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About Us

We make it easy for people to learn
the Jewish roots of the Bible
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Sasha Bolotnikov

Director

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Rachel Hyman

Associate Director

People yearn to understand the Bible, but many find it difficult to grasp. The Bible was written by a specific people group, in a particular culture, in a distinct language, in a different era. When we understand this culture in its historical context, the Bible comes alive in a way we have never experienced before. The Hebrew Bible Institute provides resources to understand the Jewish roots of the Bible through educational programs for both Adventists and Jews. We truly believe that having this context brings clarity—which enriches our understanding of God’s truth and equips us to share the gospel more effectively with others. 

The Hebrew Bible Institute is affiliated with the North American Division of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Our founders, Alexander Bolotnikov and Rachel Hyman, were raised in Jewish families and became Seventh-day Adventists when they were young adults. They continue to celebrate their Jewish roots and are excited about helping Christians learn more about how the Jewish content of Scripture enriches our spiritual lives.

Our Director, Alexander, (Also known to most people as "Sasha"), was raised in a Jewish family in Ukraine and became a Seventh-day Adventist as a young adult. Pastor Sasha studied theology at Andrews and received his Doctoral degree in Rabbinic literature from Hebrew Union College. Sasha teaches several courses on how to understand the Bible better by understanding its historical background. Pastor Sasha has planted many churches around the United States and bbrought in thousands of people into the Adventist faith as an evangelist. He has authored several video documentaries for Hope Channel and produced a theological program on 3ABN called Back to Our Roots which focused on sharing about the Jewish culture with Christian audiences. 

 

Our Associate Director, Rachel Hyman, was raised in a Jewish family and was introduced to the Adventist faith through a classmate at her high school. Rachel has a passion for helping church members understand the Jewish people better. She has hosted cultural outreach programs for 15 years in Adventist churches and served in evangelistic and community outreach roles across North America and in Europe. Rachel was co-host of the popular 3ABN program Back to Our Roots with Dr. Alexander. She has her certification as a revitalization church consultant from Church Consultant University and loves to help churches grow. She is currently the Marketing Director for The Edge Christian Worship Center where Sasha servers as the pastor.

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