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2 Corinthians 1:19 

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:


In 1999, when writing the "To Embrace Hebrew Roots" series, I mentioned the kabbalist, James Scott Trimm. Because my focus at that time was to do an overview and gain an understanding of the Hebrew Roots Movement as a whole, I wasn't particularly interested in doing in depth research on Mr. Trimm. However, it would seem appropriate to provide factual information on James Trimm as he presents himself as Dr. James Scott Trimm, asserting he has a valid Doctorate in Semitic Studies from St. John Chrysostom Theological Seminary. He also makes other academic claims which will be addressed.

One should think it would be a simple matter to know if someone holds a valid doctorate in anything. Further, it should be very easy to find out if one is qualified and legally licensed to dispense diplomas and degrees. As will be shown, there is much that people need to ask when dealing with various groups and individuals and nothing should be taken for granted. 

It needs to be made clear that having letters behind ones name does not make one a better scholar, than one who does not. Nor does it mean one has wisdom acceptable to God, or those thoughts are more important than another persons. While it behooves us to study to show ourselves approved, we are to value God's evaluation over mans. What matters is whether what we know, what we teach and believe is acceptable to God. 

Job 28:28  "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

2 Corinthians 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

James Scott Trimm, is President of the Society for the Advancement of Nazarene Judaism, (SANJ), and has forums and writings that connect with the Qumran Bet sacred name movement, Yair Davidy's Lost Tribes, and others who publicly reject Jesus Christ. E-mail discussion groups include: Nazarene Judaism; Messianic Judaism; Yahwism; Lost Tribes; Book of Enoch; Semitic Origin of the New Testament; Prophecy, Sabbatarian & b-Aramaic, kabbalah, Essenes, and more. 

According to the Statement of Faith, James claims to be a Torah Observant Nazarene Jew. But in other sources he is an Essene, and at times a Jewish Mormon Rabbi PH.D. What he portrays himself as, seems to depend upon the audience he is attempting to indoctrinate. He desires that people pay tithes to himself, according to the Law of Moses.

James Trimm declared in his posted "THE TITHE OF YHWH":

"....These passages point to a general Torah principle by which YHWH provides Torah teachers through the tithes of his people and by which YHWH's Torah teachers are supported by the tithes of those who benefit from their teaching.

If you are Jewish, reside in the Land of Israel and harvest produce from the Land then you are required by the Torah to pay the Mosaic tithe as described above to Levite Torah teachers. 

If you are not Jewish or do not raise produce in the Land of Israel then you should follow the Torah principle of supporting your Torah teachers through YHWH's tithe...." 

[Nazarene-Judaism Nazarene Judaism Forum; Message 6255; From:  James Trimm <jstrimm@n...>  Date:  Tue Mar 4, 2003  5:03 am ; Subject:  THE TITHE OF YHWH >]

For discussion on Tithing and Giving please see: Is Tithing Scriptural for New Covenant Believers? Under the Law or Led by the Spirit

Over many years James stated he was in the process of  translating his own version of the New Testament called the, "Semitic New Testament". It is supposedly based on the "original" Aramaic manuscripts of the New Testament. He then also "translated" from the "original" Hebrew manuscripts, defying all scholarly knowledge of the Greek Textus Receptus manuscripts. These issues will be also addressed. For now, the focus will be on his academic claims. 

We see emails as far back as 1996, where James was pushing his books and theology as Doctor James Scott Trimm. Please note. Throughout this series, I have not corrected any spelling mistakes when quoting from James Trimm's correspondences or website, or various articles. They are seen as originally posted.

From: (
Subject: Semitic Origin of the New Testament

Newsgroups: alt.messianic
Date: 1997/05/21

        You may be intersested in my book:

        By Dr. James Scott Trimm

        This book is documented with over 170 footnotes. The most comprehensive proof that the New Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic ever compiled!  ...        

The author James Trimm holds a doctorate in Semitic STudies and is a consultant to the Original Bible Project being edited by Dr. James Tabor....

