doing this exercise. Have fun as you reconstruct the original contexts of the following verses:

(1) Matthew 5:26
(2) Matthew 6:2
(3) Matthew 6:5
(4) Matthew 6:16
(5) Matthew 10:15

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Looking at Christianity From the Other End of the Timeline

When we look back down the timeline of Christianity to the period in which Jesus lived, an inch on the timeline can cover centuries.  The importance of many of the events that took place during that inch are unknown today, along with the people that lived in that inch. This is a reality that every genealogist comes to understand very quickly. We also learn another very important truth – every one of the people in my line of ancestors had to live for me to exist. It took them all to create my DNA.


But, there is more to each of us than a collection of genes that made their way across time to become our part of our DNA – our beliefs were also making their way across time to become part of our Belief Systems.  Genes and beliefs both affect how we understand, view and understand our world and the things that happen in it. Until we learn about the journeys of our genes and beliefs, we live our lives completely unaware of their origins and roles. Read the complete blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/11/looking-at-christianity-from-other-end.html

Looking at Christianity From the Other End of the Timeline

When we look back down the timeline of Christianity to the period in which Jesus lived, an inch on the timeline can cover centuries.  The importance of many of the events that took place during that inch are unknown today, along with the people that lived in that inch. This is a reality that every genealogist comes to understand very quickly. We also learn another very important truth – every one of the people in my line of ancestors had to live for me to exist. It took them all to create my DNA.


But, there is more to each of us than a collection of genes that made their way across time to become our part of our DNA – our beliefs were also making their way across time to become part of our Belief Systems.  Genes and beliefs both affect how we understand, view and understand our world and the things that happen in it. Until we learn about the journeys of our genes and beliefs, we live our lives completely unaware of their origins and roles. Read the complete blog at -- http://fromonejesus.blogspot.com/2013/11/looking-at-christianity-from-other-end.html

Monday, November 25, 2013

Understanding the World of Yeshua

The opening series of blogs I posted are designed to introduce visitors to the Jewish Jesus and his world. If you haven’t read them yet or would like to review them, click on the links below. The more you can learn about his world, the better you will be able to understand his message and recognize those which were not.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Part 2: How to Transliterate Hebrew Words

The purpose of this lesson is to make you more familiar with specific Hebrew letters. You have probably noticed that some of them look very similar and that there are cases where two Hebrew letters are transliterated by the same English letters. You will also learn the Hebrew Alphabet Song so you can easily memorize the Hebrew alphabet. Click here to go to lesson -- http://bhcbiblestudies.blogspot.com/2013/11/part-2-how-to-translate-hebrew-words.html

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Learning How to Work With Greek & Hebrew Words



Learning how to transliterations of Greek and Hebrew words will elevate your level of Bible study skills tremendously. Even if you have never seen a Greek or Hebrew words before, in the next 30 minutes you will learn how to use the BHC Greek & Hebrew Transliterators -- and will have taken the first steps to being able to work with the Greek & Hebrew languages. We created these BHC Bible Study Tool to help you & they are FREE! 

Begin by learning how to transliterate Hebrew words by clicking on -- http://bhcbiblestudies.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-transliterate-hebrew-words.html

Then, learn how to transliterate Greek words by clicking on -- http://bhcbiblestudies.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-transliterate-greek-words.html

When you finish, you will have your own BHC Greek and Hebrew Transliterators to use in your own Bible studies. They are both essential tools for learning about the Real Yeshua.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Salvation Message of Yeshua: Light and Darkness


The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, if you are a generous person that gives to the poor your whole body will be full of light. But if you are a stingy or greedy person who gives his poor needy brother nothing, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)

My two previous blogs have unlocked the meanings of the two idioms Yeshua used in the verses above:

(1) good eye a generous person that gives to the poor
(2) evil eyea stingy or greedy person who gives his needy brother nothing

Now let’s turn our attention to the words light and darkness. In the Jewish culture light and life are often used synonymously. This relationship can be found in numerous examples, like the one below.

"Better to extinguish the light on Sabbath than to extinguish life, which is God's light" (Shab. 30b).[i]

The parallels are clear:

(1) light = life
(2) darkness = death

The relationship of the Creator and life is established in the opening words of the first chapter of the Torah (Genesis 1). This revealed a foundational principle of the Torah – life is the first priority and highest value of the Creator. Life was also the first priority and highest value of Yeshua. Now let’s add this information to the verses above:

The life of the body is the eye. Therefore, if you are a generous person that gives to the poor your whole body will be full of life. But if you are a stingy or greedy person who gives his poor needy brother nothing, your whole body shall be full of death. If therefore the life that is in you is death, how great is that death!

