Hebrew Roots Ministries
Raiders of the Lost
Book Equals Raiders of Nothing
Michael Rood of A Rood
Awakening and Nehemia Gordon
US Speaking Tour
man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of
sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the
seat of the scornful.
In January 2005 Michael
John Rood, of A Rood Awakening, will be traveling with Nehemiah
Gordon, or Nehemia Gordon, who rejects the New Testament and Jesus Christ and
who, along with Michael Rood, hopes to teach those of
"lesser scholarship", what
the "Hebrew Matthew" and the New Testament "really" means,
while correcting the errors in the 'corrupted' Greek texts.
With the tour is the
promotion of Michael Rood's latest book,
"The Pagan Christian Connection Exposed," and Nehemia
Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus:
New Light on the Seat of Moses from Shem-Tov's Hebrew
Matthew" by Nehemia Gordon, Preface by
Avi Ben Mordechai, Introduction by Michael Rood.
For Michael John Rood's Summer 2005 tour, and analysis of his
teachings from examples of his various media, Please see the
The Creator's Calendar
and the Restoration of All Things And Raiders of the Lost
Book: New Discoveries in the Hebrew Text of Matthew
Michael Rood & Nehemia Gordon 2005 USA Summer Tour
Michael Rood in fact,
declares in the Introduction to
Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus",
that, "...This is the revelation for which I have been
waiting an entire lifetime!"
According to their promotions for the tour, dubbed "Raiders
of the Lost Book", even as late as December 30, 2004, "Michael
and Nehemia will be driving from city to city." And from
Michael Rood in November 2004, "In January, I will be doing
a 22 city speaking tour in the U.S. with Nehemia Gordon on
the subject of the ancient Hebrew Matthew. What I had hoped
to do last year with Nehemia will now take place, as his
book on "The Hebrew Yeshua vs. The Greek Jesus" will now be
ready for the tour. The tour schedule is enclosed with this
letter. After the "Hebrew Matthew" tour, I will present the
Sinai Connection in both Albuquerque and Phoenix on my way
to the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) convention in
It is noteworthy that the first stop of this tour, January
4, was hosted by
Detwiler), who was formerly on
Trimm's Beit Din. He now is also
the Marketing Director for Michael Rood according to a Rood
Newsletter recently sent out.
"...Staffing our booth at NRB 2005 will be Michael and
Judith Rood, Jamie Louis, Mik'hael Detwiler (Marketing
Director), Roberto Umana (Spanish Producer), Lee Ware
(Graphic Designer), Frank Balch (Rood Crew NRB volunteer)
Michael Rood and Nehemia Gordon making appearances at the National
Religious Broadcasters Convention [NRB] in February 2005,
which is the Christian hub for disseminating the gospel of
Jesus Christ via electronic and printed media, Please see
Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The National Religious Broadcasters.
in rather a strange promotion, Sky Angel promotes Rood as a
"Christian teacher" which is something since Michael Rood
refers to himself as a
Levite, amongst other things and all
things Christian as pagan. It is interesting to this writer,
that a man who appears to have an aversion to the name of
Jesus, who promotes the Shem Tov Matthew over the inspired
Greek New Testament scriptures, which he teaches are full of
error, who says he was a former member of "the baptist cult"
and goes as far to teach that Christians are full of error,
is being promoted on a Christian satellite system as a
Michael Rood had
befriended Reggie White, and it was reported in the
mainstream media that prior to his death, Reggie,
who had decided to
no longer call himself a Christian,
had also been studying Hebrew and Torah with the Karaite,
Monte Judah, of
Two House theology, and
with his Torah teachings, claims to also have helped Reggie
White change the direction and focus of his beliefs, from
Christianity to the first five books of the Bible.
From the Sky Angel
"...This special tribute features a one-of-a-kind
interview with Reggie by Christian teacher Michael Rood
while Reggie was in Israel. Reggie reveals in his own
words what transformed him spiritually during the last
years of his life..." [Sunday January 30, 2005 >8
– 8:30 p.m. SKY ANGEL SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Reggie
White: Great in the Kingdom of Heaven ...(ANGL2/9702)]
"...Sky Angel's mission to provide a Christ-centered and
family-friendly television service to the nation. To
view this special endorsement, click here."
****Please note, since posting this information January
14, Sky Angel has now changed their promotion to
read "....This special tribute features a one-of-a-kind
interview with Reggie by messianic teacher Michael Rood
while Reggie was in Israel in October 2003..."
quote from their January Highlights can be viewed at the
bottom of this page, still available February 5, 2005.
The originals have been saved and archived by this
writer for future reference:
opposed to Sky Angel's February Highlights, with
(February 4) 9 – 9:30 p.m. SKY
ANGEL SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Reggie White: Great in
the Kingdom of Heaven (Rebroadcast)...(ANGL2/9702):
This is most odd
in that Michael Rood promotes himself as a " Jewish
theologian" as noted on his websites advertisements for his
new book, The Pagan Christian Connection Exposed "
That even when he is not Jewish and was raised Baptist and
even claimed to be a Baptist Minister:
Rood invites you to "leave your western gentile mind
behind", as he explores the scriptures from a Hebrew
perspective in: The Pagan-Christian
Connection Exposed. What can a Jewish
theologian teach a Christian about Christianity?
Michael Rood's publisher, Bridge-Logos, known to
publish Christian authors of all denominations, is also
promoting Michael Rood as a "Jewish
Christian scholar and theologian" in their promotion of
"The Pagan Christian Connection Exposed."
