Monday, December 30, 2019
In my earlier email “Good Parents or Warriors Fighting a Cosmic Battle?” I pointed out that my church had taught me this:
The story of The Garden of Eden
is about a cosmic battle between God and Satan.
The ancient Hebrew text teaches something very different:
The story about two people
who did what a talking snake told them instead of doing TOV!
The events in the Garden in Eden, when viewed in the context of the first two stories in Genesis, reveal the two extremes of human actions. Read the rest of the story at --
Thursday, December 12, 2019
In the last episode of the story of the Garden in Eden, Adam and Eve didn’t have a chance when they faced a “weaponized meme attack” by a snake Yahweh created and Adam named. The snake had existed and known Adam longer than Eve. As we saw, the ancient author announced the encounter with the snake as:
Humans vs. Wild Animal!
Which will be the most Subtle, Shrewd, Clever, Crafty or Cunning?
● In order for Adam and Eve to win they must work together in harmony as Co-Shepherds protecting each other’s lives.
● For the snake to win, it must persuade the humans to believe what it says, instead of what Yahweh commanded.
Will the humans reflect the image of God or the image of an animal?
Will the actions of the humans be TOV or RAH?
Read the complete story at --
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
What do most Christians think of when they hear the name “Eve”? “. . . she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband . . .” That’s it! One reason is because of what Tertullian wrote about her and you if you are a woman – “you are (each) an Eve . . . you are the devil’s gateway . . . you destroyed God’s image. Continue reading at -
Monday, December 9, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
For Christians, this is one of the most important stories in the entire Bible. It is extremely important for readers to accurately understand what this verse meant to its ancient author. For members of the ancient audience the verses were like a headline:
Which will be the most subtle, shrewd, clever, crafty, and cunning:
Two Humans Acting Together or One Lone Snake?
Continue reading at --
Thursday, December 5, 2019
In the last email, we left the newly created man (I will now call him “Adam”) standing in a garden in Eden alone – the garden of the god Yahweh. Adam is surrounded by trees that produce beautiful and appealing fruit. But, even though its fruit is beautiful too, Yahweh commanded Adam to not eat from one tree. The penalty for eating the forbidden fruit is death! Continue reading at --
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
The Bible opens with two polar opposite stories about the creation of humans – but I could not see that for a very long time. I had been taught to read my Bible from an “authority first” perspective. “Authority first” is a very “religious” way of reading the Bible and in my religion it meant – submit, comply, obey and don’t question authority! For us, God was the highest authority of all and the leaders of our religion were God’s authorized agents, therefore “good Christians” were supposed to submit, comply, obey and not question God’s authorized agents either!!! Continue reading at --
Monday, December 2, 2019
The exclusive distinction, “in the image of God,” reveals that all humans share a common origin that sets them apart from all other forms of life – human life is at the top of that divinely ordained moral order of the universe in the first chapter of Genesis. But just five chapters later we discover something very different. Continue reading at -
Monday, November 25, 2019
Both stories in Genesis are about “the ADAM,” but the ancient author uses differences between what that word means to teach the very important lessons – and there are some “very big differences.” Read the entire story at -
Friday, November 22, 2019
“God” is the “big elephant in the room” in many conversations and relationships. Everyone knows the elephant is there but no one talks about it – even though it is often a key factor in disagreements over some very important things. In order to have those conversations people need a “God Talk Vocabulary!”
I had always been taught at my church that the two stories at the beginning of Genesis were two versions of one creation account. We were wrong about that too. By the time we finish reading the Garden in Eden Story you will be amazed at the number of differences between it and the first creation story.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
One of the most famous, and for Christians, theologically important stories in the Bible is the account of the “Garden of Eden.” However, because chapter and verse breaks were inserted over a thousand years after the story was written, it is very difficult for modern readers to see the words in their original context. Continue reading at --
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
One of the foundational principles of the first account in Genesis is this -- God is divine and man is human. This contrast underlies all biblical thinking. The “likeness of God” is “the likeness of Him who is unlike man.” The words “image and likeness of God” conceal more than they reveal.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The first account in Genesis begins and ends with mysteries. The first mystery is that before the beginning, the unidentified god (the Creator), darkness and deep waters existed. The account ends with the second mystery -- Creator’s blessing of the Seventh Day. in the eyes of ancient readers the Seventh Day would have be seen as the most important of the seven days. Continue reading at -
Monday, November 18, 2019
The blessing of the Creator reveals His vision for humanity – and He empowered humans to make that vision a reality. It is a vision (game plan) for “The Perfecting of Humanity.” Continue reading at -
Friday, November 15, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
As we study the words of the opening accounts of Genesis we will help you see the its words through the eyes of the scribes too – and you will be amazed by the ancient wisdom embedded in stories you may have heard all of your life. Continue reading at --
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
For most of my life, when I read or heard the word “Earth” – anywhere -- the picture that popped into my mind was the familiar photograph of the Earth that has been taken from space. How could it be anything else! Well it did!!! Continue reading at --
Friday, November 8, 2019
Abraham is a key figure in three monotheistic religions whose members make up over one-half of the world’s population today. That makes him a central figure in Jewish, Christian and Muslim beliefscapes (belief systems). Continue reading at --
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The Bible opens with some radical new ideas for the ancient world:
● The god that created the Heaven and the Earth “used a standard” to measure its work.
