Hebraic Roots Version Update
- The Hebraic Roots Version (which began as the Semitic New Testament
Project) is an ongoing SANJ project to produce a new and accurate
translation of the New Testament taken primarily from old Hebrew and
Aramaic sources. Unlike most translations this edition will not be rooted
in a Greek Hellenistic text. This translation will seek to understand the
text of the New Testament from the languages in which it was originally
written. This is important because there are some passages in the NT which
do not make sense at all in Greek, but only begin to make sense when we
look at them in Hebrew and Aramaic.
I will first list a few examples I have given before and then I will list
out some fresh ones:
And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of
them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going
to be a great famine throughout all THE WORLD, which also happened in the
days of Claudius Caesar. Then the talmidim, each according to his ability,
determined to send relief to the brothers dwelling IN JUDEA. This they also
did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now this
doesn't make sense at all, why would those in Antioch send relief to those
dwelling IN JUDEA if the famine was to strike all THE WORLD. They would be
facing famine themselves. The solution lies in the fact that the word for
"WORLD" in the Aramaic manuscripts is A'RA (Strong's #772) the Aramaic form
of the Hebrew word ERETZ (Strong's 776). This word can mean "world" (as in
Prov. 19:4) "earth" (as in Dan. 2:35) or "land" (as in Dan. 9:15) and is
often used as a euphemism for "The Land of Israel" (as in Dan. 9:6).
Certainly the word here is not meant to mean "world" but "land of Israel."
Mt. 26:9 = Mk. 14:3
And when Y'shua was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,
As any Bible student knows, lepers were not permitted to live in the city
(see Lev. 13:46). Since ancient Hebrew and Aramaic were written without
vowels, there was no distinction between the Aramaic words GAR'BA (leper)
and GARABA (jar maker or jar merchant). Since in this story a woman pours
oil from a jar it is apparent that Simon was a jar merchant or jar maker
and not a leper.
Mt. 19:12 & Acts 8:26f
....there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the
Kingdom of Heaven's sake....
--Mt. 19:12 NKJV
So he [Phillip] arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a
eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians,
who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to
--Acts 8:27 NKJV
The man in Acts 8:27 appears to be a proselyte to Judaism since he seems to
be making the Torah-required pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Dt. 16:16). The
Torah, however, forbids a eunuch both from becoming a proselyte Jew, and
from worshiping at the Temple (Dt. 23:1f). This also raises the question of
why one would become a eunuch (be castrated) for the sake of the Kingdom of
Heaven. After all eunuchs are excluded from the assembly of Israel. The
word for "eunuch" in the Aramaic manuscripts of both of theses passages is
M'HAIMNA which can mean "eunuch" but can also mean "believer" or "faithful
one" as it clearly means here.
Mt. 19:24 = Mk. 10:25 = Lk. 18:25
...it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.
The word for "camel" in the Aramaic manuscripts is GAMLA which can mean
"camel" but can also refer to a "large rope," which is certainly the
OK now for some new examples:
One word that the Greek translators often misunderstood was the Aramaic
word 'EZAL (alef-zayin-lamed) which normally means "to go" or "to depart"
but is used
idiomatically in Aramaic to mean that some action goes forward and that
progresses "more and more".
One case where the Greek translator misunderstood this word and translated
to literally is in Jn. 12:11:
Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away (!?!?!?!?),
and believed on Jesus. (KJV)
Now I have translated the Aramaic of this passage as follows:
because many of the Judeans, on account of him,
were trusting more and more ('EZAL) in Yeshua.
And Jn. 15:16:
...that ye should go and bring forth fruit... (KJV
I have translated from the Aramaic:
...that you also should bear fruit more and more ('EZAL)...
There are many other examples of important things I have been finding and
For example in Luke 19:17, 19 a man does well with five cities (!?!?!?!)
and therefore is given ten cities (!?!?!?!?). However the parallel parable
in Mt. 25:25, 28 has five "talents" and ten "talents". Now the word
Aramaic Luke has for "cities" is spelled
in Hebrew/Aramaic letters as KAF-RESH-KAF-YUD-NUN but the Aramaic word
Matthew has for "talents" is spelled KAF-KAF-RESH-YUD-NUN. No doubt a
scribal error is to blame.
Also there is a well known contradiction between Mat. 28:1 and Mk. 16:1.
Greek Mt. 28:1 has literally: "when the Sabbath was late...."
Greek Mk. 16:1 has "When the Sabbath has passed..."
Now this contradiction finds explanation if we examine the Hebrew and Aramaic:
Hebrew and Aramaic Mt. 28:1 have "And in the Evening of the Sabbath..."
Aramaic Mk. 16:1 has "And when had passed the Sabbath..."
Now the Hebrew word Mt. uses for "evening" is spelled AYIN-RESH-BET
And the Aramaic word Mk. uses for "passed" is spelled AYIN-BET-RESH
Once again the difference is obviously due to a scribal error.
Well there is MUCH, MUCH more and it is all in the hundreds of
footnotes to the Hebraic Roots Version.
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PS: For those that have requested a progress report:
As you may know this work is the result of over 15 years of research.
The work was set back in fall by a death in the family as well as a
The computer crash destroyed the footnoted refined version of the
translation, the most recent back up did not have some last minute
revisions nor did it have the hundreds of footnotes for the four
Gospels. These footnotes had to be reentered from my hand written
notebooks. That process is almost completed and the HRV will be going out
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