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What are Jots and Tittles?

What was Jesus talking about when he said “jot or tittle”? The first thing to always remember when you read the words of Jesus in English is that Jesus didn’t speak English. Discovering what a “jot” is reveals much more than just the meaning of the word – it reveals the language he was speaking. Clicking on this link to read the complete article

Exploring Biblical Heritages or Defending Unexamined Beliefs?

In July it “hit me” that it was in August of 1980 that I began the journey that led to the founding of the Biblical Heritage Center in 1999 -- and the work we do today. I really couldn’t believe that thirty-nine years have passed since I prayed the prayer that launched my journey. If you missed that article, click here to read it.
Over the past few weeks I have ventured back into remote areas of BHC’s large databases. Some of that information goes back to 1985. I literally hadn’t seen some of those files in decades. But seeing them again and thinking about that information in light of what I now know was a very enlightening experience. I realized that my mindset had changed dramatically without my being aware of it. Click here to read the complete article.

Does Your Belief System Include These Facts About “The Bible”?

Participants in BHC Bible studies and discussion groups agree to follow this guideline:
My Belief System will be large enough to include all of the facts, open enough to be examined and questioned, and flexible enough to change if errors or new facts are discovered.
An important skill participants learn is how to make accurate distinctions between fact-based statements, institutional beliefs, individual beliefs and random opinions. Now let’s learn about some facts about the Bible.
The first fact about “the Bible” is that “the Bible” is an Identity Meme used by Christians to refer to “Christian Scriptures.” “Scriptures” in this context refers to “canonized writings by an institution with authority.”
When Jesus referred to “Scriptures” he was referring writings called the Torah, Prophets and Psalms. In addition he quoted from other books that are in the Tanakh (Jewish Scriptures today). The books of the Tanakh are found in “Christian Scripture” where they are called “the Old Testament.

The Beginning of My 39-Year Journey!

The Beginning of My 39-Year Journey! By Jim Myers

Me Back Then!
Thirty-nine years ago this month I began the journey that led to the work we do today at the Biblical Heritage Center. In my wildest dreams I could have never imagined where that journey would lead. If you would like to understand the motivation behind many of the things I have done and written about for almost 40 years, read the opening chapter of my story at --
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August 10th and the Destruction of the Jerusalem Temples

Tisha B’Av Begin August 10th at Sundown
From sunset August 10th until nightfall August 11th is Tisha B'Av – the Remembrances of the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Although a large number of disasters are said to have befallen the Jews on this day, the major commemoration is of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE, respectively. Central to the observance of this day is fasting. Although the exact date of the destruction of each of the Temples–the ancient centers of Jewish life and practice –are unknown, tradition dates the events to Tisha B’Av – the 9th of the Jewish month of Av.
For more information read “The Temple and Its Destruction” –
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LORD or Lord or Something else? (BHC Power Bible Study)

We just launched BHC Power Bible Studies. They are short, focused and designed to fit in busy schedules. Use them at home alone or with family members, when you travel, in the workplace, at church, over lunch, on social media with friends, etc.
The first BHC Power Bible Study is LORD or Lord or Something Else? It focuses on Psalm 110:1, a verse Jesus quoted in a discussion with a scribe at the Temple -- “The Lord said to my Lord . . .” Find out what the words “LORD” and “Lord” mean. Go to the BHC Power Bible Studies Page on our website at --

Free Bible Study Tools

One of the most visited pages on the BHC website is “Bible Study Tools.” You will find Hebrew, Greek and Latin tools, multiple English translations, information about ancient manuscripts, dictionaries, encyclopedias, our free Hebrew and Greek Transliterators, and more. There is also a link to our “How Words Work” series.
For those who do not work with Hebrew, Greek or Latin, we encourage you to incorporate the Parallel Hebrew-English Bible in your Bible studies of the Old Testament and the Parallel Greek-English Bible when you study the New Testament. At the very least, we encourage you to use more than just one English translation anytime you study the Bible. There are multiple versions available at your fingertips.
Bookmark our Bible Study Tools Page
There is a link to it in the menu at the top of every page. Use it often and share it with members of your Bible Study Group, family and friends. All of the tools are free and using the…

God please show me what You want me to learn!

It was in August 1980 and I was preparing to enter a Bible College to train to become an ordained minister when it happened! I could have never guessed how much it would influence the course of life for the next thirty-nine years and hopefully many more.  I had just returned home after purchasing a new Bible to use in my studies. I opened the box, took it out, opened it and prayed this prayer:
Dear God, please show me what You want me to learn.”
Immediately the following words popped into my mind:
Unless you know how words work, you cannot understand the words of the Bible.”

