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What do you Mean “Church”?

What do you Mean “Church”?
By
James Scott Trimm

There has been a great deal of confusion over the years over what the “church” is. Some have taught that the Church is a new entity which replaces Israel. Others have taught that the Church is a new body which is totally independent of Israel. Still others have taught that the Church and Israel are two different but overlapping entities. With all of the misconceptions about the identity of the “Church” the time has come to set the story straight and reveal what the “Church” really is.

The English word “Church” comes originally from the Old English word KIRKE. The Old English word KIRKE was the word the Anglo-Saxons used to refer to their pagan places of worship. When they became Christianized the Anglo-Saxons continued to call their places of worship KIRKES and as the language evolved “Churches”. You may have
heard that the word “Church” originally referred to the people and later came to refer to the building. This is not true. The word “Church” originally referred to the building and later came to refer to the people. Moreover the word “church” is of pagan origin

Now if you look up the English word “Church” in Webster’s dictionary you will find the following meanings:

1. a building set apart or consecrated for public worship, esp. one
for Christian worship.

2. All Christians as a whole.

3. A denomination of Christians.

In short a “church” is either a building or a group of Christians.

Now wherever we see the English word “church” in an English Bible we would expect the underlying Greek word would be a Greek word that also means “a group of Christians”. Since the English uses such a technical theological term one would expect that the Greek has also used a technical theological term. But the reality is that the Greek word that appears wherever the English has “church” is not a technical theological term and DOES NOT mean “a group of Christians” at all. That’s right, a technical theological term of pagan origin meaning “a group of Christians” has been inserted in your English Bible despite the fact that the corresponding Greek word is not a technical theological term and does not mean the same thing as the word “Church”.

The Greek word that appears where our English Bible’s have “church” is EKKLESIA. EKKLESIA is just the Greek word for “assembly”. Although it comes from a root meaning “to call out” there is no special theological significance to this word. In fact this is the same Greek word which was used for “assembly” by the classical Pagan Greek writers. Inscriptions in ancient Greek auditoriums where pagan ritual dramas were performed by the Bachus cult have the audience section inscribed with the sign “EKKLESIA”. This same Greek word EKKLESIA is used throughout the Greek Septuagint translation of the Tanak as the word for “assembly”. There are also many places where the Greek word EKKLESIA appears in the NT but which the KJV and other translators did NOT translate the word as “church”. This same Greek word is even used in Acts 19:32-41 to describe an unruly mob, yet here the translators suddenly translate
the word as “assembly” rather than “church”.

There is therefore no such thing as the “church” because the Greek word translated “church” does not mean “church” at all but “assembly”.

Now there are some who claim that the “Church” was a new entity born in Acts 2 at Pentecost of 32 C.E. . However if we examine the events of Acts 2 we find that at that event persons were “added to” the “church” (Acts 2:47) which means that the “church” had to have already existed at that time. If we turn to Acts 7:38 we see that it speaks of Moses as “he that was in the church in the wilderness”. Certainly this “church” could not have been a new “New Testament” entity.

Now while the term “church” is a mistranslation for a word simply meaning “assembly”, there is an entity which is commonly referred to as “The Assembly” in the New Testament. Let us examine the Scriptures and determine what the true identity of this “Assembly” is.

To begin with we must understand that this Assembly is also known as the “Body of Messiah” as we read:

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the
preeminence.”
(Col. 1:18 – KJV)

“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head
over all things to the church,
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
(Eph. 1:22-23 – KJV)

Now one may ask what “Assembly” is the allegorical Messiah? To find the answer to that question lets look at Matthew 2:14-15:

“When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and
departed into Egypt:
And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. “
(Matthew 2:14-15 – KJV)

Now here Matthew is citing a prophecy in Hosea 11:1 and applying it to Messiah. Now let us go back and look at this prophecy in Hosea 11:1 in context:

“When Israel was a child, then I loved him,
and called my son out of Egypt.”
(Hosea 11:1 – KJV)

Here Hosea is referring to Israel as the son who is called out of Egypt. This points us back to a passage in the Torah:

“And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go,
behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.”
(Ex. 4:22-23 – KJV)

From these two passages we learn that Israel is the firstborn son of Elohim who is called out of Egypt. However in Matthew it is Yeshua the Messiah who is called up out of Egypt and in Col. 1:18 Messiah is the “firstborn”. Moreover Hebrews speaks of the “church of the firstborn” (Heb. 12:23 – KJV).

