The New Messianic Version (NMV): The Old & New Testaments
Together in Print for the FIRST TIME!
The New Messianic Version is not like other Bibles in that it helps the reader intentionally view the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible through a New Covenant 1st Century Jewish believer’s point of view, rather than assuming a “Progressive Revelation” stance as nearly all other English Bibles do.
In other words it takes the position, “Now that we have the New Testament Revelation of Jesus. We are SUPPOSED to read our Old Testaments/Hebrew Bibles THIS way.”
The NMV’s goal is to challenge readers to see that the whole Bible is Jewish. To do this, it restores the names of people and places to their “Jewish” pronunciation by more accurately transliterating their names, and it also translates every name of people and places in-line with the text, so that it reads much like an “Amplified Bible.”
The Sacred Name in the NMV is not to encourage people to speak the Divine Name, but to teach something several New Testament authors also taught: “Who is the God of the Hebrew Bible that performs miracles, and is seen and spoken with by people at least 44 times?”
If you said, “The Father,” as most people do, then you might not have seen several important New Testament revelations about the identity of this Divine Person who interacted so powerfully with humanity and creation.
For example, the New Testament book of John 6:46 Jesus says, “No man has seen The Father.” If this then who have people seen? Is Jesus a liar? The New Messianic Version attempts to clearly show you who this Divine Person really is. As a matter of fact, John calls him “The Word,” (John 1:1), Paul, John and the writer of Hebrews refer to him as our Creator (1 Corinthians 1:16; John 1:3, 10; Hebrews 1:2-3, 10-12) and Jude calls Him, “Jesus!” (Jude 1;5 ESV)
The NMV clearly tells you which Old Testament Names of God represent Father God, and which others represent God the Word–an ancient Jewish teaching understood and written about by the New Testament and Targum authors.
For example, just look at Isaiah 44:6: ‘Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.’ Then look at the New Testament’s book of Revelation 22:13 where Jesus says, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’
When Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58 KJV), many Christian and Jewish scholars believe Jesus actually pronounced the Unspeakable Divine Name when he said, “I am,” based on the reaction of the Jewish leaders who heard him say it! Jesus was identifying himself as God the Word in the Hebrew Bible!
The New Messianic Version hope to challenge Jewish people that the Tanakh (Old Testament) is an incomplete Bible without the New Testament understanding that Yeshua (Jesus) is the God of the Hebrew Bible.
It also hopes to challenge followers of Jesus that Christianity can only be truly understood only from a Jewish perspective, hatred of Jewish people (aka: Anti-Semitism), can have no place with followers of Jesus.
In short, The NMV restores the Jewish flavor and understanding of those first generation followers of Jesus in a way that is unique and hasn’t been done before!