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Neitzër, pl. (Nᵊtzâr•im); basal sucker offshoot(s), scion(s); especially from the root or trunk of an olive tree—like little sentries standing at the foot guarding the mother tree; derives from the prophecy in Yᵊsha•yâhu 11.1 and 60.21.

Most Christians assume (and Jews simply parrot Christian mythology that is unimportant to them) that the followers of Ribi Yᵊho•shua were originally called "Christians," based on the Hellenist (Greek) Πραξεις Αποστολων 11.19-26. However, the evidence is blatant how the (Greek-speaking) Hellenist Roman Church, compounded by the KJ/V English, used Ναζαρεθ to bury the Hebrew-speaking, Jewish Pharisee (non-Hellenist) rival: the Ναζωραιος – completely burying the even more conspicuous term, Ναζαρηνος.

In contrast to Ribi Yᵊho•shua and his original followers—who were Yᵊhud•im Pᵊrush•im (Pharisee Jews) living and teaching Tor•âh, in Yᵊhud•âh (Judea), Christians were 2nd-4th century C.E., Hellenist (including gentile), followers of the apostate Hellenist Turkish-Jew, Paulin Hellenist Turkey. As followers of an excised apostate, the original, Pauline, Hellenist proto-Christians had no continuity, legitimate connection nor roots whatsoever to Ribi Yᵊho•shua and his original Nᵊtzâr•im Pharisee Jewish followers… nor to authentic (non-Hellenist) Judaism in Yᵊru•shâ•layim.

The situation was opposite in Syrian – Hellenist – Antioch, "(now Antakya, Turkey), founded by Seleucus I Nicator (B.C.E. 300) and named for his father Antiochus… Antioch had an important Jewish community.

When the deterioration of the Seleucid dynasty led to the Roman occupation of Syria (B.C.E. 64), Antioch became the capital of the new province of Syria… As a prosperous commercial center Antioch was a meeting point of the Greek and the oriental civilizations. When persecution broke out in [Yᵊru•shâ•layim] following the death of Stephan, many of [his min] fled to Antioch. Some of these undertook the customary preaching to the [Hellenist] Jews in the city. Others who were "Hellenist" (Greek-speaking) Jews, finding themselves in a Greek city, began to preach to the Greek-speaking Gentiles (Acts 11.19-21), some of whom had been attending the synagogue services, attracted by the Jewish ethical teaching; one of these may have been Nicolaus of Antioch, an early proselyte and one of the seven [deacons from Yᵊru•shâ•layim] (Acts 6.5).

Following the success of the first preachers, Barnabas and Paul began to work in Antioch, and it was here that the name Christians was first used (Acts 11.22-26), the term apparently having been adopted by the [Greek-speaking Hellenist] Roman authorities as a means of describing the group. We hear of an ekklesia [Greek, not Aramaic, term]…" (Geoffrey W. Bromiley, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: A-D, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ., 1979 p. 142-3)

It is clear from the above that the primary language used by Paul and these original Hellenist churches in Turkey was Greek, not Aramaic and certainly not Hebrew.

Hover over word for xlit & xlatnRed: Hellenist (Roman Occupiers & Hellenized Jews)
Blue: Hebrew (Pharisee & Qum•rân Jewish Community)
Terms for "Christian"
Pᵊshitᵊtâ Aramaic:''Christiane'' (Peshiteta Aramaic)
Hellenist Greek:Χριστιανος
Hebrew term "Christian" or
not Hebrew transliteration of Pᵊshitᵊtâ Aramaic:

This is confirmed in the Pᵊshitᵊtâ where the text states that those in the Hellenist Diaspora city of Antakya, Turkey, who were preaching the NT teachings of the apostate Hellenist Turkish-Jew, Paul were called, in Aramaic, "Christiane"—conspicuously not the Aramaic used in Jewish circles. Rather, this was a transliteration of the Hellenist Greek Χριστιανος (Khristianos). These were Hellenist Christians, of Hellenist Turkey, followers of apostate Hellenist Turkish-Jew, Paul—who had been excised for his Hellenist—Reform—syncretizing (assimilation) by the original Pharisee Jewish followers of Ribi Yᵊho•shua!!!

Of 31 instances translated into English as "Nazareth," only 12 of these instances in the Greek source texts of the NT, properly refer to Ναζαρεθ. Yet, of the remaining 19 instances, which properly refer to Nᵊtzâr•imΝαζωραιος (from which gentile sects derived 'Nazoraeans' or distorting Pâ•qid Ya•a•qov ha-Tza•diq Bën-Dâ•wid to be a Nâ•zir) and Ναζαρηνος, Christian versions typically render only 2 passages faithfully as "Nazarene" (Mt. 2:23 & "Acts" 24:5).

