Sunday, January 31, 2016

Why the Real Yeshua?

Why the Real Yeshua? The answer is because believing as usual is no longer an option. Over the past few years, I have written a lot about the “Real Yeshua” and have been asked why I don’t call him “Jesus Christ” instead? Today, I would like to share some of the most important reasons. The first reason I call him “Yeshua” is “Jesus” wasn’t his name. No one ever called him “Jesus” until around the time Columbus discovered America that Christians. So, that’s the reason I call him “Yeshua” and I think he would like for everyone with Belief Systems that focus on him to do the same. Wouldn’t you agree? Another reason I call him the “Real Yeshua” is because of how my readers would react if I used the name “Jesus” in the things I write. It is essential for each of us to understand how the human mind works. It has protection systems that functions like firewalls on computers and smartphones. To download the PDF version of this issue of Discovering the Bible & Our Biblical Heritages2016 #1 - Why the Real Yeshua? Because Believing as Usual is No Longer an Option -- CLICK HERE.

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Thank you & SHALOM,

Jim Myers

Friday, January 29, 2016

Yeshua’s Shabbat Torah Readings for 01/30/16

It was Yeshua’s custom to attend a synagogue every week and he would have heard or participated in the reading of the scheduled portion for week. It would have been followed by a reading from the Prophets or the Writings. Below are the readings for this Shabbat, which begins at sundown on Friday January 29th and ends on Saturday the 30th. This week’s readings are:

Exodus 18:1 – 20:23
Isaiah chapter 6
Isaiah 61:6-10

According to the Jerusalem Council that is recorded in Acts 15, the first non-Jewish members of the Yeshua Movement were instructed to attend a synagogue every Shabbat and learn from these readings. Visit the Yeshua Torah Reading Schedule Page – click here.

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Shalom!

Jim Myers

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Going to the Synagogue with Yeshua

The fact that many of the accounts about Yeshua recorded in the Synoptic Gospels were originally meant for Jewish readers becomes very clear as you learn more about the Late Second Temple Period and Jewish culture of the first century CE. What the biblical text says is very important, but for non-Jewish readers to fully grasp what is taking place, it is often more important to learn what the text doesn’t say. The reason the authors left those things out is that their intended audience clearly understood them and therefore there was no need to repeat them. About twenty years after Yeshua was crucified, a controversy took place concerning non-Jews who wanted to be members of the Yeshua Movement. Some of the members insisted that non-Jews must convert to Judaism and be circumcised in order to join. Others disagreed. Read the complete article or download it in PDF format at – CLICK HERE.


Go to the Compressed Torah Reading Schedule of YeshuaCLICK HERE.

Friday, January 8, 2016

TZADAQAH the Most Important Word of the Real Yeshua

TZEDAQAH (righteousis a very important word in the teachings of Yeshua --  “. . . but the righteous (will go) into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46b). In Matthew 25, Yeshua used "righteous" to describe those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, gave drink to the thirsty, visited the sick, etc. Today, most Americans use the word “charity” to describe acts such those. There is a far cry between the meanings of TZADAQAH and CHARITY. Make sure you know the difference and please share this with others so they will understand the cornerstone message of the Real Yeshua. Go to The Real Yeshua’s Vocabulary at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/yeshua-s-vocabulary.html


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What did SHALOM mean to the Real Yeshua

We have added a new section to the Biblical Heritage Center website – Yeshua’s Vocabulary. The first entry in this section is “SHALOM.” Find out what it meant to the Real Yeshua at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/yeshua-s-vocabulary.html

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Shalom,

Jim Myers

Monday, January 4, 2016

Deadly Religious Beliefs & Those Little Shoes

Rebuilding the Biblical Heritage Center website is bringing back a lot of old memories, especially those about events that changed the course of my life. I (Jim Myers) just added the story of “The Little Shoes,” a story that some of you have heard many times. But if you haven’t heard it or it has been a while, take a moment to read it. It is very important for me to make sure people never forget those little shoes. The event took place in 1990, a few months after I became a grandfather for the first time. I was sitting in my study flipping through a magazine when I first saw the picture that changed my life. Be sure and share it with others too. See the little shoes and read my story at – http://www.biblicalheritage.org/the-little-shoes.html

