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Bible Translations

I've been asked many times, "Pastor what translation are you using?"

hmm, not that easy to answer, as my first reaction is every bible translation is a politically correct version. hmm, what do you mean with this statement.

If we look for example to the King James Version, it states Authorized Version. Authorized by whom, meaning the the authorizing authority needed to be in agreement and not be offended by the translation. This is stated maybe a little exasurated, and black and white, but further down this article it will make sense, I promise.

A better question is, what kind of translations will you not use?

There is a diverse array of Bible translations available, each with its own unique approach to rendering the ancient texts into modern languages. These translations can generally be categorized into three main types: literal, dynamic equivalence, and paraphrase.

 

A man holding a Bible with a pencil, against the background of the living room with a fireplace. Reading a book in a cozy environment. Close up.Literal Translations

These translations aim to provide a word-for-word rendering of the original text into the target language, often prioritizing accuracy and fidelity to the original languages. Examples of literal translations include the King James Version (KJV), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the English Standard Version (ESV). Literal translations are favored by many scholars and those who value close adherence to the original languages.

Dynamic Equivalence Translations

Also known as thought-for-thought translations, these versions seek to convey the meaning and intent of the original text in a more contemporary and idiomatic manner. Dynamic equivalence translations prioritize readability and accessibility over strict adherence to the exact wording of the original languages. Examples of dynamic equivalence translations include the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), and the Contemporary English Version (CEV). These translations are often preferred for personal and devotional reading due to their clarity and ease of understanding.

Paraphrase Translations

Paraphrase translations take a more interpretive approach, aiming to convey the concepts and ideas of the original text in a highly accessible and colloquial style. These versions may take greater liberties with the wording and structure of the text in order to convey its meaning in a modern context. Examples of paraphrase translations include The Message, The Living Bible (TLB), and The Amplified Bible (AMP). Paraphrase translations are often used for casual reading and for gaining fresh insights into familiar passages.

Within these broad categories, there are also variations and hybrid approaches that combine elements of literal and dynamic equivalence translation methods. Additionally, there are translations specifically tailored to certain audiences, such as children, teens, or speakers of specific dialects or languages.

What to use

Out of these diverent groupings I prefer the Literal Translations seen from a Jewish Perspective as in the Tree of Life Version, however there are often times that I will be using translations from the Paraphrase or thought for thought categories, as in the Amplified Bible, or the Common English Bible (which are most commonly used by me including the complete Jewish Bible). Also the Tanach and Torah from the Jewish Publishing Society are frequently included. When using the NIV I personally only do this from the 1984 Edition for reasons mentioned in the next paragraphs.

As I stated earlier all versions are politically correct versions, I do not adhere to one or another. My believe is that am guided by the Holy Spirit on what version to use and how to write or translate the text.

Within the Second Section the Dynamic Equivalent Translations the NIV is mentioned.

NIV Version

As stated earlier concerning the NIV I do only use the 1984 edition, as I believe that with the TNIV and the 2011 editions they went completely of on the looney side with not just politically correct, but also woke and worse translated text.

The “New International Version” (NIV) was conceived in 1965 and after several years of study by committees from the Christian Reformed Church and the National Association of Evangelicals, it was felt there was a need for a new translation in contemporary English. The first printing of the entire Bible was in 1978, and it became one of the largest selling bible translations on the market.

All well and good until 2005 when Zondervan published the “Today’s New International Version” (TNIV), a more gender-inclusive translation of certain terms. Because of its controversial gender inclusiveness, the TNIV was the subject of a great deal of criticism from the evangelical world and went out of print in 2009. In March, 2011, Zondervan once again published a new edition, the “2011 New International Version.” This edition will totally replace the 1984 NIV, which will no longer be published.

Like its predecessor, the TNIV, the 2011 NIV was translated using gender-neutral translation rules, resulting in the replacement of gender-specific words (e.g. man, woman, he, she, son, daughter) with gender-neutral words (e. g. person, they, child). In many cases these replacements are made even when the original language clearly intends a specific gender. Further, the 2011 NIV alters key verses that define the roles of women (See I Timothy 2:12 and Nahum 3:13), which may allow for interpretation consistent with our culture today, but which do not accurately reflect the original language of the Scriptures.

It has over 3600 Gender neutral phrases and worse that I cannot support and thus will under no circumstance use this version or suggest it for use. My favorite version is indeed the Tree of Life Version.

