The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye
the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is of God."
the February issue of his Moriel Newsletter, Mr. Prasch points out the error of
Mahesh Chavada, Morris Cerullo and Lance Lambert.
“…Mahesh Chavada has in the past been associated with
Christian Embassy ( who have imported a variety of heretics into Israel
including Morris Cerullo), but despite the protestations of many of his
friends, Mr. Lambert joined his colleague Chavada in the Cranbourne
fiasco…While Mr. Lambert is misrepresented as a watchman in Jerusalem, far from
protecting God’s people from deception and lunacy he in fact joins forces with
it. Whatever Lance Lambert may be, he is certainly no watchman.” 20
stood on the same platform with Rabbi Cohen, Rick
Joyner and Stephen Strang at the
Israel Jubilee. Bonnie Chavada, his wife, is on the board of SpiritLed
Woman, owned by Charisma
Publishing, along with such notables as Barbara Amos, Marilyn Hickey,
Shirley Arnold, Cindy Jacobs, Brenda Kilpatrick (with her husband, John,
have been senior pastors at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola) and
Mr. Lance Lambert may
not be a Watchman according to Jacob Prasch, but he connects to Jacob Prasch.
Jacob endorses The Park Homepage,
20a as a
solid Discernment ministry. It is
the ministry base for Clifford Hill and David Noakes’ Prophetic Word
Lance Lambert, Clifford Hill and Cecil Kerr are listed as speakers at the PWM International Convention to be
held September 24-27, 2000 in conjunction with Jerusalem 2000 tours. The goal
is to unite Jew and Gentile. Obviously they don’t view Lance Lambert as a
deception as he is part of the team. PWM sells over a dozen of Mr. Lamberts
teaching Tapes 20c
in their 'Store.'
Nor do they have a problem with the ecumenical movement, being that they are
part of it as stated in their own information, "The Park itself is ecumenical."
A full discussion of this
ministry, declared by Jacob Prasch, to be a "valid
discernment ministries to alert the church and give understanding to the many”
The Park Homepage
"The Park is a multi-ministry
centre, owned by Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust... In 1995 Harvest Vision
legally acquired the main house with 15 acres for a £1... In 1997 the ministry
side of the work was split from the buildings. The Centre for Contemporary
Ministry were invited to be the operators of the ministry, and a new
Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust was formed to restore the buildings."
A query concerning what Harvest Vision was and
who the Trustees or Board members were, brought this reply:
Preservation Trust is a charitable organisation with the dual purpose of a) the restoration of Moggerhanger House and Estate, and b)
the use thereof for the promotion of the Christian faith.... "
"Harvest Vision is effectively a dormant organisation which was set up to create a Christian Training Centre; MHPT were formed out of it as a
condition of a major grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. (Harvest Vision's trust deeds did not tie the trust to
was a contract condition)."
"The trustees for MHPT are: Mr Henry Clarke, Mis Helen Dorey, Lady Isabelle
Errol, Revd Dr Clifford Hill, Mrs Monica Hill, Mr Chris Izzard, Mr David
Saunderson and Mr Samuel Whitbread."
Park Development Manager 22
Centre for Contemporary Ministry (CCM)22a discusses in their
Report (1996/97), the role that Harvest Vision, the owner's of the CCM ministry base, have given them in the running of
arose from discussions that took place during the year, whereby Harvest Vision,
the owner of CCM’s ministry base at The Park, approached CCM to ask if they
would be willing to take on full responsibilities as site operators....CCM have
taken over - informally - effective control of all day-to-day running of The
Park. This is a significant increase in the scope of the work, but in many
ways a logical extension from the position last year when Harvest Vision asked
CCM to ‘co-ordinate’ on-site activities at The Park....CCM remains committed
to its original vision of providing In-Service Training for the ordained
ministry. Much time this year has been spent working with the British Church
Growth Association..." 22b
Although Clifford Hill and his associates have spoken
against the trends in the Charismatic movement, CCM has held Leadership
Consultations such as, "A Call to Charismatic Leaders":
"A conference of various church
leaders was held last Autumn to look at current trends within the charismatic
church. This consultation resulted in a statement being written called ‘A Call
to Charismatic Leaders’ which has received wide attention and discussion
nationally. This report has been widely circulated and is still available from
CCM offices." 23
The CCM personnel and Trustees have
(Late) David Forbes, Revd Robert Hunt; Revd John Job; Revd Peter
Dye (from 9/96) Mr Peter Fenwick (from 9/96) Mrs. Chris Leage
(to 1/97) Directors: Revd Dr Clifford Hill; Mrs. Monica Hill;
Pastoral Directors: Revd Russell Howell; Mrs. Lesley Howell and so on.