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bible Study Tools Section Added to Website

We just uploaded our Basic Bible Study Tools to the BHC website. You will find what you need to study the Bible in English, Hebrew, Greek or Latin – Hebrew & Greek texts, interlinear texts, dictionaries, encyclopedias and different English translations.  Always remember that these tools are at your fingertips on your computer or smartphone in the “Bibles” section of our website -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/bible-study-tools.html

New Beliefs Database on BHC Website

A new section you will find on the new BHC website is called “Biblical Heritages.” An important feature of that section is “Belief Systems.” In it you will find the chronological appearance of beliefs in Jewish and Christian Belief Systems. This will be an ever expanding database, but a preview of what to expect is now online. The second century CE was a period in which the central figure of a growing number of new sects in the Gentile world was Christ. People from Gentile cultures struggled as they dealt with a belief that was completely foreign to them – monotheism – and how and where the Christ figure fit into it. In addition, in this period Jewish scriptures were also introduced to Gentiles and they struggled with how to fit Gentiles into writings in which they were not “God’s chosen people.” Check it out at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/individual-beliefs.html

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Real Yeshua Section of Website

I am in the process of rebuilding the Biblical Heritage Center website in order to make more user friendly for smartphone users -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/home.html . You will find a new Real Yeshua section on it at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/yeshua.html

Friday, January 1, 2016

Why People Are Confused About the Earliest Christian View of Resurrection of the Dead

Another great blog by James Tabor that provides readers with a great opportunity for not only becoming aware of ancient texts related to the subject, but also on how those texts are read. And, as I said in the previous blog, regardless of one’s beliefs, this provides important insights about how one should examine his or her beliefs. In the religiously polarized environment in which we live today, unexamined religious belief systems are no longer acceptable. Everyone has a right to believe what they want, but if those beliefs affect the safety and quality of life of others – those beliefs must be examined.

There is a lot of confusion among Christians today–as well as among Jews and secularists for that matter–as to what the term resurrection of the dead means, whether as applied to Jesus and the Easter event, or more generally to humankind at the end of days. Most often the notion of resurrection of the dead is confused with a somewhat different Greek idea, the immortality of the soul–but these two ideas are quite distinct from one another as we will see below. . . .

The whole concept turns on the notion of how the created world is viewed — as something to abandon and escape, or something to be transformed and changed. That is why the Bible speaks of a “new heavens and a new earth,” rather than leaving this earth to go to heaven (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1). The kingdom of God is when the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven. In both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament the ideal future is when God comes down to the renewed creation, not when we leave a hopeless world to join God in heaven (Revelation 21:3).


Take a moment to consider the implications of the underlined text above and how it affects the thoughts and actions of 2 billion Christians today. Read James Tabor’s complete blog at -- https://jamestabor.com/why-people-are-confused-about-the-earliest-christian-view-of-resurrection-of-the-dead/

How Faith in Jesus’ Resurrection Originated and Developed: A New/Old Hypothesis

James Tabor’s blog “How Faith in Jesus’ Resurrection Originated and Developed: A New/Old Hypothesis” provides readers with a great opportunity for not only becoming aware of ancient texts related to the subject, but also on how those texts are read. Regardless of one’s beliefs, this provides important insights about how one should examine his or her beliefs. In the religiously polarized environment in which we live today, unexamined religious belief systems are no longer acceptable. Everyone has a right to believe what they want, but if those beliefs affect the safety and quality of life of others – those beliefs must be examined.

It (the Resurrection) makes perfect sense to read the New Testament in its current order. The four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John introduce us to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The book of Acts gives us the early history of Christianity, ending with the career of Paul. The letters of Paul and the other apostles, Peter, John, James, and Jude, come next, and the mysterious book of Revelation provides a climatic finale to the whole. It all makes perfect sense—unless one is a historian. Historians read the New Testament backwards. Over the last hundred and fifty years they have made a significant discovery. If the New Testament writings were ordered chronologically, according to the dates the various books were written, a wholly different picture emerges, with radical and far-reaching implications.