Bridge-Logos also began publishing Michael Rood's first
book, The Mystery of Iniquity, in 2001.
In the article
Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi, facts about the
Karaite Jews and their full rejection of Jesus Christ and the New Testament were
discussed and are all the more interesting when we know that Michael Rood
declared in "The
Pagan Christian Connection Exposed", published in 2004 by
Bridge-Logos, that he and his wife Judith took Karaite vows for their 2002
"Aviv Calendar and
"The Karaites have even incorporated the observance of the
Aviv Calendar into the marriage ceremony. To this very
day, every marrying couple takes a solemn oath to observe
the true biblical calendar. The oath is inscribed in every
Karaite ketubah, or marriage contract. In it, the couple
swears, “by the covenant of Mt. Sinai... to observe the
holy appointed times of YHWH according to the sighting of
the New Moon and the finding of the Aviv in the Holy Land
of Israel.” This same formula can be found in Karaite
ketubot, dating back over 1000 years. By making this
vow, the marrying couple expresses their loyalty to the
Torah and enters as full adult members into Karaite
society. The marriage ceremony of my wife Judith and me
was performed in the ancient portico of Jaffa Gate in the
Old City of Jerusalem. At that time, we entered into the
traditional Karaite covenant to observe the feasts of
Yahweh according to the ancient biblical reckoning of
time. Centuries ago, a form of this same vow was
incorporated into the standard Karaite liturgy. Even now,
on every High Holiday, the Karaite cantor recites the vow,
and the entire congregation responds with a resounding
Some might well ask after reading this Newsflash, why any
Christian or even Messianic organizations are promoting
Michael Rood and any associated with him.
If anyone attends Mr. Rood's seminar, it may be advisable to
"What are your credentials in archaeology
and languages?", "what are your qualifications and
credentials to bill yourself as a "biblical historian?" and
"where exactly did you 'study' for over thirty years?"
"What Yeshiva did you
study at to become a Rabbi?"
"Do you believe that
Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh and the
fulfillment of the Messiah?"
"How long were you
involved in Way International theology, as a follower and
as major leadership, and how much of it carried over into
your current teachings?"
"Do you really believe
the Name of Jesus is equivalent to 'the pig' or is
reference to pagan Greek gods such as Zeus?"
"Is the Name and Person
of Jesus equated to the abomination of desolation as found
with the teachings such as your friend and associate
Ed Nydle who declares
the abomination is: "Satan/Hillel/Ashtorah/Zeus/Baal-zebul/Tammuz/SHIQQUS
(BAAL) SHAMEN-LORD of HEAVEN or OIL= IESOUS (Jesus)! Satan/Hillel has pulled
off the greatest deception of all time. He has set himself up as the LORD of
For more on the Name issue
as discussed by a reader, please see:
Yehoshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus The Sacred
Name or True Name or
Taking the Name, The Mark & the Number
Michael Rood's promotion
introduces the tour by focusing the reader on the find of the Dead Sea Scrolls,
which incidentally were found in 1947. That information has nothing
whatsoever to do with the Shem Tov Matthew or any Hebrew
Matthews, which originated in Europe between 1300-1500. It
is no less than an attempt by Michael Rood and Nehemia
Gordon to parallel the
Hebrew Matthews with the Dead Sea Scrolls and present Shem
Tov as being newly "unearthed", when in fact, it has been
known of for years and was found on a bookshelf in someone's
supposed "original" Hebrew Matthews are from the 1400-1500 range CE. Precisely, Shem Tov
or Shem Tob is dated 1380, while DuTillet and Muenster are about
1550. Together they make up the "Middle Ages
Matthews" but, they are very different, and as one
stated, that is one of the ironies.
Michael Rood and Nehemiah
Gordon are attempting to present the Shem Tov version of
Matthew as an accurate, and original representation of the
Gospel of Matthew.
Shem Tob's Matthew as some
will tell you, is nothing more than an altered medieval
text, which is a corrupt copy of the Latin text, which was
originally copied from the Greek. Most legitimate textual
critics have all but ignored this middle age manuscript.
Just imagine the telephone game being played by those who do
not believe in Christ while supposedly "translating" the
Shem Tov, with the result being a third generation altered
The truth is that
uninformed believers are being led by unbelievers to accept
an altered anti-Christian version of Matthew that was
included in the writing titled "Even Bohan" or "The
Touchstone." This document was authored by Shem Tov, an
unbelieving anti-Christian Jewish writer who some have
referred to as a theologian, who resided in Spain
fourteenth century. His
copy of Hebrew Matthew has anti-Christian polemical
commentary by him throughout the text.
The Shem Tov Matthew
"translation" never identifies Jesus as the Messiah, gives
John the Baptist an exalted role, Jesus' role in forgiving
sins is omitted, and Jesus' ability to save all His people
from their sins is also eliminated. It is also written in
this "translation" that preaching the Gospel to the gentiles
is of the anti-christ.
Just a brief comparison of
phrases from the Shem Tov to the KJB, reveals these
anti-Christian alterations to Scriptural Truth. The Shem Tov
Hebrew Matthew quotes are from George Howard's 'Hebrew
Gospel of Matthew', published by Mercer University Press
These passages fail to
identify Jesus as Messiah.
Mat 1:1 "...the
generation of Jesus Christ..."
