Hebrew Voices #122 – The Multitudes Have Spoken

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Multitudes Have Spoken!, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the results of the Hebrew Gospel Pearls poll, some of the comments they received, and what it all means for this project.

I look forward to reading your comments!

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  • Roberta Page says:

    You have to be a BAS member to read the entire article. 🙁

  • Roberta Page says:

    UGH. I posted my comments on last week’s episode instead of this week’s. Just know that I am beyond excited that you’re going to do this!! Heard it here first. I intend to increase my monthly support. Yay!!

  • Bob Searle says:

    George Howard, in Matthew 1:23 mentions properly ‘young woman’ as ‘Alma’ appears. I have seen other texts which use ‘virgin’ keeping with translations of Isaiah 7:14.
    Isaiah did not use ‘Alma’ again. However, he did use ‘Btul’ four times specifically referring to virgins.
    Isaiah Word Strongs
    7:14 Alma 5959
    23:12 Btulat 1330
    37:22 Btulat 1330
    47:1 Btulat 1330
    62:5 Btule 1330

    If you can glance at the spoiler alert given when Yeshua chooses the twelve.
    Matthew 10:4, where the author mentions the end of the story regarding Judas, that he will later betray. The other writings, Mark, Luke and John also do the same spoiler to the reader.

  • donald murphy says:

    no Christian stuff please. I may have to stop following you guys.

  • christopher david scallio says:

    A question for Nehemiah. In view of the 434 years prophesied in Daniel 9:25-26. “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. Who do you say was the historical Person that was the Anointed One who was killed? Clue: The very Month & Day was given to count from.

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  • kbrink1154@gmail.com says:

    I look forward to your teachings. Both you and Keith make a great team.

  • Julie says:

    Yeah!!! I join with the others in cheering you on.

    Interesting what goes together here- foundation, wall. Biblical FOUNDATIONS Academy, Makor Hebrew FOUNDATION and Nehemia’s WALL

  • daniel says:

    OK, after reading the article several times (it really is good, considering a number of things), I can now comment; We’re fortunate Howard didn’t take someone else’s word that the Shem Tov he looked at was from a similar ancestry as the Munster and Du Tillet manuscripts, and took the time to check. With all the witnesses he mentions from the 2nd and 3rd centuries (like Papias of Hieropolis) he can’t completely agree with them that it’s a Hebrew original, but possibly a model alongside the Greek. I suppose it might be possible Papias meant Aramaic when he said ‘Hebrew’, but I never say ‘Spanish’ when I mean French. I like the puns he brought forth, but could’ve added a couple more interesting ones – such as the Yeshua/yoshia connection, and the 5 x shalem wordplay. The Elijah exaltation seems very important. Also, the fact that our protagonist in the Hebrew version isn’t ascribed the Messiah identity until the 16th chapter somehow makes it a much more interesting read and gives it more credibility (Imagine if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave away the solution in chapter one). Although Professor Howard probably had tenure, there’s a little thing called ‘funding’ and also ‘ostracization’ he no doubt had looming over his head. I also understand there were nine extant mss when he wrote this, and an additional 19 have been found in this century (hat tip Nehemia), and these things must be considered. Lo’ these many years have passed and this article is still being discussed. Now for a question – I understand that two of the oldest mss at chapter 1:16 have “Yosef avi Miriam” – Joseph the FATHER of Mary ?? If this is true, they finally fit the mathematical puzzle (14 generations,14 generations and 14 generations) that the original author created within the text! Heretofore every extant translation has 14, 14 and 13 generations. No amount of explanation can refute that Luke’s list has the stepfather descending from David thru his son Nathan, whereas Matthew’s list carries the list of Kings from David via his son Solomon. I’m hoping Hebrew Gospel Pearls will touch on this (Even Bohan wordplay intended). Thanks, dm

  • Christy Watson says:

    I haven’t had a chance to comment. You doing a Hebrew gospel Matthew series may help me get through the struggles I have and will have this year.

    Your Torah and Prophet pearls are my source of shalom many nights when I I struggle with all that is on my plate.

  • Maurice J Manley Sr says:

    I really love and enjoy the teaching of both Nehemiah and Keith!

  • daniel says:

    Ditto what James said, and Hallelujah! Bless you, James. I don’t know how much time I have yet, either. And did I mention that I’m originally from Missouri? My younger siblings are not, and they don’t have that “you gotta show me” mentality that I have. If you can ‘show me’ something, I’ve got it. I’m not always doubtful, but rather seeing something like an ancient manuscript with an explanation makes it concrete and more memorable. So excited to be part of this and so very thankful for you and Keith. One of the first things I saw Nehemia do was ‘The Hebrew Yeshua vs. The Greek Jesus’ video, and that was so powerful when you expounded on the miracles recorded in Matthew as blatant violation of Talmudic ‘law’, and yet never violated Torah at all. They don’t teach Talmud in seminaries, so we would never know what Yeshua was really doing if it weren’t for this Wandering Karaite Teacher weighing in on matters found in the Gospel of Matthew! Can’t thank you enough – and more donations as soon as I’m able.

