Seif is the rabbi of Sar Shalom Messianic Congregation in Dallas, Texas, he is also the project manager and Vice President of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society (MJFBS), translators of the Tree of Life Version (TLV) of the Bible. Dr. Seif serves as University Distinguished Professor of Bible and Jewish Studies at The Kings University. He also serves on the faculties of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, the Israel College of the Bible, Christ for the Nations Institute, Dallas, and teaches regularly at The Kings University.
As if this isn’t enough, Seif is also a law enforcement officer and is a professor of criminal justice. He is an avid motorcycle rider, he and his wife Dr. Barri Cae Seif are on his Harley Davidson as often as possible.
Beth Hallel is located at 950 Pine Grove Road in Roswell and is led by Rabbi Kevin Solomon.
May 2016 – While Rome, GA is known for its medical facilities, many colleges, and historic past, it is about to become known for something else - something of Biblical proportions.
In June 2015, one of the largest Christian publishers in America, Baker Publishing Group, signed an agreement with the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society (MJFBS) to publish a new translation of the Bible - the Tree of Life Version (TLV), set for release this month. The Tree of Life Version (TLV) is a brand-new, fully vetted translation of the Bible commissioned by the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society. It is the first time that a group of over 40 Jewish and Christian believing scholars have ever translated the Bible in over 2,000 years. Their goal is to provide this new translation as a resource to the greater believing community so as to provide a bridge uniting the 'Grafted' with the 'Chosen'. In total, a team of over seventy people have diligently worked to see the TLV finally reach completion after eight years of loving labor.
An official translation of The King’s University, the TLV captures the original Hebrew and Greek text and includes Hebrew transliterations throughout. It highlights the rich roots of the Christian faith and restores the Jewish order of the books of the Old Testament. The result is the first full-text and reference edition of this distinctive translation that is accurate, readable, relevant, and a joy to experience.
The TLV offers more than scripture; it provides tools to help families celebrate the Hebrew beginnings of the Christian faith:
• Thousands of Messianic Prophecy Footnotes
• Shabbat Family Prayers and Service Liturgies
• Original and Modern Day Maps of Israel
The TLV shows that “the grafted and the chosen” are more united than divided. “I realize now that the most important heritage we share – as both Jews and Christians – is a deep and abiding love for the God of Israel,” says Daniah Greenberg, CEO of MJFBS. The TLV will bring God’s family back together again, helping Jewish people come to know Jesus and Jesus people come to know Jews. To learn more about the translation please visitwww.treeoflifeversion.com.
Baker Publishing Group set the Tree of Life Version Holy Scriptures – Thinline Edition for release on May 3rd. Upon release into retail market, the TLV began to spread throughout the world like wildfire. With this in mind, Daniah Greenberg began to plan an international launch initiative that would take the TLV through the United States to Israel, and back again. However, when trying to decide upon the first launch city, Mrs. Greenberg had some difficulty. That was, until a providential shift in location of the headquarters of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society had recently moved their headquarters from east Atlanta to Rome due to the tremendous economic growth that Rome has seen in the last few years. Partnering together with the local Messianic community, now known as Shalom Rome, the Messianic Jewish Family Bible society has begun to truly feel “at home” in Rome. As a result, when looking for a place to celebrate this momentous launch event, the MJFBS turned to their ministry partners and the local Christian community for help. Many answered the call! Journey Church and the Covenant Pastors of the Kingdom of God, a multi-congregational, cross-denominational pastoral coalition in Rome, began to partner with Shalom Rome and the MJFBS to build a launch event that would celebrate the TLV with delight and excellence.
A relatively small celebration has turned into a citywide party! With a heart to include as many as possible, the MJFBS, Shalom Rome, Journey Church, and the Covenant Pastors are inviting the entire city of Rome to come join the party for free at:
3:00pm on May 21st, at Journey Church – 15 Redmond Ct NW, Rome GA.
