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The year is about to change, will I? I’m hearing lots of commercials about exercise equipment and programs, weight loss programs, great deals on makeovers, miracle pills and beauty treatments, the hottest gifts and toys -- all those things that promise to MAKE US HAPPY!! I think it’s kind of strange, that in our minds, we’re led to believe, or have just evolved to believe, that “Holidays” are restricted to only one day or period of time. Read the complete blog at --

The Creator’s TOV Standard for Measuring Life

After completing Its first creative act, the Creator observed the light (of life). It measured what It saw by a Standard and the light measured “TOV.” This word is usually translated “good,” but good is a word with a wide range of meanings -- morally excellent; virtuous; righteous;well-behaved;fertile. TOV is a very important word because it is the Creator’s Standard and reveals Its Values. Therefore, we are going to let context and culture define it. Read the complete blog at --

The First Act of Creation

In the earlier blog -- The Meaning of Create – we discussed the definition options for BARA, the Hebrew translated “created” in many translations. They all shared a common idea -- “changing the shape of something that already exists.” BARA” does not mean “to create something out of nothing.” Something must exist first, before one can create. In Genesis 1:2 we discovered the three things that existed before the creation process began. Read the complete blog at --

What Does Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men Mean?

If you have ever participated in a Christmas play or been in the audience, you are very familiar with this scene:
Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest, Peace on earth and good will toward men.

That is the translation I memorized in Sunday School before I was old enough to go to elementary school. Today, I have a different understanding. Read my blog at --

The Mysteries of the Beginning

When an elohiym began creating the Heavens and the Earth, the Earth did not exist.   Darkness wasover the surface of deep waters. The presence of the elohiym hovered above the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
The Hebrew word elohiym is a theologically loaded that is translated God, god, gods, goddess, goddesses, angels and judges in the Hebrew Scriptures. The theologies of the translators usually determine how it is translated. In this ancient wisdom account, we are going to allow the Hebrew text to contextually define elohiym for us. Read the complete blog at --

Yeshua: Teacher of Righteousness

Over 200 years before the birth of Yeshua (Yeshua), a central figure in the Essene community at Qumran was called “the Teacher of Righteousness.” He was extolled as having a proper understanding of the Torah and qualified to accurately teach it, as well as being one through whom God revealed “the hidden things” to the community. Discover his connection to Yeshua --

Drone survey reveals ancient temple at Israeli military grounds

When drones buzzed at the heart of a Lachish region military training area this Sukkot, they came up with an unusual find. The camera-equipped aircraft discovered what appeared to be a rare 2,200-year-old Idumean palace or temple — one of only a handful in the country. See pictures and read article at --

400,000-year-old 'School of Rock' Found in Prehistoric Cave in Israel

Archaeologists may have uncovered the oldest known prehistoric school, where it seems young hominins were taught how to make flint tools, butcher animals, and master other skills necessary to survive in the Stone Age about 400,000 years ago. The discovery is so remarkable that the scientists are wondering whether it means Homo sapiens itself evolved much earlier than is currently thought. The notion that what they found was evidence of an early teaching system is based on analysis of hundreds of flint stones and fragments found in Qesem Cave, in central Israel, a spot that hominins called home from 400,000 to 200,000 years ago. See pictures and read complete article at --

Y Team Guidelines for Bible Study Gatherings and Discussions

Learning about the Jesus of history, the one we call Yeshua, transforms our understanding of the one over two billion people today call Jesus Christ. I have been researching and studying the Jesus of history and his words from English translations, Greek manuscripts and reconstructed Hebrew texts for over 30 years now with scholars, professors, rabbis, ministers and a lot of sincere students of the Bible. Over the years I created guidelines and models for the people that I study with to follow and use when we gather to study the words of the Bible. They make our Bible Study gatherings very different from other Bible study groups. Learn more about our guidelines and models at --

The Handbook of the Kingdom of Heaven Movement

If you had been a member of Yeshua’s group in the first century, there is little doubt that you would have heard Yeshua quote from and teach the following words. They are found in your Bible in ten chapters of Isaiah, chapters 51 through 61. I would like to suggest that you first read the version below and get a feel for what hearing Yeshua read it would have been like. You can use the online version, but it would be even better if you print the pdf version.

