This book is the companion volume for the four-hour video teaching series: Raiders of the Lost Book – Discoveries in the Ancient Hebrew Texts of Matthew’s Gospel. This is the series that has begun to open the eyes of gentile Christians, and messianic Jewish believers as to what “The Gospel of the Kingdom” is really all about. This book unveils the REAL Messiah as he related to his own people and the religious system into which he was born. This book documents some of the most profound words of the Messiah, which were completely neutered in the Greek translations of Matthew’s Gospel.
Former Pharisee, Nehemia Gordon, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Semitic language expert, explores the ancient Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew from manuscripts long secreted away in the archives of Jewish scribes. 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 a modern perspective for both Jew and Christian alike.
"Gordon places Yeshua into his Hebraic context and allows Yeshua's own words to sparkle within their original Semitic setting!" -- Avi Ben Mordechai, Preface
"Yeshua's brutally honest words in the Hebrew version of Matthew are nothing short of revolutionary for the believer." -- Michael Rood, Introduction
Paperback. 114 pages. Spanish version also available.
Meet the Author
Nehemia Gordon holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nehemia has worked as a translator on the Dead Sea Scrolls and as a researcher deciphering ancient Hebrew manuscripts. He has been invited to speak in synagogues and churches around the world and has led groups of pilgrims and visitors on tours of biblical sites. A native of Chicago, Nehemia has made his home in Jerusalem, Israel since 1993.
People Are Talking:
"What Carl Sagan did for astronomy, Nehemiah Gordon has done for the field of English-Hebrew-Greek linguistics as it is connected to the synoptic New Testament gospels. A bold statement, but arguably true for this narrow biblical topic. This short, readable, scholarly work is a must read for anyone who seeks to to know what Jesus (Yeshua in the Hebrew) REALLY said about some lifestyle choices. Though having broad implications, the book mostly deals, exhaustively, with a small passage from Matthew chapter 23 where Jesus spoke regarding obedience to the Pharisees. Gordon's credentials as a linguist are impressive. Remarkably, Gordon is not a believer in Jesus as Messiah, but rather is a Jewish Israeli-American "Karaite" (scrict Hebrew scripturalist). The work is objective and I had originally intended to comment that Gordon had no Christian agenda (he doesn't), but after considering the matter I realized that he DOES have an agenda . . . to portray Jesus as a Karaite (again, one who adheres to the Hebrew, or so-called "Old Testament", scriptures). And I found that I must agree. Gordon handles the issue of Jesus-Yeshua's identity as the Messiah respectfully, and does not offend those of us that accept Him as the Son of God and our Savior. There have been many books written relatively recently, rightfully discussing the life of Yeshua in the 1st century Jewish context. This one is unique and should be read, ESPECIALLY by Messianic believers who are trying to figure out what to do with Oral Torah and rabbinical mandates. Also - SOME knowledge of Hebrew will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this book. However, due to the author's careful "teaching" style no other language skill is required above the ability to read high school level English." --C.J. Leach
If you are unfamiliar with Nehemia Gordon, it is about time you get acquainted! The brilliant Torah scholar has written this fantastic, paradigm-shifting book about the Messiah. After reading this book, I felt a newfound excitement for learning about my Messiah; I haven't been excited about my 'religion' in a while, so I'm thankful for this book.
The key to unlocking the truth of Scripture is understanding proper context. The specific passage researched by Mr. Gordon in this book has long puzzled me. This author has resolved the seeming conflict of Yeshua's supposed affirming words in this passage against His condemning addresses to the Pharisees in so many other passages. This short, easy-to-read study is rich with historial and cultural context, honorable scholarship, and a touch of humor. This book could change your life!
"How many people know there is a Hebrew version of Matthew and how it differs
from the Greek version? Well, everyone who loves Scriptural truths will love
this book. You will learn a lot about Orthodox and Rabbinical Judaism, not
to mention learning at a deeper level what Yahusha was up against when
confronting the nonbelieving Pharisess. In the DVD one can learn a great
deal also, and Gordon is an excellent speaker, able to rivit the attention
without any high tech visuals. I think it must take a significant amount
of courage to speak out against traditions that Gordon was raised in and
I applaud him for that and for the fact that he has brought a great treasure
to our attention. Like many truly great treasures, it will probably be
considered a trinket, or worse, to so many in the world."