Clifford Hill co-authored the book, Blessing the Church?,
with Peter Fenwick, David
Forbes and David Noakes.
The book was a review of the direction of the
Charismatic Movement and impact of the Toronto Blessing.
CCM works with The
British Church Growth Association,23a one of The Parks branch ministries. Their web site shows
that they were
spawned following the ecumenical Lausanne Congress on World
"Following the Lausanne
Congress on World Evangelisation in 1974 much interest was aroused in
church growth thinking which led to the first UK Church Growth
Consultation in 1978...So the British Church Growth Association was
formed in September 1981 by a widely representative group of Christians
committed to church growth either as researchers, teachers,
practitioners or consultants. "
BCGA Mission Statement:
"The BCGA is to be a
ginger group, a forum, a network and a clearing house for church growth
thinking: to monitor and do research in order to provide resources in
the form of publications, people and conferences by means of specific
projects geared to local situations."
Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research
"For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."
As stated, Jacob Prasch endorses
The Park Homepage 23b, and the
ministry of Clifford Hill and David Noakes', Prophetic Word
Ministries (PWM) 23c. On the Prophetic Word Ministries (PWM) page are 3 ministry branches. PWM is the parent organization of the
Prophecy Today. Of most
interest is PARDES:
The Centre for Biblical and Hebraic Studies. 23d
It should be noted that PARDES is a kabbalistic teaching.
Their stated purpose is the “expanding work of scholars in Israel, both Jewish and
Christian, who are seeking to reclaim the original Hebraic understanding of the
Amazingly, they cite the Jerusalem School of
Synoptic Research as one of their sources of learning.
particular note is the work of The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research which
seeks to understand the Hebrew words of Jesus as recorded in the Synoptic
Gospels by both re-translating the Greek text back into Hebrew and relating it
to the culture, social customs and rabbinic thought and practice of the first
with this in the United States is the work of the Center for
Judaic-Christian Studies, while Dr Marvin Wilson's book Our Father
Abraham has been a seminal work in enabling Christians to understand the
roots of their faith in the Hebrew Scriptures. The work in Israel of the
Caspari Centre and of the Tantur Ecumenical Centre has also been of great value
in this direction.”
is no similar centre in the UK for in-depth teaching and study. The PWM
Trustees are convinced that God is calling his church back, not just to the
study and teaching of Scripture, but to a Hebraic understanding of his words
and an appreciation of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.”
believe that to apply a Hebraic interpretation to our exegesis of Scripture is
vital for the recovery of the church and to what God is calling those who 'have
ears to hear' in these days. It is, however, vital that we share our
understanding with others, especially those in pastoral charge and those with
teaching responsibilities in churches and colleges.” 24
The Jerusalem School of
Synoptic Research (J.S.S.R) is not a resource a true believer could confidently embrace for learning Biblical truth.
The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research,
is a "consortium of Jewish and Christian
scholars." Jesus Christ is identified by the JSSR as being "like
other Jewish sages of that time:..
From their website:
" The Jerusalem School of Synoptic
Research, a consortium of Jewish and Christian scholars, was chartered in
1985 as an Israeli non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated
to understanding better the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), and to
rethinking the Synoptic Problem. Examining the Synoptic Gospels within the
context of the language, land and culture in which Jesus lived, this
Jewish-Christian collaboration is unique and unprecedented historically...Christian
scholars fluent in Hebrew and living in Israel are collaborating with Jewish
scholars to examine Jesus' sayings from a Jewish and Hebraic perspective.
The result of this research confirm that Jesus was an organic part of the
diverse social and religious landscape of Second Temple-period Judaism.
He, like other Jewish sages of his time, taught in Hebrew and used specialized
methods to teach foundational Jewish theological concepts..." bolding added
According to their website, the
following is a list of the members of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research:
David Bivin, Jerusalem
Randall Buth, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Esther Eshel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hanan Eshel, Bar Ilan University
Weston Fields, Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, co-founder
Joseph Frankovic, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Steven Notley, Nyack College
Dwight Pryor, Center for Judaic-Christian Studies
Halvor Ronning, Home for Bible Translators
Mirja Ronning, Home for Bible Translators
Serge Ruzer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Chana Safrai, Shalom Hartman Institute
Marc Turnage, Southwest Missouri State University & Durham University
Brad Young, Oral Roberts University
Brian Becker, Director
Randall Buth, Chairman of the Board
Robert Lindsey was the long-time pastor of Jerusalem's
Narkis Street Baptist congregation. His research on the Synoptic Gospels
led to the creation of the Jerusalem School. ...