Getting the “Jameses” in the Bible Straight

Few readers of the English Bible realize that the name “James” actually comes from the Hebrew name Jacob or Yaaqov, which adds to the confusion over the various “Jameses” mentioned in the New Testament. There is, of course, Jacob the Patriarch, grandson of Abraham; James the Apostle, the fisherman brother of John and one of the two sons of Zebedee (Mark 4:21); “James the Less,” and several others. Ironically, the most obscure, and surely the most important James as “James the brother of Jesus,” known subsequently as “James the Just.” takes a bit of analysis. Read James Tabor’s complete blog at --

Lives 1st or Profits 1st?

When we began our journey over twenty-five years ago, our focus was on religion and in our wildest dreams we could have never imagined what we would discover over the next two and a half decades. Jeffrey Leynor was the rabbi at a Conservative synagogue and I (Jim Myers) was the minister of a nondenominational church. One of the primary things we wanted to understand was how two Jewish sects became two mutually exclusive monotheistic religions – one Jewish and one non-Jewish. But ultimately we learned much more – read entire blog at

Perfecting is the Goal, Not Perfection

I have been involved in and coached youth sports (first grade to varsity) for many years. One thing I never expected from my players was perfection – “You must be perfect to be part of the team.” But, I have spoken with many Christians that believed that “being perfect” is what Yeshua, the Jesus of history, expects from them. Read the complete blog at --

Jots and Tittles

Amen! I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law . . . (Matthew 5:18)

What are jots and tittles? One thing they are is evidence that Yeshua, the Jesus of history, and his followers were very familiar with the Hebrew language. Read complete blog at --

Tackling the Big Elephant in the Room - The Afterlife

Beliefs about the afterlife -- “salvation” -- are the biggest barriers keeping many Christians from straying away from their long held beliefs. This is completely understandable when so much is at stake in their minds – spending eternity in Heaven or Hell! Read the complete blog at --

Yeshua, the Jesus of history, and the Hebrew Language

One of the cultural factors we learned about Yeshua, the Jesus of history, in a previous study is that he read and spoke Hebrew. Today we are going to examine one of the sources of that information. It is found in Luke 4:16-17. See pictures and read the complete blog at --

Valuing Lives 1st Requires Examining Religious Belief Systems

Two subjects that most people try to avoid are discussions about politics and religion, especially with strangers. Of course, politics and religion just happen to be two major factors in many of the conflicts and issues that are dividing Americans today. So, if people who live in a democracy won’t or are unable to find mutually beneficial ways to discuss things, how will those conflicts and issues be resolved? Read the complete blog at --

Y Team Linguistic Bible Study Method

Developing your Bible study skills is one of the most important things you can do to accurately understand the life and words of Yeshua, the Jesus of history. We use a Linguistic Method of Bible Study, a science based model. Our goal is to discover what Yeshua’s words meant to him. Click here to learn more about our method –
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You Must Be Perfect

What comes to your mind when you hear the following words of Jesus (Yeshua)?
You must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Luke 6:36 & Matthew 5:48)

The opening phrase -- “You must be perfect. . .” -- has generated many debates over the centuries and caused a great deal of confusion and guilt. The dictionary definition for the word “perfect” that comes to most peoples’ minds is usually “completely free from faults or defects.” Read the complete blog at --

Successfully Overcoming Anger Part 2

Yeshua’s lesson on anger is clearly linked to the story of Cain and Abel. In his world, rabbis and teachers added their insights to commandments in the Jewish Scriptures to help people obey them. Their insights were called “fences around the Law.” If a people followed the instructions of the “fences” they would keep the commandment.” Yeshua was a master fence builder. Read the complete article at

“Salvation” the Big Elephant in the Room

Beliefs about “salvation” are the biggest barriers to open discussions about the differences between different Christian group and about Yeshua, the “Jesus of History.” This is completely understandable when so much is at stake in the minds of “believers” – literally going to Heaven or Hell! Read the complete blog at

Yeshua’s Teacher

10 CE marked the end of Hillel’s 40 year reign as nasi.  He was the founder of a school of legal religious thought and dynasty that led Jewish life in Judea for the next four centuries. Unknown to many Christians, Hillel’s influence was an important factor in the development of Yeshua as a teacher of the Jewish Scriptures.