● “Human life” was the highest value on that divine standard.
● That god also “created all humans in its image.”
But one of the most radical ideas of all was this – continue reading at –
Monday, November 4, 2019
The English word “prophet” is a transliteration of the Greek word προφήτης which means “an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things.” The Greek meaning is the one many people attach to the word “prophet” in their Bibles. But it is very different from the Hebrew meaning -- which is the one that the Jewish Jesus and his first generation of followers had. Learn more by clicking on --
Friday, November 1, 2019
Read a quick rundown of major Christian beliefs about what is required for one to “be saved” in chronological order at --
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
If someone had walked into our church and said, “Jesus did away with the Bible and Constitution!” – he would risk being stoned on the spot! But, if our preacher had walked into Jesus’s hometown synagogue, the one Yeshua (aka Jesus) faithfully attended every Saturday and preached this -- “We are not under the Law because Jesus fulfilled it!” – he would have also risked being stoned. Read article at --
Monday, October 28, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
How would like to be the one in charge of managing an environment in which fire and gasoline were always in close proximity to one another? That’s how the Romans viewed Judea, Sadducees and Pharisees. Judea was the environment and Sadducees and Pharisees were the fire and gasoline. Read the complete email at -
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Exercising power is one thing you invest a tremendous amount of time and energy in every day of your life – and you have been doing it from the first day of your life. Power is so much a part of human life that most people are not consciously aware of when they are exercising power or when power is being exercised on them.
Friday, October 18, 2019
What do you believe the Jewish Jesus would think about the extremely popular salvation messages that say “people are not saved by works” (what people do have nothing to do with their eternal destinies)! All God cares about is “believing the right things!” Read the complete message at --
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Jewish audience of Jesus already knew the answer, because they understood the relationship of tzedaqah to shalom. So did Jesus and he constructed his message around that relationship. Read the complete message at -
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
“I am the person the Spirit of the Lord is on, the one God has anointed and sent to proclaim the good news to the poor captives that they have been released!” Read the complete educational email at --
Monday, October 14, 2019
Needless to say, everyone that has read the previous email about how the Heaven and Earth were created was probably shocked to learn what they thought before was completely wrong. Well get ready for another shocker about what how humans are created.
Friday, October 11, 2019
In truth, there have always been varieties of Judaism, even when the Jerusalem Temple dominated Israelite religious practice in the Ancient Near East. The bottom line is that throughout the “Second Temple Period,” there were other Jewish temples with their priests and they were rivals of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and its priesthood. Read more at --
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Human lives are valued more than religious institutions and rituals by the unnamed god in the first account in Genesis. That message is repeated throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and the teachings of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels. Read the complete short articles at -
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Our focus in Exploring Our Biblical Heritages has been primarily on the dramatic changes in Christianity over the past 2,000 years. Judaism has also undergone dramatic changes in that same period. One example of those changes can be seen in how the Holy Day of Yom Kippur is celebrated. Read the complete article at --
Monday, October 7, 2019
One of the most powerful beliefs in the history of mankind is found in this creation account – all people are created in the image of the Creator! Tribal and religious belief systems place every one in “us vs. them groups.” That makes it much easier to harm, hate and kill “them.” But, for people who view all humans “as creatures created in the image of god” -- harming, hating and killing another human is a very different situation. Read the complete article at --
Friday, October 4, 2019
Our goal is to educate by providing culturally and linguistically accurate information. Today I am going to put pieces of information from previous emails together to reveal the real meaning (culturally and linguistically accurate) of the words “Jesus Christ Son of God.” Click on this link to continue reading -- https://mailchi.mp/b023a611d31e/the-real-meaning-of-jesus-christ-son-of-god
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
In one of his bestsellers, The Da Vinci Code, author Dan Brown wrote: “History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books - books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe.”