David Flusser was Professor of Early Christianity and Judaism of
the Second Temple Period at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Flusser
was a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He was a
recipient of the Israel Prize (1980), awarded by the State of Israel. In
1989 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology by the Catholic
Faculty of Theology of Lucerne, Switzerland. ...
Shmuel Safrai was born
in 1919 and at the age of three immigrated to Palestine with his family.
He was ordained as a rabbi at the age of twenty at the prestigious Mercaz
Harav Yeshivah in Jerusalem. He later received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the fields of Jewish History, Talmud and
Bible. Safrai was recipient of the Jerusalem Prize (1986) and the Israel
Prize (2002), the State of Israel's most prestigious honor. He wrote over
eighty articles and twelve books including Pilgrimage in the Period of
the Second Temple and Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef: His Life and Teachings.
He died July 16th, 2003, and was buried only a few feet from the grave of
his close friend and research colleague, David Flusser.
Jerusalem School Associates
In order to keep
in touch with students who have studied with one of our members, we have
created Associate Membership. Following is a list of the Associate Members
of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research:
Gary Alley, Hebrew University
Sharon Alley, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Brad Embry, Durham University
Judith Fain, Durham University
Brian Kvasnica, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dan Machiela, Notre Dame University
Chad Pierce, Durham Univeristy
Hal Revelson, University of Texas
Brian Schultz, Bar Ilan University
Nathan Solomon, Union Theological Seminary
Matthew Suriano, UCLA
Timothy Wardle, Duke University
Archie Wright, Regent University
The Jerusalem Perspective is used to
disseminate the ideas, beliefs and research from the Jerusalem School of
Synoptic Research, although it posts writings from authors it might not be in
agreement with. It is owned by David Bivin and his wife. According to their own
"...Jerusalem Perspective was created in 1987 by
David Bivin and Jeffrey Magnuson. ...At the end of 1999, after fifty-six issues,
publication of the print Jerusalem Perspective came to an end. Since then
JP has concentrated on electronic publishing.
Jerusalem Perspective is committed to the
Jerusalem Perspective is registered in Israel as
a small business, and in the United States as a non-profit organization.
Jerusalem Perspective and JerusalemPerspective.com are directed and solely-owned
Josa Bivin, Christians who have lived in Israel since 1963 and 1966,
respectively. David and Josa hold U.S. citizenship and Israeli "permanent
- Disseminating the research results of David
Bivin and his colleagues, members of the
Jerusalem School of
Synoptic Research, both in popular and scholarly formats.
- Preparing a full commentary on the Synoptic
Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke).
- Reconstructing the conjectured
pre-canonical Greek and Hebrew stages of the gospel tradition.
A book published in 1984 by David Bivin (Director
of the JSSR) and Roy Blizzard has formed the basis of much
Hebrew Roots' doctrine. The following excerpts from Understanding
The Difficult Words Of Jesus represent the JSSR viewpoint on the
lack of originality of the Greek New Testament:
reasons for writing this book are not only to show that the
original gospel was communicated in the Hebrew language; but to
show that the entire New Testament can only be understood from a
Hebrew perspective. 2.
cannot be overemphasised, that the key to an understanding of
the New Testament is a fluent knowledge of Hebrew and an
intimate acquaintance with Jewish history, culture, and Rabbinic
"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
It's noteworthy that an article published in
the final print edition of the Jerusalem Perspective, written by David
Bivin of the JSSR and who is so popular within the Hebrew Roots movement, is
not accepted by many within the Hebrew Roots or Messianic movements or
Christians embracing these teachings, because of their not understanding or
denying the source of kabbalah or Pardes:
students of the Kabbalah speak of Pardes ...which is an acronym
derived from the initial letter of each of the four terms (p-r-d-s)....According
to the late Professor Gershom Scholem, pioneer researcher in the field of
Kabbalah, Moses ben Shem Tov of Leon was the first known writer to mention
the acronym Pardes. He did so about 1290 in a composition called Sefer
Pardes. Moses ben Shem Tov also wrote The Zohar, which became the most
influential work of the Spanish Kabbalists...The
Kabbalists were mystics par excellence, and they pursued vigorously
Scripture's concealed meanings. They aspired to an elevated spiritual
awareness by gaining access to concealed knowledge through scrutinizing each
letter of the biblical text and through ecstatic ascents into heaven...Their
longing for esoteric knowledge may be traced back in part to earlier Gnostic
speculations. Such speculations left their imprints on the Kabbalah...The
acronym Pardes belongs exclusively to the domain of the Kabbalah.”
