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The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus

An astonishing realization has recently gripped the Christian world: "Jesus Christ" was not a blond-haired, blue-eyed Gentile. Yeshua of Nazareth was raised in an observant Jewish family in a culture where the Torah (five books of Moses) was the National Constitution. Yeshua's teachings, which supposedly form the basis for Western Christianity, are now filtered through 2000 years of traditions born in ignorance of the land, language, and culture of the Bible. The issues over which Yeshua wrestled with the Pharisees are simply not understood by modern Christians; nor are his most important instructions followed by those who claim to be his disciples. Former Pharisee, Nehemia Gordon, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Semitic language expert, explores the ancient Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew from manuscripts long hidden away in the archives of Jewish scribes. Gordon's research reveals that the more "modern" Greek text of Matthew, from which the Western world's versions were translated, depicts "another Jesus" from the Yeshua portrayed in the ancient Hebrew version of Matthew. Gordon explains the life-and-death conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees as they schemed to grab the reins of Judaism in the first century, and brings that conflict into perspective for both Jew and Christian alike.

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Comment by Aaron on December 21, 2008 at 12:03am
I'm afraid I know practically nothing about the Koran. So, I wouldn't be able to offer a good coment in regards to it. What we do know about Torah is that IT was designed to be oral in that it was to be read aloud to the people. In my opinion there is no Torah apart from what is written only traditions created and passed down by men. Not to imply that all traditions are in and of themselves bad, but just not requirements of Torah. One way I discern this is when the Pharisees from Yarushalem were castigating Yeshua about some of His discipiles not washing their hands according to the traditions of their elders it is quite obvious in the reading that Yeshua Himself WAS following this tradition along with most of his discipiles and that it was only SOME that were not. The suggestion therefore by the Pharisees is that Yeshua as a Rabbi was not being stringent enough in His teaching towards His disciples. What often is overlooked through ignorance of the history of that time is that Shamai's beit was in power at this time in Yarushalem, thus "the Pharisees from Yarushalem." Shamai's was a very strict applicationist of rabbinical law and I think it is in this historical context we can better understand what these Pharisees are accusing Yeshua of here. But in any case it is a prime example of oral law and tradition because the washing of hands is a tradition of oral law not written and Yeshua was obviously practicing it but not enforcing it.
Comment by James Trimm on December 21, 2008 at 12:16am
You should read the following books:

The Hebraic Roots Version Scriptures - The NT is translated from Hebrew and Aramaic rather than Greek.
The Hebrew and Aramaic Origin of the New Testament by James Trimm
The Letter to the Hebrews from an Old Hebrew Manuscript- Parallel Hebrew/English

Also you might enjoy the Hebraic-Roots Commentary Series which examines the meanings of the New Testament books based upon their original Hebrew and Aramaic texts.

All of these are at

BTW Gordon is an ex-Rabbinic Jew however he is also a Messiah rejector and a member of a late Jewish sect called Kaarites which originated in the early Middle Ages LONG after the time of Yeshua and the origin of the Nazarenes.
Comment by Cliff Tucker on June 6, 2010 at 4:13pm
This is very good and most revealing. Anyone who is a Christian or Torah observant will learn from this.


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