Shem Tov "...the generations of Jesus..." ***Please
note that Jesus is translated from the name Yeshu in the
Hebrew text of this translation.
Mat 1:18 "...now the
birth of Jesus Christ..."
Shem Tov "...birth of Jesus..." ***This is also
translated from the word Yeshu from the Hebrew text.
In this passage His
ability to forgive all sin is eliminated.
Mat 1:21 "...thou shalt
call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from
Shem Tov "...you will call his name Jesus because he will
save my people from their sins."
" And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the
palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said
unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy
sins be forgiven thee."
Shem Tov "9:2, "They brought to him one who was sick
with contractions, that is, paralitico, lying upon his
bed. Jesus saw their faith and said to the sick man: Have
courage my son. It is by the faith of God that your sins
have been forgiven." ***Jesus =
In this passage Jesus is
made equal to the scribes or sages.
Mat 7:29 "For he
taught them as one having authority, and not as the
Tov "because he was
preaching to them with great power, not as the rest of the
In this passage the coming
of a future Kingdom is eliminated
Mat 6:10 "Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
Shem Tov "may your kingdom be blessed; may your will be
done in heaven and on earth"
In this passage the
preaching of the gospel is eliminated.
"The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the
lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are
raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them."
Shem Tov "the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are revived and the poor
In this passage the temple
is exalted above Christ
Mat 12:6 "But I say unto
you, That in this place is one greater than the temple."
Shem Tov "Truly I say to you that the temple is greater
passage their behavior not their doctrine is questioned.
Mat 16:12 "Then
understood they how that he bade them not beware of the
leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and
of the Sadducees."
Shem Tov "beware of the behavior of the Pharisees and the
Saducees..." *** This does not have the verse broken
up by number. There is a group of verses listed as 9-12 ,
and no verse 6, 7, or 8a.
Mat 16:9-12 9 Do
ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of
the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10
Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how
many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not
understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread,
that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and
of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade
them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the
doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Shem Tov 16:9-12,
"Do you remember the five loaves and four thousand men how
many seahs were left over? Therefore you should understand
that I am not speaking of natural loaves but I am saying
to you that you should (beware) of the behavior of the
Pharisees and Sadducees."
passage Elijah becomes the savior.
Mat 17:11 "And
Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first
come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That
Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have
done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also
the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples
understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist."
Shem Tov "11. He answered them and said:
Indeed Elijah will come and will save all the world. 12 "I
say to you, he has already come, they did not know him,
and they did to him according to their desire. (So) they
will do to the Son of Man. 13 "Then the disciples
understood that regarding John the Baptizer he was saying
Mat 18:11 "For the Son
of man is come to save that which was lost."
Shem Tov 18:11, "and the Son of Man has stopped
saving the enemy."
passages the Deity of Christ is eliminated.
Mat 19:28 "And Jesus
said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have
followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall
sit in the throne of his glory,..."
Shem Tov "Jesus said: Truly I say to you who follow
me, in the day of judgement when man sits upon the throne
of his glory you also will sit upon the twelve thrones of
the twelve tribes of Israel." ***Jesus=Yeshu
they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have
mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David."
Shem Tov "...It was said to them: The prophet Jesus
from Nazareth is coming.
cried out saying: Son of David, have mercy on us." ***Jesus=Yeshu
".. Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and
held him by the feet, and worshipped him."
Shem Tov "As
they were going Jesus passed before them saying: May the
Name deliver you. They came near to him, bowed down to
him, and worshipped him" ***Please
Note Jesus = Yeshu ; the Name =haShem
In this passage preaching
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ becomes, "the Anti-Christ"
and "abomination of desolation."
Mat 24:14-16 "And this
gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end
come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of
desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the
holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand Then let
them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: "
Shem Tov "And this gospel, that is, evungili, will be
preached In all the earth for a witness concerning me to
all the nations and then the end will come. This is the
Anti-Christ and this is the abomination which desolates
which was spoken of by Daniel
standing in the holy place.
Let the one who reads understand. Then those who are in
Juda, let them flee to the mountains."
It should noted as stated
in the rabbinic writings that the word Yeshu, found
translated in the Shem Tov, has the same connotations as is
found in the Toledot Yeshu, as shown in the article
Hebrew Roots: Part III The Talmud
& Jesus Christ:
From a Jewish article about
Jesus we learn that the Talmud slanders our Savior, Jesus
"... the Jewish
Encyclopœdia admits that Jewish legends concerning Jesus
are found in the Talmud and Midrash and in " the life
of Jesus ( Toledot Yeshu) that originated in the Middle
Ages. It is the tendency of all these sources to belittle
the person of Jesus by ascribing to Him illegitimate
birth, magic, and a shameful death. " 1.