Thus Israel is allegorically equivalent to the Messiah. There are some very important reasons for this allegorical relationship:

* Both are the “firstborn Son of Elohim”.

* Both made a major impact on the world.

* Both were born through a biological miracle on their mother’s womb.

* Both were taken into Egypt to save their lives.

* Both were called up out of Egypt.

* Both were despised and rejected by men.

* Rome attempted to destroy them both.

* Both are resurrected.

Thus Israel is the allegorical “Body of Messiah”. Moreover in the Tanak, Israel is commonly called “The Assembly of Israel” and wherever the phrase “The Assembly of Israel” appears in the Tanak the Greek LXX has “EKKLESIA of Israel”.

The so-called “church” which is the “Body of Messiah” is in reality “the Assembly of Israel”. Yeshua did not come to create a new religion, but to be Messiah of the old one. Wherever your English New Testament refers to a “church” (i.e. a group of Christians) the Greek has “EKKLESIA a term which commonly refers to the “Assembly of Israel”. The “Church” as most Christians have understood it never existed. All of the passage people have thought were talking about the “Church” were actually talking about the Assembly of Israel, not Christianity, but the Nazarene sect of Judaism.

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Is the “Last Supper” in John the “Last Supper” in the Synoptics?

Is the “Last Supper” in John the “Last Supper” in the Synoptics?
By
James Scott Trimm

In the Synoptic Gospels we read:

Matthew 26:17 “Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread…”
Mark 14:12 “And on the first day of Unleavened Bread…”
Luke 22:7 “Then came the day of Unleavened Bread…”

But in John we read:

John 13:1 “Now before the feast of Passover…”

Some have seen this as evidence that John is not depicting a Passover Sader, but another meal the day before the one recorded in the synoptic Gospels.

While there are many internal evidences that all four accounts are accounts of a Passover Sader, the simplest proof that they are all the same event/meal is by comparing them.

In the synoptic gospels Matthew and Mark relate to us Yeshua’s revelation that one of the twelve would him (Matthew 26:20-25 & Mark 14:17-21) which parallels the account in John 13:21-35.

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31 and Luke 22:31-38) contain accounts parallel to John (John 13:36-38) of Yeshua forewarning Kefa (Peter) and the other disciples that they would fail him in his final hours before the cock crows (Matthew. 26:34; Mark 14:30 & Luke 22:34 & John 13:38)

Then after a lengthy discourse by Yeshua (recorded in John chapters 14-17) on Psalm 118 (inspired by the traditional reciting of Psalm 118 at the Seder, the “hymn” (Matt. 26:30; Mk. 14:26).

Most importantly, both the synoptic gospels (Matthew 26:1f; Mark 14:32f and Luke 22:39f) and John (18:1f) concludes with the whole group going to the Garden of Gathsemane, where Yeshua is arrested.

So there can be no doubt that these are a accounts of a single meal/event.

So how can these be the same event? Does John 13:1 contradict the synoptic gospels?

The answer is no. There are several variables that have to be considered.

To begin with there is and was conflict as to just what “Passover” is. Some understood “Passover” to simply be the Passover lamb as a sacrifice and a meal. Others understood “Passover” to also refer to the 14th of Nisan/Abib as a “Moed” (appointed time) as a Feast Day immediately preceding the seven day “Feast of Unleavened Bread”, creating an eight day festival complex.

By the first century it had also become common to refer to the Feast of Unleavened Bread as “Passover” or to those who understood this to be an eight day festival of two back to back feasts, the whole eight days as “Passover”.
We must add to this that the Hebrew phrase used in the DuTillet Hebrew manuscript of Matthew is  וביום הרשון which Hugh Schonfield translated “the day before” in his 1927 translation of the DuTillet Hebrew text. The word רשון usually means “first” but in some places it means “before” (Number 6:12; Joshua 8:33b and 1Kings 13:6, for example, where the KJV translates “before”).

In fact the word might well be translated “foremost” or in this case “foremost day” which reaches to the ambiguity as to whether the “foremost day” of “Passover” or “Unleavened Bread: is the 14th of Nisan or the 15th of Nisan.

The same ambiguity exists in the Aramaic word קדמיא used in the Aramaic Gospels.

All four of the Gospels could be translated either “the first day” or “the day before”.

