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Forgiveness of Sins

Take a few moments to consider how you would answer the following questions.
(1) How many of your sins do you want God to forgive?
(2) How many sins of the person you hate the most are you willing to forgive?
(3) What does that person you hate the most have to do for you to forgive him or her?
(4) What if God required you to do those same things to receive forgiveness?
How do you think Jesus would answer those questions? He used techniques like this to make important points.
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Y Team Guidelines for Bible Study Gatherings and Discussions

Learning about the Jesus of history, the one we call Yeshua, transforms our understanding of the one over two billion people today call Jesus Christ. I have been researching and studying the Jesus of history and his words from English translations, Greek manuscripts and reconstructed Hebrew texts for over 30 years now with scholars, professors, rabbis, ministers and a lot of sincere students of the Bible. Over the years I created guidelines and models for the people that I study with to follow and use when we gather to study the words of the Bible. They make our Bible Study gatherings very different from other Bible study groups. Learn more about our guidelines and models at --

The Handbook of the Kingdom of Heaven Movement

If you had been a member of Yeshua’s group in the first century, there is little doubt that you would have heard Yeshua quote from and teach the following words. They are found in your Bible in ten chapters of Isaiah, chapters 51 through 61. I would like to suggest that you first read the version below and get a feel for what hearing Yeshua read it would have been like. You can use the online version, but it would be even better if you print the pdf version.

Getting the “Jameses” in the Bible Straight

Few readers of the English Bible realize that the name “James” actually comes from the Hebrew name Jacob or Yaaqov, which adds to the confusion over the various “Jameses” mentioned in the New Testament. There is, of course, Jacob the Patriarch, grandson of Abraham; James the Apostle, the fisherman brother of John and one of the two sons of Zebedee (Mark 4:21); “James the Less,” and several others. Ironically, the most obscure, and surely the most important James as “James the brother of Jesus,” known subsequently as “James the Just.” takes a bit of analysis. Read James Tabor’s complete blog at --

Perfecting is the Goal, Not Perfection

I have been involved in and coached youth sports (first grade to varsity) for many years. One thing I never expected from my players was perfection – “You must be perfect to be part of the team.” But, I have spoken with many Christians that believed that “being perfect” is what Yeshua, the Jesus of history, expects from them. Read the complete blog at --

Jots and Tittles

Amen! I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law . . . (Matthew 5:18)

What are jots and tittles? One thing they are is evidence that Yeshua, the Jesus of history, and his followers were very familiar with the Hebrew language. Read complete blog at --

Tackling the Big Elephant in the Room - The Afterlife

Beliefs about the afterlife -- “salvation” -- are the biggest barriers keeping many Christians from straying away from their long held beliefs. This is completely understandable when so much is at stake in their minds – spending eternity in Heaven or Hell! Read the complete blog at --

Yeshua, the Jesus of history, and the Hebrew Language

One of the cultural factors we learned about Yeshua, the Jesus of history, in a previous study is that he read and spoke Hebrew. Today we are going to examine one of the sources of that information. It is found in Luke 4:16-17. See pictures and read the complete blog at --

Valuing Lives 1st Requires Examining Religious Belief Systems

Two subjects that most people try to avoid are discussions about politics and religion, especially with strangers. Of course, politics and religion just happen to be two major factors in many of the conflicts and issues that are dividing Americans today. So, if people who live in a democracy won’t or are unable to find mutually beneficial ways to discuss things, how will those conflicts and issues be resolved? Read the complete blog at --

Y Team Linguistic Bible Study Method

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You Must Be Perfect

What comes to your mind when you hear the following words of Jesus (Yeshua)?
You must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Luke 6:36 & Matthew 5:48)

The opening phrase -- “You must be perfect. . .” -- has generated many debates over the centuries and caused a great deal of confusion and guilt. The dictionary definition for the word “perfect” that comes to most peoples’ minds is usually “completely free from faults or defects.” Read the complete blog at --

Successfully Overcoming Anger Part 2

Yeshua’s lesson on anger is clearly linked to the story of Cain and Abel. In his world, rabbis and teachers added their insights to commandments in the Jewish Scriptures to help people obey them. Their insights were called “fences around the Law.” If a people followed the instructions of the “fences” they would keep the commandment.” Yeshua was a master fence builder. Read the complete article at

“Salvation” the Big Elephant in the Room

Beliefs about “salvation” are the biggest barriers to open discussions about the differences between different Christian group and about Yeshua, the “Jesus of History.” This is completely understandable when so much is at stake in the minds of “believers” – literally going to Heaven or Hell! Read the complete blog at

