Hundreds of years of Jewish, Christian
Author challenges orthodoxy of not speaking, writing name of God
Keith Johnson might be an unlikely candidate to challenge hundreds of years of Jewish and Christian tradition about not speaking or writing the name of God – but that's what he has done in most persuasive and reverential fashion in "His Hallowed Name Revealed."
A former chaplain for the Minnesota Vikings and a United Methodist pastor, Johnson just didn't accept the idea that the Bible would both command believers to praise and revere and hallow the Father's name but prohibit it from being spoken or written. Thus began his quest to unravel the mystery of these traditions.
What he found in his detective work studying Hebrew scripture and the history of the church and the synagogues flies in the face of what both Christians and Jews have accepted for eons.
Johnson believes God most definitely wants his children to praise His name in both the written and spoken form – and that He has clearly revealed it to us in scripture, despite attempts by man to obscure it.
Johnson wants believers to experience the power that is unleashed in praising the name of the Father by name, thus, "His Hallowed Name Revealed Again."
The book can be considered a companion to one Johnson co-authored with his Israeli Hebrew tutor, Nehemia Gordon, called "A Prayer to Our Father," which explores the Hebrew roots of "The Lord's Prayer."
"Hallowed be thy Name" is an action-packed phrase from a powerful prayer, taught by arguably the most influential person who ever walked the earth. Unfortunately, says Johnson, if you pose the following question to the millions of people who pray this familiar prayer on a regular basis, you probably will not get an acceptable answer: What is the name of the Heavenly Father that is to be hallowed?
"His Hallowed Name Revealed Again" answers this thought-provoking question through an engaging and challenging presentation.
The book includes an inspirational CD intended to reveal the fire of the revelation of His name so that it might consume those who want to see it and experience it for themselves. The seven-track instructional CD will teach you to proclaim 80 different titles and descriptions of the Heavenly Father found in the Hebrew Bible..
Johnson earned his masters of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and has spent more than two decades in full-time ministry. In addition to working as chaplain for the Vikings, he served the international community of athletes at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, a Jewish Hebrew scholar, a self-described "former Pharisee," is providing Christians with some startling new revelations about their faith.
Nehemia Gordon, a Semitic-language expert and one of the Dead Sea Scrolls translators, is currently in the United States, lecturing in churches and Christian Bible studies on the person he calls "the real Yeshua," Jesus' actual Hebrew name, which means "salvation."
He is the author of "The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus," a book and DVD teaching series, that is causing a sensation among the Christians all over the world who are rediscovering the Hebrew roots of their faith, recognizing that Jesus was, indeed, a very Torah-observant Jew, not a Gentile who came to do away with the law.
Some of Gordon's most important discoveries came in his translation of what he believes to be the original Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew.
The King James translation of Matthew 23:24 has befuddled Christians for hundreds of years. While Jesus indicted the Pharisees, calling them "vipers" and worse, He seems to suggest doing what they say to do in this verse: "Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers."
But, according to Gordon's translation of the recently discovered Hebrew text of Matthew, there is a slight, but important, mistranslation of the verse – probably a result of an original error in the Greek. Some scholars believe Matthew originally wrote his gospel in Hebrew.
What it actually says, according to Gordon, is for followers to do what Moses says, not the Pharisees. When the Pharisees would sit in Moses' seat, they would read from the first five books of the Bible – the words of Moses. Jesus, of Yeshua, was telling His disciples to heed the scriptural text and disregard the man-made teachings of the Pharisees, explains Gordon.
Gordon's research reveals that the more "modern" Greek text of Matthew, from which the Western world's versions were translated, depicts "another Jesus" from the Yeshua portrayed in the ancient Hebrew version of Matthew. Gordon explains the life-and-death conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees as they schemed to grab the reins of Judaism in the first century, and brings that conflict into perspective for both Jew and Christian alike.
The book and the companion video are both lively and engaging presentations of Jesus you never learned about in church or Sunday school.
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