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True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 10/17/2020


A Misunderstood Hebrew Idiom

by Christine Egbert

http://www.bulldozerfaith.com/a-misunderstood-hebrew-idiom


Modern English is filled idioms: eat your heart out, kill time, blow your mind, punch the clock, crash! These are all easily understood expressions by our contemporaries. But for those for whom English is a second language, these simple idioms would require explaining. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines an idiom as: an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own.


Now imagine the confusion these simple phrases could lead to if read by not only someone of another language but from another time. Try two thousand years! Yet this is the challenge faced by English speaking Christians living in the 21 Century. Only in arrogance and ignorance would we assume a proper understanding of the Holy Scripture apart from studying the language, including its idioms, culture, and history of those men inspired to write it.


Wikipedia says this:


Idiomatic Hebrew


There exist in the Hebrew language numerous idiomatic terms that don’t translate easily to more widely used languages. To the extent those broader cultures rely for cultural meaning on Hebrew-language-based scriptures, those idioms sometimes prove puzzling.


Biblical scholar David Bivin gives examples of some difficult Hebrew idioms: “be’arba enayim, literally ‘with four eyes,’ means face to face without the presence of a third person, as in, ‘The two men met with four eyes.’ [The term] lo dubim ve lo ya’ar is literally ‘[There are] neither bears nor forest,’ but means that something is completely false. And taman et yado batsalahat, ‘buried his hand in the dish,’ means that someone idles away his time.” [Bivin, David. “Hebrew Idioms in the Gospels,” Jerusalem Perspective.]


TORAH STUDY


Ancient Israelites studied TORAH believing it led to reverence and reverence to obedience. So with that thought in mind, let’s examine one of the New Testament’s most misunderstood, or to borrow from our first Hebrew idiom, most “destroyed” passages.


Matthew 5:17Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.


Rabbinic scholars of the first Century, including Yeshua, used “destroy” and “fulfill” as technical terms when arguing a point.


If a Rabbi believed one of his colleagues had misinterpreted Scripture, he would accuse him of “destroying the Law and the Prophets!” Conversely, to fulfill the Scriptures was to interpret them correctly.


Below is an excerpt from Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus by biblical scholar and member of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research David Bivin and by Dr. Roy Blizzard. Dr. Blizzard studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the summer of 1966, and excavated a Philistine Temple at Tel Qasile in 1973, and at the Temple Mount in 1968, 70 & 71. He has, among many other scholastic achievements, directed numerous Historical and archaeological study seminars to Israel.


YESHUA WITH IDIOMS INTERPRETED


In the excerpt below, Blizzard interprets Matthew 5:17-18 in light of the first century idioms used by Yeshua:


Never imagine for a moment that I intend to abrogate the Law by misinterpreting it. My intent is not to weaken or negate the Law, but by properly interpreting Yahweh’s written Word, I aim to establish it, that is, make it even more lasting. I would never invalidate the Law by effectively removing something from it through misinterpretation. Heaven and earth would sooner disappear than something from the Law. Not the smallest letter in the alphabet, the jot or yod, nor even its decorative spur, the tittle, will ever disappear from the Law,… (page 155)


Matthew 5:17 is simply one of the verses Christians misinterpret (destroy) in order to try to prove that Yeshua did away with the law by “fulfilling” it.


BUT WHAT OF THE REST OF THE BIBLE?


In 2007, A. Frances Werner released a book titled: Truth in Accuracy and Surprising Bias in the Old Testament. (ARTB® Publishing, 2007) Werner examined twenty versions, carefully tracing the roots of every Hebrew word to document how accurately these various versions matched the original text. Her analysis of 8 million data points revealed disturbing numbers.


The King James Version (KJV) was 74% faithful to the original Hebrew, leaving 26% deviation. The translators, who opted for the Greek manuscripts, introduced 1 in 4 of the remaining deviations, or invented words. The KJV is missing over 1200 unique English words to match unique Hebrew and Aramaic words.


