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The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus [Kindle Edition]

Nehemia Gordon
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hebrew Yeshua Vs the Greek Jesus 8 Oct. 2012
I strongly recommend this book for any serious Christian or Jewish study student.
A very firm study in the history of Yeshua Ben Yosef and and the understanding of the Torah practices that Yeshua taught to others.
It also highlights with very accurate detail the Legalism ( Takanot ) which S'haul ( Paul ) seemed so set against.
In all a great read which will help Christians understand the real teachings of Torah that Yeshua wanted to establish and peels back the Replacment Theology of the early church that was coined in Greek covering the real original Hebrew text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh perspective on an ancient question 26 May 2014
By JamesS
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This intriguing book challenges the authorised assertion that the Gospel of Matthew was written in Greek. Using both his own analysis and the work of other scholars, Nehemiah Gordon a Keraite Jew and Hebrew scholar demonstrates the possibility that the Gospel of Matthew has Hebrew origins.

Narrated in the conversational style of the author, this short book is essentially the script for an exuberant and enthusiastic presentation given by Gordon (and available on YouTube). It provides some useful examples to support his case, clear references and a helpful glossary, so is well worth the physical copy.

Readers should be aware that the introduction pitches the investigation with an unnecessary undertone of a conspiracy theory that could obscure the academic detective work. In some cases, the "misinterpretations" of Jesus'/Yeshua's teaching that Gordon presents have, to an extent, been rectified by more modern bible translations such as NRSV. By referencing popular but arguably flawed English translations of the Bible (KJV, NIV) Gordon's case could be made vulnerable. These are weaknesses most students of biblical exegesis would at least acknowledge, if not avoid. Nevertheless his explanations of Pharisaical Judaism are valuable and illuminating for Christians and, in demonstrating Hebrew word play, his case for a Hebrew origin remains strong. I found his approach refreshing and welcome his enthusiastic challenges to established ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about the New Hebrew Matthew 1 April 2013
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Written by a Kararite Jew this book opens up the problems that the existing Matthew in our Bibles contained. Answering the problems that the 2nd Century translators had with this Gospel.
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This is an academic book and you need to know some things about the Holy Bible to appreciate it, like it was written two thousand years ago by people who followed the Man called Jesus. It is scholarly but it is not heavy and not uninteresting. Basically the book opens up on an interesting piece of history. There were four writers of Jesus' life: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All their writings are in existence in ancient Greek, but the earliest records talking about Matthew's gospel said, he wrote his Gospel in Hebrew. It is with interest that a Jewish scribe seems to have preserved it-but also corrupted it!!!! Nehemia Gordon unpicks the pieces to reveal his best attempt to give a comparative study between the Greek and Hebrew scriptures to ascertain what was in the original writings of Matthew- a must read for theologians, Biblical translators, first century Judean and New Testament historians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hebraic insights into Mathews gospel 30 Dec. 2012
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Found the work origonal and thought provoking, Written by a Karait jewish scholar with a background of study and respect for Yeshua
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - Highly recommended 30 May 2013
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This book will grab you from the start and lead you on a spiritual journey into the ancient Phrases / Sadducees culture, history, beliefs and language. Nehemia Gordon is a great biblical scholar and delivers once again..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hebrew Yeshua vs the Greek Jesus 6 Jan. 2014
By Diana
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Incredible stuff. I'm so humbled by the Karaite Jew who has educated me. seriously all Christians need to read this book
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