Yeshua’s Teacher

10 CE marked the end of Hillel’s 40 year reign as nasi.  He was the founder of a school of legal religious thought and dynasty that led Jewish life in Judea for the next four centuries.
Hillel was born to a wealthy family in Babylonia, but came to Jerusalem without the financial support of his family and supported himself as a woodcutter. It is said that he lived in such great poverty that he was sometimes unable to pay the admission fee to study Torah, and because of him that fee was abolished. 
Hillel was known for his kindness, gentleness, and his concern for humanity
Another popular teacher at that time was Shammai. He was known for the strictness of his views.  He was reputed to be dour, quick-tempered, and impatient. Shammai and his teaching were more popular in Israel before the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. The views of Hillel and Shammai represent positions in the range of interpretations of Jewish law and instructions.
Hillel's teachings and interpretations of the…

There are no “Judeos”

A Misleading Hyphen
Some people, including American politicians who want to sound “inclusive” and do not want to offend Jews, have taken the Latin term Judaeus and melded it with “Christian” to describe a so-called “Judeo-Christian” tradition or heritage.
While there are many Christians in the world, there are no “Judeos.” The accurate phrase should be “Jewish and Christian” traditions or heritages, without a hyphen.
Each faith community has many religious streams; there is no one single “Jewish tradition” or “Christian tradition,” and there is certainly not a “Judeo-Christian” one.
Source: Christians & Jews Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future
By Rabbi James Rudin © 2011; Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT; p. 6.

Latest BHC Newsletter: The Forgotten Father: The Man that Raised Jesus

The July issue of the Biblical Heritage Center newsletter -- Creating Safer Better Lives By Discovering Ourselves & Our Biblical Heritages – is now online. It contains the following articles and July Memorials.
Once upon a time a minister, professor and rabbi took a journey. . .
The title sounds like the beginning of a good joke, but it isn’t. It is proof that people with different biblical heritages can work together to tackle religious issues that most people try to avoid. I am the minister, Ike Tennison is the professor and Jeffrey Leynor is the rabbi. I have been on this journey for over thirty-five years now. Ike joined it about thirty years ago when I enrolled in a course in Classical Greek he was teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jeffrey became part of our journey a little over twenty-five years ago when I enrolled in a course he was teaching about the Prophets at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas.
The Forgotten Father: The Man that Raised Jesus
For most o…

God’s Love Isn’t About Warm Fuzzy Feelings

The opening chapters of Genesis reveal that the highest value and top priority of the Creator of the Heavens and Earth is human life. They teach that all people are created with the spirit of the Creator, meaning with the Spirit of the Creator. Humans reveal the Creator’s Spirit to members of their generation by doing thing that measure up to the Creator’s TOV Standardacts that protect life, preserve life, make life for functional and increase the quality of life. Religious institutions disconnected from real life or salvation doctrines that require people to believe someone’s “right theologies” were not part of the Creator’s plan.
The importance of the Creator’s Life 1st Values and TOV Standard is repeated throughout the Jewish Scriptures. There are many examples in the Bible of people, especially leaders, who elevated other things above the value of human life. Some of those people’s decisions had very bad consequences for the nation – or even for all mankind. But other’s placed …

The Unintended Consequences of Protestantism: Western Civilization as We Know It!

Historically, Protestant Christianity was decisive in forming western civilization as we know it, especially in the United States. You can’t imagine modern individualism, democracy, or freedoms without it – and it has given us some other legacies which we might not like so much. But it’s not just a subject of historic interest. There are a billion Protestants in the world today, and in Africa, China, Latin America and other places the numbers are rising fast. Protestantism is going to be one of the key forces shaping the world this century, and we’d better understand it.
The first Protestants didn’t set out to create the world we live in now, but some key features of that world come directly from them. The ideal of free enquiry and free speech; the assumption that we’ve got a right to challenge our rulers, and that in spiritual terms we’re all equal; and the notion of limited government, that there are freedoms of conscience over which no political authority has any jurisdiction. If yo…

The Real Yeshua Torah Readings for May 20th

The Real Yeshua Torah Readingsfor May 20th are:
Exodus 22:26-23:33 Isaiah 49:3
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Thanksgiving and Blessings were a Regular Part of Yeshua’s Life

