Hebrew Roots "Fringe"
4 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.
It was suggested to this writer in August
2003, that Brad Young, Marvin
Wilson, Dwight Pryor, Richard Booker and Ron Moseley were all writers that
could not be compared to people in the fringe Hebrew Roots camp like kabbalists
James Trimm and Avi
ben Mordechai, Marshall Koniuchowsky and so on. That these people are more
"orthodox" than the fringe element and it would be wrong to clump them
in the same questionable doctrine camps of the "fringe".
I wasn't immediately familiar
with those listed, except Dwight Pryor, who is a founding director with the
Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research. From the Seek God article; Jacob
Prasch and 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
He, like other Jewish sages of his time, taught in Hebrew and used
specialized methods to teach foundational Jewish theological concepts..."
...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:
"...Our 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.
"It cannot be overemphasized, 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
contributors were not only from the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research (JSSR)
but had to be personal friends of David Forbes.
of 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
Jacob Prasch recommends
Dwight Pryor... 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." ..."
Dr. Brad Young, mentioned above,
is also one of the founding scholars of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic
Studies, who works closely on Gospel research with Prof. David Flusser and Dr.
Robert L. Lindsey. He is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of
Theology at Oral Roberts University serving as Associate Professor of
Judaic-Christian Studies. According to his website promotion, his seminars
attract Catholics and mainline Protestants, evangelicals and Charismatics.
Jews for Jesus wrote an article
about the Hebraic Roots movement, in the section "Frequently Asked Questions" and
stated the following. In it we find mention of the writers, Roy
Blizzard & David Bivin, Brad Young and Robert Lindsay, [bolding added]
"...The Hebraic Roots or
Jewish Roots movement can be described as a movement of organizations, often
closely networked, that hold in common an emphasis on recovering the
"original" Jewishness of Christianity through any or all of the
following: studying the Bible in its Jewish context; observing the Torah;
keeping the Sabbath and festivals; avoiding the "paganism" of
Christianity; affirming the existence of original Hebrew language gospels and
denigrating the Greek text. Usually this is all grouped under the rubric of
"studying the Hebraic roots of Christianity" or something similar.
Much impetus has been given by the work of scholars and writers such as Roy
Blizzard & David Bivin; Brad Young; Robert Lindsay, all of whom have
written over the past years in support of the existence of original
Hebrew-language gospels (taught pre-eminently by the Jerusalem School of
Synoptic Research in Israel). [bolding added]
Roots" movement seems to be growing in influence among Christians,
perhaps because most organizations in the movement now have an Internet
This writer was also told in
August 2003, that the
Restoration Foundation was a source of what Hebrew Roots is really about.
good example of what really qualifies as the "Hebrew Roots" movement is
Restore! Magazine" and "(Actually most of the folks who teach at
real Hebrew Roots conferences, like the one in Arkansas this week, and
Cleveland, TN in a few weeks (Restore!), you do not even know their views.)".
That statement about knowing
"their views" was a very wrong assumption. While I may not have specifically written about all connected to that particular organization, that
does not mean that they do not fit the profile of what has been written in the
various articles, or that organizations they specifically recommend or endorse or
are connected to, have not been written about. But, this writer will very
pointedly see what precisely the 'real' Hebrew Roots
movement is about, based on these required resources.
Again referencing the Jews for Jesus article,
we read that all is not 'good,' as was portrayed to me concerning, for example,
the highly recommended Restoration Foundation> http://www.restorationfoundation.org/.
"... There is little or no emphasis on
evangelism among most if not all of the Hebraic Roots groups, but rather an
emphasis on "restoring" for Christians the Judaic / Hebraic heritage
of the early church. Some, such as John Garr's Restoration
Foundation [http://www.restorationfoundation.org/], explicitly have promotion of interfaith dialogue as one of its
There is a certain fuzziness to the
boundaries of the Hebraic Roots network that makes it hard to pin down a
general theological orientation. For instance, the Restoration
Foundation links to The
Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry [http://www.foigm.org/],
and a host of Hebraic Roots organizations,...