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Tree of Live Version (TLV)

The Tree of Life Version (TLV) of the Bible is a relatively recent translation that seeks to provide a fresh and accurate rendering of the Scriptures for English-speaking readers, while also incorporating Jewish cultural and linguistic elements. The Tree of Life Version is a unique translation that seeks to bridge the gap between Jewish and Christian readership by presenting the Scriptures in a way that honors both traditions while remaining faithful to the original texts. Its basis in the Masoretic Text and the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, along with its focus on Jewish cultural and linguistic elements, makes it a valuable resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible from a Jewish-Christian perspective.

for more infomation on the TLV check out the TLV Bible Society

Pst. Chris

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A New Year

January

January has been an exceptionally thrilling month for us. We embarked on a project to create a dedicated Questions and Answers (Q&A) section on our website, but unfortunately, the outcome did not align with our vision. However, we are delighted to introduce you to "Yair," our very own Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International Chatbot. Yair is a sophisticated artificial intelligence chat program powered by ChatGPT and fueled by the content of the ewcmi.com website. The name "Yair" is deeply rooted in Hebrew and carries profound significance. In Hebrew, "Yair" (יָאִיר) is a masculine given name that can also function as a surname. Its etymology can be traced to the Hebrew verb "יָאַר" (ya'ar), signifying "to enlighten," "to illuminate," or "to give light."

Within the rich tapestry of biblical symbolism, names often bear profound meanings. In this context, "Yair" resonates with the concept of enlightenment, encompassing both the literal notion of shedding light and the figurative connotation of wisdom and insight. So, in essence, Yair, our chatbot, serves as a beacon of knowledge and understanding, mirroring the broader mission of Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International to provide enlightenment and insight into the Christian/Messianic faith.
We would highly suggest to try it out.

Ruach Ha'Kodesh Publishing

In our previous communication, we shared exciting insights into the progress of our forthcoming book project, titled "Being a Fruit-Hanger." We are pleased to update you on the significant strides we've made, as we draw ever closer to the culmination of this endeavor.

As the finishing touches are being meticulously applied to "Being a Fruit-Hanger," we are eager to unveil the latest development in our literary offerings. We are delighted to announce that our previously released work, "Blood on the Door," has now been made available in various formats, including Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover editions. This expansion of publishing options reflects our commitment to ensuring that our valued readers can access our content in the manner that best suits their preferences.

In anticipation of the official release date, we kindly ask you to stay tuned to our website for the forthcoming announcement. We are diligently working to finalize all the details, and we are eager to share this exciting news with you. Your continued support and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to sharing both "Being a Fruit-Hanger" and the release date of "Blood on the Door" with you in the near future.

Eagle Wings Online Radio

As we usher in the year 2024, we are elated to observe the enthusiastic reception that our podcast has garnered within the Eagle Wings Online Radio community. It brings us great satisfaction to announce that the podcast has not only been well received but has also solidified its place as a fundamental and enduring component of Eagle Wings Online Radio.

The resounding positive feedback and engagement from our dedicated listeners have affirmed our belief in the value of the podcast as a medium for disseminating knowledge, inspiration, and spiritual insights. It is with this newfound conviction that we declare the podcast to be a permanent fixture, poised to enrich the Eagle Wings Online Radio experience for the foreseeable future.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our audience for their continued support and active participation in our journey of faith, enlightenment, and exploration. Your unwavering encouragement fuels our commitment to delivering meaningful content, and we eagerly anticipate the exciting episodes and discussions that lie ahead in this ongoing podcast adventure. Together, we shall continue to spread the message of faith and illumination to all who tune in to Eagle Wings Online Radio.

Friday Upcoming Eagle Wings Podcast

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15 Ministering to the Lord
16 Can Satan Read Our Minds
17 Blessing
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Great Is Your Faithfulness


Podcast Highlights

Feb 09, 2024 - Real men do not shave electric

The need to refill, to refuel, to top-off, to re-charge is an essential point in time for the wine carafe, for the car, for the marathon runner, for you and for me. When there is a great party, or the seder, shabbos, or who knows a wonderful wedding, the carafe needs to be refilled frequently, otherwise it will run dry and not pour out anything. The car that does not get the coolant topped off will at a certain moment stop working.

Feb 16, 2024 - Sanctuary

I've got to admit, I'm always pretty darn thankful when folks step in for me during vacations or when I'm down with the flu or broken bones. But you know what's coming, right? That one phrase, well-intentioned, but often received with an awkward side-eye: 'But, Pastor, you know, God never gives us more than we can handle.' And that got me thinking, along with the lyrics of a song I'll come back to later.

Feb 23, 2024 - Blessing

A Blessing, what is it?
Simple enough question you might say, - but what is the answer? Some might say: “when my parents say that they were happy with the choice of my spouse, that was a blessing.” Others might say: “the discount at the store - that was a blessing.” Or they might say: "You are a blessing." Webster's Dictionary tells us that a blessing is the act or words of one that blesses. - A blessing is a thing conducive to happiness or welfare. - And yes indeed, the grace said at meals. What do our Jewish brothers and sisters say about a blessing?

