When Translation Becomes Over-Interpretation

When studying the Bible, one very important but often overlooked thing is knowing the difference between translation and interpretation. This may not seem significant on the surface, but it is vital if you want to arrive at valid scriptural conclusions. The truth is that no matter what version of the Bible you are reading it is a blend of translation and interpretation. This in and of itself is not bad because anytime you translate from one language to another there is some interpretation needed if only because not all languages have words for every word and others have many different words for a single word. One example is the Greek word “kurios” which is translated “Lord” in most Bibles ca

Learning to Make Your Second Choice First

I absolutely love the people we read about in the Bible. I love the fact that they are imperfect and often they make the wrong choices. One of the things that bring me the most confidence in the Bible and in the G-D of the Bible is the imperfection of the people I read about within its pages. If Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Samson, Peter and Paul were perfect people that jumped from spiritual mountaintop to spiritual mountaintop, I would have difficulty believing in the Bible. Beyond that, I would find myself in a hopeless place comparing my failures and imperfections with a line of perfect people. Further, the imperfections, shown in the lives and experiences of the heroes of my faith onl


Every year at the end of the Biblical Holy Days of Sukkot I begin to read through the Torah again. Each year I try to read with a different focus or lens with hopes that I will see the words on the page through a slightly different lens. This year I am trying to read through the text with a lens of discipleship. In other words I am trying to read the Scriptures in a way that instructs or encourages me and provides direction to my walk with and for G-D. As I read through Genesis Chapter 1 I came to verses 26-27: 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness! Let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the flying creatures of the sky, over the livestock, over the whole e

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Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue exists to be a Messiah-centered, Torah observant community of Believers, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our goal is to share the entirety of G-D's Word, which consists of the Tanakh and Brit Chadashah, with all peoples of all nations.







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