"Hebraic / Jewish
Roots Christian Ministries" includes groups as disparate as First
Fruits of Zion [http://www.ffoz.org],
for Peace [http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/], a homeschooling site, and the
Fellowship of Christians and Jews [http://www.ifcj.org/]
and its ministry On Wings of Eagles.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, director of that organization, has gone on record as
adamant opponent of Jewish evangelism. [http://www.jfjonline.org/witness/faq_wingsofeagles.htm]
It is difficult to characterize the movement
as holding to any one set of doctrines. Some Hebraic Roots organizations offer
a statement of faith that is evangelical in Christology and soteriology,
although also adding points concerning law-keeping or festival observance.
Some espouse the "Two-House
Theory" [http://www.jfjonline.org/witness/faq_bt_churchephraim.htm] that the Church is Ephraim, and there is affiliation and
overlap between both movements. For
instance, Edward Chumney, who has written in support of the Two-House Theory,
is news director for "Restore!" magazine published by the Restoration
A closer look at the Restoration Foundation
that this writer was told was supposed to reveal the best and correct views of the Hebrew Roots
movement, reveals the following.
Regarding their Magazine, Restore! which has
Eddie Chumney as News Director:
published by Restoration Foundation as a service to those in the Christian and
Jewish communities who envision the restoration of Christianity's Judaic
heritage and the eradication of Christian Judaeophobia and anti-Semitism."
According to their website, The
Mission of the Restoration Foundation is:
Returning the Church to the
Faith of Abraham Completed by Jesus Christ. ...
Empowering Believers to Become
More Like Jesus, their Jewish Lord. We help believers to become more
Christ-like by embracing the Judaic world view and ethics which Jesus taught.
Showing the Interrelationship
between Judaism and Christianity. We seek to restore the church to its
Biblical roots which Jesus himself firmly planted in the soil of Judaism.
Turning Christians Back to a
Love for Israel and the Jewish people. We endeavor to restore the church to
love for the land and people of Israel...
Opening New Opportunities for
Inter-faith Dialogue and Cooperation. We seek personal dialogue between Jews
so that all who practice Biblical ethics may work together.
Anti-Semitism and Judaeophobia from the Church. We endeavor to eradicate
hostile attitudes and actions towards Jews and Judaism from the fabric of
Everywhere to Claim Their Judaic Heritage. We promote the restoration of all
believers to their rightful heritage in the Judaism of the first century
Perhaps the question should be
asked--will this inter-faith dialogue bring about a love for Christians or those
who have Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? This writer sees no Biblical removal
of persecution or hatred towards those who Love Jesus Christ, via dialogue with
those who reject Jesus Christ. See: Persecution
Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
1 John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
What precisely is needing to be restored, because, quite
frankly, the "original faith" is not missing, nor has it ever
been. Not if one understands the 'faith' is about the person of Jesus
2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
The Restoration Foundations
prefaces their Recommended Websites and Ministry Connections with the following statement and then
includes the following links, although all have not been listed here. [hotlinks
The following are links to
organizations that share some or all of Restoration Foundation's vision for
restoring Christianity's Hebrew foundations and support the international
Jewish community and the nation of Israel...
Arkansas Institute of Holy Land
Studies, David Bivin, First Fruits of Zion, Glory of Yahshuah;
/Dr. Marvin Wilson-Author: Our Father Abraham; HaKesher (the connection)- An
excellent connection! ; Heart of Wisdom- Homeschool Information ; Howard
Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies Houston, TX [R
Booker] International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem ; [ICEJ]
International Fellowship of Christians and
Jews -The site prominently features our ON WINGS OF EAGLES ministry, which
raises awareness and financial support among Christians for the emigration of
Soviet Jews to Israel in fulfullment of prophecy of the "second
exodus" from the land of the north. [IFCJ]
Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research ~
("a consortium of Jewish and Christian scholars who are examining the
synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) within the context of the language,
land and culture in which Jesus lived.")
Malachi's Torah Scroll ~ Torah study >
Messianic Bible Institute - Yeshiva ;
Messianic Israel Ministries "The
reunion and full restoration of the two houses: This is the hope of Messianic
Israel.... Batya & Angus Wooten - House of David"
Project Genesis ~ Torah on the Information
Sound of the Trumpet Ministries/Institute
For Hebraic Christian Studies /...." 5
So, in this highly recommended resource that
this writer was told reveals the "true" Hebrew Roots movement, we have the promotion of David Bivin,
the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research, which views Jesus Christ as a Jewish
sage--all of which I've written about, and the following.
