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When the Hebraic Roots Version was published eight years ago. It was the first Sacred Name, Messianic edition of the Scriptures to translate the “New Testament” from the original Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts rather than the Greek. It was also the first English “New Testament” to place the NT books back in the original manuscript order.

Some passages do not make sense in Greek but only make sense when we translate these passages from the original Hebrew and Aramaic. Past translations of the Aramaic have assumed that the Greek was original, and thus missed these passages because they assume that the Greek mistranslation must be original. In other cases they simply read anti-nomian Christian theology into the Aramaic.

For example the Way International’s “Aramaic English Interlinear New Testament” wrongly reads anti-nomian “Torah is not for today” theology into the Aramaic text.

The AEINT says:

“For the Messiah is the end of the law…”
(Rom. 10:4)

and then contrasts “the righteousness that is by the law” (Rom. 10:5) with “the righteousness that is by faith” (Rom. 10:6). This contrast comes from translating the Aramaic word DIN as “but” at the beginning of verse 6:

4 For the Messiah is the end of the Torah; for righteousness to all who believe.
5 For Moses thus wrote [about] the righteousness that is by the law, that he who does
these [things] will live by them.
6 But the righteousness that is by faith, thus says: Do not say in your heart: who
has ascended to heaven and brought down the Messiah?
7 And who has descended to the depth of sheol, and brought up the Messiah from
the dead?
8 But what does it say? The answer is near to you, to your mouth and to your
heart, which is the word of faith that we preach.
(Rom. 10:4-8 AEINT)

The Hebraic Roots Version translates this passage very differently. The HRV renders the Aramaic word SAKA in Rom. 10:4 as “goal” and the Aramaic word DIN in verse 6 as “and” rather than “but” thus eliminating an implied contrast between “the righteousness that is by the Torah” and “the righteousness that is by trust (faith)”. Thus the HRV translates this passage as follows:

4 For the Messiah is the goal of the Torah; for righteousness to all who believe.
5 For Moshe thus wrote of the righteousness that is by the Torah: that he who does
these, will live by them.
6 And the righteousness that is by trust, [he] thus says: Do not say in your heart, Who
has ascended to heaven and brought down the Messiah?
7 And who has descended to the depth of She'ol, and brought up the Messiah from
among the dead?
8 But what does it say? The answer is near to you, to your mouth and to your
heart, which is the Word of Trust we proclaim.
(Rom 10:4-8 HRV)

In like manner the AEINT creates the same false contrast in John 1:17:

because the law was given through Moses,
but truth and grace was through Jesus the Messiah.
(Jn. 1:17 AEINT)

Here the AEINT translates the VAV prefix as “but” although it is normally translated “and”. The HRV translates this passage more correctly as:

Because the Torah was given through Moshe,
and truth and grace was through Yeshua, the Messiah.
(Jn. 1:17 HRV)

The HRV translates the passage more correctly so as to clarify that there is agreement and not contrast between the Torah (law) and “truth and grace”.

In Ephesians 2:15 the AINT reads:

and the enmity, by his flesh. And he brought to an end
the law of commandments, that [from] the two of them
he might create in himself one new man, and he made
peace.
(Eph. 2:15 AEINT)

And enmity, (by His flesh and also the Torah,
because of commandments in His commands) He abolished,
that [from] the two of them He might create in Himself one new man, and He made peace.
(Eph. 2:15)

The [false] Way’s AEINT version is plainly antinomian as it falsely declares “he brought to an end the law of commandments”.

The [false] Way’s AEINT translates Hebrews to say that the law/Torah has been “changed” in Heb. 7:12 while the HRV says that there has been a “repetition” of the Torah/law.

Now an ostensibly Christian organization has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to effectively ban the Hebraic Roots Version… this is a version of the Bible they do not want you to have!

You can get the Hebraic Roots Version in book form from ISR at:
http://www.isr-messianic.org/pubs/hrv.shtml

And you can get the e-text version from Take Hold Books at:
http://stores.lulu.com/nazarene


You can make donations to this legal defense fund at http://www.wnae.org or at http://www.nazarenespace.com. You can also make tithes and offerings to the WNAE general fund at the same locations.

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James Trimm

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Comment by James Trimm on August 7, 2009 at 9:55pm
We were served with the suite back on July 15th but have not said anything yet until we had consulted with council and created a legal fund. I am not sure how much of the details of the suite I can reveal yet, am waiting to hear from my atty on some of that. But suffice it to say we believe that banning a Bible would be unconstitutional to say the least. As I said there are more details, but I am waiting for word from our attorney about how much I should state publicly at this time. Among other issues is that arguing this case in the forums, will reveal our legal strategies to the other side before we have even gotten to court.