James Scott Trimm"

From: (
Newsgroups: alt.messianic

Date: 1996/09/18

Greetings!  After a three year absence I am back!
For those of you who dont know me, I a a Messianic Jew, I hold
a Doctorate in Semitic Studies and I am convinced that the New 
Testament was first written in a Semitic language (Hebrew and/or
Aramaic) and that representatives of that text still exist.  
I have recently written a book on the topic titled 


...There is also a newsletter on this subject and that of the Jewish
roots of both the New Testament and "Christianity"  It is called
ORIGINS.  It features articles by such scholars as Dr. James Tabor
(of Univ. of North Carolina and chief editor of the Original Bible Project) Dr. George Howard (of Univ. of Georgia; author of Hebrew Gospel of Matthew) and Dr. James Scott Trimm (Author of The Semitic Origin of the New Testament and consultant to the Original Bible Project) and a number of other scholars. ...

Anyone interested in a good discusion on New Test. origins?

  James Scott Trimm

 [spelling as seen]

We see that many of his articles on the Nazarene website or posted to other websites, also refer to James as Dr. Trimm.

THE SEVEN RULES OF HILLEL , Dr. James Trimm SANJ...Last changed: June 26, 2002  PaRDeS: The Four Levels of Understanding the Scriptures, Dr. James Trimm SANJ...Last changed: June 26, 2002 > Contributors Notice ...

"....February 7 2003

Dr. Trimm is nearly finished translating the Hebrew Text of Hebrews....Thank You

 Dr Trimm  SANJ"

People corresponding with James also refer to him as, ""Dear Dr Trimm," 1997,  

James has also made claim to be being a Jewish Rabbi with a "PhD in Rabbinical Studies." For more on this issue, Please see : James Trimm as Rabbi Yosef

Even kabbalist, Avi ben Mordechai, aka Bradley M. Marcus, mentioned many times in, To Embrace Hebrew Roots, promotes James as "Dr." From his biography page, which has now been changed, and which eliminates this statement:

"Present Status: Working with the SANJ (Society for the Advancement of Netzerim Judaism). Studying under Dr. James Trimm, PH.d."

Avi, aka Bradley Marcus, which is how his name is listed if one looks up his address, also wrote in May 2000, 

Present Status: Working with Kehilat B'ne Torah Congregation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, helping them to build a viable Netzerim community connected to the SANJ Beit Din, soon to be based out of Denver, Colorado.

And then in June, 2000:

Present Status: Working with the SANJ (Society for the Advancement of Netzerim Judaism). Studying under Dr. James Trimm, PH.d.

For More on Avi ben Mordechai see: Avi ben Mordechai & Millennium 7000

In 2001, one website promoted Trimm's "The Hebraic Roots version", showing the change from the Semitic New Testament Project to the HR version, with the following:

"...The Hebraic Roots Version of the NT (which began as the Semitic New Testament Project) is an ongoing project aimed at producing a new and accurate translation of the New Testament taken primarily from old Hebrew and Aramaic sources. Unlike most translations this edition isn't rooted in a Greek Hellenistic text. This translation seeks to understand the text of the New Testament from the languages in which it was originally written. This is important because there are some passages in the NT which don't make sense at all in Greek, but do when we look at them in Hebrew and Aramaic.

The Hebraic Roots Version was translated by James Scott Trimm who holds a Doctorate in Semitic Studies from St. John Chrysostom Theologcal Seminary. Dr. Trimm is the author of several books on Hebraic Roots issues including The Semitic Origin of the New Testament. He has also served as a researcher on the Codex Khaboris Project and as a consultant to the Original Bible Project. This book is now available directly from the site where you can find a good deal more information about this project (and curiously, more spelling mistakes than most sites!)."

From the website, James' "hub" of activities and forums, is the page for the HRV:

 Frequently Asked Questions
about the
Hebraic Roots Version

Q:  Will there be a Hebraic Roots Version Tanak?

A:  Now that the HRV "New Testament" is completed we will begin work on an HRV Tanak.  The HRV NT took 10 years to complete.  The complete bible should be ready and shipped in 2003.  It was intended to publish 3rd or 4th quarter of 2002, but just before going to the printers an ancient copy of Hebrews in Hebrew came into our possession and it was deemed to delay and include a translation of this valuable text.

