Friday, September 22, 2023

Was Paul Forbidding “All Women” Everywhere, and “For All Time” to Teach?

By Maria Merola 

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, October 2007

If there is one thing that I have learned over the years, is that we cannot build doctrine around one single verse of Scripture. Our Messiah Yahuwshuwa, showed us the pattern for which we should establish doctrine, and it is based upon “two or three witnesses.”

What are these witnesses?

Luqas (Luke) 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Towrah (law) of Mosheh (Moses), and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

As you can see, there are two or three witnesses in Scripture that must be consulted before we can establish any kind of biblical doctrine. In Hebrew, there is an acronym called TaNaKTowrah, Nabiym, Ketuwbiym. In other words, Law, Prophets & Writings (Psalms).

Within Christendom, there seems to be a common error that is taught, whereby people will often use the letters and epistles of the Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) in the wrong context, in order to override what the prophets and our Messiah taught. 

The same problem seems to exist in reverse within the Hebraic Roots Community, where some have discounted Sha’uwl (Paul) as a false apostle, because they think he is teaching against the Towrah (Mosaic Law).

My aim in this study is to bring harmony to the entire counsel of scripture, with regard to the subject of women teaching in the assembly.

This topic has been a subject of much controversy within the body of Messiah for centuries, as many have used only one or two passages out of Sha’uwl’s letters as a means of silencing women who are called of YaHuWaH to preach the good news.

I am often asked about this subject since I have been called as a female to be a “Watchman to the House of Yisra’el” in these last days. The mandate that YaHuWaH has given me is to warn the body of Messiah about false pagan mixture that has crept into the Christian Church and within Judaism. 

I am called to teach about the Hebraic Roots of our faith in Messiah, to those who have “ears to hear” what the Spirit of YaHuWaH is saying. The message that YaHuWaH has given me to preach is without gender, as both males and females alike find themselves hearing what the Ruwach (Spirit) of YaHuWaH is saying in these last days:

Maaseh Shlichiym (Acts) 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

In the above passage, the outpouring of the Ruwach (Spirit) of YaHuWaH was not only intended for the male gender, but for females also. And what is the purpose of these women having the Ruwach (Spirit) poured out upon them? As you can see, they were meant to “prophesy,” and this word is defined in the Greek Strong’s Concordance as follows:

#4395. prophēteuō: to prophesy, to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspirations, to predict, to utter forth, declare, a thing which can only be known by divine revelation, to break forth under sudden impulse in lofty discourse or praise of the divine counsels, under like prompting, to teach, refute, reprove, admonish, comfort others, to act as a prophet, discharge the prophetic office.

As you can see, the Scriptures expressly state that the Spirit of YaHuWaH would be poured out upon “all flesh” in the latter days, to include females. The Greek word for “prophesy” is much broader than the English word, for it encompasses all forms of speaking under inspiration---even teaching!

As a woman who is called to teach and preach to the body of Messiah, I am under apostolic authority as I answer to other men who are also ministry leaders. Now that I have cleared that up, let me get to the meat of this message concerning the role of women in ministry. 

In order to properly understand what the Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) was referring to in 1st Timothy 2:12 (concerning women teaching men), we must take into account, the context, history, and culture surrounding his letter to Timothy. We must also read the other Epistles of Paul, where he specifically names certain women who were helping him preach the gospel of Messiah. To learn more about Paul's message to women, see my other blogs here:

The Male & Female Relationship in Marriage

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he was obviously addressing the marriage relationship (specifically), as he was instructing women not to usurp the authority of their own husbands. When you look up the original Greek word in 1st Timothy 2:12 for “woman” the word specifically means “wife.”

The Greek word is “gune” which literally means “wife.” 

#1135. gune: goo-nay’ probably from the base of 1096; a woman; specially, a wife:--wife, woman. 

There is a more generic word for woman in Greek which means “female” and that word is “thelus.”

#2338. thelus: thay’-loos from the same as 2337; female:--femalewoman

The original Greek word in 1st Timothy 2:12 in the Strong’s Concordance here for “man” is “aner” which literally means “husband.”