Rebuilding Eden in the Land of Eridu

The site of Eridu had a special place in the Mesopotamian tradition. In Babylonian literature the relevance of Eridu was always more religious than political. For example, in the Sumerian King List the gods first handed kingship down to Eridu. In Babylonian mythology Eridu was founded by the god Enki/Ea, who warned Zuisudra, the Sumerian Noah, about the flood. Moreover, the central core of the site of Eridu, whose name became later interchangeable with Babylon, was Enki/Ea’s temple, called the House of the Aquifer. Our project on the Eridu Hinterland focuses on both the cultural and symbolic functions of the Holy Sanctuary of Enki in the Abu Shahrein landscape through more than eight millennia. See pictures and read the entire article at --

There are no “Judeos”

A Misleading Hyphen
Some people, including American politicians who want to sound “inclusive” and do not want to offend Jews, have taken the Latin term Judaeus and melded it with “Christian” to describe a so-called “Judeo-Christian” tradition or heritage.
While there are many Christians in the world, there are no “Judeos.” The accurate phrase should be “Jewish and Christian” traditions or heritages, without a hyphen.
Each faith community has many religious streams; there is no one single “Jewish tradition” or “Christian tradition,” and there is certainly not a “Judeo-Christian” one.
Source: Christians & Jews Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future
By Rabbi James Rudin © 2011; Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT; p. 6.

Latest BHC Newsletter: The Forgotten Father: The Man that Raised Jesus

The July issue of the Biblical Heritage Center newsletter -- Creating Safer Better Lives By Discovering Ourselves & Our Biblical Heritages – is now online. It contains the following articles and July Memorials.
Once upon a time a minister, professor and rabbi took a journey. . .
The title sounds like the beginning of a good joke, but it isn’t. It is proof that people with different biblical heritages can work together to tackle religious issues that most people try to avoid. I am the minister, Ike Tennison is the professor and Jeffrey Leynor is the rabbi. I have been on this journey for over thirty-five years now. Ike joined it about thirty years ago when I enrolled in a course in Classical Greek he was teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jeffrey became part of our journey a little over twenty-five years ago when I enrolled in a course he was teaching about the Prophets at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas.
The Forgotten Father: The Man that Raised Jesus
For most o…

God’s Love Isn’t About Warm Fuzzy Feelings

The opening chapters of Genesis reveal that the highest value and top priority of the Creator of the Heavens and Earth is human life. They teach that all people are created with the spirit of the Creator, meaning with the Spirit of the Creator. Humans reveal the Creator’s Spirit to members of their generation by doing thing that measure up to the Creator’s TOV Standardacts that protect life, preserve life, make life for functional and increase the quality of life. Religious institutions disconnected from real life or salvation doctrines that require people to believe someone’s “right theologies” were not part of the Creator’s plan. See the complete blog at

The Unintended Consequences of Protestantism: Western Civilization as We Know It!

Historically, Protestant Christianity was decisive in forming western civilization as we know it, especially in the United States. You can’t imagine modern individualism, democracy, or freedoms without it – and it has given us some other legacies which we might not like so much. But it’s not just a subject of historic interest. There are a billion Protestants in the world today, and in Africa, China, Latin America and other places the numbers are rising fast. Protestantism is going to be one of the key forces shaping the world this century, and we’d better understand it.
The first Protestants didn’t set out to create the world we live in now, but some key features of that world come directly from them. The ideal of free inquiry and free speech; the assumption that we’ve got a right to challenge our rulers, and that in spiritual terms we’re all equal; and the notion of limited government, that there are freedoms of conscience over which no political authority has any jurisdiction. If yo…

Rich Biblical history of Iraq

Many of us know that Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But not many know that there is another nation that is also often mentioned in the Bible – though second to Israel only. I am referring to Iraq. In other words, no other nation except Israel has more Biblical history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq. However, Iraq is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia -- The Garden of Eden was in Iraq; Adam and Eve were created in Iraq; Abraham came from Ur, which is a city in Southern Iraq; Jacob spent 20 years in Iraq and met Rachel there; and more. Read complete article at --

Hasmonean Fortress of Machaerus Unearthed

The fortress of Machaerus was built by Hasmonean king Alexander Yanai (104-78 BCE), probably in 90 BCE. Its high, rocky vantage point was difficult to access, and it was used to spot and alerted Jerusalem about invaders from the east. It was part of a warning system that included several Hasmonean citadels, in one another’s line of sight. See the pictures and read article at --

The Real Yeshua Torah Reading Schedule for May 20th

The Real Yeshua Torah Readings for May 20th are now online at

Thanksgiving and Blessings were a Regular Part of Yeshua’s Life

The actions of Yeshua and his disciples regarding prayer have deep roots in the Jewish customs and practices of the Second Temple period. Already in the daily life of Yeshua and his disciples, thanksgiving and blessing were an integral part of their everyday experience and customary practice. Read the complete blog at --

