Monday, December 30, 2019

Two Very Different Views of and Responses to Good and Evil

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

Creating Evil, Facing Yahweh Afterwards, and Going to Work!

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

Eve: Attacked by a Snake, not a Devil, and Destroyed by Theologians

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

How to Create a Perfect Life and Society!

The Creator gave the humans a plan for living perfect lives. If the humans had been a sports team, they were given a game plan for how to play a perfect game of life. Continue reading at -

Friday, December 6, 2019

A Man, Woman and Walking Talking Religious Snake

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

Some Things You Probably Don’t Know About Adam But Should

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

Treasures Most Bible Readers Cannot See

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

Human Life: Infinitely Precious or Like Spoiled Meat?

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

Two Very Different “ADAMs” in the Creation Stories

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

Building a God Talk Vocabulary

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!

Two Polar Opposite Creation Stories

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

A surprise beginning of the Garden of Eden Story

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

Do not forget that God is divine and man is human.

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 Mystery of the Third Blessing

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 Creator’s Vision for Human Lives and Societies

The blessing of the Creator reveals His vision for humanityand 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

All Humans are Spiritual Equals

One group pictures themselves as people created from parts of a dead god. The other group views themselves as individuals with the presence of a living god. Which way do you view yourself? Read the complete email at --

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Discovering Ancient Wisdom Embedded in the words of Genesis

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

When My Bible became a Time Machine

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 was Not Jewish, Christian or Muslim

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

Hating with a Divine Standard

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

Prophets and Prophecies

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 --

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Did Jesus do away the Bible and Constitution?

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

The Name Jesus (BHC Quick Note)

The subject of this BHC Quick Note is “the English word Jesus,” not beliefs linked that word. “Jesus” is a name that became well-known and popular through “English translations of the New Testament.” Get the facts by clicking on --

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sadducees and Pharisees: Fire + Gasoline

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

The Only Two Power Options Humans Have

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

Letting the Jewish Jesus explain his movement in his own words (Part 3).

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

Letting the Jewish Jesus explain his movement in his own words (Part 2)

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

Letting the Jewish Jesus explain his movement in his own words (Part 1)

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

The Creator’ Expectations for Humans

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

Five Temples of Judaism

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

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 -

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Yom Kippur (Rabbinic Version) Begins at Sundown Today.

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 --

Light, Life and Enlightenment

At this point this is all we know: An unnamed god is going to initiate a process of changing darkness and deep waters to create the Heavens and the Earth. That’s it! Read the rest of the article at -

Monday, October 7, 2019

We Are All Created to be Creators!

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

The Real Meaning of “Jesus Christ Son of God.”

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 --

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The God, a god or a human and what about the Holy Spirit?

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

What does Son of God mean?

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

The Highest Standard of All -- The TOV Standard!

A lot of parents have great standards for providing the “right things” for their child’s stomach to digest, but know nothing about the Biology of Beliefs and the importance of providing their child’s brain with “TOV things” for it to ingest.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Actually his name was not Jesus.

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

Putting Beliefs about Our Bibles on the Table.

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

How Jewish People View Jewish Scriptures Today

This is a topic that comes up often in discussions about biblical heritages. Read the Exploring Our Biblical Heritages educational email at --

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Never say “the Bible says.”

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

What Does Christ Mean?

One of the most important words for Christians is the word “Christ.” There are two very good reasons why it is so important.

1. Jesus Christ

2. Christian = Christ + ian

Learn what it meant to the Jewish Jesus.

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

Did you know there was more than one Christ?

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

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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 are Jots and Tittles?

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

LORD or Lord or Something else? (BHC Power Bible Study)

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 --

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Free Bible Study Tools

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.

Bookmark our Bible Study Tools Page

There is a link to it in the menu at the top of every page. Use it often and share it with members of your Bible Study Group, family and friends. All of the tools are free and using them will create many benefits. We use it multiple times every day ourselves!

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Monday, July 29, 2019

God please show me what You want me to learn!

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 -

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Updating Our Website & New Mail List

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!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Our Father’s Prayer for the Fathers on Earth

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 complex world of ancient biblical manuscripts.

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

Spending Eternity Embedded in a Solid Dome

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 --

Jesus or Paul Part 5 (And Then Paul Changed Everything!)

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

Jesus or Paul Part 4 (Only What People Do Counts)

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

Jesus or Paul? (Part 3: The Breaking of Shalom)

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 --

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Jesus or Paul? Part 2

Jesus or Paul?
Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right?
Part 2

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 --

Monday, May 13, 2019

Jesus or Paul? Part 1

 Jesus or Paul?
Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right?
Part 1

What difference does it make in the real world if Christians, non-Christians or anyone else follow the teachings of Jesus or Paul? This may be a confusing question for some, because for readers of English translations of Bibles, it appears that Jesus and Paul spend a lot of time teaching about the very same thing -- righteousness.” Read the complete blog at --

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jesus taught works and Luther taught grace.

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?

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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