#435. aner: an’-ayr a primary word (compare 444); a man (properly as an individual male):--fellow, husbandman, sir. 

Some would try and argue the fact that the Greek word “aner” is sometimes used to describe “a man” (in general), and that this word is not necessarily always referring to a husband. But in the Greek language, there is no word for “husband” that is not also used to describe “man.” 

Here is a case-in-point:

Ephsiym (Ephesians) 5:25 “....husbands (aner) love your wives (gune) ....”

The reason why the word “aner” (husband) is used in Ephesians 5:22, is because the word “aner” is more specifically used to for “husband,” and not the male gender. 

The English translators properly translated the Greek word as “husband” in Ephesians 5:25, yet in 1st Timothy 2:12, they erroneously translated the word “aner” as “man,” thereby misleading the reader to believe that he was prohibiting females from teaching males.

Sha’uwl (Paul) used “aner” because that is the only word in Greek that applies to both husband and man. There is no Greek word that is used for “husband” only. Hence, in 1st Timothy 2:12 Sha’uwl was not making a case against the female gender being allowed to teach the male gender.

The word for “male” in Greek pertaining more specifically to the male gender is as follows:

#730. arsen: male (as stronger for lifting); male, man.

In Galatians 3:28 Sha’uwl (Paul) is expressly stating that there is no difference between male & female because the genders are “one in Messiah:”

Galatiym (Galatians) 3:28 There is neither Yahuwdiy (Jew) nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male (arsen) nor female (thelus): for you are all one in Messiah Yahuwshuwa.

If Paul was making a ruling against females teaching males, he would’ve used the words “thelus” and “arsen” in 1st Timothy 2:12. He would’ve stated “I do not permit a female to teach a male.” 

But he was obviously not making a ruling for all women, in every situation, and for all time. Paul was addressing the chain of command with regard to the marriage relationship. This is the reason why he went on to explain that Adam came first and then Eve. Paul was showing us that Yah had set up the proper order in marriages from the beginning. 

Here is another case-in-point:

Romiym (Romans) 1:26 For this cause Elohiym gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women (thelus, female) did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Romiym (Romans) 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, (thelus, female) burned in their lust one toward another; men (arsen, male) with men (arsen, male) working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

As you can see by the above passages, Paul used the Greek word “thelus” (female), even though the English translators used the more generic term “woman.” 

He also used the Greek word for “male” (arsen) even though the English translators used the word “men.” 

This tells us that Paul was being “gender specific” in this passage, whereas in 1st Timothy 2:12, he was speaking to the role of husbands and wives---not to the issue of gender.

Now that I have laid the foundation for properly understanding the context of his letter to Timothy, we can read it with more clarity:

1st Timotiyos (Timothy) 2:

12 But I suffer not a woman (gune, wife) to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man (aner, husband), but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

You will notice that Sha’uwl (Paul) is addressing the marriage relationship (specifically), because he goes on to describe the marriage relationship between Adam and Eve. Paul is explaining that Eve was redeemed from her naïve ways, when she suffered and gave birth. Suffering has a way of teaching us that we are not in control of our own lives, but that we must at every moment depend on our Creator.

Paul used his letter to Timothy as an opportunity to teach us that the woman’s deceptive nature is purged from her when she goes through the tribulation and suffering of giving labor. In Philippians 3:10, we are shown that suffering brings us closer to Messiah as we “know him” through being acquainted with what he has suffered for us sinners. Similarly, a woman becomes more like Messiah, when she suffers to bring forth her children.

Both Genders Created in the Image of YaHuWaH

I have heard a few misogynistic men argue that only the male gender was created in the image of Elohiym, whereas the female gender was created in the image of the male (but not in the image of Elohiym). Let
’s examine this passage to find out if there is any truth to this faulty line of reasoning.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 1:26 And Elohiym said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: 

The Hebrew word for “man” in this verse is as follows:

#120. Adam: human beingmankindperson, individual.

This word “adam” is not limited to the male gender, for it is describing the human race, in other words, all of mankind or humanity. 

