Words to Avoid

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Words that Gentile Christians
Should Use Carefully
in Conversations with Jews

 Avoid This Word   Use This Word Instead  Reasons
AD and BC CE and BCE Using “BC” (Before Christ) and “AD” (Anno Domini, or Year of the Lord) forces a Jewish person to speak of time being calculated from the birth of “the Gentile God” in whose name Jews have been persecuted for nearly 2000 years. “Before the Common Era” and “Common Era” are more “neutral” and therefore less offensive.
Christ Mashiach or Messiah To many Christians, “Christ” is the “the Gentile God’s” “last name.” The word is an English transliteration of the Greek work christos, which is in turn a translation of the Hebrew word mashiach, which means “anointed.” [See Jesus]
Christian Believer in Messiah or
Messianic Believer
The “Church” and “Christians” have persecuted the Jews for nearly 2000 years. To many Jews, anybody who is not a Jew or a Muslim is a “Christian.” Since Jews are born into Judaism, and Muslims are born into Islam, many Jews simply assume that everyone else who isn't Asian is born into Christianity.
To read an anti-Semitic article written by a person who rather accurately depicts the Jewish opinion of most “Christians,” CLICK HERE. [MORE HERE]
Church Believers in Messiah,
Messianic Believers, or
the Holy Community
(for the Body as a whole) or
congregation (for the local assembly)
Jehovah God, Lord, Adonai, or HaShem (“The Name”) “Jehovah” is a false translation of the tetragrammaton hwhy, the four-letter Name of God that is considered too sacred to be spoken. The Hebrew language does not include the sounds that make it possible to say that word, so there is no possible way that it could be the revealed name of God. You will likely be thought of as arrogant (at best) or a fool (at worst) if you use this word. [MORE HERE]
Jesus Yeshua “Jesus” is the name of a false prophet who is regarded as “the Gentile God” and in whose name Jews have been persecuted for nearly 2000 years.
“Yeshua” was a Torah-observant Jewish Rabbi of the First Century CE who proclaimed to the Jews that their Kingdom is to be restored to them. Some Jews think of Him as a prophet, or at least a moral teacher.
The word “Jesus” is grammatically implssible to pronounce in either Hebrew or Aramaic, and it is therefore impossible for that to be Messiah’s name. [MORE HERE]
Old Testament or
Old Covenant
Tenakh or
Hebrew Bible
“Testament” means “covenant” and “old” means something that has been replaced and is no longer of any value. The covenants that HaShem made with Israel are everlasting, and will therefore never be “old.”
The “Christian Bible” contains the Tenakh (Genesis through Malachi) and the Apostolic Writings, also called the Apostolic Scriptures or B'rit Chadasha (“Renewed Covenant”).
New Testament or
New Covenant
Apostolic Writings,
Apostolic Scriptures,
B'rit Chadasha, or
Renewed Covenant
See “Old Testament” above. The Apostolic Writings are best thought of as a divinely-inspired midrash, or commentary, on the Tenakh that were written by Torah-observant Messianic Jewish Rabbis at the end of the Second Temple Period, primarily to help new Gentile converts to Messianic Judaism understand the proper interpretation of the Tenakh as they leaned Torah and halakah at the Synagogue. Inasmuch as it provides a wonderful explanation of Olam HaBa (the world after Messiah comes), it is also appropriate to use the term “Renewed Covenant” because it emphasizes the idea that HaShem has renewed and will fulfill all of His covenants with Israel.

Instead of being placed in an entirely “new” section of the Tahakh and creating a new “Christian Bible,” the Apostolic Writings rightfully belong in the Ketuvim section of the Tanakh.
Yahweh See “Jehovah The Name is too sacred to be pronounced, even when pronounced correctly

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