Quoted from an article titled:
“Medieval Jargon on First-century Lips”
Author: David Bivin
July-September 1999 #56
The Park's The Centre
for Biblical and Hebraic Studies, "PARDES"
promotes their book
'Roots and Branches' : Explorations into the
Jewish Context of the Christian Faith,
published May 1998, which was “ written as a tribute to the late David Forbes,
founder of the Centre for Biblical and Hebraic Studies.”
John Fieldsend, Clifford Hill, Walter Riggins, John C.P. Smith and Fred
Wright edited the book.
According to their article, it is comprised of:
relating to the Jewish roots of the Christian faith on such foundational themes
as Jesus the Rabbi, From Jesus to Paul, The
Preisthood of James, the Brother of Jesus, Three in the Holy One of Israel… Settlement,
Expulsion and Restoration: The Jews of England and Messianic Jews and Jewish Identity” are also covered. 25
The contributors were not only from the Jerusalem
School of Synoptic Research (JSSR) but
had to be personal
friends of David Forbes.
the contributors are well-known, names such as David Bivin, Walter
Riggans and Dwight Pryor, but new writers are also
included. The criteria for selecting the authors were twofold, namely that they
had something relevant and important to contribute and that they were friends
and colleagues of David.” 26
recommends Dwight Pryor along with Arnold Fruchtenbaum as "good"
HR teachers. Dwight Pryor is with the J.S.S.R.
"Dwight is President and Founder of the Center for
Judaic-Christian Studies, established in Austin, Texas, in 1984. He also is a
founding member of the Board of Governors of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic
Research in Israel."
For More on Marvin
Wilson, David Bivin, Walter
Riggans and Dwight Pryor, etc., and the
JSSR connections See: MJAA Inroads
of The Hebrew Roots "Fringe"; Mainstreaming
The "Fringe"; MJAA
Executives & The Hebrew Roots " Fringe"
and Pryors association with
the J.S.S.R., Mr. Prasch recommends and considers each of them to be operating
discernment ministries to alert the church and give understanding to the many”
and “we stand by them all as comrades in Christ’s
Jacob Prasch and his adherents have been more
than vocal about the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research. On the one hand
Jacob denounces it, but on the other hand he’ll work with those who support
JSSR and has stated he can work with JSSR leadership on an individual basis. We have several emails sent from his address stating his being
against the JSSR. For example: (Grammar & spelling as seen)
“Jacob published articles about Satan's destuction of
The Hebrew Root Movement and against The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research.
He has also been at the forefront in The British Commonwealth countries of
opposing Faith -Prospeity, Toronto&Pensecola, Ecumenism etc. You are mere
slanderes who cannot attention any other way, so you just lie…He also published
an article taking issue with The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research, and is
a chief opponent of the heretical axis of Christian Zionism (such as The
Christian Embassy).” 28
On Tricia Tillin's site, in the section called Articles: Hebraic Roots Movement,
which has had no access to the articles since "To Embrace Hebrew
Roots" was published in 1999, we read:
"Why I do not
subscribe to the views of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research on
Hebrew source documents for the Gospels."
By Yacov Prasch of Moriel Ministries, Leeds
The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research is founded on the erroneous
belief that the gospels cannot be fully understood except in an Hebraic
context. According to one of its members, David Bivin, "the Jerusalem
School is not a Christian organisation; its membership includes both
Jewish and Christian scholars". Their beliefs and statements are
examined here." [Cross+Word;Banner Ministries; Articles:
Hebraic Roots Movement
For an update concerning this issue,
Vicky Dillen's Inquisition
It is evident there
is a severe contradiction in what Mr. Prasch states and what he actually does. From
his own words in Moriel's February Newsletter. "In
these Last Days we don’t need those who totter and send mixed signals..."
is the one instance in which we would agree wholeheartedly with Jacob Prasch's
Deviation From Their "Christian" Root
and Jews For Jesus
Moriel, Feb. 2000
The Park, http://www.personal.u-net.com/~the-park/
Subject: Re: query Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 10:19:32 +0100; From: "Simon
The Centre for Biblical and Hebraic Studies; http://www.personal.u-net.com/~the-park/NewFiles/pardes.html;
'Roots and Branches' ; Roots and Branches: Explorations into the Jewish
Context of the Christian Faith; http://www.personal.u-net.com/~the-park/NewFiles/rootsandbranches.html
op.cit. Moriel-Feb 2000
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1999 16:55:34 –0000 From: Jacob Prasch <email@example.com>To:
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