Nehemia Gordon

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Nehemia Gordon (1972 –) is a Karaite Jew. He was born to a Jewish family of rabbis. Nehemia is a native of Chicago but has lived in Jerusalem, Israel since making Aliyah in 1993.

Until recently Gordon served on Universal Karaite Judaism's "Religious Council" (which is the lower religious council in the Karaite Organization), and on the Board of Directors of the ancient Karaite synagogue in Jerusalem. He is also a co-founder of the World Karaite Movement, a Karaite revival group. He coordinates aviv searches each year and releases information on the crescent new moon sightings in Israel. From 2007 to 2008, Nehemia Gordon served in the position of Provost of the Karaite Jewish University.

Gordon holds a Master's degree in Biblical Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He assisted in the translation of texts contained in The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, was an assistant on the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication project coordinated by Emanuel Tov, and worked as a researcher on the Hebrew University Bible Project under the auspices of Shemaryahu Talmon.

Gordon appeared in an ESPN special broadcast before the 39th Super Bowl talking about his time as the Hebrew teacher of the late NFL star, Reggie White. Gordon subsequently spoke about White's spiritual journey in an episode of ESPN SportsCentury. In 2007 a Jerusalem Post article on Karaite Judaism included a feature about Gordon. Gordon also appeared as a guest on Zola Levitt Ministries Television, a Messianic Jewish group, where he was interviewed about his religious beliefs.


  • Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence: The Hebrew Power of the Priestly Blessing Unleashed, 2012, ISBN 978-0983098126
  • A Prayer to Our Father: Hebrew Origins of the Lord's Prayer by Nehemia Gordon and Keith E. Johnson, 2009, ISBN 0-9762637-4-2
  • As It Is Written: A Brief Case for Karaism by Shawn Lichaa, Nehemia Gordon, and Meir Rekhavi, 2006, ISBN 0-9762637-1-8
  • The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus, 2005, ISBN 0-9762637-0-X
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, Part 1. Texts Concerned with Religious Law, 2003, ISBN 90-04-12650-3
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, Part 2. Exegetical Texts, 2003, ISBN 90-04-12648-1
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls Reader, Part 6. Additional Genres and Unclassified Texts ISBN 90-04-12646-5
  • The Pronunciation of the Name[1] Nehemia Gordon dismantles the "scholarly consensus" that the name of God is "yahweh", and proves it to be "Ye HO VaH".


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