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Keith is an author, international speaker, and founder of Biblical Foundations Academy International. He has been involved in a wide variety of ministries, including being a Methodist pastor, a professional sports team chaplain, a television and radio host, and a tour leader in Israel. Keith holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, and has completed an intensive Hebrew language course at Hebrew Uni ...
 
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In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Judges 4:4-5:31, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss how although not a “military commander” like the other judges, Deborah coolly commands the military in this portion’s reading and then writes a lovely song about it to boot. We learn the context of her years as a judge and prophetess and how her administrat…
 
In this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), we get some fascinating insights from the Hebrew in the story of the Exodus from Egypt and dig up a pearl regarding the poetic form of the Name of Yehovah. There follows an interesting discussion of the meaning and origin of Shabbat and the understanding of Manna. I look …
 
This week’s Prophet reading—traditionally called the Haftorah—is Jeremiah 46:13-28. It accompanies the Torah portion Bo (Exodus 10:1–13:16). This Haftorah continues the theme of the punishment of the nation, the Pharaoh, and the gods of Egypt at the hands of the Babylonians. The passage concludes with God’s promise to Israel that, even though her a…
 
In this special episode of Hebrew Gospel Pearls, Tricks of Translation 1, Nehemia and Keith introduce the oldest English translation of the Hebrew Bible by Jews and for Jews in America and how a famous medieval rabbi altered the text to fit the teachings of the rabbinic sages. I look forward to reading your comments! Podcast Version: https://audio.…
 
In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Bo (Jeremiah 46:13-28) Jeremiah, the prophet to the nations, foretells another “smiting” for Egypt—providing the connection to the Torah portion where the Lord, with a strong hand, brought his people out of Egypt. This time though, the smiting is at the hand of the Babylonians—a fact that provides another glimpse …
 
In this brand new SPECIAL episode of Hebrew Gospel Pearls, Tricks of Translation Part-1, Keith and Nehemia introduce the oldest English translation of the Hebrew Bible for the American Jewish community that Keith refers to as "The Big Book!" Support the showBy Keith Johnson: BFA International | Nehemia Gordon | Hebrew Bible Study
 
This episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16), begins with the plague of locusts in Egypt. From the stories of Moses stretching his hands toward Egypt we gain some fascinating insights on the power of prayer. The discussion then moves to the death of the firstborn, and explore some of the amazing acts of The LORD providing for t…
 
This week’s Prophet reading—traditionally called the Haftorah—is Ezekiel 28:25–29:21. It accompanies the Torah portion Va’era’ (Exodus 6:2–9:35). Echoing the theme of the Torah portion, this passage speaks of the punishment of Egypt, this time at the hands of the Babylonians. The punishment is attributed to the Pharaoh’s extreme arrogance and self-…
 
This episode of Prophet Pearls, (Ezekiel 28:25-29:21), reveals Yehovah as maestro—orchestrating kings, nations and events to further the day when the house of Israel, and all mankind, will know who he is. Ezekiel’s prophecy that a revelation of God would result from the ingathering can be witnessed today. However, not all who see believe, and Nehem…
 
This episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Vaeira (Exodus 6:2-9:35). At face value, the first sentence of Vaeira appears to contradict other Scripture but several common-sense explanations clear things up. We learn why Moses’ lineage was important—particularly to the original audience—and that his “why me?” attitude was a …
 
This week’s Prophet reading—traditionally called the Haftorah—is Isaiah 27:6–28:13; 29:22–23. It accompanies the Torah portion Shemot (Exodus 1:1–6:1). This week’s passage contains some sharp contrasts between God’s stern chastisement of his people Israel, and his undying love for them. In order to have her sins removed, Israel must wholeheartedly …
 
In this episode of Hebrew Voices #152, The Mount Ebal Curse Tablet: Part 1, Nehemia speaks with archeologist Dr. Scott Stripling about the most important discovery of 2022, the unearthing of Joshua’s altar, and the debate about ancient Israelite literacy. I look forward to reading your comments! PODCAST VERSION: https://audio.nehemiaswall.com/Hebre…
 
In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Shemot (Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23), Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the theme of exile and restoration as this Prophet’s portion corresponds to the turning point in the Egyptian exile when the midwives were told to commit murder, the Israelites were told to make bricks without straw, and Moses was told …
 
In this episode of The Original Torah Pearls Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1), we clear away centuries of clutter left by mistranslations, Halacha, and Cecil B. DeMille’s version of events. In the spotlight is the burning bush scene where very clearly God revealed his one and only name to Moses. With instructions for present and future use, he left no room …
 
This week’s Prophet reading—traditionally called the Haftorah—is 1 Kings 2:1–12. It accompanies the Torah portion Vayechi (Genesis 47:28–50:26). This passage relates some of the final words of King David. Shortly before his death he admonished his son and successor Solomon to faithfully walk in the ways of God, keeping all His instructions as writt…
 
In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Vayechi (1 Kings 2:1-12), King David nears death and gives final instructions to Solomon in this portion that parallels the blessings Jacob gave to his sons. David’s “command” to Solomon to “be a man” and to “keep” the “Torah” yields strand after strand of pearls as Nehemia Gordon teaches on these key words—their …
 
In this episode of The Original Torah Pearls Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26), the final Genesis portion, Nehemia Gordon provides the cultural and geographical significance of the blessings to the 12 tribes. We learn the special inheritance given to the Levites, why their descendants are still traceable, why Reuben’s portion went to Joseph’s sons, and…
 
This week’s Prophet reading—traditionally called the Haftorah—is Ezekiel 37:15–28. It accompanies the Torah portion Vayigash (Genesis 44:18–47:27). Relating a vision from God, the prophet Ezekiel foretells how the scattered peoples of Israel and Judah will ultimately be brought back to their ancestral land and be reunited as a single nation. They w…
 
In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Vayigash (Ezekiel 37:15-28), Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson set the stage by describing the pivotal time in the history of Israel and Judah when Ezekiel lived and prophesied. They also share the life-changing encounters they've each had with the writings of this prophet. Word studies include:“son of man,” “join,…
 
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