Arkansas Institute of Holy Land Studies--discussed
below; HaKesher, the
ministry of Robert Lindsay, one of the individuals who helped promote the
erroneous "original Hebrew gospels" view;
The Wootens Two House theology, also written about in
the MJAA's "Ephraimite Error";
Project Genesis--which I've written about-see--Kabbalah
"... Project Genesis, which is
linked to many "countermissionary" organizations
whose stated goals are to bring people out of Christianity or
the "church". Many of the organizations and their
leadership publicly denounce Jesus Christ. Then there are the
many groups connected to Bridges for Peace and many other
Bible & The Talmud and also Kabbalah
Initiation > "Transition from Talmud to Kabbalah
"The connection between the Talmudic teachings and the Kabbalah is confirmed in the "Hypertext
Halacha" of Project Genesis, which is disseminated by Orthodox Jews, and also linked to such Hebrew Roots sites...."
For The International Fellowship of Christians and
Jews and Rabbi Eckstein--See--Apostles, Prophets & The International Fellowship of Christians
Restoration Foundation promotes, Malachi's Torah Scroll ~ Torah study >http://www.messianic.com/torah/index.htm
>>> which is David
messianic.com written about extensively in the Seek God articles.
Messianic Bible Institute - Yeshiva > http://www.messianic.com/yeshiva/index.htm
>>> David Hargis's Yeshiva---See:
MBI Yeshiva & The Hargis Clan ...
Messianic Music > http://www.messianic.com/music/index.htm
> David Hargis again.
of, Sound of the Trumpet
Ministries/Institute For Hebraic Christian Studies / (6) takes you to
Eddie Chumney's website,
which states and promotes the following ideals and
individuals, many of which are specifically mentioned as
SOUNDS OF THE TRUMPET, INC
"Richard Booker is President of Sounds of the Trumpet Inc. and the
Founder/Director and resident professor of IHCS. Richard has written many
books on the Jewish Roots of Christianity >The Institute for
Hebraic-Christian Studies (IHCS)>
Randall Bane, Dr. Ron Moseley, Dwight Pryor,
Jay Rawlings, Hal Michael Utterback, Clarence Wagner, Dr. Marvin Wilson, Dr.
Brad Young..." 7
Restoration Foundation promotes Marvin Wilson--see Jacob
Prasch & The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research; First Fruits of
Zion--to be discussed; and so on.
Glory of Yahshua promoted by Restoration
Foundation shows the link Glory
of Yahshuah to be > http://www.onetruth15.com,
which is also found listed under the Sacred Name movement.
the Door to the Temple of Truth A 2-Page Site advertising a Book.
Makes no mention of the Father's Name, but calls the Son 'Yahshuah'.
The onetruth15.com website is no longer
available but Jeff Weiss uses the onetruth15 as his email. However, "UNLOCKING
THE DOOR TO THE TEMPLE OF TRUTH" was a book written by Weiss in 1998, and
is sold for $15 from his current website, forthegoym, which is merely one of his websites.
9 He is also the author of "The Truth of
Reformation." Another of his websites is For the Glory of Yahshua
of Yahshuah Ministries
PO Box 22096
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
Tele: (843) 342-2777
Leader: Rabbi Jeffrey L. Weiss
Glory of Yahshua Ministries,
recommended by the Restoration Foundation is the ministry of Jeff Weiss, part of
Two House Theology, promoter and friend of Michael
Rood, and speaker at Marshall
Koniuchowsky's Two House events. He makes the claim on his website--as do so
many others- that his ministry is to teach the "Manna" that has been
apparently hidden from the church. His ministry is supposedly doing what others don't,
that is, "teaching and preaching the entire Word of God (Elohim) as it was
intended to be taught."
For More on Jeff Weiss see: MJAA
Executives & The Hebrew Roots Fringe; The
Rev. Michael John Rood
For an in-depth discussion
from a reader about the various Names, please see:
WHAT'S IN A NAME Yahshua, Yehoshua,
Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus?