Early Christianity is the period from the beginning of the second century CE until 325. As Christianity spread throughout other nations and Gentiles became Christians, five centers of Christianity emerged -- Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, Alexandria and Byzantium (renamed Constantinople in 330 CE). The five bishops that controlled those centers became powerful Christian authorities and their rulings defined what Christianity was and how it would be practiced. Read the complete article at –
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The words, “Son of God,” have created more confusion about Jesus than probably any other words ever used to describe him. For many centuries, powerful Christian leaders have argued, turned against one other, physically punished and even executed those who dared disagree with their Gentile meanings (non-Jewish) of “Son of God.” Read the complete article (and subscribe for FREE) at
Friday, September 20, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
So, how can I say, “Actually his name was not Jesus”? The reason I am saying it is because we follow a guideline in our Bible studies and discussion groups that says, “My belief system will be large enough to include all of the facts . . . .”
Friday, September 13, 2019
The next step that brings even more transparency is for participants in a Bible study or discussion to let each other know “their beliefs about the words of their Bible.” What we believe about the words in our Bible affects how we view and understand them. Read this educational email at --
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The words - “the Bible” - are very polarizing words because of “beliefs" that are attached to them. In America 99% of Bible readers only read translations, most are reading English translations, which they call “the Bible.” A very good habit to develop is . . . . Read the complete blog at
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Did Babylonian texts influence the scribes who produced the first scroll with the opening books of the Bible?
Did Babylonian texts influence the scribes who produced the first scroll with the opening books of the Bible? For example, the story of a Great Flood sent by the gods to destroy all human life, but one good man is warned of the impending deluge and instructed to build an ark? Click here to read complete educational email --
Thursday, August 29, 2019
For people with a Christian biblical heritage like mine, that may sound like heresy or blasphemy. From the time I began attending Sunday School classes at our Baptist church until after I became an ordained minister, I had only heard about one “Christ” -- Jesus Christ. Read complete email at --
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Are you interested in facts? Subscribe to BHC’s new educational emails list. Short emails designed to educate you about our biblical heritages, which include historical and textual information about their histories – and information about the Jewish Jesus. Our goal is to get as many facts as possible into the hands of our readers. It is FREE. Just enter your email address – that’s it. Subscribe today.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
What was Jesus talking about when he said “jot or tittle”? The first thing to always remember when you read the words of Jesus in English is that Jesus didn’t speak English. Discovering what a “jot” is reveals much more than just the meaning of the word – it reveals the language he was speaking. Clicking on this link to read the complete article
Friday, August 2, 2019
We just launched BHC Power Bible Studies. They are short, focused and designed to fit in busy schedules. Use them at home alone or with family members, when you travel, in the workplace, at church, over lunch, on social media with friends, etc.
The first BHC Power Bible Study is LORD or Lord or Something Else? It focuses on Psalm 110:1, a verse Jesus quoted in a discussion with a scribe at the Temple -- “The Lord said to my Lord . . .” Find out what the words “LORD” and “Lord” mean. Go to the BHC Power Bible Studies Page on our website at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/power-bible-studies.html
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
One of the most visited pages on the BHC website is “Bible Study Tools.” You will find Hebrew, Greek and Latin tools, multiple English translations, information about ancient manuscripts, dictionaries, encyclopedias, our free Hebrew and Greek Transliterators, and more. There is also a link to our “How Words Work” series.
For those who do not work with Hebrew, Greek or Latin, we encourage you to incorporate the Parallel Hebrew-English Bible in your Bible studies of the Old Testament and the Parallel Greek-English Bible when you study the New Testament. At the very least, we encourage you to use more than just one English translation anytime you study the Bible. There are multiple versions available at your fingertips.
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Monday, July 29, 2019
It was in August 1980 and I was preparing to enter a Bible College to train to become an ordained minister when it happened! I could have never guessed how much it would influence the course of life for the next thirty-nine years and hopefully many more.
I had just returned home after purchasing a new Bible to use in my studies. I opened the box, took it out, opened it and prayed this prayer:
“Dear God, please show me what You want me to learn.”
Immediately the following words popped into my mind:
“Unless you know how words work,
you cannot understand the words of the Bible.”
My first thought was, “What in the heck does that mean?” The second thought was, “Was that from God or just some random thought that came out of thin air?” So, what did I do? I forgot about it – or at least I thought I had. Read the complete article at - http://www.biblicalheritage.org/how-words-work.html
Saturday, July 27, 2019
We are in the process of updating the Biblical Heritage Center website and information delivery systems. The new homepage provides a preview of new sections of the website that we will be adding and the topics we will be discussing on our new mail list. The new mail list is for people who want more than just what they see on social media. At the bottom of the home page is a place to subscribe to our new mail list. Subscribe Today! Tell your friends about this too! http://biblicalheritage.org
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
For the followers of Yeshua, the Jewish Jesus, praying was a ritual that consisted of much more than just saying the words. It was the human side of an unending dialogue between God and humans. Prayer was a daily ritual of life and their prayers were not spontaneous individual prayers that asked God for something or asked Him to do something. They prayed prayers that reminded them of things God wanted them to do! Click Here to continue reading.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The article Here’s What Makes the ‘First-Century Mark’ Saga Complicated: The complex world of ancient biblical manuscripts” provides a great overview of factors involved in dating the ancient biblical manuscripts from which modern translations are made. It is well worth reading several times.