This is where the Greek word “anthropos” for “mankind” comes from. This word “anthropos” is the Greek counterpart for the Hebrew word “Adam:”

#444. anthropos: anth’-ro-pos from 435 and ops (the countenance; from 3700); man-faced, i.e. a human being:--certain, man. 

Therefore, Elohiym made mankind (to include the female gender) in his image. The Hebrew word “adam” is therefore describing the human race, whereas the Hebrew words for male & female are defined as follows:

Strong’s Concordance #2145 – zakar: adjective, masculine noun; male (of humans and animals). 

Strong’s Concordance #5347 – nĕqebah: female, woman, female child, female animal.

Now, let
’s take a look at how these two Hebrew words are used elsewhere:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 1:27 So Elohiym created man (adam, human beings) in his own image, in the image of Elohiym created he him; male (zakar) and female (neqebah) created he them.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 5:2 Male (zakar) and female (neqebah) created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Awdawm (Adam), in the day when they were created.

The first thing I want to point out, is that YaHuWaH 

Now, these verses are made much clearer, as we can see that when YaHuWaH created mankind (humanity) in his image, he included both genders (male and female). Thus, the word “Adam” (man) is describing both male and female genders collectively.

Often-times whenever the subject of women teaching comes up, I will hear people quote the following verse, as if it is telling us that the male gender shall rule over the female gender:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:16 Unto the woman (ishshah) he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband (iysh), and he shall rule over you.

As you can see by the above verse, Elohiym is telling the “wife” (ishahah) that her husband (iysh) shall rule over her. He did not tell her that the zakar (male) would rule over the nĕqebah (female).

Do you see the difference? While the Hebrew word “ishshah” can mean “woman or female,” it is the only word that is used to describe “wife” in Hebrew. However, the word “neqebah” is more specific to the female gender. If YaHuWaH was telling all females that all males on the planet would rule over them, he would have said the following:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:16 Unto the females (neqebah) he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your males (zakar), and he shall rule over you.

Obviously, YaHuWaH is not telling all males to rule over all females. He is speaking specifically to the marriage relationship. 

Now, let’s take a look at the Hebrew words for “woman” and “husband” in Genesis 3:16:

Strong’s Concordance #802: ‘ishshah: woman, wife, female, woman (opposite of man); wife (woman married to a man); female (of animals); each, every (pronoun).

Strong’s Concordance #376: ‘iysh: man, male (in contrast to woman, female); husbandhuman being, person (in contrast to God); mankind; champion; great man; whosoever; each (adjective).

Therefore, whenever the TaNaKh (Hebrew Old Testament) is specifically speaking to the marriage relationship, it will always use the word “ishshah” for wife and the word “iysh” for husband. In the Greek New Testament, the word that is always used to describe wife is “gune” and the word that is always used to describe husband is “aner.” 

Now that I have made a distinction between male and female in scripture, (versus husband and wife), we can move on to the other evidences, showing that Paul was not forbidding females to teach males. In his letter to Timothy, he was specifically addressing the Congregation at Ephesus, who were known for worshipping Diana Artemis. 

This congregation had a unique situation, which would necessitate that Paul write to them concerning the proper role and function of a husband and a wife in marriage. This is why he outlined in Ephesians 5, the role of the husband and the wife as it relates to Messiah and his assembly.

The Female Dominance Cult in Ephesus

In order to understand Sha’uwl’s (Paul’s) letter to Timothy when he commanded wives (gune) not to usurp the authority of their husbands, we must first become aware of the historical background of this congregation that he was writing to in Ephesus. 

The Assembly at Ephesus was a group of former pagans who worshiped the Great Diana Artemis. This religion taught that Eve came before Adam and that she conceived Adam. This cult would emasculate men by making them eunuchs (removing their reproductive parts), and then the women would be dominant over the men, and they would sacrifice these men to this pagan goddess Diana. 