A. Frances Werner explains, “From the earliest times, the Christian church embraced the Greek language in preference to the original Hebrew language. There has been a fundamental mistrust in the accuracy of the manuscripts which have been handed down through the Jewish faith. Otherwise, why have translators preferred the later Greek translations to such a great degree? Is this a result of anti-Semitism?


She ranked the New American Standard Bible (NASB) at 66% faithful to the Hebrew. The New International Version (NIV®) is 52% faithful. The English Standard Version (ESV) is 61% consistent with Hebrew. Later versions, she found, added approximately 500 of the unique words back to the text, but still leave out over 700 unique Hebrew vocabulary words. Werner demonstrated that the Old Testament translations lack simple vocabulary.


Werner states: “All Christian faiths are implicated when their Old Testaments are filled with something less than a true Semitic-based Old Testament with Hebrew and Aramaic roots. Since English is the dominant language in the world today, we have a special responsibility to set aside historical biases which are clouding the quality of the translations we are producing…


Werner is also the author of the Ancient Roots® Translinear® Bible (ARTB®), which was specifically designed to restore the original text.


BACK TO THE TOPIC


But let’s get back to our topic, misunderstood Hebrew idioms used in the New Testament.


Besides simple ignorance of these Hebrew idioms, students face another big problem, what psychologist call cognitive bias. It’s the common tendency to process information by filtering it through one’s experiences. And this, unfortunately, is where most of us start our study of the Scriptures.


Example: Because we have heard it preached, over and over, that the LAW has been done away with, when we read a passage like Matthew 5:17, our cognitive bias forces the phrase “fulfilled the law” to fit our already established theology.

SO, HOW DO WE AVOID THIS ERROR?


Start by looking up the meaning of words.


E-Sword, which can be downloaded for free, provides a great way to educate yourself. With a click of your mouse, you can read the actual Hebrew or Greek definition of each word in Scripture. And with another click, you can find all the places in scripture that Hebrew or Greek word is used. This could be a most interesting endeavor. Allow me to tell you about where it took me one afternoon, and I will let the reader draw his own conclusion.


KJV Genesis 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.


The word translated as “plain” is tamam, or taw-mam, from H8552. It means complete; usually (morally) pious; specifically gentle, dear: coupled together, perfect, plain, undefiled, upright.


The word is used a total of 12 other times in the following verses: Job 1:1, Job 1:8, Job 2:3, Job 8:20, Job 9:20, Job 9:21, Job 9:22, Psalms 37:37, Psalms 64:4 Proverbs 29:10 , Song of Solomon 5:2 and 6:9. Nine times it was translated as perfect, twice as undefiled, and once as upright. The one and only time this particular word is translated in the King James Version as plain is when referring to Jacob, who became Israel.


Draw your own conclusions.


FULFILLED


But let’s get back to the Hebrew idiom fulfilled. Here is the definition. G4137 pleroo, play-ro’-o. From G4134; to make replete, that is, (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.: – accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.


The potential for our cognitive bias to have allowed us to believe that “pleroo” meant that Yeshua fulfilled the law as a means of ending it could have been drastically decreased, had the translator used instead “to fully preach.” For that is exactly what the context proves. Let’s read on…


Mat 5:18—22 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment…


WHERE DO I BEGIN?


First off, Heaven and earth have not passed away and all prophesy has not been fulfilled!


Next, Yeshua said whoever breaks and teaches others to break one jot or tittle of the TORAH will be least in the Kingdom. Could that be any clearer?


The LAW has not been done away with!


BUT WE ARE NOT THROUGH YET!


When Yeshua starts warning that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, he has not moved on to a new topic. He is about to make replete, to cram full (of meaning), to fully preach, or as our translations say, fulfill the LAW!


When Yeshua goes on to teach that being angry with his brother without a cause is akin to murder, or later when he says that looking at a woman with lust is committing adultery in your heart, he is “fulfilling” the TORAH! He is filling it up with meaning.


That is what Yeshua meant when he said he came to fulfill the TORAH, and that is how the Hebrew people who listened that day understood the idiom.


So the next time one of your Christian friends tries to convince you that Jesus did away with the law when he fulfilled it, warn them that they are destroying God’s Law and the Prophets!

