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Scripture Source Credits
I have performed much of my linguistic research using the great BibleWorks Program. BibleWorks Copyright © 1992-2014 BibleWorks, LLC. All rights reserved. BibleWorks was programmed by Michael S. Bushell and Michael D. Tan. For additional information about BibleWorks, visit their web site: www.bibleworks.com.
Many 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.
Some English translations of the Hebrew (and Greek) texts are derived from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV). Copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. However, many of the translations of Hebrew and Greek into English come from Hebrew4Christians alone.
Hebrew Audio Credits
Apart from the author's own voice recordings, much of the Hebrew audio was recited by Father Abraham Shmuelof (Z"L), who later entrusted his voice 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 excellent web site for more infomation.
All photographs on the Hebrew for Christians site are my own work as a photographer. Many of the pictures on this site come from the inimitable Marc Chagall (1887-1985), perhaps the greatest Jewish artist of the 20th century. You will see many small (low-resolution) representations of Chagall's famous stained glass windows, his wonderful paintings, and even a few of his mosaics. All other images on this site not directly created by me, however, 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 and is provided for the purpose of nonprofit research and educational purposes only. In other words, none of the images used on this site 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,
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Text and Writing Copyright
Unless providing an original source quotation, all writing of the English, Hebrew, and Greek text on this site is under copyright held by John J. Parsons of hebrew4Christians, "Hebrew for Christians," and variant spellings. Also, all graphics created by Hebrew4christians including grammatical charts, diagrams, Hebrew or Greek texts, or Torah commentaries are copyrighted by John J. Parsons.
Why This Policy?
Recently I received an email from someone who scolded me for copyrighting my writing 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 true that the LORD gives His Word to all who ask for it, and while it is also true that God's salvation is a free gift to those who come to Him in childlike faith, it is nevertheless taught 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 amount of writing I do, 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 or images), 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 writing 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 my writing and using it as your own.
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 Messiah without having the heart of a Jew? How can we understand our faith -- and even ourselves -- if we forget our history?
Shalom and be well!