“Speaking to a Christian audience, I would want to say that if something is done, well, it should help you understand that the world is a more complicated place than you previously thought it would be in . . . You should always allow yourself to be surprised, to be challenged, to be fascinated with how complicated the world is and not see that as a threat. Use it as a reminder that our own culture isn't the only one that exists, and that a lot of the reasons that we have things from other countries is because we took them, or we paid for them from people who are just desperate for even a small amount of money.”
Read the complete article at --
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
There are lots of stories we could tell about things that happened on our almost three decade’s long journey together (Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers). In my religion, Christianity, we spend a lot of time talking about “going to heaven” after we die and spending eternity there. In Jeffrey’s religion, Judaism, people talk about “the world to come,” but not with any details. Read the complete story at -- http://www.tovcenter.org/tov-stories.html
Paul formed a community around his ideas and beliefs. In his community he was the only apostle, he preached a different gospel, and “righteousness had nothing to do with doing acts of tzedaqah.” Read the complete blog at --
Monday, May 20, 2019
Doing acts of tzedaqah are so much greater than just giving food, drink, clothes, etc. They were all done by one person for another person and they were also face-to-face experiences, acts of acceptance, acts of love and even more. Read the complete blog at --
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Making the “right to live” a reality requires “loyalty to the community” by God and people. Leaders and members of the community are responsible for creating and maintaining that environment. We see this in the second definition above. The entire community is charged with the responsibility of “the elimination of anything breaking the shalom.” This is the cornerstone of human justice. Read the complete blog at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-3-breaking-of-shalom.html
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Jesus or Paul?
Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right?
The Hebrew Meaning of צדקה (tzedaqah)
Jumping from back and forth from one language to another can be a little confusing. But, simply using the traditional translation of the Hebrew word above “righteousness,” may be more confusing. The word “righteousness” is code word – a religious word lots of people are familiar with but rarely, if ever, use in their daily conversations with friends or in commercial transactions. When was the last time you used it? Learn what tzedaqah meant to Jesus at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-2.html
Monday, May 13, 2019
Jesus or Paul?
Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right?
What difference does it make in the real world if Christians, non-Christians or anyone else follow the teachings of Jesus or Paul? “righteousness.” Read the complete blog at --
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Who should Christians follow Yeshua or Luther? Which would make the world a better safer place? Whose teachings should you base your beliefs about the afterlife on? Read the complete blog at --
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Do you practice the same religion as Jesus?
Learning About Our Biblical Heritages Series
When we read Acts 2:14-39 in our church, we were told that it was the first revival preached by Peter after Jesus ascended up into Heaven. It sounded a lot like one of the old fashion tent revival our church held in the summer. Peter ended his sermon with these words:
“Repent and be baptized in the name of Yeshua the Anointed One for the remission of sins. You will then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Peter’s revival was a huge success – 3,000 people believed and were baptized that day! What those words meant to us was that 3,000 people were saved and became Christians -- they would go to Heaven for eternity instead of burning in Hell for eternity!
However, for some reason our preachers didn’t spend as much attention on the words that follow. They are very important because they tell us what the 3,000 people did after they were baptized. Pay close attention to what newly baptized people did in Peter’s religion (Acts 2:41-45):
1. They ate together daily with the apostles and other believers.
2. They were taught by the apostles daily.
3. They prayed together daily.
4. They gathered in the Temple daily.
5. They sold their possessions, goods, and land.
6. They brought the money they received and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
After you were saved did you eat with the preacher and church members every day? Were you taught by the leaders of the church every day? Did you pray together with the preacher and church members daily? Did you sell all of the things you owned and lay the money you received at the feet of your church leaders?
So why don’t churches today do what Peter taught his new converts to do? The answer to that question is very important. Peter was personally chosen by Jesus (really Yeshua) to be an apostle. Peter lived with him and was taught by him. Clearly everything Peter preached came from Jesus.
Why don’t churches today do what Peter taught his new converts to do? The obvious answer is that churches today do not teach what Jesus taught Peter. So, if churches today do not teach what Jesus taught, how can they claim that they represent Jesus? By the way, another important question you might want to consider is this one – What did Jesus (the real Yeshua) teach about entering eternal life? That is probably the most important question of all for most Christians.
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