This is the reason why the Apostle Paul made reference to this: 

1st Timotiyos (Timothy) 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve

Why would the Sha’uwl (Paul) need to explain that Adam was formed first and then Eve? Don’t we know this already? Well obviously, the Assembly at Ephesus did not already know this because they had been taught the lie that Eve was the mother of Adam. This lie is much like the lie in the Catholic Church today where it is taught that “Mary, the mother of Jesus was born without original sin, hence it was her divinity which was passed on to Jesus…”

Since Catholicism teaches that Mary is the Holy Spirit, they conclude that “Mary is the author of Jesus,” just like the lie that the Ephesians were taught about Eve being the author of Adam.

Roman Catholicism is strikingly similar to this cult from ancient Babylon, which was adopted into other cultures, such as Ephesus. We can see how the deification of Mary/Miryam (the mother of our Messiah), was meant to assimilate him to Nimrod and his mother/wife, Semiramis aka “The Queen of Heaven.

To those who extrapolate 1st Timothy 2:12 as a message to “All women, everywhere, and for all time,” that would be like forbidding all males from being circumcised forevermore. In Galatians, Paul addressed a Cult in Galatia who were enforcing circumcision as a means to salvation. To learn more about this cult named “Works of the Law,” see my other blog: Who Has Bewitched You?

Here is an example of how many people take Paul’s letters out of context:

Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you be circumcised, Messiah shall profit you nothing. 

Galatians 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.  

Galatians 5:4 Messiah is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace. 

*Explanation: If we were to take the above passages out of their intended context, we would be forced to believe that Paul was condemning all the patriarchs who were circumcised, such as Abraham, Moses & all 8-day-old Yisraelite males. 

When Paul wrote “To every man that is circumcised,” we would be tempted to think that Paul was addressing all males, in every situation, and for all time. However, the only way to properly understand Paul’s message, is to read the entire chapter of Galatians (from the beginning), to find out what he was objecting to.

Additionally, even further studying of the Towrah (from Genesis to Deuteronomy), is required to fully understand the purpose of circumcision. The intention of circumcision was to teach us the importance of having our hearts circumcised (Deuteronomy 10:16; 30:6; Jeremiah 4:4).

To fully understand what Paul was speaking out against, we must read his other letters (Romans, Acts & Corinthians), where we find out that he circumcised Timothy (Acts 16:1-5), but Titus was not compelled to be circumcised in the flesh (Galatians 2:3). 

In Genesis 17, YaHuWaH first commanded Abraham and his male descendants to be circumcised. This was for outward identification purposes---not a means to salvation. Paul explained that circumcision was an outward sign or a token of their covenant with Yah, but not a means to it.  

Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

Outward circumcision in the flesh is is equivalent to Christians being water-baptized. While we are required to do it to be saved (Mark 16:16), there are death-bed conversions, where there is no time for the newly born-again person to be baptized in water. Therefore, when we repent of our sins, we are being baptized by the Living Water in heaven, who is Messiah (John 4:11; 7:38; Revelation 7:17).

Such was the case for the thief on the cross who repented, but our Messiah promised he would be with him that same day in Paradise (Luke 23:43). Water-baptism is meant to symbolize being washed in the blood of Messiah, and being cleansed by his word (Ephesians 5:26; Revelation 1:5 & 7:14). Once we understand the underlying principle behind what is being presented in Scripture, it opens up our understanding to the true message being conveyed.

Why the Rabbit Trail?

I went on a bunny trail about circumcision to illustrate that many of us dont fully understand Pauls letters, unless we are well-studied in the entire counsel of Scripture. 

When it comes to females being allowed to operate in ministry, the same principles of how to rightly divide the word applies. As with any other topic in Scripture, the full scope of understanding cannot be realized, unless we “Study to show ourselves approved of Elohiym(2nd Timothy 2:15).

Sunday, September 17, 2023

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 Welcome to Double Portion Inheritance Ministries! 

*At the bottom of this page, you will see an index, where you can access all my blogs according to category and topic.

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, August 2002-2023

Maria Merola is the founder of “Double Portion Inheritance,” since August of 2007. This photo was taken in August of 2007, when I was 47 years old. This was the summer when YaHuWaH called me into full-time ministry, and he also gave me the name “Double Portion Inheritance.” 

