By Jonah Doctura | 2017
There is a general belief prevalent in Christian circles that Yeshua [Jesus] was unlearned or unschooled - that His knowledge was divine and God-given. It is said, even by some Christian scholars, that because Yeshua [Jesus] was unschooled, the people of His day were amazed that he had some knowledge of the Scriptures. This line of thinking is fundamentally in error. The truth - the level of learning and education in 1st Century Galilee far exceeded that of Judea in Yeshua’s day.
Yeshua [Jesus] was not only a Jew, He was a rabbi. He had had a thorough education, and when he appears on the scene, He appeared as a rabbi, recognized as such by his peers.
Errors in Christian Perceptions.The Synagogue is the Jewish house of prayer and worship; but few Christians are aware that each synagogue usually had its own school. It reflects what the Jewish boy in Yeshua [Jesus]’ day would have been doing in each stage of his growth and development.
Yeshua, Our Rabbi. In His day, the rabbi almost always had an occupation from which he derived his livelihood. He had not yet become the synagogal functionary that he became in a later period. He was, rather, an itinerant preacher functioning in much the same way as the prophet of the Old Testament.
"Come, follow me" The call to discipleship sometimes necessitated heartrending decisions. It was, more often than not, a call to leave home. The call to discipleship often meant leaving mother, father, wife, children, relatives, friends and traveling the country under adverse and austere conditions. It meant leaving all..
The Oral Law: Halachah and Haggadah. Halachah is from the Hebrew root halach, meaning “to walk,” or “to go.” In other words, halachah is that path or way in which one is to walk. Halachah is the term used to refer to the whole legal system in Judaism.
The haggadah is not written as a legal textbook, nor a digest of legal precedents. It is moral and ethical instruction about personal faith and the ways of G-D.
Review of Purim. Perceiving the hand of G-D behind the scenes of the natural world requires the Jewish people to develop a new sensitivity to apprehend the Almighty in the natural world and enables us to flourish.
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By Jonah Doctura | 2017
Passover is a spring festival which during the existence of the Jerusalem Temple was connected to the offering of the "first-fruits of the barley", barley being the first grain to ripen and to be harvested in the Land of Israel. Passover is indeed one of the most widely observed holidays by the Jews.
This being the case, it should not be surprising that the Festival of Passover would be used at the backdrop for interpreting the key events in Yeshua's First Coming. In this study, we will discover the truth behind the several conflicts within the Gospel accounts of the final days of Yeshua´s life.
Census of Quirinius. The Jewish historian Josephus portrays the annexation and census as the cause of an uprising which later became identified with the Zealot movement. The author of the Gospel of Luke uses it as the narrative means by which Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5), and places the census within the reign of Herod the Great, who actually died 10 years earlier in 4 BCE.
Matthew 22 and the traps of the religious groups. The goal of the parties is to trap Yeshua by asking him about different topics such as the Roman tax, Resurrection and the life after death, what is the Greatest Commandment and who is son the Messiah of.
The Mix-up of views spices it all. Since Joseph and Nicodemus took the body of Yeshua and wound it in linen cloths with spices according to Jewish custom (Jn.19:40) - So, why did Mary and the women also prepare spices and when was this actually done?
He that is hanged is accursed by G-D. John 19:31 in token, that now the guilt being removed, the law was satisfied, as it was when the malefactors had hanged till sun-set: it demanded no more. Then he, and those that are his, ceased to be a curse.
Three days and three nights. This apparent conflict only surfaces because of the church tradition.
The Church assume that the Shabbat to which the Scriptures were referring was the seventh day Shabbat, hence Yeshua would have been crucified and died in fact on a Friday.
Visitors at the Tomb. Matthews utilizes a word which tells us [readers] that it was very early in the morning, just prior to dawn. It should be pointed out that in Jerusalem during this time of year, one can begin to see the darkness lessen well before 5:00 am.
Who removed the stone? A common error translators and interpreters make in regard to this passage, is assuming that the angel responded to the women with the words "you shall not fear" because of the earthquake which had just witnessed. This is not the case. The fear was due to seeing the angel.
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