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Yeshua's brutally honest words in the Hebrew version of Matthew are nothing short of revolutionary for the believer. -- Michael Rood, Introduction
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Gordon is not Messianic, but is still considered a rebel by many Jews. Christians would see him as a Jewish equivalent of the Bereans. He interprets his faith by the Word of God as given in the Old Testament. Jews, who are aware of the term, would call him a Karaite. When the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD, the Pharisees filled the gap left by the end of the priestly system. They added many traditions not found in the Old Testament. Karaites, such as Gordon, reject these traditions. Many Jews today are spiritual descendants of the Pharisees.
Gordon started studying the Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew, to answer a question from his Messianic friend. It turns out some of the early church fathers said Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. From there it was translated, with some difficulty, into Greek and other languages. English translations, which came much later, show more signs of "Greek-isms" (patterns of expression characteristic of the Greek language) than "Hebrew-isms." Gordon came across a copy of Matthew from the times of the Inquisition. A Jewish scholar had added it as an appendix to a document he prepared to answer his Catholic interrogators.Read more ›
The Video is even better.
from the Greek version? Well, everyone who loves Scriptural truths will love
this book. You will learn a lot about Orthodox and Rabbinical Judaism, not
to mention learning at a deeper level what Yahusha was up against when
confronting the nonbelieving Pharisess. In the DVD one can learn a great
deal also, and Gordon is an excellent speaker, able to rivit the attention
without any high tech visuals. I think it must take a significant amount
of courage to speak out against traditions that Gordon was raised in and
I applaud him for that and for the fact that he has brought a great treasure
to our attention. Like many truly great treasures, it will probably be
considered a trinket, or worse, to so many in the world.
Nehemiah's exposition of Matthew 23:3 is excellent, and resolves a dilemma which must puzzle almost every believer who seriously considers the implications of this verse, and its contradiction with what Yeshua says in the rest of Chapter 23.
Through a number of examples he also shows the danger of straying from the written Torah, by either adding to it or taking away from it. That is what the oral law does, which is what defines Pharasaic rabbinism (as distinct from Karaism). Nehemiah shows concrete examples of its anti-Messianic implications, like those which frequently led to disagreements between the Pharisees and Yeshua. He also shows how the traditions of the rabbinists are so deeply embedded, that if Messiah was to appear today and disagree with them on some point, they believe they would have the authority to override Him. Extraordinary!
I found the book easy and enjoyable to read, and it provided many fresh and valuable insights. To those who believe in Yeshua, do not be put off by the fact that it is written by a Karaite Jew. As Nehemiah rightly points out, Yeshua Himself looks very much like a Karaite Jew, One who came to overturn the traditions and reaffirm the written Torah of Moses. Of course He did much more than this, by being the more perfect Sacrifice and the conduit for the Ruach HaKodesh, but that is a whole separate story.
Happy reading, and shalom!
The author (Nehemia Gordon) appeals to a late (14th century) Hebrew version of Matthew (preserved by Shem Tov in the 14th century). Nehemia Gordon maintains this version might reflect the original version of Matthew. According to the very early church father, Papias, Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. As a Karaite Jew, the author rejects rabbinic Judaism but embraces the Biblical Judaism described in the Old Testament. His view is that Jesus also rejected rabbinic Judaism and the oral law.
In the Hebrew version of Shem Tov, Jesus tells his disciples to obey MOSES, but not those who sit in the seat of Moses. The Greek version of the text says to obey THEM (i.e., the authoritative Pharisees).
Even if ShemTov's Matthew is NOT related to the original Matthew which Papias referred to, even back translation from Greek into Hebrew could clarify matters, like the seat of Moses. This back-translation is an area where evangelical scholarship needs to develop. If Jesus spoke Mishnaic Hebrew (and there is a movement in this direction, as opposed to the established view that he spoke Aramaic), then it could be helpful to recreate the words he spoke in the language in which he spoke them. But that is my soapbox, not the author's.
The book is a quick, interesting read. If you are interested in Jewish roots, you will find the book worth thinking about. Although Gordon is not a Christian, there is nothing hostile or offensive in the book toward those of us who follow Jesus.
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