In the Talmud, the name
"Jeschu [Ieschu]" can apparently be
"…as if it were
composed of the initial letters of the three words Immach
SCHemo Vezikro-- (meaning)- -'May his name be blotted
more than a little ironic that a Karaite Jew who claims
to reject the rabbinic writings, would then promote a
text written by a rabbinic Jew, who referenced the
Talmud and utilized other writings such as the Toledot
Yeshu, as noted by Dr. William L. Petersen, The
Genesis of Shem Tob Matthew:
is no mystery about the genesis of Shem-Tob's Hebrew
Matthew. It is obvious that it incorporates material from
a variety of sources (e.g., from the Toledoth Jeshu, the
Vetus Latina, etc.). But because of the high number of
agreements with the Liège Harmony, many of them unique,
the tradition behind the Liège Harmony--which we know to
be a Latin gospel harmony--must also be the principal
element responsible for the textual complexion of Shem-Tob's
Hebrew Matthew:" http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/vol03/Petersen1998a.html#par133
It should also be noted
that the Shem Tov Matthew was also used in what some
Messianics have alleged to be a plagarized "translation"
by James Trimm, and by the Jehovah's Witnesses
Watchtower Society as a text that was utilized in their
'translation' known as The New World Translation, which
also clearly denies the Deity of Christ. Michael Rood's
of Your Arms to
Israel, also used the Shem Tov Matthew in his less than
linguistically accurate "Renewed Covenant", also known
Renewed Covenant, we have used the greatly appreciated and
widely accepted Textus Receptus, or Received Text in the
Greek. After prayerful consideration and scholarship, we
have heartily used other key sources such as the Aramaic
Peshitta, Matthew Shem Tov, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the
Septuagint, along with consulting many other legitimate
sources. Most often those sources were Semitic, since we
believe the Renewed Covenant was inspired in the Semitic
languages of Aramaic and Hebrew."
Vendyl Jones, favorite of
the Jewish anti missionaries, highly regards the Shem Tov.
1 John 1:1 That which was
from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen
with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have
handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and
bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was
with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our
fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus
...6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in
darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
For more on the Shem Tov Matthew issue, please
read the sections
The James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor ;
Michael Rood & James Trimm & The WAY They are listed in the Michael Rood article links as well as
in the Ministries Leadership section. Those also discuss the
sources for these 'great' 'new' sources which are not new or
just revealed at all, nor sound. The question is, should we
be led or taught by anyone who has been tossed to and fro by
every wind of doctrine such as Mr. Rood has, who is a self
confessed former member of the "baptist cult",
"Reverend", "former Baptist Minister" a "Rabbi", "Rabbi Michael Rood" or "Messianic rabbi (teacher)
Michael Rood", "Messianic Karaite Rabbi", "Messianic
Jewish Rabbi," and
member of the Way International, etc.
Since the release of this article, discussions have sprung
up on a number of Messianic and Christian forums. It
should be noted that while focusing on the Messianics in
this update, the fact of the matter is that Michael Rood
and Nehemiah Gordon are targeting the much larger based
Christian organizations and individuals. Steven Avery of
Messianic Apologetic, who is a Jewish Believer who has
researched Biblical history and texts, is well versed on
the topic of the Shem Tov Matthew and wrote this which was
posted on his forum:
Date: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:01 pm
Subject: "Dead Sea Scrolls of the New
Testament" - caveat emptor
Before we continue on the back and forth, I
want to show the forum how Rood and Gordon are peddling
their DSS-NT scam. Remember we understood that for
awhile they were fighting about trademark issues vis a vis
the DSS-NT phrase. Apparently in the interest of
fleecing the public, they came to some sort of agreement.
Here is their advertising, Keep in mind
that I normally avoid using the word "lie", but in
looking at this advertising and promotion, it is the only
proper reaction. Please be prepared :-)
Feel free to use this advertising review to
warn the believing public, or organizations that might
sponsor Rood/Gordon, about the deceptions that are being
used to fleece the flock. Simply do me the courtesy of
letting me know if you use this post to warn others,
and preferably link to this original post in our archives.
And Vicky Dillen's article at
gives an excellent gallop, but not all, of the background
information on Shem Tov.
(Please note that that is not an unqualified endorsement
of all that Vicky shares there, some of the article
reflects her own spiritual perspectives).
Steven Avery - schmuel @escape.com
Dead Sea Scrolls of the New Testament
The title alone already shows
their "big lie" technique..
Nineteen hundred years ago, "Church Fathers" such as
Origen and Jerome testified that "Matthew wrote his gospel
in the Hebrew language" and that it was later translated
into other languages.
Searching for a lost
sheep in the foothills of the Judean mountains, a shepherd
boy stumbled upon a cave filled with ancient Hebrew
manuscripts sealed in clay jars. These manuscripts
became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. This
discovery fanned a hope among New Testament scholars that
someday ancient Hebrew texts of the Gospels might also be
Notice how Rood and
Gordon are trying to equate Shem Tov as like a 2000 year
A few years ago Biblical
historian and author, Michael Rood, was in Jerusalem
working on a longstanding textual problem in the book of
Matthew. He formalized his problem and approached a
friend, Nehemia Gordon, a textual scholar at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem. At the time, Nehemia was
working as a translator on the Dead Sea Scrolls
Publication Project. Nehemia, who is fluent in
ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and Greek, agreed to
participate in the investigation.
They add Greek here, has
anybody ever heard Nehemiah speak a sentence in Greek ?
Does he claim that in the book? or is this
"embellishment" -- perhaps our friend with the book can
check. Nehemiah told me he knows nothing about NT
scholarship, and in his Yehiva-bucher
background he would not learn Greek.
What developed from his
research is about to shake the Christian world.
They found nothing
significant that had not been written about many years
manuscripts which were secreted away for centuries have
recently been unearthed
Another big lie.
Shem Tov and Munster and DuTillet have been known about,
and discussed, for ages, in NT scholarship circles.
"Hebrew in the Church" by Pinchas Lapide gives references
to lots of various scholarship on all of them.