My first thought was, “What in the heck does that mean?” The second thought was, “Was that from God or just some random thought that came out of thin air?” So, what did I do? I forgot about it – or at least I thought I had. Read the complete article at -

Updating Our Website & New Mail List

We are in the process of updating the Biblical Heritage Center website and information delivery systems. The new homepage provides a preview of new sections of the website that we will be adding and the topics we will be discussing on our new mail list. The new mail list is for people who want more than just what they see on social media. At the bottom of the home page is a place to subscribe to our new mail list. Subscribe Today! Tell your friends about this too!

The Biblical Heritage Journey

While the Biblical Heritage Center is certainly about the book we call the Bible, it is also about much more.It is about all the beliefs, doctrines, ideas, legal systems, traditions, folklore, religions, religious institutions, educational systems, philosophies, and sciences that have been influenced by the Bible and/or that have influenced the Bible.Many of these are not only related but also interrelated.This dynamic relationship has played a major role in the development and evolution of these disciplines and has formed the basis for what we know about them today.Chances are very good that you have a biblical heritage, even if you are an atheist or agnostic.The better you understand that heritage, the more focused you will be in understanding the world of your ancestors and the world in which you now live. Read the entire article at –

Are Your Models of Humanness and Power Based on Bad Info?

We posted a new story from our journey to the website today – New Models of Humanness and Power. Two of the best kept secrets from the public are -- The New Model of Humanness & Humans Only Have 2 Power Options. Billions of people are imprisoned in realities about themselves and power that are based on “bad info.” Get the facts at --

Yahweh or the Trinity

In my previous article “Our God Beliefscapes” I introduced the beliefscapes for God that Jeffrey and I had when we began our journey almost 30 years ago. Beliefscapes bring transparency to discussions about things most people try to avoid, especially with strangers, and they create a new way to transform those conversations into educational opportunities. Since we just created the concepts behind beliefscapes and belief models, we didn’t have them when we first met. So, things that take us a few minutes to discover and address today, sometimes took years “back in the day”. Read the complete article at –

Our God Beliefscapes

For almost 30 years now, Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and I (Jim Myers) have been friends working together to better understand the origins of our religions – Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. The beliefscapes below demonstrate how they bring transparency into discussions; in this case it is a subject lots of people try to avoid at all costs – God!

Will You Support Transparency in Religious and Secular Belief Systems?

A lot of people say they support “transparency in belief systems,” until it comes to their beliefs. So, we wanted to give you a heads-up about what’s coming.
● The Biblical Heritage Center will be using Beliefscapes that bring transparency to Religious Belief Systems, specifically Christian and Jewish Religious Belief Systems.
● The TOV Center will be using Beliefscapes that bring transparency to Secular Belief Systems (Political and Economic).
When it comes to differences between Religious and Secular Belief Systems, the basic differences are the agendas of the institutions that create the Institutional Beliefs they promote. One promotes gods,afterlife, etc., while the other promotes money, rights, etc. Beliefscapes will bring transparency to all of them.
So, will you support transparency in Religious and Secular Belief Systems? For more information about Beliefscapes go to --

Beliefscapes: Making the Invisible Visible

Think of a “beliefscape” as a “brain selfie” of what’s going on at the subconscious level at a specific moment in time. Beliefscapes give us a new way to understand and discuss our beliefs – the building blocks of the realities we experience as life.Beliefscapes createtransparency in belief systems – religious, political and economic. Click here to continue reading.

Our Father’s Prayer for the Fathers on Earth

For the followers of Yeshua, the Jewish Jesus, praying was a ritual that consisted of much more than just saying the words. It was the human side of an unending dialogue between God and humans. Prayer was a daily ritual of life and their prayers were not spontaneous individual prayers that asked God for something or asked Him to do something. They prayed prayers that reminded them of things God wanted them to do!Click Here to continue reading.

The complex world of ancient biblical manuscripts.

The article Here’s What Makes the ‘First-Century Mark’ Saga Complicated: The complex world of ancient biblical manuscripts” provides a great overview of factors involved in dating the ancient biblical manuscripts from which modern translations are made. It is well worth reading several times.
Speaking to a Christian audience, I would want to say that if something is done, well, it should help you understand that the world is a more complicated place than you previously thought it would be in . . . You should always allow yourself to be surprised, to be challenged, to be fascinated with how complicated the world is and not see that as a threat. Use it as a reminder that our own culture isn't the only one that exists, and that a lot of the reasons that we have things from other countries is because we took them, or we paid for them from people who are just desperate for even a small amount of money.”
Read the complete article at --…

“Kingdom of Heaven” or “Kingdom of God”?

The two terms, “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Kingdom of God,” create a great deal of confusion for readers of English translations of the New Testament. They also caused a great deal of confusion for scholars and theologians who are able to work with the languages of Greek and Hebrew. This is very clear from the number of books and articles they have written. However, much more important is that one must understand what “Kingdom” meant to Yeshua in order to understand his mission and movement. Read the complete article at --

Yeshua on "What must one do to be saved?"