What does the name of the ministry mean? Why is it called “Double Portion Inheritance?”  To learn more, see the blog entitled: What is The Double Portion Inheritance?

Who is Maria Merola? Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born on August 18, 1960 into an Italian, Roman Catholic family, as both parents were born in Naples Italy, but they both immigrated to American after World War II. My birth name is Maria Domenica Merola. My married name since 2014. is Maria Merola Wold. Pictured is me, at age 2 1/2 being held by my father, Dominic Merola, and my mother Anna Merola holding my baby brother, John in 1962.

The town where I was born, is New Castle, Pennsylvania, (about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania). New Castle was, (and still is) heavily populated with Italian immigrants, as well as Greeks, Polish, and African-Americans. Growing up in New Castle, was like growing up in a melting pot of various ethnic influences, with a whopping 30% of the population being Italians. 

Although I am 100% Italian (first-generation), I have had a great love for the nation of Yisra’el, and the Yahuwdiym (Jewish) people since being born-again between 1974-1981. In 1974, I encountered a friend in my childhood neighborhood who shared the true gospel of Messiah with me, as he explained the need for all people to become “born-again,” according to John 3:3 and 1st Peter 2:3.

This had been a foreign concept to me, because it was never taught to us in Catholic School by the nuns. We were erroneously taught that being sprinkled with water on the forehead (as an infant), insured our salvation. It was in 1974, when I first learned that all people are born into the world with a fallen nature, (which we have inherited from Adam). Scripture confirms this, as it is written, that by Adam, (the first man), sin entered into the world (Romans 5:12-14). 

And because we are born with this fallen nature (inherited from Adam), all people must be “born-again,” or we cannot enter the Kingdom of Elohiym. 

Yirmeyahuw (Jeremiah 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 

Tehilliym (Psalm) 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Elohiym. 

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 

In the summer of 1974, (at the age of 14), this was the first time I had heard of the concept of being spiritually reborn (as taught by our Messiah in John 3:3-8). For the first time in my life, I realized that I needed a savior, and that’s when I first repeated a “sinners prayer,” with another teenage boy from my neighborhood named “Dominic.” Dominic had a special “glow” about him. 

He beamed with joy and excitement every day, as he walked through our neighborhood like a modern-day “John the Baptist,” I made a verbal acknowledgement that I was born a sinner by nature, and that I needed a savior. I knew that the one who could save me, (by giving me a new nature), was the Messiah I had read about in the Bible. Back then, I knew him as “Jesus Christ.” 

However, I would eventually learn his true name, Yahuwshuwa (Joshua in English). It would be six more years, before I completely surrendered my life to Yahuwshuwa, as my Messiah. On February 10th, 1981, I was called out of a life of sin, and that’s when I announced to my family, that I was leaving Roman Catholicism, much to their “shock and horror.” 

I transitioned from a life of living selfishly, into a surrendered life of faith in Yahuwshuwa. Within that first year, I spent every waking hour reading the Scriptures, (beginning with Genesis), and finishing with the Book of Revelation. It was during that first year, that I had an insatiable hunger to understand the ways of Elohiym our Creator.

That same year, I was immersed (baptized) in water, but also with the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and fire. What came along with my being filled with the Spirit of Yah, was the evidence of speaking with “renewed tongues” (Isaiah 6:5-7; 28:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:2-17; 1st Corinthians 12:1-11 & 14:1-40). 

This gift has been promised to every Messiah-follower as a “sign” of his “Renewed” (New) Covenant (Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16). 

To learn more about this gift, see the following blogs:

When we are “Born-again of incorruptible seed” (1st Peter 2:3), we are given the same spiritual nature of our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa! It is only by the “The blood of the lamb,” that we are cleansed from the evil nature. a Yahuwshuwa himself told us that if we “Eat his flesh and drink his blood,” we have his life in us (John 6:54-56). 

Eating his flesh, and drinking his blood, is not meant to be literal, as Roman Catholicism teaches. Our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa was sharing with us a “metaphor” when he said the following words:

Yahuwchanon (John) 6:35....I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.

