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Mark Heber Miller - The Author and Editor
The work contained in the 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures [Nazarene Commentary 2000©] is the result of the efforts of one Christian man devoted to Jesus Christ the Nazarene, Mark Heber Miller. This work may be viewed as nothing more than one Christian’s notes on the Bible entering the 21st century. The 2.5 million words here were composed during the years 1996 to 2000, though the preparation and research actually involved a period of 58 years.

The author was christened a Lutheran [1938], baptized as a Baptist [1949] and completed his first reading of the King James Version when he was 12 years old. He became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses [1956], and for doctrinal reasons parted company with "the Society" in 1996. He was not disfellowshipped or disassociated. For details see his life story in the book “Messianic Confessions”. In the 55 years following his first complete reading of the Bible his life has been dedicated to a love of God’s Word the Bible. The last ten years have absorbed his determination to create a new and non-sectarian rendering of the New Testament Christian Bible called the 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures.

Mark turned down college scholarships in English, creative writing and swimming to enter self-supporting missionary work in four countries over a 40-year period, 20 years in the full-time ministry, including as instructor to various seminaries. In 1960 the United States government recognized him as an ordained minister and graduate of seminaries. He has been the Presiding Minister or senior pastor of ten congregations in several states. Like Leonardo DaVinci Mark considers himself self-educated. He has read the Bible completely scores of times, and the New Testament innumerable times in dozens of different versions.

He is a student of most Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin words of the Bible, having compared word for word Greek texts in half a dozen interlinear versions with over three dozen translations. He has studied virtually every cross-reference in several Bibles, including computer searches. He has read all the classic, secular and religious literature published in English, both the ancient Greek classics, history, philosophy, and the complete volumes of Will Durant’s Story of Civilization, Gibbon’s Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Josephus, [Wars of the Jews], and most of the Church ‘fathers’ during the first four centuries. He has read all the most well-known religious books of Christian and non-Christian sources. There is probably no important work in literature and religion that he has not read or studied.

In addition he has lectured and taught at a variety of colleges, social groups and learning centers on the American authors Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner. He was 15 years old when he first published short stories, poems and news articles in various media. He has appeared on television in discussions of Shakespeare. His Bible discussions and lectures have been given in several churches, including Mormon, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist. He has given private Bible instruction with such persons as the president of the American Bible Society, a Secretary of State, rabbis, and hundreds of clergymen and scholars including a Noble prize winning chemist.

As an internationally known photographer Mark has traveled widely, including China, Canada, Mexico and most of Europe. He has lived for more than a year in each of the countries of Italy, England, The Bahamas, Canada, and Spain. His most recognizable photo is the inspirational "Footprints in the Sand." He has had many one-man art shows, won numerous awards for magazine photography, and spoken before numerous college groups interested in magazine and corporate photography. He served as president of the Hemet Valley Art Association. His photography may be viewed on the world-wide web using the search words “Mark Heber Miller”. Mark was one of the first photographers selected by Canon to produce a "signature" CD of his photography. He was senior editor of the very first laser disk of photography First Vision.

There are few men living today who have studied the Bible so intently for over 58 years -- from the age of 12 to 70 -- and at the same time have brought so many disciples one-on-one to Christ. He has been published in 80 languages in over 200 countries and it is safe to say that a vast portion of the globe has seen or read his work in one form or another. He was educated in private schools in the United States, Italy, Spain, The Bahamas, and England. He has been an instructor in public speaking and Christian apologetics. His speaking engagements and lectures have included audiences upwards of 50,000 persons in four countries. He has spoken before hundreds of churches in America in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Colorado. He has performed many marriages and conducted numerous funeral ceremonies.

In 1995 Mark "walked away" from Jehovah’s Witnesses for doctrinal and personal reasons. He devoted the next 5 years to full-time study of the Bible without the influence and bias of any sectarian perspective. During this period he began to prepare Nazarene Commentary 2000©. Much of it has been published on the World Wide Web. Thousands of people in over 30 countries have down-loaded this material. His own life story is told in the autobiography Messianic Confessions which has been read by over 10,000 persons in scores of countries. In time it will be hard-published.

Mark makes no claim of inspiration or special revelation from God. He states that it is his belief that each individual Christian will stand before the judgment throne of Christ [2 Corinthians 5:10], and particularly teachers will be judged by their words. [Matthew 12:36, 37; James 3:1, 2] Each is responsible for their own choices in matters of doctrine and Christian worship. He believes that no church, sect, or religious organization has an exclusive on Biblical truth. He has never told a person to leave or join any particular group. He believes there have been "wheat" Christians [or, sheep] scattered all around the world throughout the Gospel Age. [Matthew 13 and 25] Not all Christian teachers have agreed during the past 2,000 years, nor does perfect harmony obtain now at the beginning of the 3rd Millennium. Despite this, Mark believes major Bible truths are self-evident in the Scriptures and that any honest person who reads the Bible without bias, or some sectarian filter, will come to understand those truths taught by Jesus Christ the Nazarene and his inspired disciples.

Mark has dedicated certain portions of 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures to family members and personal friends.

Abba our Father bless your continued Bible studies and Christian growth.

Mark Heber Miller
January 2008
Hemet, California USA

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