Therefore the variation between “first day” and “day before” is due to ambiguity of the text. A simple examination of the course of events, makes it clear that both John and the Synoptic Gospels record the same event/meal commonly known as the “Last Supper” as the same Passover Seder in all four Gospels.

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Does the Greek Word Artuo in the “Lord’s Supper” Prove it Was not a Passover Seder?

Does the Greek Word Artuo in the “Lord’s Supper”
Prove it Was not a Passover Sader?
By
James Scott Trimm

Some have argued that the so-called “Lord’s Supper” was not a Passover Sader based on the appearance of the Greek word “artuo” in the Greek accounts of the “Last Supper” (in passages like Matt. 26:26) in the Gospels, proves that this was not a Passover Sader. This is simply not true.

Artuo is a Greek word with a very broad scope of meaning. Not only can it mean “bread” leavened or unleavened but it can even refer to any kind of food (as in the Greek of Lk. 15:17; 2Thes. 3:8 etc.) so its use does not indicate whether the bread was leavened or unleavened. For proof of this broad use see the word artuo in the GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AND OTHER EARLY CHRISTIAN LITERATURE by Bauer, Arndt and Gingrich.

Artuo is also the Greek word that is used to translate the Hebrew word lechem in the ancient LXX Greek Tanak (for example in Is. 65:25 where the Hebrew has lechem and the Greek translates artuo).

The Hebrew word lechem (Aramaic: lachma) also has broad meaning and can refer to either leavened or unleavened bread or even any other kind of food (as in Is. 65:25). In fact the traditional blessing for the unleavened bread used at the Passover Sader to this day is:

Baruch ata YHWH, Eloheynu Melech haolam,
hamotzi lechem min haaretz.
Blessed are you YHWH our Elohim, King of the universe
who brings forth bread from the earth.
So even at the Passover sader, the unleavened bread is called lechem (Aramaic lachma and Greek artuo).

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When was Yeshua Buried? Insights from the Hebrew and Aramaic

When was Yeshua Buried? Insights from the Hebrew and Aramaic
By
James Trimm

Luke 23:54 says in the Aramaic of the Old Syriac version: “And it was the day of preparation and the Sabbath was dawning [NOGAH] (Strong’s Aramaic #5053)” However the parallel passages in Matthew and Mark say “When it was evening” (Matt. 27:57; Mark 15:42) “the day before the Sabbath (Mk. 14:42)

Lets look at this Aramaic word NOGAH. According to Charles Cutler Torrey in his monumental work “Our Translated Gospels” this word can mean either “as it dawned” or “and before the dawn” (p. 21)

Torrey elaborates:

[NOGAH] designates ordinarily the time between the close (sunset) of one day and the dawn of the next day, and may apply either to the entire time or to any part of it…. the time intended could equally well be midnight, or any hour before or after it. The same idiom precisely, using the same word… is found in classical Syriac. In the Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite, ed. Wright, p. 22, line 9, it designates the whole “night between Friday and Saturday.” In Bedjan’s Acta Mart. et Sanct., IV, 579 f., the time is “at midnight”; ibid., 629, “at the eleventh hour of the night.”
(Our Translated Gospels by Charles Cutler Torrey; 1936; p. 25)

In fact NOGAH is also the word for our planet Venus, known as both the Evening Star and the Morning Star, as it is visible only in the evening (early night) or morning (the end of night) due to it’s being closer to the Sun than the Earth.


Professor Marcus Jastrow in his Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Babli, Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature (p. 873) gives one of the definitions of NOGAH as “to get dark, to be belated.” He gives these examples of this usage of NOGAH in the Aramaic of the Talmud:

“night set in (NOGAH), and no food was brought to them.”
(b.Taan. 24a)

“the reason why I am late (NOGAH)”
(b.Shabb. 10a)

So while the word NOGAH is commonly translated as “dawn” it can also refer to anytime after it gets dark in the evening and up to dawn as well.

In context this was clearly the day before the annual Sabbath at the beginning of Passover. This is clear from the Hebrew (Du/tillet and Munster) text of Matthew 27:62 which says “Now on the next day, which was following the search for leaven.”

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Yeshua’s Passover Appearance to Ya’akov

Yeshua’s Passover Appearance to Ya’akov
By
James Scott Trimm

We read in 1Corinthians:

[1] Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
[2] By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
[4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
[6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
[7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
(1Cor. 15:1-7 KJV)

In his Jewish New Testament Commentary, David Stern writes of 1Cor. 15:7:

The appearance to Ya’akov (James), …is not mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament but is reported in one of the apocryphal books, the Gospel according to the Hebrews…
(Jewish New Testament Commentary by David Stern 1Cor. 15:7)

What is the Gospel according to the Hebrews? The Gospel according to the Hebrews was an ancient, lost, apocryphal gospel which was used by the ancient Nazarenes, the original followers of Yeshua as Messiah.