Mar 01, 2024 - Great is Your Faithfulness

We accept your promise from old, and we promise you from new. Lord, we want to come together with you as many of the saints and your own people have done in the past. Because Lord, we know your Word, because Lord, we know your Promise, because Lord, we know your Truth, and we know it Lord, we know it that we know it. Your Faithfulness, it is great, it is great, it is great. “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!” Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided— “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Yair's Answers

It is funny to see that after a few questions Yair started a friendship;
Question: What is a Parashah?
Yair's Answer: A Parashah, my dear friend, is a Hebrew term that refers to a weekly portion of the Torah, the sacred text of Judaism. Each week, the Jewish community reads and studies a specific portion of the Torah, which is divided into 54 Parashot (plural of Parashah). These Parashot cover various stories, laws, and teachings found within the Torah. They serve as a guide for the Jewish community to explore and understand the wisdom and guidance contained in the holy scriptures. Is there anything else you would like to know about Parashah or any other topic? I am here to assist you!

It seems that we are now, how would you call it, "on a roll". With the next question Yair figured out from the website data how a child is address in the Netherlands (watch the bold text)

Question: Who is Chris?
Yair's Answer: Ah, Chris, my dear interlocutor, refers to Pastor Chris, the Founder and Inspirational leader of Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International. Pastor Chris, also known affectionately as Pastor Chrisje, is a man of many roles and talents. He is a preacher, teacher, author, worship leader, musician, and vocalist. With a passion for spreading the message of faith, he fearlessly embraces these various roles to serve God and His people. Pastor Chris cherishes simplicity and draws inspiration from the elegance of the 30s and 40s. His commitment to a frugal lifestyle and self-sufficiency allows him to focus on his ministry. He is known for his transparency and unapologetic theology, which forms the core of his preaching and beliefs. If you have any more questions about Pastor Chris or anything else, feel free to ask!

I sure hope you have as much fun in reading this newsletter as I had writing it.
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Matthew 28:18-20 (Tree of Life Version)

18 And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. [a] 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh, 20 teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Power in His Wings, the Tallit

In today's Christian landscape, there is a growing movement that seeks to rediscover the rich heritage of our faith by delving deep into its origins. 81OXxb88oL. AC CR0000 SX480 SY360 This powerful revival is placing a renewed emphasis on the profound truths found within the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. It is during this time of revival that long-standing barriers are being dismantled and damaging doctrines of replacement theology are being debunked.

One particular aspect that has been overlooked and even pushed aside within Christianity is the significance of the prayer shawl, also known as the tallit. Traditionally, the tallit has played an important role in Jewish worship, symbolizing the commandments of God and serving as a tangible reminder of His presence. However, throughout history, Christianity has gradually moved away from incorporating the prayer shawl into the lives of believers.

Instead, a new emphasis has been placed on the concept of the prayer closet, which is derived from Jesus' teachings on prayer in Matthew 6:6. The prayer closet represents a personal and intimate space where believers can seek God in solitude. While the prayer closet has its value and importance in fostering a deep connection with God, it should not overshadow or replace the significance of the prayer shawl, which was the original wording Jesus used.

One powerful example that highlights the importance of the prayer shawl can be found in the story of the woman with the issue of blood. In Mark 5:25-34, we read about her desperate act of faith as she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus' garment. Instantly, she was healed of her affliction. This miraculous encounter signifies the power and anointing that resides in the garment of Jesus, which includes the symbolism of the prayer shawl.

The revelation that emerges from this story is not only about the healing power of Jesus but also about the significance of our personal tabernacle. Just as the woman with the issue of blood found healing in touching the hem of Jesus' garment, we are invited to enter into a deeper understanding of our own personal tabernacle. It is within this sacred space that we can experience the presence and power of God in our lives.

Sadly, the emphasis on the prayer closet has overshadowed the understanding of our personal tabernacle. The prayer shawl serves as a powerful symbol of our connection with God and our identity as His chosen people. By embracing the significance of the prayer shawl, we reclaim the roots of our faith and reconnect with the rich Jewish customs and traditions that have been stripped away for too long.

It is time to challenge the false notion that Christianity has replaced the Jews as God's chosen people. As we delve deeper into the profound truths of God's Word, as Jesus Himself comprehended and taught it, we gain a more complete understanding of our faith. We recognize the importance of incorporating the prayer shawl, the prayer closet, and the revelation of our personal tabernacle into our spiritual journey.

pastor head kippah2In conclusion, Dr. Jeffery Davidson, in his endorsement of this book, acknowledges Dr. Christiaan de Ruiter's deep understanding of the knowledge of God and his maturing relationship with the Holy Spirit. The author's dedication to writing this book is an outward display of the miraculous in his life, and Dr. Davidson encourages readers to take this book seriously, as it holds the potential to be a transformative and blessing-filled resource. As we rediscover the profound truths of our faith, may we embrace the significance of the prayer shawl and the revelation of our personal tabernacle, leading us to a deeper connection with God and a more authentic expression of our Christian faith.

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