See for yourself the many instances where this identical term—Ναζωραιος—in the earliest extant source documents deliberately avoids acknowledging the Jewish Pharisee Nᵊtzâr•im in the gentile Roman Christian campaign to DISPLACE the original Nᵊtzâr•im: Mt. 2:23; 26:71; Mk. 10:47; Lu. 18:37; 24:19; Jn. 18:5, 7; 19:19; Ma•a•vâr 2:22; 3:6; 4:10; 6:14; 22:8 and 26:9.

The Christian Displacement Theology is also evident in their redactions to LXX. In their campaign of Displacement Theology, the Hellenist Christians attempted to paint themselves as "gentile Nazirites" perhaps by perverting Nâ•zir and morphing it with αγιος (agios; "holy") to form Ναζωραιος. These post-135 CE Roman gentile Christian redactions are documented in Codex Alexandrius:

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is the masc. plural of , which, in turn, is related to the Aramaic "wicker (woven straw, as from these offshoots – basket, hat, chair, etc.)". As can be seen from Yᵊsha•yâhu 11.1 and 60.21, inter alia, Neitzër referred more specifically to the basal-sucker offshoot(s) from the root or trunk of an olive tree—which stood around the mother tree like little sentry-guard(s)—and transplantable young green shoots sprouting from the trunk… used (according to the dictionaries) to weave wicker-baskets.

Thus, the question arises, are these terms related to the shorësh ? Because is a synonym of , the distinct meaning of must be teased out in order to understand how it might be related to and what connotations that might imply… particularly to cognates and .

and are synonyms that seem to be interchangeable with only one distinct and consistent thematic exception. (Additionally, this distinction lends new meaning to many passages.)

The only time both synonyms are found in the same verse is in Mish•lei Shlomoh 4.6: "- ; :" ‬  (Don't let go of [Tor•âh, v. 2] and she will you; love her and she will you).

The Tar•gum sheds futher light on this contrast: " , ; , , contrasting (guard, observe secundum Jastrow) with (elevate, lift up, exalt, strengthen secundum Jastrow).

The Pᵊshitᵊtâ also illuminates the distinction: " ," contrasting (guard, observe secundum Jastrow) with (release, save secundum Jastrow; i.e., deliver).

Neitzër probably evolved from calling the sentry-like basal-sucker offshoots "sentries"; wicker used for weaving baskets, etc. (The correlation with "offshoots" is clear in the two Biblical passages and dictionaries.)

There are five references in the Bible to , the plural of which is , from .

  1. Yᵊsha•yâhu 11.1: "Shall go forth a staff from the trunk of Yi•shai; and from his roots shall bear fruit." (corroborated in 1QIsa)

  2. Yᵊsha•yâhu 14.19: "you have been sent from your grave ." (corroborated in 1QIsa)

  3. Yᵊsha•yâhu 60.21: "Your kindred shall all be tza•diq•im, to the ages they will inherit the land; a of My Sowing, the Work of My Hand, to glorify." (corroborated in 1QIsa)

  4. Dân•i•eil 11.7: "Then will stand up, of her roots, on his pedestal…" (see also The 1993 Covenant Live-Link )

  5. Tᵊhil•im 141.3: "Place a watchguard for my mouth, --, a over the door of my lips."

"The Neitzër" was the title of the prophesied Mâ•shiakh (Yᵊsha•yâhu 11.1 and 60.21) and historical Ribi Yᵊho•shua (The Nᵊtzârim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matitᵊyâhu (NHM, in English) 2.23). The plural, Nᵊtzâr•im, describes his original Pharisee Jewish followers, including the first 12, who were specifically identified in NT by the name Nᵊtzâr•im (cf., for example Ma•a•vâr 24:5, but also the numerous additional instances in the earliest Greek cited).

The term Neitzër was displaced by apostate Hellenist Turkish-Jew, Paul's Χριστιανος and, later, the telltale terms in the Greek mss. were de-Judaized (Hellenized) by the post-135 CE Christian NT redactors —unsupported by LXX —to Ναζαρηνος

The plural, Nᵊtzâr•im (referring to his followers), was de-Judaized (Hellenized) in the NT to Ναζωραιος (nazoraios) where it is clearly translated as "Nazarenes" in Ma•a•vâr 24:5 (as well as confused, elsewhere, with Nazoraeans / Nazirites).

Another distinct cognate, n. & adj. (implying a distinction between the two groups requiring distinct names) is ((Χριστιανος—reflecting the meaning of the shorësh (). Thus, while the continued to live harmoniously among their fellow Pharisee Jews, the were Hellenist gentiles, outside and alien to the Pharisee Jews and understood by Pharisee Jews as gentile Hellenist sentries of the Hellenist Roman occupiers. Further, significantly, it was the who incited the most vitriolic antinomian—misojudaic—libels, labeling "lost to the 'law' of sin and death, enemies of God and the Church and servants of Sâ•tân" (see Eusebius)—demonstrating inarguably that the were not only mutually exclusive from the with no connection whatsoever, the Church was the most bitter enemy of the , whom they loathed as Jews.

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