Jeff Weiss is the 'rabbi' that had the picture
of his dog on his website, draped with the tallit [prayer shawl], with the fringes touching the
floor, until the Michael Rood articles were posted on the Seek God web site. Then those pictures were
And these are some of the resources which this
writer was told are representative of "real" Hebrew Roots, and which I
was uninformed about.
God forbid that
this is what mainstream Messianism is about!
Many, while acquiring
Jewish trappings and traditions, don't understand the Jewish religion enough
to understand what the issue was when this writer asked on one Messianic
forum-again in August 2003-, the
How do Jews who are
practicing Judaism, view those who are attempting to emulate their traditions?
Do they view Messianics as Jews?
What about the many "gentile"
Messianics attempting to add "Jewish flavor" to their beliefs? Do they
resent or mock them? Do they desire to become a part of the emulation?
to do things that edify, and avoid doing things that can be a stumbling block or
keep people from Christ?
Do Messianics see the picture that had been flown on 'Rabbi' Jeff Weiss's website,
draping a tallit [prayer shawl] over his dog, with the fringes lying on the floor, and know
that this is an affront to those in the Jewish religion? Weiss is an associate of Rood and Koniuchowsky and
part of the 2house movement.
The question was asked because
one former Messianic had mentioned that they had seen the picture on Weiss's website
and thought it cute. It's not. It's a total insult to Jewish traditions, which
many Messianics are making a pretense of embracing.
prayer shawl holds the tassels. The tassels or fringes,
according to the command given by God in Numbers
15:37-41, were to be a reminder to Israel of God's
commandments, but those who accept Christ are not
required to wear them. No real rabbi would have the
fringes touch the floor, and this writer would likely
not be wrong in suggesting that no 'real' rabbi would
put his prayer shawl on his dog. There is no excuse for
"Rabbi" Jeff Weiss's use of the tallit in this
There's nothing new or different at
Restoration Foundation than what has
already been analyzed in the various Seek God articles. Just a few more names that are
The Jews for Jesus article
continues with a link to Eddie Chumney's second site, which is the URL this
writer was originally given as a good source to learn about Hebrew Roots, and
Similarly, the Hebraic
Roots Of Christianity Global Network >http://www.hebroots.org/ >website
links to materials on the Two-House Theory. On the other hand
"Restore!" published an article that seems traditionally
evangelical, by a retired official of the Reformed Churches in
This writer was also told another positive resource to
educate myself about Hebrew Roots was, "....And
we can get an additional overview of what are really "Hebrew Roots"
folks at http://www.aihls.org/faculty.html
Quite a diverse group.."
Brad Young, Marvin
Wilson, Dwight Pryor, Richard Booker [mentioned in Restoration links and
above] and Ron Moseley are all recommended as
essentially good Hebrew Roots writers--what would be acceptable to "mainstream"
Again quoting from the Jews for Jesus article,
we see that the recommended www.aihls.org is actually the
American Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, which was promoted in the
Restoration Foundation links, and includes the names already mentioned in this
"One teaching institution that is part
of this movement is the American
Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (formerly called the Arkansas
Institute of Holy Land Studies) headed by Ron Moseley. Faculty include Roy
Blizzard, Marv Wilson, and Brad Young, among others. According to the Christian
Research Institute >http://www.equip.org/, Blizzard comes "precariously close to rejecting
the inerrancy of Scripture" and appears to hold "to an aberrant, if
not heretical, view of the Trinity."... one organization within this
network is HaKesher >http://www.hakesher.org,
ministry of Robert Lindsay, one of the scholars who helped promulgate the
"original Hebrew gospels" view. Also cited as teachers with this
ministry are Joseph Frankovic, David Bivin, and Brad Young. Some of these are
connected with Oral Roberts University.
