Ahav New Testament Bible Project
If you’ve read our history you know that Virtue TV came about while producing and publishing a New Testament Study Bible. Well over 2 billion people base their relationship with God on the New Testament, this is by far the most influential book about God that ever existed.
Since 1973 our team leader has been drilling down through layers of Greek, Aramaic, modern and ancient Hebrew texts to better understand the original teachings of Yeshua (Jesus). The last few years have brought many awesome discoveries of how and what our Master Yeshua (Jesus) taught about the Kingdom of Heaven. The old adage, “you’ll never find what you’re not looking for,” is most certainly true here. The reality is that Western Civilization has yet to learn many of the original elements of the Kingdom of Heaven, the power of virtue is one of these key elements of imminent importance.
Translations of the Greek New Testament blend values of Greek philosophy, mythology, and pop culture into the narrative, “virtue” is one of many examples. Our English “virtue” is derived from the Latin “virtus” and the Greek “arete“. From a Greek and Roman perspective “virtue” is any kind of “excellence” but generally thought to be “moral excellence”. Embedded within the majority of Western Culture is the idea that a virtue is a trait of moral excellence. Although this is an admirable pursuit there are far deeper elements of true virtue revealed within Aramaic and ancient Hebrew Bible manuscripts.
From a Biblical perspective our English word “virtue” is derived from the Hebrew “chayil,” which translates “army” in more than 80 places but also as power, powerful, capable, valiant, strength, riches, bold, wealth, etc. One of the most beautiful elements of “chayil” is found in Matthew 26:64 “…you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of chayil (power) and coming upon the clouds of heaven.” There are hundreds of places in Scripture directly relating to God’s people being gifted with His “chayil“ or “righteous power“. This is where true “ministry” begins.
Consider the differences between knowing about “virtue” or being a powerful indomitable warrior. Let’s say there’s something in your life you hope to accomplish but it seems nearly impossible. First, is it God’s will? Does what you want to accomplish harmonize with Kingdom of Heaven principles? Let’s say you want more time with our Heavenly Father, study more Scripture, minister to people, grow healthy nurturing friendships, get more exercise, eat healthier, diet, lose or gain weight. quit smoking, get out of debt, save money, become financially independent. These, of course, are all Godly pursuits and we can easily find Scripture to support and inspire reaching these goals.
People don’t fail because they’re ignorant of God’s will, they fail because of the lack of power to defeat “the enemy” and move forward. Millions of well-meaning souls are crying out to God, praying for the power, yet day after day things seem as they were the day before. What if one day these beautiful souls discovered the power was there all along but they simply hadn’t garnered the tools or relationship with God to receive His Power?
The AHAV New Testament Bible project is like no other. AHAV stands for Aramaic Hebrew Amplified Version but “ahav” is also how we say “love” in Hebrew. The AHAV Bible project is already empowering God’s people, but it will also drop a bomb on false religion like nothing else since the days of the Apostles. We’re accessing every publication and database of Aramaic and Greek New Testament texts that we can find, including every Aramaic and Hebrew word in the Dead Sea Scrolls and drilling down into the original Kingdom of Heaven mind that penned the original New Testament.
The Kingdom of Heaven mindset is the nature of man before sin entered. Scripture tells us who we are, why we’re on this earth, and what God says about His Kingdom. Terms such as “tselem b’Elohim” the image (shadow) of God in man, “nephesh chayah” the living soul in man, “neshama” the breath of God in man, “ruach Adam” the spirit of man are a few of the many ways we understand our relationship with God.
While there are many levels of Jewish, Christian, modern, and ancient Hebrew mindsets that interpret these elements, there is also a “Kingdom of Heaven” mindset that ties these concepts from eternity past, before sin entered into the world, to eternity future after the millennial reign of Mashiyach (Messiah).
The Ahav Bible project is pulling these threads together like no other publication before has accomplished. The “amplified” elements are not translation or commentary on the narrative but the precise reconstruction of the original God-given “Dabar” (Word) from Ancient Hebrew. We recognize this level of study is not everyone’s cup of tea but every soul who calls on the Name of God would benefit greatly to revisit their understanding of spiritual interfaces between God and man.