The Third Century “Church Father” Eusebius wrote of this document:

“And among them [doubted books] some have placed the Gospel according to the Hebrews which is the especial delight of those of the Hebrews who have accepted Messiah.”
(Eusebius; Eccl. Hist. 3:25:5)

When speaking of the Ebionites, Epiphanius calls GH “their Gospel” (Pan. 30:16:4-5) and Jerome refers to GH as “the Gospel which the Nazarenes and Ebionites use” (On Mat. 12:13). The actual document has been lost to history, but about 50 quotations and citations of this document are preserved in quotations and citations from the so-called “Church Fathers” and other commentators even into the middle ages.

The twentieth Century Scholar Hugh Schonfield wrote of this lost gospel:

“The Gospel according to the Hebrews is a literary outlaw with a price on its head; but in spite of the scholarly hue and cry it still evades capture. Neither monastic libraries nor Egyptian rubbish heaps have so far yielded up a single leaf of this important document….
For behind Hebrews lies the unknown potentialities of the Nazarene tradition, which may confirm or contradict some of the most cherished beliefs of Orthodox Christianity. It is useless for certain theologians to designate Hebrews as “secondary” on the evidence of the present fragmentary remains preserved in quotation. …
Judged by ancient testimony alone it is indisputable that Hebrews has the best right of any Gospel to be considered a genuine apostolic production;…
Here is obviously a most valuable witness, perhaps the most valuable witness to the truth about [Yeshua]… whom even a jury composed entirely of orthodox Christians could not despise, and who ought to be brought into court. But the witness is missing, and all that we have is a few reported statements of his taken long ago…
…it may be argued that there has been dependence not of ‘Hebrews’ on the Synoptics but vice versa– that ‘Hebrews’ was one of the sources on which one or more of them drew.”
(Hugh Schonfield; According to the Hebrews; 13-18)

The Fourth Century “Church Father” Jerome cites an account of Yeshua’s “Last Supper” Passover Seder in the Gospel according to the Hebrews as follows:

Also the gospel called according to the Hebrews, recently translated by me into Greek and Latin, which Origen often uses, says after the resurrection of the Savior: Now the Lord, when he had given the cloth to the servant of the priest, went to Ya’akov and appeared to him. (for James had sworn that he would not eat bread from that hour in which he had drank the Lord’s cup until he should see him risen from among them that sleep). A little further on the Lord says, Bring a table and bread. And immediately it is added, He took bread and blessed and broke and gave it to Ya’akov HaTzadik and said to him, My brother, eat your bread, for the Son of Man is risen from among them that sleep.”
(Jerome; On Illustrious Men, 2)

Here we have preserved for us this ancient Nazarene account of Yeshua’s appearance to Ya’akov which Paul had referenced in 1Cor. 15:7, so that we as Nazarenes of the restoration may at Passover reflect upon this new light which we have upon Yeshua’s Seder and his resurrection.

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A Time for Courage

A Time for Courage
By
James Scott Trimm

I would like to share with you some words of wisdom: The world is facing a crisis and it is a time for us to exhibit the virtue of courage. Solomon lists “courage” as one of the labors of wisdom which are virtues:

5 If riches are a desirable possession in life,
what is richer than wisdom who effects all things?
6 And if understanding is effective,
who more than she is fashioner of what exists?
7 And if any one loves righteousness,
her labors are virtues;
for she teaches self-control and prudence,
justice and courage;
nothing in life is more profitable for men than these.
(Wisdom of Solomon 8:5-7 RSV)

In Fourth Maccabees we read:

21 Now when Elohim fashioned man, he planted in him emotions and inclinations,
22 but at the same time he enthroned the mind among the senses as a sacred governor over them all.
23 To the mind he gave the Torah; and one who lives subject to this will rule a kingdom that is temperate, just, good, and courageous.
(4Macc. 2:21-23)

At times such as this, fear is an irrational response, and a poor substitute for another of the virtues , or labors of wisdom: rational prudence.

We should not react with fear, but we should react with rational prudence, and we must not confuse the two, even as others do.

