Tag Archives: Judaism

Maybe This Time

What we seek to build is something akin to a cultural identity, but actually resting entirely on our covenant. History shows that a nation can stand about as good as any nation could if they are held together by some … Continue reading

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Heart-led Analysis of Living

It should seem obvious that, in order to read the Old Testament, one must read back into it the unstated assumptions the writers considered obvious. So we study the history of the Ancient Near East and do our best to … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Mark 12:41-44

There’s a very obvious meaning to this brief incident, but the story is far richer with the proper context. For once I’m going to link to an outside source with more details than I have room to share here. Please … Continue reading

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Recognizing the Need for Redemption

The number one problem with life in this world is that we are fallen beings. Anyone with half a brain can look around and see that this world is broken. The problem is that our broken nature prevents us seeing … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 23:23-33

Jesus said that the Scribes and Pharisees were always missing the point. Stopping to consider in your heart what was really important is still hard work today. The rabbis had reduced the study of the Covenant Law to a mere … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 23:16-22

The Scribes and Pharisees didn’t actually instigate rebellion against Roman rule, not least because Rome permitted them to oppress their own people. One of the best kept secrets is that when Jewish rabbis talk about “freedom of religion,” it’s a … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 19:16-30

(Note: Having made a fresh study of this passage, my explanation will be different from what I’ve published in the past.) The passage begins with precisely the question this whole series has been addressing: Who shall enter into the Eternal … Continue reading

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