. One of the
greatest of these treasures is the ancient Hebrew text of
the book of Matthew.
The same lie
These texts solved
problems that had grieved scholars for centuries.
More deception -- this looks like a quote, note the quote
marks, but it is not. It is a self-serving mangling
placed as exact words in the mouth of Jerome and
Origen (actually Eusebius quoting Origen) - tawdry
We have a lot on Hebrew Matthew issues in our
archives -- there are references to this Hebrew
Matthew of stories that are not in our Gospel of
Matthew..the excellent CCEL footnote, and two Jerome
quotes are in (1)
The early Hebrew copies apparently vanished in
the fires of Roman religious persecution. But, unknown to
the Christian world, the Hebrew text of Matthew's Gospel
was preserved by Jewish scholars who kept it safely hidden
in covert archives.
Another big lie.
Completely fabricated. Gordon and Rood need to make
a public retraction
and repudiation of this if they ever want to have
any hope of being taken seriously .
Numbers of Hebrew manuscripts of Matthew's account have
survived centuries of exile and are now being brought to
More lies. In
addition to the well-known Shem Tov, there is also the
unrelated and also well-known Munster (a skilled Christian
Hebraist linguist who made what was essentially an
evangelical version of Matthew for the Jews - see Pinchas
Lapide, Hebrew in the Church) and DuTillet, which is a
spruced up Munster. All of these have been kicking around
scholarly dustbins and journals and studies for awhile, --
while awaiting scam promoters like Trimm, Rood and Gordon,
and a public with little background, balance and sense on
scriptural issues, and some disposable cash.
These ancient manuscripts of the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew
are the "Dead Sea Scrolls of the New Testament".
More big lies.
Nehemia feels that, in
many ways, these texts of Matthew are actually more
important than the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves.
This is truly sad and sick
to read. Nehemiah can have no more credibility in
any circles if he allows this to be published as his view.
Hopefully someone involved with such a sham promotion will
no longer be involved in real projects, like the DSS
projects with Emanuel Tov.
Join Michael Rood and Nehemia "the
Karaite" Gordon from Jerusalem for their thrilling
multimedia presentation: "The Dead Sea Scrolls of the New
If you go, please be sure
to hold on to your wallet, and try to help those who would
be deceived by all the lies in this promotion.
For those who are serious students of the Bible, this is
certain to be the adventure of a lifetime. Bring the
entire family, pastors and teachers, friends and enemies.
This will be a night to remember.
In the promotion for the
tour it is stated that Nehemia Gordon, head of the
World Karaite Movement, will present his research and
interpretations of the Hebrew Matthew and that is being billed as, "What developed from
his research is about to shake the Christian world."
It would be fair to say
that embracing the teachings of adulterated texts from
someone who fully rejects the New Testament and Jesus
Christ, would shake something. Nehemiah Gordon admits, "As a
Karaite Jew I do not believe in Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth"
as stated from his affiliate US Karaite website.
Some readers have actually
written to this writer about the Karaites, Nehemiah Gordon
and Michael Rood. One correspondence with this writer, was
with a person known as
YahChannah aka Juanita, who
heads the Karaite USA website, with the following excerpts
from that email dialogue available here.
Yahchannah My response showed
yet another person going after every wind of doctrine to the
eventual rejection of Jesus Christ and the New Testament,
which is becoming a more common occurrence.
In fact, as stated in the
Information in the World Karaite Movement website, and
Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi:
In their Kairite
Faqs, the following questions are asked and answered ---"Do Karaites accept the entire Hebrew Bible?
Do Karaites believe in the New Testament?
Do Karaites believe in Jesus?
...In their "Karaite Links"
is Mordecai Alfandari's, Light of Israel, which is very enlightening for those
who love Jesus Christ. Light of Israel is part of the Karaite web
site and organization. Alfandari, who had been a leader in the Karaite movement,
died in 1999 and Nehemia Gordon apparently took over as spokesman for the
of Israel by Mordecai Alfandari"
- "Learn about the alternative to Rabbanite Judaism and Pagan Christianity,
why Jews reject Jesus and the New Testament, how we can be atoned for sins
in a period without sacrifices, and much more."
In Light of Israel, among the many
anti-Christ, anti-New Testament, anti-Christian articles, is an article that explains the Karaite
belief about Jesus, which is interesting in light of the fact that Michael Rood
is promoted as a "messianic karaite rabbi," and works and walks side
by side with Nehemiah Gordon who holds these beliefs:
Michael Rood along with Mr. Gordon, in the past has stated
that, "Y'shua taught the Torah from a solidly "Karaite"
"Jews Should Not Believe in Jesus because:
"1. He was to have saved them from their enemies (Luke 1:69-71), which
2. He was to have saved them from their sins (Matthew 1:21), which he
3. He was to have returned as the reigning King Messiah in
generation (Matthew 16:27-28), which he DIDN'T!
4. He was to have come at that time, without tarrying (Hebrews
10:37), which he DIDN'T!
5. The true Messiah was to be "David's Son", and Jesus
6. The Servant described in Isaiah 53 (which Christians claim was Jesus)
was to have lived a long life and have many children (verse 10), and to have
had his share of wealth, (verse 12), which Jesus DIDN'T! (He died poor
and childless at the age of 33.) ....
Jews should definitely NOT believe in Jesus, nor should ANYONE for that
matter! The general picture obtained from an impartial reading of the
so-called New Testament (not to be confused with the New Covenant described in
Jeremiah 31:31-34) is one of a self-deluded, would-be prophet who failed to
actualize his claims.