Take a moment and think about your answer to this question. For many, the above question is “the most important question of all.” Why? Because being saved from “an eternity burning in the fires of Hell” is something they definitely do not want to experience! So, what must one do to be saved from an eternity in Hell? Christians do not agree on the answer. Click here to continue reading the article --

Prayer Through the Eyes of Yeshua

For Yeshua and his Jewish followers, prayer served very different purposes from those of Christians today. The following will help you understand some of those differences – and probably change the way you pray!
You and God are partners in prayer.
Prayer does not always work in the way you want it to or think that it will. God is concerned with the lives of all of His creatures, not just yours.
Prayer is not speaking magic words that force God to make something happen.
Prayer is not bribing or forcing God to obey you.
Read the complete article at --

Jesus or Paul Part 5 (And Then Paul Changed Everything!)

Paul formed a community around his ideas and beliefs. In his community he was the only apostle, he preached a different gospel, and “righteousness had nothing to do with doing acts of tzedaqah.” The Epistle to the Romans clearly describes his new reality.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)
In Paul’s exclusive gospel, righteousness is not something people do – it is mysteriously revealed by faith to those who believe what Paul taught.
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. (Romans 3:21-22)
In Paul’s gospel, even though “works” and “righteousness” are unrelated. However, someth…

Jesus or Paul Part 4 (Only What People Do Counts)

Doing acts of tzedaqah are so much greater than just giving food, drink, clothes, etc. They were all done by one person for another person.
● Each act was a face-to-face experiencea personal expression of one’s concern for the shalom of the other. The giver “cared for” the receiver and the receiver felt “cared about” by the giver. The feelings of “being cared about” and “being able to care for someoneelse” are very valuable and powerful experiences.
● Each act was an act of acceptance – the giver “showed his or her acceptance of the receiver” and the receiver “felt the feeling of belonging.”
● Each act was an act of one community member for another community memberit was a demonstration of the values of their community. The receiver knew he or she was entitled to receive what was given and the giver knew it was his or her responsibility to give. The receiver knew he or she was not obligated to the giver in any way, but the receiver knew he or she was obligated to give what anothe…

Jesus or Paul? (Part 3: The Breaking of Shalom)

Jesus or Paul? Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right? Part 3

The Breaking of Shalom
Making the “right to live” a reality requires “loyalty to the community” by God and people. Leaders and members of the community are responsible for creating and maintaining that environment. We see this in the second definition above. The entire community is charged with the responsibility of “the elimination of anything breaking the shalom.” This is the cornerstone of human justice.
The primary mission of every follower of Jesus is the elimination of anything breaking the shalom!
In the teachings of Jesus, tzedaqah is linked to shalom. Isaiah 32:17 helps us see that link through the eyes of members of the Jewish culture:
The deed of tzedaqah shall be shalom and the labor of tzedaqah shall be tranquility and safety forever.

Shalom results from the deed of tzedaqah.” Now we must clearly understand what “shalom” meant to Jesus. In Hebrew: The Eternal Language by William Chomsky (p. 4) we …

Jesus or Paul? Part 2

Jesus or Paul? Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right? Part 2
The Hebrew Meaning of צדקה‎ (tzedaqah)
Jumping from back and forth from one language to another can be a little confusing. But, simply using the traditional translation of the Hebrew word above “righteousness,” may be more confusing. The word “righteousness” is code word – a religious word lots of people are familiar with but rarely, if ever, use in their daily conversations with friends or in commercial transactions. When was the last time you used it?
I will be using the transliteration of the Hebrew word above – tzedaqah – in this article. I am going to build its meaning from scratch for you so you can attach them to the Hebrew word. When you read an English translation of Jesus’s teachings and see the word “righteousness,” just remind yourself to think “tzedaqah” and what it means.
Our source for the meanings for tzedaqah comes from the Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Volume 3 (p. 1006…

Jesus or Paul? Part 1

Jesus or Paul? Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right? Part 1
What difference does it make in the real world if Christians, non-Christians or anyone else follow the teachings of Jesus or Paul? This may be a confusing question for some, because for readers of English translations of Bibles, it appears that Jesus and Paul spend a lot of time teaching about the very same thing -- “righteousness.” For both Jesus and Paul “righteousness” is the essential requirement for inheriting the Kingdom of God and along with that – an afterlife. However they actually had two completely different meanings for the word “righteousness,” but readers of English translations do not seem to know it!
Jesus taught in the Hebrew language to Hebrew speaking Jewish audiences. The Hebrew word Jesus spoke was צדקה‎ -- tzedaqah. It was later translated into Greek and then into English as “righteousness.” Members of his Jewish audiences all belonged to the same culture – the Jewish culture Judea a…