THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE ARE COPYRIGHTED, intended for your online personal use only, and are not to be republished in any form without written consent from me. It is not permitted to copy any site content down from the Hebrew for Christians web site without violating Federal and International copyright laws. We have a copyright attorney that can discuss this with you. However, I have made a lot of material (including hundreds of PDF files, Hebrew practice pages, Hebrew flash card files, summary charts, Mp3 files, and so on) entirely FREE for you to download and use. You can also print any page you'd like (for best results, use "landscape mode"). I only ask that you do not copy the site content and repost it on other websites of any kind or to republish my work in any way. For questions about the exact meaning of these terms, please contact me directly.
If you need something specific (such as a particular graphic or some Hebrew text), or if you want material specific to a project you are working on, I am often happy to help out. Just contact me and let me know what your needs are, and I will do my best to help you. Stealing the site content here, however, is against the law...
Why This Policy?
The teaching on this site is free for your own personal use. I only ask that people respect my work and not copy it off and post it as their own on other sites or in other publications. Is that asking too much?
Recently I received an email from someone who scolded me for copyrighting my work here and then proceeded to tell me that they were going to take what they wanted and publish it in a book, regardless of my wishes to the contrary. This person made the claim that since the truth about God is freely given, I should not begrudge others from taking my work to be used in any way they see fit.... (heavy sigh)
While it's gloriously true that the LORD gives His Word to all who ask for it, and while it is gloriously true that His salvation is a free gift to those who come to Him in childlike faith, it is nevertheless true that those who labor in the Word should be compensated, at least on some level (see Gal. 6:6, 1 Tim. 5:17-18, 1 Cor. 9:14). Besides, the work I do on this site involves a lot of development and programming, not to mention the costs associated with web hosting, etc. None of it comes "by magic" but is the result of a lot of late nights working behind the scenes... Moreover, some of the material on this site is itself copyrighted by others (for example, some of the sound recordings), and I cannot give permission to use work that doesn't belong to me...
I suppose my biggest concern, however, is with the misuse of this material. For instance, I have actually seen my site content published (without my permission) on other sites that are advocating legalistic Torah observance as a means of sanctification -- a doctrine of which I particularly disagree. This is especially frustrating and demotivating to me.
One solution would be to make this site accessible by "subscription" only, but I have decided not to do that, in agreement with the sentiments expressed by my critic. I agree that this material should be freely given, and therefore I don't charge for my labors... You can return me the favor by not taking the material and using it as your own.
This is, alas, just one of the trials associated with doing this sort of work. The Internet is such a fluid medium that it's nearly impossible to expect things like copyrights, etc., to be respected. I would publish some additional books, but I can't afford it, and the numbers of people that seem interested in understanding and savoring the Jewish Roots of Christianity are regrettably small.
At any rate, I plan to continue this work as long as the LORD gives me the grace to do so. I sincerely believe it is of value to Christians to learn about their Jewish heritage and to remember that Jesus lived as a Jew (Romans 15:8). Many errors in Christian theology have arisen due to forgetfulness of the "grafted in" status of the Church (Romans 11), particularly in the areas of eschatology, ecclesiology, hermeneutics, and so on. How can we understand the Jewish Mashiach without having the heart of a Jew? How can we understand our faith -- and even ourselves -- if we forget our history?
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New Testament Hebrew Scripture verses are taken from the Hebrew New Testament 1886/1999. Salkinson-Ginsburg edition of 1886, revised 1999 to conform to the Textus Receptus Greek NT. Copyright © 1999 by The Society For Distributing Hebrew Scriptures.
Tanakh Hebrew Scripture verses are taken from the BHS [or WTT] - Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia BHS (Hebrew Bible, Masoretic Text or Hebrew Old Testament), edited by K. Elliger and W. Rudoph of the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart, Fourth Corrected Edition, Copyright © 1966, 1977, 1983, 1990 by the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (German Bible Society), Stuttgart.
LXT scripture references derive from the LXX Septuaginta (LXT) (Old Greek Jewish Scriptures) edited by Alfred Rahlfs, Copyright © 1935 by the Württembergische Bibelanstalt / Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft (German Bible Society), Stuttgart.
Hebrew Audio Credits
The Hebrew audio (for some material) was created and recited by Father Abraham Shmuelof (Z"L), who later entrusted his recordings to the Carmelites in devotion to St. Theresa of Lisieux. The original tape recordings were transferred to digital audio by Audio Scriptures International and then converted to mp3 files by the Academy of Ancient Languages. Audio Scriptures International provides a web resource providing the translated Scriptures in audio format for those who cannot read (Hebrew Old Testament portions used by permission). Please visit their web site for more infomation.
Much of the artwork on this site is either my own or has been modified by me with the intent of providing unique artistic expression. You will see (low-resolution) images of Marc Chagall's artwork, for example, of which I cropped details or portions for the sake of an article's theme or to provide visual interest. To the best of my knowledge, all artistic images and graphics not created by me have been obtained in good faith and are considered public domain. However, in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material contained herein for which I have been unable to obtain publication permission is distributed without profit or payment, as is provided for the purpose of non-profit research and education only. In other words, none of the images used on this site in articles and other pages are intended to be sold or to be used for financial purposes of any kind. If an image appears here that you regard as a copyright violation, please contact me and I will promptly investigate its status and remove it if necessary.
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