WHY PIN YOUR SALVATION ON A FAIRY-TALE? COME TO YHVH, THE ONLY TRUE SAVIOUR
AND KING, TODAY, AND FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS!
Submitted by: Mordecai Alfandari"
If someone does not believe in the New Testament or Jesus
Christ, they can clearly not be an authority relating to
those topics. Those who reject Jesus
Christ as the prophesied Messiah neither accept nor understand the New Testament
Scriptures which validate that belief, nor the paralleling
prophecies from the Old Testament.
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world,
who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This
is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that
we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we
receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and
abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that
abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father
and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not
this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid
him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil
What do the
Scriptures say about Believers in Christ trying to learn Scriptural Truth from someone
who rejects Jesus Christ?
Notice what Jesus declares in
12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that
gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say
unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven
unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not
be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it
shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the
Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this
world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree
good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and
his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O
generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good
things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the
heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the
evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery
of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in
the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up into glory. 4:1 Now
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience
seared with a hot iron;
2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have
heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many
antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they
had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us:
but they went out, that they might be made manifest that
they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the
Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto
you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it,
and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the
Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the
Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the
Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father
Galatians 1:6 I
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not
another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach
any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let
him be accursed.
Michael will be displaying artifacts from the "real" Mount
Sinai in Midian, what is now Saudi Arabia. He will
also exhibit a 300-year-old Torah Scroll that was smuggled
out of Iraq after Saddam Hussein decreed that all of the
scrolls of Moses were to be destroyed. See the Word
of GOD as it was originally given: each letter
painstakingly handwritten by a single scribe on the
stitched-together hides of an entire flock of sheep.
From the sun parched Judean desert, you will handle
brimstone that was retrieved form the ashen remains of the
city of Gomorrah, the city destroyed by flaming brimstone
in the days of Abraham.
This last paragraph, although
written a little sensationally, is not a problem. We are
done with analyzing this advertisement.
1) This CCEL and the following two quotes from
Jerome will help put this question in proper
199 That Matthew wrote a gospel in Hebrew,
although denied by many, is at present the prevailing
opinion among scholars, and may be accepted as a fact both
on account of its intrinsic probability and of the
testimony of the Fathers, which begins with the statement
of Papias, quoted by Eusebius in chap. 39, below, is
confirmed by Irenaeus (III. 1. 1, quoted below, V. 8,
§2),-whether independently of Papias or not, we cannot
say,-by Pantaenus (but see below, Bk. V. chap. 10), by
Origen (see below, VI. 25), by Jerome (de vir. ill.
3),-who says that a copy of it still existed in the
library at Caesarea,-and by Epiphanius (Haer. XXIX.
9). The question as to the relation of this Hebrew
original to our present Greek Matthew is much more
difficult. That our Greek Matthew is a mere
translation of the original Hebrew was once a prevailing
theory, but is now completely abandoned. That Matthew
himself wrote both is a common conservative position, but
is denied by most critical scholars, many of whom deny him
the composition even of the Hebrew original. Upon the
theory that the original Hebrew Matthew was identical with
the "Gospel according to the Hebrews," see chap. 27, note
8. Upon the synoptic problem, see above, II. 15, note 4;
and see the works mentioned there for a discussion of this
original Matthew, and in addition the recent works by Gla,
Original-Sprache des Matt. Evang., 1887, and Resch,
Agrapha, Leipzig, 1889
Matthew, also called Levi, apostle and aforetimes
publican, composed a gospel of Christ at first published
in Judea in Hebrew for the sake of those of the
circumcision who believed, but this was afterwards
translated into Greek though by what author is uncertain.
The Hebrew itself has been preserved until the present day
in the library at Caesarea which Pamphilus so diligently
gathered. I have also had the opportunity of having the
volume described to me by the Nazarenes of Beroea, a city
of Syria, who use it. In this it is to be noted that
wherever the Evangelist, whether on his own account or in
the person of our Lord the Saviour quotes the testimony of
the Old Testament he does not follow the authority of the
translators of the Septuagint but the Hebrew. Wherefore
these two forms exist "Out of Egypt have I called my son,"
and "for he shall be called a Nazarene."
Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men,
Jerome was well aware of the standard Matthew,
most all scholars would equate this as a separate
non-extant Gospel, very possibly also called the "Gospel
to the Hebrews".
Here is some of the problem with the idea that this is our
Matthew, notice how what Jerome calls here the Gospel
according to Matthew is not our Matthew.
2. In the Gospel according to the Hebrews, which is
written in the Chaldee and Syrian language, but in Hebrew
characters, and is used by the Nazarenes to this day (I
mean the Gospel according to the Apostles, or, as is
generally maintained, the Gospel according to Matthew,
a copy of which is in the library at Caesarea), we find,
"Behold, the mother of our Lord and His brethren said to
Him, John Baptist baptizes for the remission of sins; let
us go and be baptized by him. But He said to them, what
sin have I committed that I should go and be baptized by
him? Unless, haply, the very words which I
have said are only ignorance." And in the same volume, "If
thy brother sin against thee in word, and make amends to
thee, receive him seven times in a day." Simon, His
disciple, said to Him, "Seven times in a day?" The Lord
answered and said to him, "I say unto thee until seventy
Date: Fri Jan 14, 2005 9:11 am
Subject: [Messianic_Apologetic] Shem Tov
Matthew - DSS-NT - the Rood/Gordon sham
Subject was: [Messianic_Apologetic] Re: Shem Tov
Matthew..trash or real garbage? you decide..
