It has been falsely asserted by fourth century theologians that Christians should identify themselves, in thought and in practice, with the righteous believers who lived prior to Abraham, in not keeping the Torah. The purpose of this article is to respond to this false assertion, and to prove that the righteous men and women who lived prior … [Read more…]
The Shem Tob Hebrew version of Matthew omits the majority of Matthew 28:19, including the popular Trinitarian baptism formula, and changes the ending of Matthew’s account of the Good News to: “Go and teach them to carry out all the things which I have commanded you forever.” Unfortunately, virtually all Aramaic and Greek manuscripts of … [Read more…]
It is commonly believed today that Jewish perception of the Lost Ten Tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel is that they were gradually, at some non-specific point in time, reabsorbed into the fold of the Jewish people- that is, that they rejoined the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in the Southern Kingdom of Judah. … [Read more…]
Yeshua said in Matthew 15:24, “I was not sent to anyone but the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.” This statement presents difficulties to those who see Yeshua as having come to establish a gentile-based religious system, yet to those who study the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective, it makes perfect sense.
Being raised in the Church, I entered into the Torah keeping movement with the understanding I had been raised with, that the “New Covenant,” as prophesied in Jeremiah 31 and Ezekiel 36, was forged when Yeshua was crucified, resurrected, or ascended; but as I delved into both the Torah and the Gospels, I came to the … [Read more…]
Paul, in Galatians 6:2, makes mention of the “law of the Messiah”, and this one reference has been used by Replacement Theologians to support their assertion that the Torah of Moses has been somehow replaced by the Torah of Yeshua. However, if such a stance is to be maintained, then there should be at least … [Read more…]
Many today have unanimously agreed that “the Law done away with.” They go to many of Paul’s letters as their source of inspiration, claiming that Paul taught us not to keep and cherish God’s Torah, even though He stated in several places that it was to be an ordinance forever. So why is it that Paul refers … [Read more…]
If God did not provide us with an absolute, solid definition of sin- what it is, and what it is not- then the definitions and boundaries of morality and righteousness are, by default, completely arbitrary, and are dependent solely upon the will of fallen man.
Yeshua stated in Matthew 5:17, “Don’t think that I came to destroy the Torah or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.” It is commonly thought today that Matthew 5:17 is to be interpreted as Yeshua having said, “I didn’t come to destroy, but to complete, thereby rendering it obsolete.” Here is … [Read more…]
Psalms 151-155 have been translated from Syriac into English by W. Wright, and follow his verse order as detailed in “Some Apocryphal Psalms in Syriac.” (1886-1887) Psalms 156-160 have been translated from Hebrew into English by Geza Vermes in his “Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English.” (1997) This is based on his earlier work of … [Read more…]