Hebrew Voices #72 – Hebrew Gospels from a Vatican Junk Box

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Hebrew Gospels from a Vatican, Nehemia Gordon talks about how he discovered Hebrew manuscripts of Luke and John! These manuscripts have never been shared with the public before this was aired and are particularly interesting when compared to the Greek text. They are also another proof that the name of God is unequivocally Yehovah and clearly show the pronunciation of the name Yeshua. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #39 – Chukat (Judges 11:1-33)

Prophet Pearls Chukat, Judges 11:1-33, Ammonites Moabites, chukat, haftarah, Jephthah, Jephthah’s vow, Judges 11:1-33, judges 11:24, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, prophets, religious vows, vow of Jephthah, vowing to God, vowing to Yehovah, Yehovah, yhvhIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Chukat covering Judges 11:1-33. Gordon and Johnson draw parallels between events in this portion and current diplomatic strategies over the land of Israel. For a clearer understanding of Jephthah, the exiled son of a prostitute who brings deliverance to Israel, Gordon provides a summary of the history, religions, and geography of the Ammonites and Moabites. This portion provides an example of properly translating “malach”—where only context determines if it’s “angel” or “messenger.” Gordon and Johnson point out the striking word play found with the word-of-the-week yihyeh “he will be” (yud-hei-yud-hei). Gordon reads from Deuteronomy concerning the seriousness of vowing to Yehovah and provides rabbinical interpretations of Jephthah’s tragic vow. Continue reading

Torah Pearls #39 – Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

In this episode The Original Torah Pearls, Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1), we discuss, is there a red heifer in Israel? What is the water of menstruation for cleansing? Does a corrupt priesthood invalidate the water of purification and are we cut off without it? Is the site of the Temple off limits today? What exactly did Moses do wrong when Yehovah brought water from the rock? How did the snake on the pole cross the line into idolatry? Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #45 – Heavenly Father’s Day (Rebroadcast)

Nehemia Gordon with his father.In Hebrew Voices, Heavenly Father’s Day, Nehemia Gordon shares how he found himself at the top of a Colorado mountain, proclaiming a controversial Jewish prayer in memory of his father. You are invited to watch the video (with closed captions) or listen to the podcast. This episode is dedicated to earthly fathers everywhere, and our Heavenly Father above. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #38 – Korach (1 Samuel 11:14-12:22)

In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Korach covering 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22. Gordon and Johnson’s insight into the language, history, and context surrounding Samuel’s trip to Gilgal not only inform the portion at hand, but other passages in the Torah as well as extra-biblical sources from the times of the Judges. Gordon reveals the possible identities of Jerubbaal and Bedan. The name of the king of the Ammonites, Nahash (serpent) illustrates that metaphors need to be studied carefully. The study of the word-of-the-week, “witness/ed” (ayin-dalet), includes an explanation of hollow verbs—where not all letters of the root appear. Continue reading

Torah Pearls #38 – Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32)

Torah Pearls KorachIn this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32), we discuss whether in the rebellion against Moses & Aaron, Korah, Dathan and Abiram established a rival tabernacle? Who are the “men of renown”? Were Korah’s sons also among those swallowed by the earth? What is the significance of the censer for burning incense? Continue reading

Hebrew Voices #56 – The Battle for the Six-Day War (Rebroadcast)

Michael Oren discussing the Six-Day War on Hebrew Voices with Nehemia Gordon.In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Battle for the Six Day War, Nehemia Gordon speaks with Michael Oren, the greatest living historian of modern Israel, to learn about the Six-Day War, the fight against Fake News, his adventures in the Zionist Underground, and how President Obama helped laid the foundations of a new Iranian empire. Michael Oren is an important member of the Israeli government who also holds a PhD in history from Princeton University. Continue reading

Prophet Pearls #37 – Shlach (Joshua 2:1-24)

05Prophet Pearls Shlach, Yehovah, Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, Prophets portion, Shlach, Joshua, prostitute, Rahab, spies, Jericho, faith, Canaanite, Elohim, Septuagint, rabbis, tikvah, cord, hope, HaTikvah, national anthem, Israel, peace, Jerusalem, torah pearls, torah portion, torah portion shlach, torah pearls shlachIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Shlach covering Joshua 2:1-24. In the story of the prostitute Rahab hiding the spies, Gordon and Johnson agree to disagree on their interpretations for Joshua’s motives for sending spies to Jericho. Was it simply prudent reconnaissance, or did it show a lack of faith? And how did a Canaanite prostitute know that Yehovah is Elohim? Continue reading

Torah Pearls #37 – Shlach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

atonement, caleb, forgiveness, fringes, hosea, hoshea, jesus, joshua, meraglim, religious police, slang, spies, torah pearls, tzitzit, yehoshua, yeshua, torah pearls shlach, numbers, nehemia gordon, torah portion, hebrew slang, torah, sinIn this episode of The Original Torah PearlsShlach (Numbers 13:1-15:41),  we discuss what does the name Hoshea mean? Is there Hebrew slang in the Torah? What is God’s perspective of forgiveness? Caleb and Jesus went into the land? What does it mean to sin with an uplifted hand? Also, beware of the tzitzit police! Continue reading