Michael L. Brown responded to the Roy Blizzard/David
Bivin/Robert Lindsay views of the New Testament with a serious
"discommendation" of the book Understanding the Difficult Words
of Jesus by Blizzard and Bivin, and with a stern word of warning
concerning the overall approach of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research
to biblical reliability. [bolding added]
The Hebraic Roots movement presents itself
as an educational movement. ... But it is evident that this is much more than
book study. ... it is a call to a Torah-observant and/or festival observant
lifestyle as essential in the life of a Christian or as bringing the Christian
into greater conformity with Jesus. It teaches a "return" to or a
"restoration" of so-called "original" first-century Jewish
practices and understandings and a rejection of much else as non-Jewish. Some
organizations such as Brad Young's Gospel
Research Foundation >http://www.gospelresearch.org/, may be more strictly educational in nature, and have
sponsored conferences, one of which was held at Oral Roberts University, Our
Lady of Sorrow Convent, and Temple Israel in Tulsa and included the
participation of local rabbis and cantors.
Ministries > http://www.covenantcenter.org/users/bsomerville/index2.html
raises plenty of questions: "Feast day celebrations must
not be limited to serving as mediums for worship and praise. We have
discovered and aggressively teach that within these Biblical Memorial days
such as Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles is expressed every spiritual
lesson that is needed to bring the Church to the knowledge of the full counsel
of God." ...."12
The resources this
writer was told were good are all
filled with the things which have been written about in the Seek God Hebrew Roots articles. From
the Jerusalem School to Bivin and so on. The articles are not wrong or
particularly outdated. Certain groups or individuals
were merely not specifically included. Nor were all of these organizations
which were initially researched included, as the goal of the 1999 series was to
discover what Hebrew Roots was about and to show the pervasiveness
of the teachings. The articles also showed an overview of the diversity of the
movement, which Messianics or Hebrew Roots proponents
themselves point out.
For more on the
ecumenical aspects please see:
Paths of The One World Religion
Lausanne & LCJE ; EJECCT:
Ecumenical Jews, Evangelicals, Charismatics & Catholics Together
and FULLER; Lausanne
Consultation on Jewish Evangelism;
Dark Angels; Unite,
Whether Biblically Obedient or Not; EJECCT: Part 2
Prophets & The International Fellowship of Christians & Jews;
Evangelicals & Catholics Together
MJAA & The Hebrew Roots
The Jews for Jesus article about the Hebraic
Roots movement lists
what they see as the major problems of the movement.
Key problems in the movement, beyond the
most obvious one of advocating mandatory law-keeping, include:
- The movement's network includes both
those who appear sound in Christology, soteriology, and their view of
Scripture; and those whose doctrine has been called into question in one
or more of these areas.
- The movement similarly shows little
awareness that plenty of material has already been written on the
Jewishness of the New Testament. Most any good commentary will give that
kind of background information. But the movement acts as if they alone
have unlocked the key to the Jewish understanding, and thus a small number
of teachers and writers create the material for the movement. Rather than
be content with explicating the Jewish backgrounds as a way to understand
the Biblical text, many wish to make first-century observances mandatory
for the body of believers. The irony is that Christians simply cannot keep
the law as it was kept in the first-century, nor can they observe the
festivals either as they were done in 30 AD nor as they were done in 1000
BC. As a result, much of the stipulated lifestyle must be conformed to
later Jewish/rabbinic tradition. The result is something quite removed
from "original first-century" Jewish practices.
- The movement rejects anything that is
allegedly "Greco-Roman," forgetting that the first-century
church also grew up in such a context…with no call by the apostles for
the Greco-Roman believers to "recover" their Jewish roots.
- The movement shows little understanding
that the gospel can function among various cultures. ... They confuse
gospel content with culture.
- The movement shows little interest in
evangelism of Jewish people. ...." 13
The concerns stated by Jews for Jesus are no
different than what has been written about by this writer. Those same concerns
are also found within the
MJAA writings themselves, although they and Jews for Jesus have missed the influx of the talmud and
many lives. Many view the talmud as acceptable writings. They also have
failed to note that many Messianics are moving away from the
reality of Jesus Christ to a rejection of Him completely, and also a rejection
of the New Testament. Others are becoming
immersed in the kabbalah and other un-Biblical teachings. There is truly nothing
Acts 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Many are teaching that one must also utilize "PaRDes
as a tool for Torah study," with the qualifier, "that this would be within
normative rabbinic Judaism (and should be in ours), not necessarily just
Kaballah, that is why the rule for being 40 years of age and extensively
schooled in Torah was the original prerequisite for understanding Sod." and in
order to understand the meaning of the Scriptures.