There will be food, fellowship, and fun for everyone! Best of all, Shalom Rome is bringing in award-winning artist Paul Wilbur to headline the event. The launch event will be an evening full of praise and worship music to thank the Lord for what He has done through these ministries. Local pastors will be sharing their hearts about how the Bible changed their lives and actively participating in acts of unity for be benefit of the city of Rome.
Also, the 100-piece TLV Biblical Art Collection will be on display for attendees to view while enjoying complimentary cookies and lemonade. Plus, there will be a free dance workshop on the Monday and Tuesday before the event so that anyone can join in on the choreographed dance during the concert!
Please consider this release as a formal invitation for all readers to attend!
May 16th & May 17th @ 7pm - 8:30pm, PRE-LAUNCH EVENT: Davidic Dance Workshop at Kingdom International Church, Rome GA with Daniah Greenberg
Come and learn how to dance before the Lord with Davidic Dancing!
*WORKSHOP IS FREE*
Visit Kingdom International Church website for address and directions at www.cyhm.net/rgoode
May 21st @ 3pm - 6pm, TLV Launch Party & Worship Celebration with Paul Wilbur at Journey Church, 15 Redmond Ct NW, Rome, GA 30165
Come celebrate the Lord and the launch of the new Tree of Life Version!
*EVENT IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME!*
Visit Journey Church website for address and directions at www.jcrome.com
From Rome, Georgia, the TLV will next be launched from Jerusalem, Israel on June 1st. For more information on the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, please visitwww.familybiblesociety.org
The Messianic Community has been reading and enjoying the Tree of Life Version of the Bible in print, on mobile devices and computers for a couple of years. Now, God has enabled this Messianic translation of the Bible to reach a broader audience. Baker Publishing Group has partnered with Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society to produce this new edition Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version. This new partnership and publication will bring the Messianic scope of the Bible to our brothers and sisters all across the Body of Messiah!
To celebrate this exciting time, there will be a launch party held at Journey Church in Rome, Georgia on May 21st at 3:00 PM. Along with Daniah Greenberg, President of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, Paul Wilbur will be giving a free worship celebration! It will be a night full of giving thanks to Adonai for the amazing work being done. Everyone is invited to celebrate this wonderful event!
Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version will officially be available May 3, but it is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other various stores.
Daniah Greenberg—President of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society (MJFBS)—will be hosting the TLV Jewish Art Show taking place February 20, 2016, at 6 pm, showcased at Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue located in Pensacola, Florida.
The show will feature the beautifully printed and framed editions of each of the nearly 100 pieces by Michael Washer, which are included in the most recent publication of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible.
Michael Washer is an inspired artist, graphic designer, illustrator, musician and writer. He has been engaged in creating Messianic Jewish art for over thirty years. Using his understanding of Judaism, he has produced artwork to mold a fresh, bold vision of the entire Holy Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation in order to reimagine the metanarrative of God’s eternal plan for the redemption of mankind.
The TLV Jewish Art Show hopes to spark a Bible revolution through art. One of the goals of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society in commissioning these pieces was to make a Jewish perspective available to a new generation of Jewish believers in Yeshua so that the Jewishness of their Messiah can be understood. As Washer states in his introduction, “Yeshua, Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, wasn’t depicted as a Jew by those who were the visual story tellers of their generations, the pre-Renaissance, Renaissance and Baroque artists. What happened, I wondered? Where was the Jewishness of the Jewish Messiah?”
This art collection attempts to answer those questions. By presenting Israel’s Family Diary in visual form, with Jewish context, Jewish imagery, and Jewish culture, The Tree of Life Biblical Art Collection is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to reimagine the Bible stories of their childhood. Restoring the Jewish visuals to classic Bible art has been a long-time burden of Michael Washer’s heart, which can be read about in depth in this new book. In each picture, well-known stories are told in both an intellectual and emotional way, invoking interest from people of all ages and backgrounds.
Come, and see this amazing production for yourself, and bring the family—this Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue, at 6 pm —6700 Spanish Trail Road, Pensacola, FL. 32504.