The follow quote is from a very good book written by Dr. Brad H. Young, Jesus the Jewish Theologian (Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.; Peabody, Massachusetts; pp. 119-120). I changed the word “Jesus” to “Yeshua”, and added highlights to the text, to better fit the subject matter of this blog.
The actions of Yeshua and his disciples regarding prayer have deep roots in the Jewish customs and practices of the Second Temple period.
Already in the daily life of Yeshua and his disciples, thanksgiving and blessing were an integral part of their everyday experience and customary practice. For instance, pronouncing a blessing to God before eating was the common practice of Yeshua and his circle of followers. Reflected both in early Jewish literature and in the liturgy of the synagogue, from Bible times to the present, it is a fact that the Jewish people have made giving thanks a significant part of every aspect of daily life. In Jewish theology no tasks should be considered mundane, because God san…

Clarifying the term “Judaism”

A very important and informative book in the search for the historical Jesus, Yeshua, is Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith by Marvin R. Wilson. We recommend this book highly. Marvin is not only a well-qualified scholar, he is a very good man. The following quotes are from pages 30-31 of this book.
It is important that we seek to clarify the term Judaism before going further. Judaism may be defined as the religion and culture of the Jewish people. Jewish civilization includes historical, social, and political dimensions in addition to the religious. The word Judaism derives from the Greek Ioudaismos, a term first used in the intertestamental period by Greek-speaking Jews to distinguish their religion from Hellenism (see 2 Macc. 2:21; 8:1; 14:38). In the New Testament the word appears twice (Gal. 1:13-14) in reference to Paul’s prior consuming devotion to Jewish faith and life.
Hebrew religion began to give rise to Judaism after the destruction of the Temple and the…

Yeshua and the Essenes

The following information is from Jesus Within Judaism: New Light from Existing Archaeological Discoveries by James H. Charlesworth (pp. 70-71). The name “Jesus” in the original quote has been changed to “Yeshua” and the layout has been changed to highlight specific ideas.
Yeshua shared with the Essenes a theology that was thoroughly monotheistic (there is only one God) and eschatological (the present is the end of all time and history). 
It is misrepresentative to claim that the Essenes “thought of the present as the end-time, but they did not match Yeshua’s note of realized eschatology.”
Yeshua differed from the Essenes regarding the nature of the future, the understanding of the approaching Kingdom of God, and most significantly on how one must prepare for its coming.
The attempts to compare Yeshua with the Dead Sea Scrolls have foundered on numerous fallacies, misconceptions, improper methodologies, secondhand, even insufficient understandings of Yeshua and the Essenes, and misgui…

Time for Christians to resurrect the heritage of their Jewish roots

Read the Gospels again and focus on all the distinctly Jewish elements of Jesus’ story and message. Ask yourself, “What difference does it make that Jesus was Jewish?” I promise you this. You will spend the rest of your life finding the answer to that question, and the rest of your days enjoying the Bible like never before. Jewish and Christian foundations are as intertwined as the Jews and Christians who walk through Jerusalem today. How tragic that so few in either group recognize the kindred spirits in the other. Read complete article at --

Love of God and Love of Fellow Humans are Inseparable

It is easy to determine how much one’s personal or group’s beliefs are like the core teachings and values of Yeshua and his Movement. Yeshua’s core message also reflects a universal spiritual principle -- Helping oneself and helping others are inextricably intertwined. We can see this in the account below:
A Pharisee asked Yeshua, “Teacher, which commandment in the Law is the greatest?
Yeshua answered, “`You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:24-30)
The point is that one cannot love God without loving his neighbor and himself. Keep in mind that the question came from a Pharisee and that doing religious rituals without corresponding acts of TZEDAQAH, righteousness, is a reoccurring issue.
Tal Ben-Shahar, a lecturer at Harvard and consultant to m…

The Real Yeshua Torah Reading Schedule for May 13th

The Real Yeshua Torah Readings for May 13th are:
Exodus 21:1-22:25 Jeremiah 34:1
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Was Yeshua a Pharisee?

Beliefs about Yeshua are like channels on a TV. Depending on what one believes about him determines what they see when they read their Bibles. None of the Christian belief systems people view him through today existed in the early first century when he lived and taught. So, what belief systems did they view him through?
The four popular belief systems (religious sects or parties) in Israel at that time were the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Herodians.
(1) The Sadducees represented an older establishment of priests, aristocrats, and wealthier merchants. They exerted less influence on the religious views of the larger community, but dominated the Temple worship and the Sanhedrin, the central religious council based in the Temple.
(2) The Essenes were a pious brotherhood of separatists who lived in isolated monastic communities in the desert.
(3) The Herodians were a religious party allied to Herod the Great. (Hillel p. 9-10)
For many Christians, “Pharisee” is a dirty word. A sentence …