BHC Tweets You May Have Missed Today

Below are Tweets that we posted on the following accounts today – Biblical Heritage Center, The Real Yeshua and the TOV Center. There are links at the bottom of the Biblical Heritage Center’s and TOV Center’s Home Pages. Follow us there and get the Tweets live.
● Liberty without authority becomes license; authority without liberty becomes domination. (Mark Gerzon)
● Freedom without order becomes anarchy; order without freedom becomes dictatorship. (Mark Gerzon)
● Our political, religious, and/or cultural beliefs are the cornerstone of our identity. (Mark Gerzon)
● We are social animals. We hand on our genes as individuals, but we survive only in groups. (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)
● Our political, religious, and/or cultural beliefs are the cornerstone of our identity. (Mark Gerzon)
● Our inclination to act well towards others, whatever its source, tends to be confined to those with whom we share a common identity. (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)
● Deuteronomy contains the word “love” more than any other …

Finding Ourselves in the Middle of Nowhere

Once we are thrown out, or walk out of our “Egypt”, what is known, what is familiar, what is habit -- is wiped away. We wonder, where are we, where do we go, what will happen now? In the Biblical context, we enter the Midbar, Wilderness in Hebrew. What’s interesting is that in the Biblical context, when many important individuals and groups encounter their Higher Power, a Deity, or their Highest Self – regardless of which -- everyone and everything is changed – everything is different. The trajectory of life goes in another, unexpected direction. Read Rabbi Leynor’s complete blog at –

No One Church that was Catholic or Universal until 325 CE

The following is from Blasphemy: Verbal Offense against the Sacred from Moses to Salman Rushdie by Leonard W. Levy, page 32:
Until at least 325 CE, when the Council of Nicaea formulated the first creed (at least for the Eastern division of the Roman Empire), there were Christian churches but not a Christian church, not one that was catholic, or universal. Nor did Nicaea settle anything.
The dissident parties, who were condemned as blasphemers and heretics by the emperor and council, soon became dominant, won the support of the state, and controlled most of the churches. That reversed the definition of orthodoxy until another emperor made possible a reaffirmation of the Nicene Creed at the Council of Constantinople in the year 381.
The Trinitarian victory was not secure until confirmed by the council of Chalcedon in 451. Not until the fifth century did the Roman Catholic Church have the power to enforce its theology as orthodoxy.
The Council of Nicaea in 325 laid the memetic foundation u…

May 2017 edition of Understanding Our Biblical Heritages Online

Articles and features in the May 2017 edition of Understanding Our Biblical Heritages:
A Conversation about “the Bible” By Dr. Ike Tennison & Jim Myers
When Nothing Will Ever Be the Same By Rabbi Jeffery Leynor
Shavu’ot By Jim Myers
Some Tips for Better Understanding Yeshua’s Life & Teachings By Jim Myers
The Spanish Inquisition By Jim Myers
May Memorials Remembering those whose lives inspired us.
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Parenting Lessons from the First Murder of the Bible

There is no question about who committed the murder – Cain murdered Abel! But when we look at the entire context of the story, which began in Genesis 1:1, it raises some interesting questions like these -- Did Cain understand the potential consequences of his actions? Was it possible for Cain to even understand what murder was? Keep in mind no human had witnessed or experienced at this point in the text. This was a first in human history. Read complete article at --

Is your belief system large enough?

Jim Myers created this guideline in the late 1980s as a guide for people to use in his Bible studies when disagreements arose over conflicting beliefs. It is now the Primary Guideline of the Biblical Heritage Center and the TOV Center. If you agree please share it.

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Important Questions We Need to Answer about Our Scriptures

While the “canon of scripture” means “the list of books accepted as Holy Scripture”, the other sense of “canon” – rule or standard – has rubbed off on this one, so that the “canon of scripture” is understood to be the list of books which are acknowledged to be, in a unique sense, the rule of belief and practice.
Questions that we should be able to answer about our “Scriptures”:
(1) How did certain documents -- and these only -- come to receive this recognition?
(2) Who, if any one, decided that these -- and no others -- should be admitted to the list of the Holy Scriptures?
(3) What were the criteria which influence this (#2) decision?

Source: The Canon of Scripture By F. F. Bruce; © 1988 F. F. Bruce; InterVarsity Press; Downers Grove, IL; p. 18.

