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Defense of ISR: Truth about "Halleluyah Scripiture Piracy


By James Scott Trimm

"Hopefully adults know that a lot of what they read on the web

is just not right, and just not true. But kids don't know that,

they read it and think that it says it, it must be true. …

There is no editor on the internet so people can put

stuff out there that is just absolutely drop dead wrong."
- Dr. Phil McGraw (Wed. 12-16-09)


"All that is required for evil to prevail

is for good men to do nothing."
-Edmond Burke

There has been a lot of false information sent around the internet about the so-called “Halleluyah Scriptures” and the ISR. In fact recently YahSpace stopped promoting the legitimate ISR “Scriptures” version and started promoting the piracy of the so-called “Hallelyah Scriptures” instead.

To begin with, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not an authorized spokesman for ISR. Also I should say that the ISR has been the publisher of the printed edition of the Hebraic Roots Version Scriptures since 2005. I do know the people involved and can speak to the facts in this matter.

ISR (Institute for Scripture Research) ( ) is an organization established in 1992 in South Africa. Chris J. Koster was the first director of the organization. It has been implied that the ISR was just a “title” Chris Koster did business under, this is not so, it is and was a full fledged organization with a Board of Directors.

Through this organization the first edition of “The Scriptures” was published in a small printing in 1994.

In 1996 Chris Koster passed away and his dear friend and colleague Wilhelm Wolfaardt succeeded him as Director of ISR.

It has been implied that some sort of death bed event occurred in which Koster asked Wilhelm to keep the ISR “Scriptures” available for free, asking only for donations to support reprinting. It has also been stated FALSELY that Koster left Wilhelm a sum of money to support this effort. This concocted deathbed event has been used to falsely claim that Wilhelm betrayed some sacred trust and therefore help justify the outright piracy of the “Scriptures” translation. This is a total falsehood, it never happened. In fact even the Halleluyah Scriptures publisher does not claim that this deathbed event happened (though he does wrongly claim that Koster left a sum of money to Wilhelm) instead it is thinly guised in an allegory about a painting, but the allegory leaves hearers with the impression that such a deathbed event occurred with Koster and Wilhelm. It is true that Wilhelm succeeded Koster as director of the ISR and it is true that the ISR had money in its account at that time, but this was not Koster’s money and it did not become Wilhem’s money, it was the ISR’s money both before and after Koster’s death.

In 1998 a new edition of The Scriptures was printed in a much larger printing. To better facilitate worldwide distribution, printing was done in North America.It was originally Chris Koster's idea to put a price on The Scriptures. He told Bill Meyer "we cannot keep on handing The Scriptures out like tracts as we will not be in the position to reprint." The shipping costs alone were killing th ISR.  A joint decision was made at the time by all seven remaining committee members of the ISR that it was necessary to begin actually selling The Scriptures version in order to guarantee the ability to keep the translation and other books in print. This was a legitimate decision that the committee members were fully empowered to make. Regardless of whether one likes or agrees with ISR’s decision, ISR has the right to manage its intellectual property (and the Scriptures was always the intellectual property of ISR even while Koster was alive).

Although ISR does not sell the Scriptures version for a profit, it would not be a Torah violation if they did (nor would it violate Mat. 10:8)
(See: )

The Halleluyah Scriptures publishers have argued that an alleged wish by Koster that the “Scriptures” be distributed free, gives them the right to publish them free if the ISR does not. The Church of God Philadelphia made the argument that Herbert W. Armstrong's intent that his books be distributed without charge allowed them after his death to hijack the rights and publish it free themselves since the organization owning the rights did not do so. The argument failed and this plainly violates international Copyright Law.

It has been implied that Wilhem and other ISR Board members “live in luxury” on profits that they receive from the sales of the Scriptures version. This is also an outright falsehood. Neither Wilhelm or any other ISR officer receives one penny from the ISR. Wilhelm has made a living for himself as a Civil Engineer. All of the funds received by ISR through the sale of the “Scriptures” version is directed into ISR accounts to be used for future printings of the “Scriptures” and other books. ISR does not aim at turning a profit on the ISR Scriptures, but only at selling each printing for enough to ensure future printings, this accounting for inflation and other variables, and allow future printings of ever increasing size (the larger a printing, the more cost effective). It was this process that put the ISR in the position of also publishing the HRV Scriptures as well (In the interest of full disclosure, I do receive a very modest royalty on the ISR publication of the HRV Scriptures. I think this is well earned in the hundreds (thousands?) of hours I put into the HRV, and it goes to support my continued research and teaching.)