  • Rae Lloyd-Jones says:

    Nehemia & Keith, also of interest in the Hebrew Matthew 11:11, with there being no addition of “notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” in reference to John the Baptist – it would make sense to me that these words may have been added by a Greek scribe to lend support to the translation of 5:17 as “he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
    To my understanding, this “least/greatest in the kingdom” thinking, is interpolating a Greco-Roman class structure or social hierarchy into the world to come of Hebrew expectation, which seems foreign to the Teaching & Instruction of the Father in Torah and the Prophets.

    Thank you both again for making the Hebrew texts accessible.

    In Yah’s service,

    Rae L-J

  • Steve Starr says:

    This is meant for that young man who has a rare cardiovascular disorder. My suggestion may be useless but at 72 years old and with multiple health problems I have found something that does help me. I have started drinking cherry favored powdered beet root juice. It has raised my blood oxygen level by 2 to 4 % and it should not shrink your vessels(?). I use Bountiful Beets by Country Farms purchased at Walmart. You might at least read the contents of it. I drink two servings spread out during the day. May Yehovah bless you with a solution to your problem!

  • Matt Gee says:

    Zechariah 14:16-19 is a foundational scripture for what James is talking about. And the King no doubt in verse 16 is Yeshua. I will certainly pray for James!

  • Richard G Gutknecht says:

    Do we have any evidence that there are manuscripts that exist of Matthew or other gospels that have been preserved from the original Netzrim and not developed as Anit-Christian treatise with of course the anti-Christian biases injected? How can one tell the difference?

  • paulettegray says:

    In one of your prophet pearls podcasts (unfortunately I can;t remember which one because they seem to come down in random order rather than sequentially.) you referred to the word ‘gin’ (quoting KJV I think) and said you didn’t know what it was. It is a trap – the sort of trap that is triggered by stepping on it and it releases claws or jaws that grab your ankle. (anyone of Job 18:9, Ps 140:5;Ps 141:9 or Is 8:14)

  • paulettegray says:

    When you originally asked for votes for the Matthew Project I decided to pray only – and what a wonderful way God has of giving you His answer (and making us see that His answer won’t be what we expect or given in the way we expect). I have been one of the lucky people whose cash in hand has not dropped whereas I’m sure that some of your supporters have not been so fortunate. This made me re-evaluate my decision to pray only, but as the exchange rate with USD/ Australia has dropped to its lowest for some time I am relatively poorer. As I say to my daughter when I send her a parcel to the UK.’remember the value of the gift includes the cost of postage’. In the case the value of the gift includes the prayer that God will multiply your support and the support to BFA so that you can proceed with the project and James and Laura can be blessed by it.

  • paulettegray says:

    I am hoping that you will identify clearly which version (the Shem-Tob Type text of Matthew or the Shem-Tob Hebrew Matthew) is the source for the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew and is the one referred to in your book. And when Howard refers to “our only representative of it” he means that he had found only one source document and now you have found many more.

  • Donna Elder says:

    Please do Mathew . I feel bless from hearing the Hebrew explained on ! Came out of legalism a cult to boot but was raised keepingHolly days and Sabbath similar to Jewish but also came to see my Savior. After church learn we were in error we came into New Coveant believes! I felt like I understood when the curtain was ripe off the holy of holy. In to grace and hope . Your program is like in com-binding of both! Law foundation and the Saving grace of the Savior . Or as I learn the New is in the Old Testament concealed and the New Testament is I the Old Testament Revealed ! So very true . The Holy Spirt reveal to me but I learn the quote from watching Chuck Missler.

  • Mike says:

    Shabbat shalom!

  • Doyle Millington says:

    Toda raba:

    It is a great blessing to hear teachers such and Mr. Gordon and Mr. Johnson who seek the truth. So many “teachers” nowdays just blindly repeat what they heard someone else say. We are supposed to study the Word continually, pray for discernment, and think for ourselves.

    Keep up the good work. Omein.

  • I just read “Was The Gospel of Matthew Originally Written In Hebrew?” By George Howard and man, was that super disappointing that we can’t say it was originally written in Hebrew then translated into Greek. It was super informative though. I did like learning the differences. It does make more sense that it would have been written in Hebrew because the translation just from the examples given are more consistent with the Old Testament and would prove the words of Yeshua who said He came to speak the Father’s words so it should be consistent with the Old Testament. So while it can’t be proven through literary evidence, the Hebrew makes the most logical sense.