It needs to be
understood that Pardes is an acronym for the understanding
of Scriptures via kabbalistic means. It's noteworthy that
an article published in the final print edition of the
Jerusalem Perspective, written by David Bivin of the
Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research (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
Quoted from an article titled:
“Medieval Jargon on First-century Lips”
Author: David Bivin
July-September 1999 #56
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:
"...Our 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.
"It 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
Jesus Christ is
identified by the JSSR as being "like other Jewish sages
of that time". Please see Jacob
Prasch & The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research
for more on the JSSR
What is missing at times is in-depth knowledge
of what people or organizations are about. Again quoting from the Messianic
forum comments directed at myself in August 2003:
Your Arms To Israel (YATI) leader, Marshall Moshe
Koniuchowsky, also promotes James Trimm and
works with Michael Rood, Eddie Chumney, Jeff Weis, etc... and FFOZ aka First Fruits of Zion,
was also promoted by Michael Rood from
his web site. Brian Samtur relates the 2002 Hodu Highlights and speakers,
showing these people together again.
Quote ---SIDENOTE on YATI and FFOZ
Moshe the K[oniuchowsky] (YATI) and FFOZ have their own dynamics as well (the YATI folks
even once put up the really "anti-Talmud" literature on their email
forum, taking it verbatim from the identity anti-semites.. We do note that
YATI is, however, giving Avi a teaching forum these days... YATI has never
been a paragon of doctrinal consistency, the recent embrace of the *Greek* LXX
being another case in point).
But lets look at
who connects to FFOZ. ...MessiahNet/Perfect Word Ministries, which is connected
with MJAA. From my 1999 article---
“HODU HALLELU 2002 HIGHLIGHTS with Michael
Rood, Rav Weiss, Rav Moshe Koniuchowsky, We Are Yisrael Worship, John
Stembridge, Charles Zechman, and more..."
Who is Kevin Goeffrey?
"MessiahNet is an online community of
Jewish and non-Jewish believers in the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Our new
outreach program WWYD?(tm) [What would Yeshua do?] is also off the ground! .
. . We are excited to see our community take hold of the vision of sharing
the name of Yeshua..."17
Supporters of these sites include
Joyner of "Morningstar" Ministries, who recently, alongside
Rabbi Robert Cohen, laid out a prophetic vision for the Messianic Jewish
Movement. SEE: Joint
Prophecies of Rick Joyner & Rabbi Cohen...
17.Monday, August 02, 1999 1:19 AM; Subject: MessiahNet eNewsletter - August
1999; Kevin Geoffrey...
Word Ministries was founded in 1996 by Kevin Geoffrey who works side-by-side
with his co-webarchitect and graphic designer wife, Esther. Based in
Jacksonville, Florida, Kevin and Esther are under the mentorship and ministry
of Messianic Rabbi Robert Cohen of Beth Jacob
Messianic Congregation in Jacksonville, Florida. "
"Perfect Word is also under the
spiritual covering of its Advisors:
- Messianic Rabbi Robert Cohen
- Beth Jacob Messianic Congregation,
- Pastor David M. Elian
- Family Life Christian Fellowship,
- Worship Evangelist Michael Hohman
- Kingdom Keys Ministries, Jacksonville,
- (affiliated with Paul Wilbur
- Boaz Michael
- Director, First Fruits of Zion,
Jerusalem, Israel [FFOZ]
January 3, 1998, Perfect Word Ministries launched Stage Two of the ministry
in the form of MessiahNet -- the
premier network for the Body of Messiah and home of the popular MessiahNet
Daily Devotional. The Geoffreys have been in full-time ministry since
Boaz Michael, director of
FFOZ, is none other than Christopher Detwiler, son of Michael Detwiler,
one of James Trimm's former vice presidents of SANJ, who had been on his Beit
Din. FFOZ was
planning to launch "Ascend Magazine", "written with mainstream
Christianity as the target audience." 14
The Detwilers were not born Jewish, but had a "conversion" in Colorado by a
"questionable " rabbi. Kathryn
Kern, having researched James Trimm and his associates, wrote this:
...I received an email
that Michael Detwiler, James' Av and
vice-president of SANJ, was also not Jewish but had bought a false
conversion from a rabbi named Lerer, in Denver. I called several of
the synagogues in Denver to try and locate the rabbi. It turned out that Rabbi Nathan Lerer was not even a legitimate rabbi. I spoke with
Nathan Lerer. Yes he did the conversions of Michael Detwiler, his
