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Adam Destroyed the Law But Jesus Didn’t

This is one of the worst mistranslations in the Bible of the teaching of Yeshua, the Jewish Jesus (Matthew 5:17-18):
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
I was taught that this meant “Jesus fulfilled all of the law, did away with it and we are under grace.” Christians were under grace, while Jews were under the law. The belief systems of over a billion Christians are constructed on that mistranslation. Interestingly, Yeshua’s words reminded his Jewish audience of something Adam did in the Garden of Eden. You will know what I mean when you understand the correct meanings of his words.
The Torah or the Prophets were two sections of Jewish Scriptures at the time of Yeshua – and still are today.
Destroy means “to add words to or remove words from the Torah or the Prophets” – or “to incorrectl…
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Power, Sanhedrin and Jesus Teaching Disciples about Anger Manager

The history of human societies is a story about power struggles – one uses power to get what it wants from someone else who wants to keep what it has. In societies, power is exercised in two ways – persuasion by authority or through the use of force. The Bible, from the first book to the last, is full of stories about power. Today, I will focus on the Second Temple as a center of power.
In the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, the Temple was to be operated under the laws of the Torah by priests who were Levites. However, the highest office of authority in the nation for most of the Second Temple Period was the High Priest (a descendant of Aaron the brother of Moses).
The building of the Second Temple began with a decree of Cyrus the Great King Persia. Interestingly, the first Torah scroll -- like the one we have today -- was taken by Ezra, a Jewish priest and scribe to Jerusalem from Babylon – along with a scroll of laws of the Persian King Artaxerxes I. Ezra was also an authori…

When Judaism Joined Christianity and Islam with a Mutually Exclusive Belief System

Universities, like cathedrals and parliaments, are a product of the Middle Ages. So long as knowledge was limited to the seven liberal arts of the Early Middle Ages, there could be no universities, for there was nothing to teach beyond the bare elements of grammar, rhetoric, logic, and the still barer notions of arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, and music, which did duty for an academic curriculum. But between 1100 and 1200 there came a great influx of new knowledge into western Europe, partly through Italy and Sicily, but chiefly through the Arab scholars of Spain — the works of Aristotle, Euclid, Ptolemy, and the Greek physicians, the new arithmetic, and those texts of the Roman law which had lain hidden through the Dark Ages.
Philosophy and Religion were supposed to stay in their own domains, however by the end of the twelfth century, the New Logic was pretty well assimilated. Then came Aristotle’s Metaphysics and natural philosophy, with their Arabic commentators – and theological …

Make Sure You Know What The Jewish Jesus Means

I use the phrase “Yeshua, the Jewish Jesus” to distinguish between the person that lived in the first century who was named “Yeshuaand the person they read about in the New Testament called “Jesus” and “Jesus Christ” and “beliefs about Jesus” that were created centuries after the Romans executed him.
I think there are a lot of people, Christian and Jewish, that have a “Pre-K understanding,” like I used to have, about what “Christian and Jewish” mean. I was an ordained minister and I viewed 2,500 years of history as the histories of two religions – Judaism and Christianity. Back then I viewed “Jesus as the founder of Christianity” and “the Jews as the people that opposed Jesus.” In other words, my whole reality was built around “my beliefs about Jesus.”
In order to know what “The Jewish Jesus” means we have to view Yeshua in the context of the world in which he lived and know what “Christianity” was like in the second and third centuries CE.
The World of Yeshua
Based on our research, Y…

Torah Means Much More Than Law

The word Hebrew word above that is transliterated "Torah" in English is derived from the root ירה, which in the hif'il conjugation means “to guide” or “to teach” (cf. Lev 10:11). Its meaning, therefore, is "teaching", "doctrine", or "instruction".
In its earliest use, Torah (meaning “instruction” or “guidebook”) refers to the central text of Judaism -- the scroll that contains the first five books of the Bible.
However, as time passed, the meaning of the word “Torah” expanded. Continue reading at -- http://www.biblicalheritage.org/torah.html

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Exploring Biblical Heritages or Blind Faith in Unexamined Beliefs?

The Bible is one of the most important books in the world because people of every nation, people of every color and race, and people that speak thousands of languages read it, believe in it and used it to learn about God and what God wants them to do. But, Bible readers also go to war against other Bible readers. Why?
We call finding an answer to that question -- Exploring Our Biblical Heritages. It is a science based approach to discovering the histories of the Bible and Bible based institutions. It is the journey described on the above graphic, which introduces people to twelve important factors.
#1. Prioritizing facts before unexamined beliefs.
#2. Incorporating the roles DNA and the brain play in belief systems and human actions.
#3. Learning about the roles three Persian Kings – Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great and Artaxerxes I – played in the creation of Second Temple Judaism [6] (building the Second Temple [#4] and creating the first Torah scroll [#5]).
#7. Translating the Jewish …