The word of Elohiym is our sustenance, and the only thing that can satisfy the human heart: 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Elohiym. 

Luqas (Luke) 4:4 And Yahuwshuwa answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of Elohiym. 

In other words, when we “come to him,” we are eating his flesh (metaphorically), because our spiritual hunger shall be satisfied. When we “believe on him,” we shall never thirst, because our spiritual thirst shall be satisfied. 

Therefore, “eating his flesh” is a metaphor for reading his words, and allowing them to transform our lives. “Drinking his blood,” is a metaphor for allowing his words to make us clean (John 15:3; Joel 3:21), thereby changing our very DNA! 

Thus, being born-again of “incorruptible seed,” means that we have Messiah’s seed in us. Just like a plant is sown into the ground, it must first “die” (decompose), before it produces life, and springs forth into a green plant! Similarly, those of us that have our Messiah’s “seed” in us, shall one day be given immortal/incorruptible bodies, just like him! (See Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:23; 1st Corinthians 15:35-54). 

If you would like to experience this transformation, pray these words, and mean them from your heart: 

“Heavenly Father, I know that I was born a sinner by nature, and I must be reborn spiritually. I come to you now, asking you to forgive my sins. I repent of my sinful ways, and I ask you to cleanse me with the blood of Messiah, Yahuwshuwa. 

I turn away from all my sinful ways, and I choose to pursue a life of righteousness, by the power of your Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit). I now surrender my life completely to you, Yahuwshuwa, and I invite you to change me, and to transform me into a new creation, after your likeness. 

Let me become ‘born-again’ of your incorruptible seed, and fill me now with your Ruwach ha’Qodesh.” 

If you have recited this prayer, I urge you to continue to pursue a life pleasing to YaHuWaH, by studying the Scriptures, and asking the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) to teach you all things: 

1st Yahuwchanon (John) 2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.

What our Messiah was telling us, is that the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit), has been given to us when we are “born-again” by the blood of Messiah, and his Spirit will teach us all things. 

It is important not to be turned aside to false teachers, who will lead you into a spiritual ditch. Stay in prayer, constantly, and study the word of Elohiym! Let the Ruwach/Spirit of Yah be your teacher, and if you listen to the teachings of others, weigh it up against Scripture. Now, the question often arises, “Maria, which Bible shall I use?” 

I strongly recommend the “Easy Read King James Bible,” which is the same thing as the 1611 King James Version, without the archaic language. Why do I recommend the King James Version? 

The main reason is because there is a copyright law in America, (and in other nations), requiring Bible Translators to make at least 30% changes to the text, before registering their “version,” as a new copyrightable work, worthy of earning profit. 

These “changes” are required for a new “Bible Version” to be copyrighted. For this reason, I have been using the King James Version since my conversion in 1981, but as I read it, I restore the sacred names of the Father and the Son. 

When I see the name “Jesus Christ,” I read it as “Yahuwshuwa Messiah,” or “Yahuwshua ha’Mashiyach.” 

When I see “God,” I read it as “Elohiym.” 

When I see “LORD” in all capital letters, I say “YaHuWaH,” which is the proper name of our Father. 

When I see “Lord” in lower and uppercase letters in the Tanakh or Old Testament, I read it as “Adonay.” 

In the “New Testament,” it’s a bit more complicated. There are three different definitions in the Greek Textus Receptus for “Lord.” Whenever it’s the word “Kurios,” the word should be the proper name of YaHuWaH. 

The other two definitions mean “master, or a ruler of a household.” I also recommend downloading the “Esword Program” free onto your desktop, and be sure to download KJV & KJV + which enables you to hover over the words, and look up the meaning of each word in the Hebrew Concordance (for the Tanakh/Old Testament) or Greek (for the Briyth Chadashah/New Testament). 

I also recommend the following Bibles: 

The ISR Scriptures Version from 2009.
The Aramaic English New Testament by Andrew Gabriel Roth. 
The HalleluYah Scriptures.

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