Some of the questions the public may want to ask may be akin to asking a football team what plays they plan to run... the fans might like to know, but so would the opposing team :-)
Comment by John Noyce on August 7, 2009 at 10:53pm
I really cant see how any court would take this seriously. In Australia it would be regarded as a vexatious complaint, ie a waste of the court's time, and costs would be awarded.
On the upside, its a great way of publicising a book. Let lulu.com know and they'll give you some free PR.
There's also an 'Index on Censorship' magazine and website:
http://www.indexoncensorship.org/
who will be pleased to hear from you...
Comment by James Trimm on August 7, 2009 at 11:00pm
Yes, we believe we can win... but first we have to respond to the suite (or they win by default).
That means serious legal expenses. (We are asking the court to order them to pay our legal fees, but that is all after the fact, and there is no guarantee).
Comment by Yirmeyahu Yisrael on August 8, 2009 at 6:34am
That depends as to rather who proves their case! But you can have your attorney depose the other side before they can even begin to proceed to present with the cause of their claim.
Comment by Yhezriel on August 8, 2009 at 8:42am
We as the body of Messiah, We know the history (persecution) of our brothers in the first century and throughout history (crusades, Spanish inquisition, holocaust, etc). I stand today as a witness on the body of Messiah of the Original Faith. We as the body will need to stand together in solidarity; in spirit, prayer and in financial support. We (and including other) Torah and Yahshua believing groups need to stand hand in hand and build the wall of defense. In order to repel the work of the enemy, it will start here but it will not end here. They (Christ dome) are larger in every aspect. We are David and they are Goliath. It only took a stone to bring Goliath down and we know what happen afterwards. We can not talk about it, we need to do something. I say lets begin building the wall and let’s wait and see where the hand of YAH will want us to strike. Have we begun to put a committee of the members to assist not only financially but to be a support internally to the Hebraic movement? We will also need to include other groups of the similar Nazarene faith. This cannot be done alone.
Comment by James Trimm on August 8, 2009 at 8:04pm
OK I know you all have been asking some questions, and I can now answer SOME of them.

The ostensibly Christian organization suing us is The Way International, the group I wrote of in this blog:
http://nazarenespace.ning.com/profiles/blogs/there-is-a-way-which-s...

Their suite alleges that our Hebraic Roots Version infringes on the copyright their AEINT translation, and they are thus asking the court to effectively ban the HRV. We have not infringed on their copyright and feel very strongly that we can win this case, but that is all I can say right now. It is not our intention to reveal our legal arguments here before ever getting to the court room. This would be like a football team telling the press what plays they intend to run before game day.

No matter how ridiculous you think this suite might be, we must respond to it in court and it is in a court room where we may ultimately have to show it to be ridiculous. If we do not argue our case in court, then they will prevail by default. So even if the suite is ridiculous, we must respond to it and that means legal fees. We MAY recover those fees later, but that will be up to a judge and after the fact, before we even get that far, we must pay those fees and fight this thing.

That is all I can say for now as I said above.
Comment by James Trimm on August 9, 2009 at 1:56am
DR has been banned. He posted an email telling us all that our theology is wrong and giving a total lack of respect.

DR also posted several lies attacking me and this ministry.
Comment by James Trimm on August 10, 2009 at 2:35am
Well you could laugh in their face all you want, but unless you show up in court and defend your case, they wo0uld win by default.
Comment by James Trimm on August 10, 2009 at 8:35pm
Carrol,

Yes please.
Comment by James Trimm on August 10, 2009 at 11:06pm
Terry,

First of all "plagiarism" is an academic term, not a legal term. A person is "charged" with a crime, this is a civil dispute. No one is being "charged" with anything. Some one earlier posted here about how they knew all about the law, and then proceeded to say some things that showed they knew almost NOTHING about the law (such as using the term "plagiarism".

As I said they filed "a federal lawsuit" obviously a "federal lawsuit" would not be heard in a "Texas court" it would be heard in Federal Court.

These sorts of things are the reasons that I don't want to get bogged down explaining the law to people. The problem is that there are those who will want to know exactly what we are being accused of and why we are saying their accusation is false. This means rehearsing the whole case here and giving all of our legal arguments here before we get in court. This would be like football players telling the press what plays they are going to run before the game. The fans want to know, but so does the opponent. As for your statement that you cannot see why "a court would allow this to happen". We live in a free country and anyone can sue anyone for nearly anything... our courts rarely throw cases out without even hearing them. What you may mean is that you cannot see a court allowing their suite to prevail... and that may be true, but first we have to have our day in court, and with any reasonable representation that costs money. Our attorney assures us that we have a very good case and should prevail in this case (they cannot legitimately tell us that we will win of a certainty). But if we do not respond to the suite they could easily win by default.

As I have already stated, they are claiming that our translation infringes on the copyright of their translation. We are very certain that the HRV does NOT infringe on their copyright, or anyone elses.

Come on folks, we have a legal defense fund, we need your support.

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