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Restoration Scriptures: True Name Edition

Rating

The Restoration Scriptures: True Name Edition by Moshe (Marshall) Koniuchowsky is a "Two House" Study Bible. Above is the first edition and currently there is a 4th edition available which is much larger with a different shiny cover and thicker paper. This is a patchwork translation that reads according to whatever manuscript Marshall feels fits the particular passage. Sometimes the passage is rendered based on no manuscript at all. The KJV was used as a base text, and several of the errors within the KJV are still in tact (for example, John 3:36). This is true even in the later editions! The translation is also full of an abundance of Hebrew transliterations for many words. If you know Hebrew and want to practice your vocabulary this might not be so bad, but for the average reader it will be very annoying to constantly have to flip into the back and translate words all the time.

But regardless of the good or bad, I cannot in good conscience recommend this version of the Scriptures and will not even be posting a full review of it here. Unlike the "Book of Yahweh" by Yisrael Hawkins though, this version is still getting a page because of it's presence within the Hebraic Roots / Nazarene Movement.

The issue of why I encourage everyone NOT to buy this version is because Moshe Koniuchowsky has brought grave heresy into the Netzarim movement. This has been brewing for awhile but has come to a head. For everyone here who is not aware or has been thinking about supporting him by purchasing this version, I highly recommend you review the following,

http://www.peshitta.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1633

And if that wasn't enough, he has further brought himself and his followers into heresy by adopting the "lunar sabbath" doctrine. Andrew Gabriel Roth (who kindly offered to help Marshall in the beginning) has addressed in grave detail ALL of this heresy (providing very strong Scriptural evidence against it). These teachings can be found in Andrew's Aramaic English New Testament, Wheel of Stars book, and TV program "Hard Teachings of the Scriptures" (linked to the current episode). As well, there are free articles addressing the subject(s) on The Refiners Fire (for lunar Sabbath articles please click here and here. For polygamy articles please click here and here).

Heresy aside though, as this is an openly admitted Two House doctrinally slanted text and study bible, I would be very cautious regardless. While I am not here to make a case for or against Two House theology, I will say that Two House doctrine typically misinterprets many passages. For example, in Matthew when Yeshua speaks of the "lost sheep of Israel", He's referring to those who are spiritually lost, not the so called "lost ten tribes". This is just one example of a misinterpretation that you will find in this Study Bible. But to learn about Two House Theology and protect yourself from any errant teachings, click here.

Be warned also that the vast majority of the other footnotes are off base as well. We have very poor sacred name theological interpretations, and poor justifications for Torah that do not fit the historical, cultural or linguistic context. I support Torah of course, but his explanations are just often not correct. Although, if you were to contrast them with others who have written on the subject (i.e. Andrew Roth, Tim Hegg, David Stern, etc.) you will not be led astray (so if you are going tor ead his work, make sure you have those others available as well). The current (4th) edition likely has polygamy and lunar sabbath alterations in the text and footnotes now as well, so let the reader (if you so wish to waste your time) be very weary.

If you are very curious about the contents of the book and would still like the check it out for yourself though, you can view a PDF of the third edition here (the second edition can also be viewed here). If you must buy a print version, please buy one used from abebooks or alibris.

Thank you for not supporting cults and heresy. Further red flags can be read about here, and if the Spirit moves you, please speak out and warn others as well because these things are far past the point of approaching in private to settle a dispute.


Pictures

For curiousity sake, here are the same in-depth pictures that I give for the other versions. Just note that the further editions are larger (8x10 instead of 6x9) contain thicker paper, are in verse format, and have a different (smooth) cover. If you really wanted to check out the text, there is a PDF of the second edition floating around somewhere, although when I went to search for it again I was unable to find it.

Click on an image for a bigger picture



The cover has nice gold lettering and is of a comfortable dark brown basic leather hardcover.




The spine has very nice gold lettering as well.




Another shot of the spine.




No issue staying open at Genesis 1. Here you can see the double column straight text (no paragraph or evrse formatting). I prefer this over verse formatting, but I like parahgraph the best. Here you can also see really well how the Almighty's words are in italics, and get a good assessment of how many Hebrew transliterations there are.




Here it is flat. There are lots of footnotes, particularely in the prophets, all excessively directed towards modern day Two House theology. Notice also how the Divine Name is spelt in Hebrew characters so you can pronounce it however you would like.




I can't speak for the subsequent editions, but on the first the pages have little issue staying flush. The ribbon marker is very basic: a little short, thin, and not fray proof.




Side shot. You can see that it is quite thick and hefty, because the pages are a little bit thicker than both the Scriptures and the TWOY. Not to mention, there are lots of footnotes.




It is also the tallest out of the three, though not as wide.