Q:  Who was the translator and what are his qualifications?

A:  The HRV transtation was produced by James Scott Trimm.  Dr. Trimm holds a Doctorate in Semitic Studies from St. John Chrysostom Theologcal Seminary.  Dr. Trimm is the author of several books on Hebraic Roots issues including The Semitic Origin of the New Testament.  He is the Rosh Yeshiva of Beit Netzarim Yeshiva and the President of the Society for the advancement of Nazarene Judaism.  He has also served as a researcher on the Codex Khaboris Project and as a consultant to the Original Bible Project. [spelling as seen]

Q:  Does this translation run counter to any of the cardinal doctrines of Christianity?

A: The translation accurately reflects the Hebrew and Aramaic text.  It does not teach that salvation is earned by works and it does not teach against the diety of Messiah." [spelling as seen]

We can clearly see the claim from his own site, that, "Dr. Trimm holds a Doctorate in Semitic Studies from St. John Chrysostom Theologcal Seminary. " [spelling as seen]

In order to have obtained a Doctorate according to Texas State requirements, James would have: 

1. Obtained a high school diploma or GED


2. Been accepted for college or university and completed studies for a Bachelor degree, from a state licensed educational facility, with full record of academic grades and courses completed


3. Completed requirements for obtaining a Masters degree, from a state licensed educational facility, with full record of academic grades and courses completed


4. Completed requirements to study for and obtain a doctorate from a state licensed educational facility, with full record of academic grades and courses completed

The issue is, did James Scott Trimm obtain a bona fide doctorate, and prior to that, a masters and bachelors from fully licensed educational facilities that have met the required licensing requirements?

According to information from David Linkletter of the Texas Higher Education Commission, the answer would have to be quite simply, No. 


Texas Higher Education had warned and advised Mr. Trimm in 2000, about offering degrees and in fact invalidated his doctorate, because it had been issued illegally from a non-licensed source. 


In email and a telephone conversation in May 2003, and looking at Trimm's web site while on the telephone, Mr. Linkletter stated that things hadn't changed. He sited the Texas codes which applied and stated he would be issuing a statement for my article, including regarding their prior dealings with Mr. Trimm. When that email is received it will be posted. As will the responses from New Mexico authorities when they are received,  which pertain to Saint John Chrysostom Theological Seminary and it's corporations and stated affiliates. 


Tom Kelly of the Texas Attorney Generals Office, in a telephone interview, recommended people file complaints with Texas Consumer Protection and Texas Higher Education concerning Mr. Trimm and his doctorate, the tuition paid, and purchases of product based on the belief of his having real credentials and so on. Particularly if a refund has been denied. Mr. Kelly is also aware of Saint John Chrysostom Theological Seminary and their role in this facade. His comment about complaints concerning this group, "Bring it on."

Randy Cook at one of the following , , (817)317-3460, P.O. Box 162929, Keller, TX 76161-2929

Randy Cook works for the United States Postal Inspectors office since mailing out the HRV, based on false advertising qualifies as mail fraud.

Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711

David Linkletter of Texas Higher Education can also be contacted, regarding the Yeshiva issues.

Consider the wisdom of God's Word when thinking on the actions of James Scott Trimm.


Proverbs 14:5 - 9


A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

Next Section:

Doctor James Trimm's Diploma 

Other Articles

Doctor James Scott Trimm  

    James Trimm as Rabbi Yosef  

 Doctor James Trimm's Diploma  

    Trimm Critics  

    Stan Eisenberg Letter

James Trimm's Diploma Revisited

 Part 2: The Four Letters

 Phillip Arnn Email Correspondence

Doctor James Trimm's "Jewish" School & International Beit Din

Saint John Chrysostom Theological Seminary  

    Table of Credentials  

MBI Yeshiva & The Hargis Clan  

A Closer Look at David & Don Hargis

    Hargis Timelines

    Hargis Roles

Marian Hargis & Linda C Hargis & Linda G Hargis




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