ONLINE BIBLES, APPS, AND STUDY TOOLS
BibleGateway is a free site that offers the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) and the New Revised Standard Bible (NRSV) that we use at Beit Lechem. See the CJB and NRSV side by side here. Bible Gateway also has an app for your phone and audio Bibles for download. For a small monthly fee, you can get access to several dictionaries and reference books that would cost many hundreds of dollars to purchase.
BibleHub also has a free app. Unlike BibleGateway, it does not offer the CJB or the NRSV (so we recommend the ESV or NASB). However, every verse is linked to many free study tools, such as Strong’s dictionary and concordance, commentaries, cross references, and more.
In our Shadows of Messiah Bible study, we have learned that translations of the Hebrew Scriptures into Aramaic known as Targumim (plural for Targum) reveal the Jewish Messiah throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Read more about the Targum at these links below.
Targum entry in the Jewish Encyclopedia: The Jewish view of the Targum.
Memra entry in the Jewish Encyclopedia: The Jewish understanding of the Memra, Logos, and Word of the Lord.
One In Messiah article on the Memra in the Targum, with sample passages throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.
Word of the Lord in the Targum: An awesome compilation of passages in various Targumim that include the Word of the Lord (Memra).
Advanced Targum Research
Targum resources from the Hebrew Union College
Aramaic Targumim Search: Search multiple Targumim in Aramaic (Hint: using the Chrome browser, you can right click on the page and translate the Aramaic to English. This will give a good idea of what the passage says.)
Attached below you will see a short two minute video by First Fruits of Zion, the producers of Torah Club. Take a couple of minutes to watch this introduction and familiarize yourself with the concepts and objectives of the course. You will find an incredible opportunity to engage and dive deeper in our weekly Torah portions. No doubt you will be blessed with greater knowledge, wisdom and understanding of G-d’s Word. It is also a wonderful opportunity to fellowship, discuss G-d’s Word, get to know one another, grow together and encourage one another. Members who have spoken from their personal experiences have shared that being involved in this course has heightened their understanding of not just Torah, but also the writings of the New Testament, the Prophets and most importantly, Godly living, and love for Hashem.
If you are interested in finding out how to attend, you can contact:
Fred Sornoso (Monterey Park area Torah Club)
Lori Rutherford (Whittier area Torah Club)
If neither of these are local to you, the First Fruits of Zion has an incredible search tool for other nearby Torah Clubs:
We Are Easy to Reach
We are located off the Florence exit off the 5 and 605 freeways. We share the building with Trinity Baptist Church.
Address: 8219 Florence Ave, Downey, CA 90240
Every Saturday (except the last Saturday of the month and special holiday services)*:
• Service: 10:00 a.m.
• Oneg (Fellowship Lunch): 12:00 - 1:00
• Midrash (Bible Study): 1:15 - 2:00
• Erev Shabbat: Runs from 7:00 - 9:30 pm On the last Friday night of the month. Service is followed by oneg.