In a world crisis such as this, it is important to understand that there are things that we can control and much more that we cannot control. Worry is a form of fear, and there is no real reason to worry. Why do I say there is no real reason to worry? Because whatever issue you are facing, you can either do something about it, or you cannot. If you can do something about it, then there is no reason to worry, because you can do something about it. If you cannot do anything about it, then there is no reason to worry, because there is nothing you can do about it. This is what Yeshua meant when he said:

[25] Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
[26] Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
[27] Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
[28] And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
[29] And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
[30] Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
[31] Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
[32] (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
[33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
[34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
(Matthew 6:25-34 KJV)

One final word of wisdom. Philo of Alexandria quite wisely said:

“…the Torah corresponds to the world and the world to the Torah, and that a man who is obedient to the Torah, being, by so doing, a citizen of the world, arranges his actions with reference to the intention of nature, in harmony with which the whole universal world is regulated.
(Philo; On Creation 3)

“…the man who adhered to these laws, and clung closely to a connection with and obedience to nature, would live in a manner corresponding to the arrangement of the universe with a perfect harmony and union, between his words and his actions and between his actions and his words.
(On the Life of Moses 2, 48)

YHWH created the universe with natural laws. These natural laws reflect the way YHWH designed the universe to run. We may therefore conclude that the natural laws, are the way YHWH likes His universe to function. The super-natural is the rare exception that typically goes against the way YHWH designed His universe to run. We should arrange our actions with reference to the intention of nature, rather than with an expectation of supernatural intervention. This is not to deny the supernatural, or to have a lack of faith in YHWH, but simply to have a rationally prudent arrangement of ones action in agreement with the intentions of nature as expressed by natural laws.

This is why we read in the Wisdom of Ben Sirah:

[1] Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him.
[2] For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king.
[3] The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration.
[4] The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
[5] Was not the water made sweet with wood, that the virtue thereof might be known?
[6] And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works.
[7] With such doth he heal [men,] and taketh away their pains.
[8] Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth,
[9] My son, in thy sickness be not negligent: but pray unto the Lord, and he will make thee whole.
[10] Leave off from sin, and order thine hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all wickedness.
[11] Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour; and make a fat offering, as not being.
[12] Then give place to the physician, for the Lord hath created him: let him not go from thee, for thou hast need of him.
[13] There is a time when in their hands there is good success.
[14] For they shall also pray unto the Lord, that he would prosper that, which they give for ease and remedy to prolong life.
[15] He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician.
(Ben Sirah 38:1-15 KJV)

With this in mind, when given the option, one should not take actions that might, in the course of nature, expose oneself, or a group, to a disease, with the expectation of supernatural protection. If one is in a burning house, one would exit the house, not stay there expecting supernatural protection. Yes miracles happen, but by definition, they run contrary to the way the universe was designed to function, and therefor contrary to the way YHWH likes His universe to run.

So DON’T PANIC! Face this crisis with courage and rational prudence. Don’t worry. If you can do something about an issue you face, then don’t worry, because you can do something. If you cannot do anything about a given situation, then leave that to YHWH. Don’t discount YHWH’s use of Physicians to help us. Do take actions in harmony with the arrangement of nature, and do not take actions expecting supernatural intervention, because natural laws are the Creator’s intention for the universe in which we live.

May YHWH give us courage to accept the things we cannot control, and to act on things we can control, and give us the rational prudence to distinguish the one from the other.

Donations this month have been lower than they have been in years! And bills are due!!!

As you know we have been digging ourselves out of a budget shortfall.  As I have said to you many times, I look on this work as a co-operative one with me, and all of you combining our resources together in order to get the job done of helping to teach this great truth to all in the world who will listen. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your continued support, you are the ones who make it all possible by your contributions and your prayers for our work. I truly appreciate your help in every way.

If you can make a one time donation of $500 or $1,000 dollars to support this work.


Donations can be sent by paypal to donations@wnae.org.

Donations can also be made out to “Nazarene Judaism” and sent to:

Nazarene Judaism
PO Box 471
Hurst, TX 76053

And don’t forget to join the conversations at the NazareneSpace Social Network

Is there a Contradiction in How Judas Died?

