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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