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Yeshua Torah Readings for April 29th

The Real Yeshua Torah Readingsfor April 29th are:
Exodus 16:25-17:16 Isaiah 58:13
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Death in Ancient Egypt

To the ancient Egyptians, death was not the end of life but only a transition to another plane of reality. Once the soul had successfully passed through judgment by the god Osiris, it went on to an eternal paradise, The Field of Reeds, where everything which had been lost at death was returned and one would truly live happily ever after. Even though the Egyptian view of the afterlife was the most comforting of any ancient civilization, people still feared death.

Understanding Our Biblical Heritages (April Edition) now online.

Articles and features in the April edition of Understanding Our Biblical Heritages:
News & Updates
Passover: A Spiritual Lesson for Everyone by Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor
Saving Lives is Stronger than Death by Jim Myers
Who Inserted Chapters & Verses in the Bible by Jim Myers
Passover During the Time of Yeshua by Jim Myers
April Memorials May their memories inspire us.
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The Mystery of the Seventh Day

The First Creation Account in the book of Genesis opens and closes with mystery.  It opens with the mystery of what existed before the beginning and closes with the mystery of the Seventh Day. Mystery is a challenge for members of religions that have all of the answers and raising questions about things that do not line up with the official doctrines as avoided. The way we study the biblical text is to let it tell its own story, even if those stories disagree with what believe. Read our conversation about this very interesting mystery at –

Compare your Jesus to the Real Yeshua

The Real Yeshua Project is not about creating religious groups that live like Yeshua and his fellow Jews lived 2,000 years ago. His religion was a "Temple" religion. The rabbis, after the destruction of Temple in 70 CE, confronted that issue and created a Judaism in which synagogues and homes functioned as the centers of religious activities. Yeshua's teachings provide a wealth of wisdom and values that could dramatically transform Christian churches and homes into centers of restoration and life. We created the Real Yeshua Project to provide a way for people to compare their Jesus to Yeshua and consider new options for life today.

Archeologists discover 2,000-year-old ‘Emperor’s Road’ and ancient coins.

A well-preserved 2,000-year-old road dating to the Roman period was unearthed last month during archaeological excavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority and students near Beit Shemesh. They also found the following coins -- one from the second year of the Great Revolt in 67 CE; one from the Umayyad period; one from the prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate, dating to 29 CE; and a coin of Agrippa I from 41 CE, that was minted in Jerusalem. See pictures and read article at -

Yeshua’s Gospel

What was Yeshua’s highest priority? In order to understand the answer to this question, you need to disengage your subconscious mind, which of course you can’t do, but try. Your subconscious mind is like the Wizard of Oz hiding behind a curtain guarding doing many things like telling your body to do many things, including protecting your BS – belief system. What is it protecting you from? At this moment it is trying to protect you from me!
Yeshua’s core message was built around akingdom meme” -- The Great Day of Judgment is at hand, make sure you are part of the Kingdom of God! Many of the people that heard him had lived in a kingdom, even though it was controlled by a foreign empire. So, his “Kingdom” message fit matched perfectly in their “kingdom memes” and their life experiences. Yeshua didn’t live in a democracy, you do. You don’t live in a kingdom, he did. For us, fully comprehending life in an ancient kingdom is impossible.
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Understanding Our Biblical Heritages March 2017 Edition

Page 1 Are People More Concerned About “RIGHTNESS” than “RIGHTEOUSNESS”? By Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor
Great Program at Allen Public Library
BHC News & Updates
Page 2 March Memorials May their memories inspire us to seek those qualities of mind and heart which they shared when we walked life’s journey together.
Page 3 What does the “Son of God” mean? Conversations Between Ike Tennison & Jim Myers
Page 5 Lessons From the “Old” Luther: Why Protesting Will Not Work By Jim Myers

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Switching From Mutually Exclusive Theologies to Mutually Inclusive Values

I wanted to share something from an email conversation with you, because I think it reflects some very important things that I believe are on the minds of a lot of people these days. Below are quotes from an email I received:
“I have so much to learn it is overwhelming........and even more overwhelming is how much I need to unlearn . . . One day at a time is hard for me because in 10 years I will be 85 and then another ten I'll be 95 . . . Anyway, I am willing to put in the time to learn because I know I am stuck in a place teeming with wrong theology and I want to be rid of all the delusions, lies, and half-lies . . .”

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February 2017 Edition UNDERSTANDING OUR BIBLICAL HERITAGES Learning about the books, beliefs and movements that changed the world.
BHC News & Updates
Early Christians and the Problem of the Jewish People and their Scriptures
The First English Bible
February Memorials
The Great Schism of 1054
Are You Seeing What Yeshua Said?
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