A new translation of the Bible, called the Hebrew Heritage Bible Newer Testament by Dr. Brad H. Young – a Hebrew University-trained scholar who taught biblical literature for over thirty years at Oral Roberts University in the United States – is highlighting the Jewish roots of Christianity.
“Rather than employing the standard translation technique of simply selecting the most appropriate English word for the Greek,” noted Young, “I asked the question, ‘What is the Hebrew thought and wording underpinning the Greek text?’”
Using this method, his text reconstructs the Hebrew sources, language and mindset behind the early church and its foundational documents.
“Readers will now hear what first century listeners in ancient Israel would have heard because the translation brings to light the Jewish cultural, linguistic and spiritual setting of Jesus as a Jew,” Young said.
“It is no secret that Christian scriptures have been misused over the centuries to incite antisemitism,” claimed Tricia Miller, who holds a PhD in the Hebrew Bible and currently works as a senior research analyst in the Christian department of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA).
“Too often, biblical passages have been taken out of context,” she said. “Influential translations and commentaries sometimes omit the Jewish dimensions of the ancient texts, leaving out the Jewish faith and practices that provided the context for the growth of Christianity in first century Judea and Samaria.”
“In contrast to other translations, this important new version emphasizes the growth of Christianity within the time and Source…
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