Is there a Contradiction in How Judas Died?
By
James Scott Trimm


Recently an anti-missionary claimed that there is a contradiction in the Scriptural accounts of the death of Judas Iscariot. On the surface there is an apparent contradiction between Matt. 27:5 and Acts 1:18

And he cast the thirty pieces of silver into the Temple, and hanged himself with a halter.
(Matt. 27:5)

This is he who purchased for himself a field from the reward of sin and fell on his face upon the ground and burst from his middle, and all his bowels poured out.
(Acts 1:18)

To begin with, it is important to note that it was not customary to detach the body of a hanged man down from a tree before burial, because the tree itself was felled and buried as well, and to avoid contact with the dead body (which is unclean) it was unnecessary to detach the body before felling the tree.  We read in the Torah:

And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree: His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of Elohim;) that your land be not defiled, which YHWH your Elohim gives you for an inheritance.
(Deut. 21:22-23).

The Hebrew says  כִּֽי־קָבֹ֤ור תִּקְבְּרֶ֙נּוּ֙  literally, “for burying you shall bury him/it.” 

The use of a verb with its own infinitive is a common idiom of the Hebrew language by which a verb is amplified.  However the Tenth rule of Eliezer’s Baraita of Thirty Two Rules of interpretation is “davar shehu shanui” meaning “repetition brings out a point.”  In this case the repetition of the verb is taken by the Talmud to teach us that the tree is felled and also buried:

Our Rabbis taught: [Then thou shalt hang him on] a tree: this I might understand as meaning either a cut or a growing tree; therefore Scripture states, Thou shalt surely bury him: (literally “burying you shall bury”) [thus, it must be] one that needs only burial, so excluding that which needs both felling and burial. R. Jose said; [It must be] one that needs only burial, thus excluding that which requires both detaching and burial. And the Rabbis? — Detaching is of no consequence.
(b.Sanhedrin 46b)


In fact, due to purity laws discouraging contact with a corpse, rather than detach the corpse at all, it was the custom to cut the tree down, corpse and all.  Maimonides comments on this custom saying that the tree was cut down and buried with the body:

In order that it should not serve as a sad reminder,
people saying: “This is the tree in which so and so
was hanged.”
(Maimonides, Sanhedrin, XV, 9)

Y’hudah (Judas) hanged himself with a halter (Mt. 27:5).  By the time his body was discovered, his belly was either distended or bloated.  Following the normal custom, the tree in which he hanged himself was cut down, with his body still attached, with intent of burying them both together.  When the tree was cut down he fell on his face upon the ground and burst from his middle, and all his bowels poured out (Acts 1:18).

Donations this month have been lower than they have been in years! And bills are due!!!

As you know we have been digging ourselves out of a budget shortfall.  As I have said to you many times, I look on this work as a co-operative one with me, and all of you combining our resources together in order to get the job done of helping to teach this great truth to all in the world who will listen. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your continued support, you are the ones who make it all possible by your contributions and your prayers for our work. I truly appreciate your help in every way.

If you can make a one time donation of $500 or $1,000 dollars to support this work.


Donations can be sent by paypal to donations@wnae.org.

Donations can also be made out to “Nazarene Judaism” and sent to:

Nazarene Judaism
PO Box 471
Hurst, TX 76053

And don’t forget to join the conversations at the NazareneSpace Social Network

Trimm Family and COVID-19

Shalom Chaverim,

I wanted to update you all about our current situation. As many of you know, my wife has underlying health conditions that put her at greater risk of death should she contract COVID-19 Novel Coronovirus. We have also learned that my recently diagnosed diabetes puts me at a 7% chance of death (my wife’s risk is much higher), should I contract COVID-19 (that figure was given in a press conference from the Dallas Heath Department last night). Several cases of COVID-19 have turned up here in the DFW area and yesterday a “Community transmission” of COVID-19 was identified here. The School Districts in this area are closing the schools and Dallas County has banned gatherings of over 500 people (and recommended against gatherings of over 250 people, and against gatherings of 10 for high risk persons.) My wife and I are taking steps to “hunker down” and be able to essentially barricade ourselves in our home and avoid contact with others as much as possible, for as long as possible. As many of you know, I have been my wife’s caretaker since she came home after a 53 day hospitalization about sixteen months ago. Stocking up on food and essentials has been a financial burden on us, but a necessary one, in light of the spread of COVID-19 in our area, and my wife’s underlying health issues. I realize that many of you may have burdens of your own from COVID-19, however any donations you can make would be especially helpful at this time. Donations can be made by Paypal to donations@wnae.org or to my wife’s medical GoFundMe page linked below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/trimm-family-crisis