Tanak (Old Testament), Ketuvim Netzarim (New Testament), The Book of Jasher
Favorite version of Scriptures:
Complete Jewish Bible
I was born in a regular Midwest family (Christian), but my mother's ancestry was Jewish, which was well hidden and we did not find out until the late 1980s. My step father was a Christian pastor, but very overbearing and a as a result I left Christianity for awhile and in 1991 became a Jew through conversion to get back to my maternal lineage. I have now come back to the Messianic movement and belief in Yeshua as Messiah, leaving the traditional Jewish realm. But I really enjoyed their Bible studies, looking into the Hebrew language and archaeology and customs, which some Messianics are doing.
Just about anything except rap. Love the Messianic praise and worship music.
We established it with several Yiddish names in our French ancestry in the Alsaice part of Franch, which is well known for a large population of Ashkenazi Jews. Apparently some of them converted to Christianity before coming to the USA in the early 1900s and kept their first names as Yiddish, but had more "Western" last names. Also, their baptismal certificates show them at an older age, generall in the late 20s to early 40s. There was a lot of persecutions still going on in Europe, despite the liberalization of laws starting under Napoleon. So a lot of our Jewish ancestry was "well hidden" to prevent any further discriminations and persecutions at the hands of the Christians.
When I was a kid, I always had an infinity for the Jewish people, but did not know why back then. I also had a keen interest in archaeology, and found that after the Six Day War there were findings of the early beleivers and that they spoke Hebrew (more than Aramaic or Greek or Latin). While Aramaic was a sister language, the archaeologists found that they wrote more in the Hebrew script of that time and that their writings did not fit the Aramaic culture, language, and idiomatic expressions, but the Hebraic.
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