I appreciate the response. But I
have to ask, Have you read the book "Hebrew Yeshua or
the Greek Jesus"?
Well, I can speak for myself. In 2002 in Jerusalem I
was at the series of talks that Nehemiah gave in
Jerusalem, at the house of Michael Rood, and we talked a
little about Shem Tov back then.
And later I attended his talk on Shem Tov on Paltalk, the
first one, and afterwards talked to him privately quite
extensively, in one long session, about the problems and
deceptions and errors, both on the specific arguments that
were raised, and on the textual background of ShemTov in
particular, and the NT in general. And basically
Nehemiah pleaded ignorance on NT issues, since he has no
scholarly background in the NT whatsoever, and it has no
place on his spiritual radar
And I explained to Nehemiah an analogy if someone
tried to destroy his faith in the received Masoretic Text,
to replace or rewrite the Tanach, on such an absurd basis
as Shem Tov, they should not expect a warm reception in
the Jewish or Karaite circles.
We even discussed,. I believe in the same chat, the
clearly embarrassing topic of the phrase "Dead Sea Scrolls
New Testatment". Apparently at that time Nehemiah
was upset that Rood had prematurely used the term, on his
own accord. This whole usage of that term was what
really made clear the stench of their whole endeavor and
collaboration, later made worse by the string of lies they
placed around the term.
So, I would say that I am up to speed on what is involved
At the talk Nehemiah gave three or four examples from the
Shem Tov. Other than seat of Moses, the others were of no
substance, they were so nothing that I have forgot them by
now, if you want to put a couple of them in the forum here
to jog memory, I will be happy to discuss them.
Shem Tov is like any
other extra Scripture document
Did you see the post I just put in on how they are
promoting this scam ? It is not being pushed as an
"extra Scripture" document, like a commentary. One lie
after another is being peddled to give these shoddy
manuscript "Scripture" or even "best/above Scripture"
authority.. let's review the ...
string of lies for status and filthy lucre
"ancient Hebrew texts of the Gospels might also be
unearthed....shake the Christian world.....
secreted away for centuries have recently been unearthed
.... One of the greatest of these treasures is the
ancient Hebrew text of the book of Matthew....solved
problems that had grieved scholars for centuries......
Hebrew text of Matthew's Gospel was preserved by Jewish
scholars who kept it safely hidden in covert archives.....
Numbers of Hebrew manuscripts of Matthew's account have
survived centuries of exile and are now being brought to
light. ... These ancient manuscripts of the Hebrew Gospel
of Matthew are the "Dead Sea Scrolls of the New
Testament".......in many ways.. more important than the
Dead Sea Scrolls themselves."
btw, be aware that this whole thing is a partnership
fleecing endeavor, which makes it that much more grievous
a conspiracy. No one can say that Nehemiah is not
responsible for the above, as well as Rood... Nehemiah is
well aware of what is being promoted, and of the phoney
DSS-NT claim. In fact, Rood states as such clearly,
that the DSS claim is from Nehemiah. If Nehemiah
ever repents of this deception, it would be necessary for
him to make a clear public retraction and apology for the
deceptions above. It is very sad to see a man who
was a respected scholar sell out his integrity for a bowl
And the blatant dishonesty of this promotion, is, in its
own way, comparable to the dishonesty of the Trimm
plagiarism. And that is a very high bar of
you use it to shed
light on hard to understand areas. Nobody is saying
throw out your King Jimmie.
The proper name of the 1611 Bible is
either the King James Bible or the
Authorized Version. King James Version is often
Use it like any other version - compare verses and see if
As we pointed out, the Shem Tov is full of clearly
corrupt, and confused, and even anti-Messiah
readings. We should use no version or manuscripts of
that nature. If we do, we are asking for spiritual
The few passages
that Gordon uses do clear thing up regarding the seat of
Moses and what Yeshua was saying regarding the Pharisees
The basic seat of Moses discussion
had already been published in the Jerusalem Sentinel
Vol 10 #2 in 2001 by Ross K. Nichols "The Seat of Moses".
It was a nice little scholarly article done by Ross,
without any hype, without making grandiose claims,
that does mention the Shem Tov. Ross will be posting
here on the forum shortly.
My conjecture is that Rood simply saw the Sentinel article
or the Trimm footnote referencing the Ross article a while
back, and then he figured out a way to work with Nehemiah
to build this whole sham out of this known information.
Then they built up the whole phoney idea of the Shem Tov
being a DSS-NT to fleece $$$$$ from the Messianic
As you likely know, Rood's record in prophetic circles
had taken a big hit, people were wearying of his false
apocalyptic prophetic announcements, and a lot of folks
also don't go for his qodesh name shtick such as "healing
in the name of yahweh" (does he ever say the name of
Jesus?), part of his related anti-greek shtick. This
Shem Tov shtick could give Rood another angle to
pull his song and dance routine. However, it would
hard to pull this off by himself, hence Michael and
Nehemiah began their various Abbott and Costello, Barnum
and Bailey, and Alphonse and Gaston routines (after you,
on stage, sir.. no after you) --
Back to the seat of Moses, although I personally don't
accept such variants as Scripture, even if one did want to
study the variant, it is simply from the Old Latin line,
and it is even missing in most Shem Tov manuscripts.