Even though a greedy stingy person, who does not help his poor brothers and sisters (fellow humans), even though he is alive – he is living like a dead person. If his life is like death – how great is that death? The acts of a greedy stingy person are extinguishing the light of the Creator. On the other hand, the acts of a generous person increase the light of the Creator.

The key to understanding the Torah and the teachings of Yeshua is discovering the standard that the Creator and Yeshua shared. I call it the TOV Standard and it was the standard the Creator used to judge His acts of creation. In your English translation of Genesis 1, it is found in the verses that read: “And God saw that it was good.” The Hebrew word translated “good” is TOV. The word “good” does not sufficiently translate the meaning of TOV in that context. Below is a much more accurate definition:  

TOV is an an act that is visible and concrete; beautiful and pleasant to the Creator’s eyes; that makes something more functionally complete; that protects and preserves life; and that enhances and increases the quality of life.

In the verses from the Hebrew Scriptures that we found the parallelism that explained the meaning of the idiom good eye, we read:

He that has a good eye shall be blessed;
for he gives his bread to the poor.[ii]

A poor person was hungry and had no food to eat. Another person saw that the poor person was hungry. He had bread and gave food to the hungry person. Let’s use the Creator’s TOV Standard to judge that act:

Sharing food with a hungry person is a visible and concrete act; it is beautiful and pleasant to the Creator’s eyes; it makes the poor person more functionally complete; it protects and preserves life; and it enhances and increases the quality of the poor person’s life.

Now let’s measure the act of the one with an evil eye -- a greedy stingy person that does not share his food -- with the TOV Standard:

The act of not giving food to the poor is an act that is visible and concrete; it is not beautiful and pleasant to the Creator’s eyes; it makes the poor person less functionally complete; it threatens and destroys life; and, it decreases the quality of the poor person’s life.

The person with a good eye does TZEDAQAH – righteousness. A person with an evil eye does RA – evil or wickedness. Those with a good eye or evil eye in Judaism hold a very special status:

"For the living know that they will die" (Kohelet 9:5) - this is referring to tzaddikim (righteous people), who, in their death, are called living.

This can also be seen in the words of Isaiah, which are no doubt the source of Yeshua’s choice to use “light” and “darkness” in his teachings:

Is this not the fast I will choose? To undo the fetters of wickedness, to unite the bands of perverseness, and to let out the oppressed free, and all perverseness you shall eliminate. Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and moaning poor you shall bring home; when you see a naked one, you shall clothe him, and from your flesh you shall not hide. Then your light shall break forth as the dawn, and your healing shall quickly sprout, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall gather you in. Then you shall call and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry and He shall say, “Here I am,” if you remove perverseness from your midst, putting forth the finger and speaking wickedness. And you draw out your soul to the hungry, and an afflicted soul you sate, then your light shall shine in the darkness and your darkness shall be like noon.[iii]

Pay close attention to what will happen to those with a good eye:

your light shall break forth as the dawn
your healing shall quickly sprout
your righteousness shall go before you
the glory of the Lord shall gather you in
your light shall shine in the darkness
your darkness shall be like noon

Yeshua saw something very important lesson in Isaiah’s words. It was so important that it became his message and promise of salvation:

Your acts of righteousness will go before you when you are gathered in by the Lord at death. Your life shall shine in death and you shall live. Your live will rise from death!

Keep this principle in mind as you read the words of Yeshua. He will repeat it over and over throughout his teachings. It is also seen in the teachings of his followers. Below are a couple of examples of teachings that stress the importance of doing acts that meet the TOV Standard in the New Testament:

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, “Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me no food. I was thirsty, and you did not give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you did not take me not in. I was naked, and you did not clothed me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.” Then shall they also answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not care for you?” Then he shall answer them, saying, “Amen! I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:41-46)


Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth. They that HAVE DONE GOOD, unto the resurrection of life; and they that HAVE DONE EVIL, unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29)

What does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith, and does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you says unto them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled.” But you do not give them those things which are needful to the body -- what does it profit? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (James 2:14-18)

The one person who seems to have missed the most important message in the teachings of Yeshua was Paul:

James, Cephas (Peter) and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. (Galatians 2:9-10)

When we read Paul’s epistles, we do not find the salvation message that Yeshua, John or James taught. As a matter of fact, Paul’s words have been used as the foundation of a very different salvation message – one in which works are discouraged.  

There are thousands of churches that teach salvation messages based on Paul’s gospel, but I can’t think of one church that teaches Yeshua’s salvation message – can you? The interesting thing about Yeshua’s salvation message is that it doesn’t require anyone to believe any religion’s theology.

Think of what would happen if all of the churches that are located in your town taught the message of Yeshua -- and their actively encouraged their members and staffs to use their homes, facilities and budgets to do acts of TOV?

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[i] Babylonian Talmud
[ii] Proverbs 22:9
[iii] Isaiah 586-10