family, including Christopher Detwiler, who also goes by the name of
Boaz Detwiler and Boaz Michael, of FFOZ, and of Ralph Messer. I also
spoke with Ralph Messer. The first time I asked about Nathan Lerer, in
reference to Michael Detwiler, he said that he did not know him. Then
after I spoke with Nathan Lerer, Messer admitted that he knew him and
that they had undergone a conversion of sorts, but that he did not consider it legit, but more like an anointing. It was done in a
swimming pool. No test was given. Michael Detwiler first stated that
they had not undergone a conversion, then when he knew that I had
spoken with Lerer, admitted, but said that it was legit and they had a
long test to take. When I asked about the denying Messiah aspect of a
formal conversion, he said that Lerer did not ask and they did not
deny. Lerer said that he did know and they were making formal
Lerer made numerous
conversions to Goy who now claim to be Jewish and act as if they always
were, lording it over others and setting up their own organizations, marketing their "Jewishness", publishing
their version of Torah. Detwiler paid several thousand dollars for
his. Messer now calls himself Rabbi and has even issued a get, from
what I last heard. I don't know how many more have been issued. How do you
think this looks to the Jewish community? Does this make them want to accept
this Messiah that these liars, deceivers and thieves speak
of with their agendas and marketing of the Jewish heritage?
I know that some from Jews for Judaism
participate at this forum. I
have spoken with Moshe Shulman several times when he heard that I had
proof that Trimm was not Jewish. Where I may not agree with his
position concerning Messiah, he did not lie to me or present himself
as anything other than what he was, nor was he attacking. I had also
spoken with Mark Powers of Jews for Judaism. Mark never lied to me,
nor was he attacking. In fact we had some great conversations. I
enjoyed his questions and comments concerning if there was a Messiah.
And if you read this Mark, I am still researching some of the subjects
we spoke about. These two men conducted themselves uprightly in their
dealings with me. Yet James Trimm and Michael Detwiler did lie to me,
and did attack me. Michael later wrote a letter and called to ask my
forgiveness. Ralph Messer also lied to me.
Tell me how that looks for the Messianic
community when these three
men, who are not Jewish, but claiming to be and have major
organizations behave so poorly. It is not Jews for Judaism you need to
worry about. And just because they are from Jews for Judaism, would
not negate the fact that they were the first to investigate Nathan
Lerer for false conversions. Their information in the matter is
correct. They were simply trying to protect their community and
rightly so. I wish the Messianic community protected themselves as
zealously. I verified all their accounts. That was all that Vicky was
referring to, not all Messianics.
Just as you may not agree with Vicky
theologically, does not negate
the validity of her research concerning Trimm and Hargis. Vicky did not come to this forum with her views about Hebraic Roots and such.
Her website was posted by members here, just for the Trimm/Hargis
research. You could probably read through a number of real Messianic
leaders websites and find things that you don't agree with.
Unfortunately there is no standard in the Messianic community and as
such there are a wide range of views out there. This is a problem with
no easy solution. All I can say is that despite not being Jewish and
not being a Christian anymore, I have felt a need to protect the
Messianic, the Jewish and Christian community from James Trimm and
all, who seek to deceive and steal. ..." end quote.
We are reminded.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
It's noteworthy that Ralph
Messer, who underwent the Jewish 'conversion', is one of the distributors for
the ISR Scriptures which many of those in 'hebrew roots' cling to. 15. It is
mentioned in the articles: Tom
Mitchell, Michael Rood &
James Trimm & The WAY, and so on. Messer's writings are part of the
Two House organization MIM of the Wooten's, is often found speaking
with Eddie Chumney, Monte Judah, Avi ben Mordechai and so on. He is the
director of Simchat Torah Beit Midrash, and runs the website torah.tv.
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Section: MJAA Executives & The Hebrew Roots Fringe
Section: MJAA Inroads
of The Hebrew Roots Fringe
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