The Old Latin line is understood in real scholarship to be
one source used by Shem Tov in creating his translation.
btw, it is an important line in good NT analysis, although
fairly widely divergent, and even includes Bibles like the
Bohemian Tepl and the Italic Diodati. The variant shows up
in the line. The general run of corrupt readings in the
Shem Tov are unique to his anti-mish version, with no
support anywhere. It is a unique abomination, in terms of
And there is no great mystery involved, no "covert
archives", no "Dead Sea Scrolls
New Testament" that are "ancient Hebrew texts of the
Gospels". Those are all a bunch of lies built around
this to deceive you, and fleece the flock, John.
Now, personally, I see no need and have no desire to
change the NT text to interpret it properly. The
issue here is integrity first, interpretation second.
Rood and Gordon have flunked Integrity 101.
I have had a copy
of Shem Tov here for a while and a few verses that most
folks would say are whacked are exactly right.
The weird readings
that Vicky documented ? And there are plenty more
But to rip a man
for promoting a book that will assist the Messianic
movement is harsh
Deceiving people to
make $$$$ by promoting essentially a late anti-mish
corrupt text as the true NT text - against our
Received NT, will never help the Messianic movement.
Such fleecing must be opposed.
Sorry, we'll have
to disagree. John
Perhaps you had not really seen clearly all the lies in
the promotion, when you wrote this, documented earlier
In summary, the whole idea of
a) pretending that the Shem Tov Matthew
is from an ancient line of Matthew preserved by the Jews,
as Rood and Gordon have done
b) equating this junque anti-mish
manuscript to the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Is simply a huge fraud and scam upon the Messianic
And when people perpetuate a fraud about the
Scriptures, Tanach and NT,
in the public arena, all watchmen have a
responsibility to speak out
clearly and forcefully. That is, if you truly
love the Scriptures.
In the large sense, this is part of the attack on
our historic NT Bible, and it goes hand in hand with the
"Jesus is a pagan name" views of many on one fringe
movement that are attracted to Rood for his "yahweh"
views. Nehemiah rejects Jesus as Messiah so that is
fine by him. Michael Rood frequently speaks against
anything "Greek", and I have never heard of his making an
exception to acknowledge either an inspired Greek NT text,
or even the name of Jesus. And as pointed out,
ShemTov even uses the acronym against Yeshua that was
common in rabbinics, but, hey, why should that bother an
unbeliever like Nehemiah.
One of the funny things about all this is that Rood could
not even receive the true teaching from Nehemiah about the
Tetragrammaton (Yehovah/Yehowah instead of yahweh) since
he has built so much of his "ministry" around the yahweh
mishegas. On the other hand, Nehemiah considers 'yahweh'
a paganism -- but for the chance to get a little exposure,
to get into that Messianic/Christian $$$ circuit, Nehemiah
will go touring and supporting Rood, infamous for his
"healing in the name of yahweh" shtick.
Oh, what a web..."
Update: Due to the 2007 controversial breakup of A Rood
Awakening Ministries, the organization was split into two
groups. One held by Jamie Louis in the original A Rood
Awakening! Ministries Oregon office, and one held by Michael
Rood and some new staff. Michael Rood launched a new corporation
in Michigan, where his new office is, called A Rood Awakening!
Ministries International. Two new websites were launched by the
Rood camp, one called reallyrood.com in competition with the
original aroodawakening.tv, unroododespertar.tv and
aroodawakening.com, all of which have since been shut down. The
new michaelroodministries.com was launched in direct competition
to the original michaelrood.com, which has been shutdown. Jamie
Louis also included in his Ya'akovlevi site the name of a new
business called Torah to the Nations, based in Oregon. On
December 14, 2007, Michael Rood's Michigan attorney's filed
lawsuit against Jamie Louis. For more on this See:
A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities
Other Articles About Michael Rood
A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities
>>Due to size also broken into 3 articles for those with
dialup > Page 1
A Real Michael Rood Awakening Concerning Alleged Torah Observant Activities
Change of Heart? or
the Real Michael Rood?
Old Habits, New Ways
The Creator's Calendar
and the Restoration of All Things And Raiders of the Lost
Book: New Discoveries in the Hebrew Text of Matthew
Michael Rood & Nehemia Gordon 2005 USA Summer Tour
The Ever Changing
Michael Rood >
Michael Rood Teachings
Michael Rood Teachings 2
Michael Rood Teachings 3
The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)
Convention With Focus On Michael Rood
Raiders of the Lost Book
Equals Raiders of Nothing of
Michael Rood of A Rood
Awakening and Nehemia Gordon,
US Speaking Tour
Michael Rood, Sky Angel , Ron Wyatt & The
National Religious Broadcasters
John Rood: WAY Days >
Part 1 of series;
Reverend Michael John Rood ;
John Rood: Continuing The WAY ;
Michael John Rood: Marine Chaplain,
Jewish Gentile Rabbi, & Reverend? ;
John Rood: Dad & Early Church Communications
John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi
Rood: WAY Colleague, Occult Calendar & False
Articles About Michael John Rood
Hall & Michael J. Rood & The MJAA
James Trimm & Michael Rood Factor
Rood & James Trimm & The WAY
Vicky Dillen's Inquisition
EdNydle Newsflash ;
January 11, 2005
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