For more information on this event, visit the Brit Ahm website, and check out the Tree of Life Version’s website, to learn more about what TLV is doing and how you can see more of Michael Washer’s work, at www.familybiblesociety.org.
The meaning of each of those words can be interpreted differently just by realizing who is speaking to whom. What is the difference between a Jewish person saying that phrase and a Christian saying it? How do they each define “Israel?” Would their definition be different than yours? And when we say “all,” what’s your definition for that? Let’s not even get into the modern day meaning of “saved,” for now. There are so many buzz words in just that one little phrase. There are so many ways to start an argument.
You see, it is not only beliefs that divide us, but the words we use to define them. Words are the vehicle to sharing your heart. So, let me share mine.
Four years ago, all that we five rabbis wives’ wanted was a Bible with “Messiah Yeshua” in it, so our kids in Shabbat school wouldn’t hear “Messiah Yeshua” from their teachers and then read “Jesus Christ” instead on the pages of the Bible on their lap. We teachers knew the children would learn eventually to transpose the word mentally like we adults did, but after 50 years of Israel back in the hands of the Jewish people, were we slacking not putting in the effort for our kids? I certainly thought so.
The journey since then has both been long and complex, but truly gratifying. I love the kids in our movement – they are so special to God. So let me tell you how far we have come. I think our movement is finally beginning to enjoy our special calling to the Jewish people AND the wider body of Christian believers. I think we are starting to recognize our friends IN BOTH WORLDS. And, I think we are starting to allow diversity within our own camp as well, between all our different tribes and families. Certainly there is more that unites us than divides us. I am so grateful for the teamwork on this project. I get to see it first hand, everyday.
It continues to amaze me that most conflicts between people can be traced back to a lack of communication. How often have you walked away from a conversation thinking you were in agreement and realizing later that you were not ‘speaking the same language?’ Do you realize that your same English vocabulary changes with every concentric circle of influence in your life? You talk to your spouse one way, then your family another, then your congregation another, than fellow believers another, and then people outside your circle of faith even more different still...
So can you see how, as our culture in Messianic Judaism grows, our communication with each other and those outside our community must grow also?
Our Hebrew THINKING scholars have attempted to repair the cultural misunderstanding between people groups in this TLV New Covenant for this generation. What Good News!!
People today like to compare translations and look for exactly the rendering they like of every individual verse. Since when did we all become translators? Since when did God invite us to scrutinize His every WORD for ourselves before we decide to agree with Him? And, while learning Hebrew is a truly noble pursuit, learning the language alone does not make us each experts. Our faith as PEOPLE is so much more than that.
Effective interpersonal communication is based on knowing who and how to reach another person's heart with YOUR message.
The Bible is God's love letter to mankind. It is His message to us. And, we share it with others to communicate His love for them.
Think of it this way, if a believer learns Hebrew in class, can they teach someone else? Sure. But, does that ensure they truly understand the meaning of the Hebrew language outside of knowing us as a people? Do they know our history, our family values, and culture? Do you know what Paul is talking about in the words "all Israel saved?"
Even now, we are a complex and diverse community of Jewish believers. The world wants to know who we are and what we believe. Bible translation is a matter of creating common language. It is NOT about teaching doctrine. That is the job of our Rabbis. We partner with them.
Teaching doctrine requires a community. Growing in faith requires abiding in a faith community where Godly leaders provide accountability to believers learning to make the words we translate a living part of their everyday lives. I trust our rabbis to do just that.
Now, know for certain, you can trust the scholarship of this team. I do. I trust they did not add anything to the text that was not there. And, they didn't leave out words that were in there. But, what they DID do was restore the Hebrew THINKING intrinsic to the writers of the New Covenant. That amazes me, everyday.
I have been asked endlessly, “how is this translation different than…?” After two years now, I have a short answer. “See for yourself and you tell me.”
As for me and my house, we will serve the Adonai. Be blessed. Know you are loved.
My heart is with Israel's princes,
Your sister, Daniah