MOON EQUIPPED

October 17, 2020

Psalm 87 - 89 Second Corinthians 9 – 11

Psalm 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon,

and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

Selah” means: STOP! Think about THIS!

As the Psalms of the “Old Testament” echo into the “New” we See our Messiah LIVING Psalm 89:9

Psalm 89:9 Thou [guess Who] rulest the raging of the sea:

when the waves thereof arise,

Thou [guess Who] stillest them.

Mark 4:39 And HE [guess Who] arose, and rebuked the wind,

and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.

And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Luke 8:24 And they came to HIM [guess Who],

and awoke HIM [guess Who], saying, Master, master, we perish.

Then HE arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water:

and they ceased, and there was a calm.

John tells us that Yeshua (Jesus) is our CREATOR

(the same yesterday, today and forever, right?):

John 1:3 All things were made by HIM [guess Who];

and without HIM [guess Who]

was not any thing made that was made.

This TRUTH continues to echo in Romans 1:25 & 1 Peter 4:19!!

John 1:1 tells us:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word

[Yeshua = the WORD made flesh, see John 1:14],

and the Word was with ELohim,

and the Word was ELohim.

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with ELohim.

In Greek, Latin, and English we do not see Yeshua in Genesis 1:1

[that’s as close to the beginning as we can get :o))]

However, in the original Hebrew, the language which our Messiah speaks,

according to Acts 26:14, Genesis 1:1 tells us:

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ

“In the beginning אֵת [Aleph Tav = Yeshua (Jesus)

the first and last letters of the Hebrew aleph bet

and, unfortunately, this is totally missing in New Age churchianity!]”

The Hebrew of Revelation 1:8 tells us:

Revelation 1:8 I am Aleph and Tav, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

The Greeks and Brits changed it to:

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

and we do not see alpha and omega in Genesis 1:1 :o/

AS WE SHOULD.

If we may drop back a few decades to the 1960s and punt, Bonneville Salt Flats land speed record racing and quarter mile drag racing was the excitement of my teenage life. BIG names, like Mickey Thompson, Don Garlits, and Dean Moon were center stage in the 60s racing arena and:



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Moon Eyes stickers were on the windows of my awesome 1957 Chevy drag race winning animal... and

Right outta grade school and learning “Hey, diddle, diddle, The cat and the fiddle,

The cow [of the “golden altar?] jumped over the moon;

and the wild west jargon of “Heap em many moons ago,” at least for me, all that old antiquated Bible stuff about the moon seemed to be laughing stock for us industrial revolution speed record enthusiasts and all that moon stuff was merely laughable cartoonish heathen lore which was supposedly “nailed to the cross.” But, was it?

Today, October 17, 2020, the 7th day of the week, the moon is in “conjunction.” No moon to be seen; BUT! Look up!! It will be REnewed in a night or so, with the first sighting of the first sliver — marking a new month on our ETERNAL never-changing CREATOR’s calendar!! Yes, I am once again MOON EQUIPPED!!! HalleluYAH!!!

YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.

Shabbat shalom,

Rog

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Paul writes in Romans 5:12-14:

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. . . .

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Unbeknownst to us until God's calling and conversion, Babylon occupied our time and attention. It is exceedingly attractive to human nature because it has been created by Satan; it draws like a magnet. In one sense, it is all we knew since birth, and we willingly gave ourselves over to it, allowing it to shape our attitudes and character.


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An angel with a flaming sword was placed to guard the entrance to the Garden, so that there could be no doubt that the relationship with God had ended. To emphasize this fact, the Bible is clear that Adam and Eve died without being readmitted. Without access to God and the Tree of Life, their spiritual development came to a crashing halt. Adam and Eve represented all of mankind, and God judged that all who followed would endlessly repeat what they had done, even though they would not sin in exactly the same way.


His judgment was, of course, correct. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Thus, all have been cut off from God through sin. Knowing that all of Adam and Eve's progeny would sin, God provided a means by which they could reestablish a relationship with Him, even though the environment for the relationship would not be the Garden of Eden.


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