San Diego, CA – Tree of Life Messianic Congregation of San Diego opted to change its name this week, following the announcement of Tree of Life Version Bible changing its name to The Real Complete Jewish Bible. The announcement came as kind of a shock, and also kind of not.
“As soon as TLV announced it was changing its name, I knew what we had to do,” said congregational Rabbi Joel Liberman. “We love sharing a name with a translation of the bible, so not following suit on the name change would mean we no longer have that name in common, so the choice was clear. Besides, calling our congregation ‘The Real Complete Jewish Synagogue’ lets the world know that we are a congregation of completed Jews (and gentiles)! And how can we go wrong when we announce that to the world?”
Tree of Life Congregation is expected to officially change its name sometime after the high holidays. Until then, their web site treeoflifeca.org will remain the same. The new name will be up for review again in a year when they decide whether or not they want to be called The New International King James Message Congregation.
Rome, GA – Big news out of Rome, GA this week as The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society announced this week that the Tree of Life Version Bible (TLV) would officially be changing its name to The Real Complete Jewish Bible (RCJB). Just three days after announcing the release of the new Tree of Life Family Bible, the new name change comes as sort of a shock, and also sort of not.
“As far as we know, we’re the first official Messianic Jewish translation of The Bible,” Daniah Greenberg, President and CEO of The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society, said in an early Monday morning press conference. “Calling it the Tree of Life Version Bible doesn’t really tell people what our translation stands for, whereas ‘The Real Complete Jewish Bible’ lets everyone know…this is a Jewish translation. This is not a translation where The Messiah is called Jesus Christ and this is not a translation where 1st and 2nd Chronicles come before Isaiah. Besides, what is ‘TLV?’ That’s not a bible translation, that’s an airport code! RCJB will be much more widely recognized as a Messianic Jewish biblical translation than TLV is, though I can’t figure out why.”
The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society plans to liquidate their inventory of bibles with the old name and start producing bibles with the new name in early 2017. For more information on how to purchase the TLV or the RCJB please visit treeoflifeversion.com or familybiblesociety.org