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The Opening of Hebrew Matthew and the Torah

The Opening of Hebrew Matthew and the Torah
by
James Scott Trimm

I want to share with you something about the beauty of the original Hebrew of Matthew which can only bee seen in the actual Hebrew, but I am going to present it in a way that you can understand even inf you cannot read Hebrew.

The very first verse to the original Hebrew Matthew has a very interesting parallel to the very first verse of the Torah.

The opening verse of Torah reads:

"In the Beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1)

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

While the opening verse of Hebrew Matthew reads:

"These are the generations of Yeshua, the son of David, the son of Avraham." (Matt. 1:1)

אלה תולדות ישוע בן דוד בן אברהם

Both phrases have exactly seven words.  Both phrases can be divided into two halves: The first three words form an initial phrase and the last four words give us two short phrases of two words each:

"In the Beginning Elohim created the Heavens and the earth." (Gen. 1:1)

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

While the opening verse of Hebrew Matthew reads:

"These are the generations of Yeshua, the son of David, the son of Avraham." (Matt. 1:1)

אלה תולדות ישוע בן דוד בן אברהם

In both cases the first word is an introductory word ("in the beginning" and "these".  The second word is a verb indicating something is being generated  or created and the third word is a noun ("Yeshua" and "Elohim").

 

In Gen. 1:1 Elohim is creating and in Mt. 1:1 Yeshua is being generated.

The next phrase also runs parallel.  In both cases we have two phrases in which an initial word points to the word following.

 

In Matthew the two phrases point to the words David and Avraham as the source of the generation taking place.

In Genesis the two phrases point to the two words "heaven" and "earth" as the object of the creation taking place.

Additionally Messiah is both the ALEF and TAV את of Gen. 1:1 and the parallel בן "son" of Matt, 1:1.

In the original Hebrew the author is presenting the inverse concept of Gen. 1:1 with parallel sentence structure (very similar to antithetic parallelism)

In Gen. 1:1 Elohim creates the Heavens and the Earth.

In Mt. 1:1 Yeshua is generated by David and Avraham.

In the opening phrase of the Torah, ELOHIM generates the creation and ironically in the opening phrase of Hebrew Matthew, the creation is generating the Messiah.

 

Well things have gone from bad to worse!  This ministry is definitely under attack from the Oppressor.   Wednesday night our air conditioning went out again!  Again the compressor is dead!  Again we have to replace the outside unit.  We are going to have to replace the unit again, and find out why this is happening (it cannot be a coincidence).  This is a big problem because my wife has a chronic neurological condition which can be aggravated by the heat.  

In order to replace the AC (we can probably get a used or wholesale unit through a friend in the business) we need to raise between $800 to $1000 in addition to the $1,000 we needed to keep our heads above water.

We are just weeks away from our 25th wedding anniversary (July 15th) and I am happy to report that my wife and I have never been closer and our marriage has never been better.  Weeks ago I had hoped to do something special for my wife, but right now I am only hoping to keep her wedding ring out of pawn (mine was stolen some years ago).  

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This ministry is a difficult road, all of our funding comes from you. 

We cannot pay the bills and unless donations come in quickly my wife may have to pawn her wedding ring just so we can buy groceries.  She was literally broke down in tears today, the last thing I want is for her to be faced with pawning her wedding ring for bills and grocery money.


Christians need to hear this message of Torah, but the Christian World of Churchianity is not going to support this ministry. 

Rabbinic Jews need to hear this message of Messiah, but they are also not going to support this outreach.

I am asking you to do that for them.

NazareneSpace and the Worldwide Nazarene Assembly of Elohim are reaching Jewish people with Messiah like no other ministry while at the same time reaching Christians and other non-Jews with the message of Torah!


Help us keep the vision alive!

At this point we must raise $1000 over the next five days.

Any amount you can donate will help!


If you can make a one time donation of $500 or $1,000 dollars to support this work, now is the time to step up to the plate, as we are in a budget shortfall.

What other ministry is reaching the Jewish people with Messiah like this ministry is?

Now is time to step up to the plate!


You can donate by going to the pay-pal counter at http://www.nazarenespace.com or donations can be sent by paypal to donations@wnae.org.

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

Nazarene Judaism
PO Box 471
Hurst, TX 76053

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