It has been stated that ISR is not really an organization, but a “ma and pop” operation run by Wilhelm. This is also false. The ISR is a very real organization. The decision to begin selling the Scriptures was made by seven committee members. When I negotiated the publication of the HRV Scriptures with ISR as the new publisher, I recall repeatedly having to wait for elements to be approved by the Board of Directors.

It has been suggested that the ISR has refused bulk discounts to those requesting them. This is also false, in fact ISR has a bulk pricing schedule on their website at and has had for years. ISR has also, at their discretion, given away copies free as YHWH provides.

Perhaps the most outlandish claim is made by Bob Field and his Hall of Lashon HaRa website which says “Two men: Wilhelm Wolfhaardt and Lew White teamed together and STOLE and PLAGIARISED [the Scriptures version]…” This is an outright lie, Wihelm was the legitimate successor of Koster at ISR and Lew White is only a US distributor who did not even become involved with ISR until the 21st Century! He then outright lies and says that Wilhelm and Lew are “living in luxury all gleaned from greed profits and donations given by unsuspecting believers who have been blinded by 'good works'...”

The attacker suggest that Scripture translations should not be copyrighted. It is necessary to copyright Scripture translations so as to maintain intellectual rights over the material to prevent its misuse and defacement by others. For example maintaining a copyright prevents the Mormons from printing an edition of the Scriptures that implements the Translation changes made by Joseph Smith jr. in his "Inspired Version" or from a non Sacred Name group hijacking the translation and printing a "Jesus" version of it.

Copyrights DO apply to Scripture translations, trust me I spent about a year last year in a Federal Lawsuit defending the copyright of the HRV from a challenge by The Way International. (One cannot copyright the ancient Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek, but a modern translation of them can be copyrighted).

One cannot say "YHWH told me to commit piracy so it is OK" otherwise we can all do anything we want and say "YHWH told me to..."

It is sad to say that a web of lies has been spun in order to defame ISR and excuse the blatant piracy of the producers of the so-called “Halleluyah Scriptures” and it is even more sad to see YahSpace promoting this outright piracy.







The day after I DARED wrote this blog in defense of the ISR and exposing the slanderous lies being told about Wilhem (and Lew White) on the Messianic Hall of Lashon HaRa my name was suddenly added as the third plaque in their so-called "hall of shame".  This is the most transparent retaliation I have seen in my life!  But with my name next to the ISR and Lew White - this is a badge of honor! They say they have me "under investigation" and want anyone to give them any dirt they have on me.  Now you see how these people operate. 


Folks I have been telling you for a long time, HaSatan is making a special target of those who teach Torah and Messiah (as Rev. 12:17 foretells) and slander, Lashon HaRa and accusation are one of HaSaton's major strategies (Rev. 12:10).  


A response to some of the slander that has been posted about me on the internet:



As many of you know The Way International had filed a lawsuit against myself and the WNAE (under our old name of SANJ) this last summer, alleging that portions of the HRV Scriptures infringed on the copyright of a translation they once published about twenty years ago.

We responded by arguing that the lawsuit itself was unconstitutional on the basis that Bible translation is Scripture interpretation and Scripture interpretation is doctrine. (The US Supreme court has ruled that the Establishment Clause of the Bill of Rights forbids the court from adjudicating property disputes between religious groups where hearing the case would require the court to consider, weigh or interpret doctrine, or resolve doctrinal
issues.) In this case hearing such a case would put the government in the position of regulating Scripture interpretation, and that we as an Establishment of Religion may interpret the Scriptures as we see fit.

We also responded by stating that the HRV is an original translation made directly from Hebrew and Aramaic sources and that close agreement with the AEINT is to be expected since both are (at places) literal translations of the Peshitta, and that such similarities fall within the legal doctrine of merger. Furthermore we argued that any use the AEINT made of the HRV was within the four criteria of the fair use law and was also permitted by an implied license, and thus did not constitute copyright infringement.

I am pleased to announce that after a process of discovery and taking of depositions, The Way International has chosen to settle their lawsuit rather than take it to trial. As part of the settlement they have issued us a permanent license with no monetary consideration. Also as part of the settlement we have maintained that there was no copyright infringement on our part, however we have also agreed as part of this license agreement, to henceforth give credit in editions of the HRV to the TWI version. (Thus allegations of copyright infringement are forever ended.).

We have always maintained that a final stage in the translation of the HRV involved comparing with previous translations of the Aramaic so as to insure that the HRV presented the best possible translation of each and every word and phrase, and so we have no problem giving them due credit. In fact we will be crediting several other works that were referenced as well.

We maintain our use of the TWI edition was legal fair use and was also permitted under an implied license, but for the record there is now a formal license as well. Where there is a formal license in place there can be no question of either copyright infringement or plagiarism.

With this suit behind us, we can now freely answer our critics who have accused us of plagiarism and copyright infringement. We have compiled a document from the evidence we had originally planned to present in court which demonstrates that the Hebraic Roots Version is an original and independent translation made directly from Hebrew and Aramaic sources, not infringing on anyone's copyright. This PDF document (about 50 pages) settles this issues once and for all and can be downloaded at:





Everybody look there's a new bandwagon in town
Hop on board and let the wind carry you around
Seems like there's not enough to keep us busy
till the Lord comes back
Don Quixote's gotta have another windmill to attack

Another Witch Hunt looking for evil wherever we can find it
Off on a tangent, hope the Lord won't mind it
Another Witch Hunt, takin' a break from all our gospel labor
On a crusade but we forgot our saber

There's a new way to spend all our energies

We're up in arms instead of down on our knees
Walkin' over dollars trying to find another dime
Never mind the souls 'cause we really haven't got the time

So send out the dogs and tally ho
Before we sleep tonight we've got miles to go
No one is safe, no stones left unturned
And we won't stop until somebody gets burned.
Bro Bro Bro Bro Bro Bro Brothers.



I want to thank you all for your support. This community has showed a determination to get more serious about financial support for this work.

This is a testimony to your willingness to support an overlord free community that endeavors to keep the unity of the spirit rather than divide the community.

Of course there is much work to do and this is only a start, it is a good start and a good sign that this community is willing to support the work of bringing Torah and Messiah to the lost, milk to new believers and nice juicy steaks for the mature believers.

Now is not a time to become complacent.

Thank you for your help in allowing us (all of us together) to do our Father’s business, may YHWH bless you in every way.

Don't forget to do your part.

Is this work worthy of your support? What other ministry provides this kind of teaching?
Now is time to step up to the plate!

You can donate by going to the chip-in counter at or donations can be sent by paypal to

Donations can also be made out to “Nazarene Judaism” and sent to:

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Comment by Bill Meyer on May 7, 2013 at 12:53pm

When you read the testimonies it is shocking. Debrah went so far as to contact a hosting provider and informing them that the person who owned and paid for the website had "passed away" in order to get control of the website. The oddest is that it took so long for the people to stand up against this scam Deb and Ken was running. The postal agents all tell the same story. No "donation" (commonly known as payment), no "free" copy. People came forward stating that they donated way more than it would cost to order a copy form the ISR to get a "free copy" - and sometimes even then did not receive theirs. The whole scam is now falling apart.

Comment by Michael A. Banak on May 7, 2013 at 1:16pm

OK. By postal agent, you mean a distribution agent. I thought this involved official government postal agents. Thanks for clarifying that.

Well, for what it's worth for watchers of this blog, I have found that when people hide behind a curtain, whether it be false names, no names, or lack of timely communication, then they are operating in a different spiritual realm. Sometimes friends of mine have published Bibles, and withheld their names, out of humility. While I really believe they are sincere, I have learned that the principles of open accountability and communication outweigh all of that (See Malachi 3:16). Note how the prophets usually had a name, a stated profession and a place of origin.Example: "Yahushua of Nazareth, Carpenter". See how easy that is?

Your friend,


Comment by Bill Meyer on July 7, 2013 at 10:50am

Hi Michael

Did you get the recordings of Chris that we put up?


Comment by Bill Meyer on July 7, 2013 at 10:51am

Some more info on Ken and Deb:
- Deborah was married at least three times (there could have been a 4th)
- Deborah and Ken ran a sign business
- They had a huge 5 bedroom home, 5 cars
- Their children was in private schools. 
- When they sold the farm/land, they bought a $500,000 motor home ($0.5M). 
- Deborah ran an eBay scam selling fake Lady Diana items (among other scams)
- Deborah predicted that the world will end in 2007. She later changed it to 2009. 
- Deborah has Paranoid Scitzoprenia 
- The motorhome photo with Ken sitting in front is not the only residence 
- Deb is in her late 50's and Ken in his early 40's.
- She use numerous fake profiles and email addresses
- Some of their email accounts was blocked due to sending spam emails (email lists that they copied from others and consolidated into one). 
- The reason for them owning so little is not because it is a choice. Deborah has a compulsive spending disorder. 
- Ken said she burnt most of his belongings one day in a complete rage! 
Many people she knew previously has contacted us now.
There is still lots of skeletons in the closet that will come out.

Comment by Tom on July 7, 2013 at 11:05am

Bill, with this post you are doing the very thing that you didn't want done to you or ISR. I don't agree with some of the practices of Ken/Deb, and I don't agree with some of the practices of ISR. But do you need to dig up dirt on people to make your point? I would have hoped you would take the high road here.

Frankly, I don't want to hear this stuff. It appears very vindictive.

Pro 11:13 -  A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

Pro 18:8 - The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body.

Lev 19:16 - `You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am Yahweh.

Psa 101:5 - Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy;

Comment by Bill Meyer on July 7, 2013 at 11:23am

Wonderful Tom. I am just filled with warm feelings with the multitudes who came to our defense when Debrah tore into us. We called for a Beth Din - no one responded. We received hate-mail by the dozens. And yet you were very quiet because you were supporting them.

I attended a camp - and met people for the first time. Some started talking about the "ISR thieves". I told them who I was an corrected them. Very few people came to our aid in this matter - and it is an indictment of the lack of backbone amongst the Messianic / Nazarene / Hebrew Roots community and a display of support for those who openly practice Lawlessness.

The reason the tide has turned is because I took them on - exposing them for who they are. No I will not stop until they repent - and if they will not repent then I will utterly destroy them.

I find it absolutely amazing to be "chastised" with pious words by people who clearly showed a total utter lack of discernment in this matter.

And yes - I have been stirred up by YHVH - so I will be his instrument to destroy those who slandered us. They have secretly slandered by setting up web pages that will not respond to requests for a debate. They send out secret emails that slandered us. What I do is out in the open. No I will not stop. There is many reasons why she is hiding and want others to set up strawman corporations to act on her behalf. If I keep quiet and not let people know who and what they are dealing with, she will just go for round two, as she has no remorse and no sense of guilt for anything she does.

Let me quote some text to you as well 

Luke 8:

16“And no one having lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those coming in see the light.

17“For whatever is hidden shall be revealed, and whatever is secret shall be known and come to light.

Mark 4:

22“For whatever is hidden shall be revealed, and whatever has been kept secret, shall come to light.

Comment by Tom on July 7, 2013 at 11:31am

I disagreed with their slander of ISR as well, and never linked to their web site.

But slander is slander, no matter how much one tries to justify it. It is a transgression of the law.

Comment by Bill Meyer on July 7, 2013 at 11:32am

And now Tom...

Where is YOUR serious words addressed to this group of scammers and slanderers? Why only reserve your chastisement for us? Amongst other people - your lack of action and condemnation of their actions makes it necessary for me to go to these lengths. 

Her previous close family has contacted me (children and husband). Do you know that they still have after not seeing her for years still need therapy? And that they have nightmares of her after all these years? Yes - I remember how I had to spend weeks on end in forums like and YahSpace and other forums answering the slander - while Deb would use fake names to pretend there was "popular" support for them. It was an enormous battle to even get my posts approved at and the YahSpace that is now gone. I was the accused. Deb the accuser with the forum owners. And yet only on Nazarenespace and Dan Merrick's Yahspace did we at first start getting a fair hearing. Of course Deb removed al her posts. 

So where is's rebuke of their actions Tom? But you are quick to mouth pious words at me. I am not in the mood for people playing their pious spiritual games to excuse the guilty and blame the victim. 


Comment by Bill Meyer on July 7, 2013 at 11:48am

This is not slander Tom. This is revealing the deeds of a person that is causing enormous damage to every person that she deals with. Someone who hides her address while attacking others. A description of her modus operandi. Exposing of her lies.

- They keep posting pictures of "poor them" in a motorhome.

They were very well off - and squandered it all. Do you think donating to her efforts is going to end well? Already in the review site the people who worked with her found problems with the accounting. 

You can read it.

Do you know how many people she sued so far? It seems like her one hobby is to befriend people, scam them, and then sue them for more money. I already have a list of 6 lawsuits / legal actions - just in the past 2 years. 

I have not seen one comment from you on their numerous slandering posts and videos over the internet. Nor a single rebuke on your page. But I did from the start receive "stern rebukes" from you for taking them on. Not good enough Tom. Your and other people's inaction is causing them to thrive. And she knows it. Since people are being hushed because it does not look "spiritual", she just have a free hand to scam the next group of unsuspecting victims. 

She is quick to forge photos to post as "proof" of their "wonderful work". We have emails that prove it. She is quick to create fake profiles to praise "the HS Team" (herself) on sites. 

No - I will not stop until everyone is aware of what she tries to hide and until they are closed down. 

Comment by Tom on July 7, 2013 at 11:51am

This is not about being pious, it's about obeying Torah. Lashon Hara is a sin, whether it be yours or theirs.

I really hope you will take the high road here. Otherwise, you are doing the very thing you didn't like done to you. They will answer for their wrongs, and so will all of matter how we try to justify it.


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