Monthly Archives: October 2009

PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Kingdom of Heaven, Pt 1

Yeshua had a central message. It was the first thing he ever taught. It was always in the background of everything else he taught. It is the key to understanding Yeshua and it is not a secret. It is well-known … Continue reading

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Noah in Context: Meaning and Purpose

What if the ruler(s) of the heavens were capricious, vindictive, and immature? At times, life is harsh and it’s not hard to think the whole thing is run on the whims of an angry god. What if the benefits and … Continue reading

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The Noah Story and Mesopotamian Myth, Pt 2

In Part 1, I presented the famous Sumerian/Babylonian/Assyrian flood story which passed down over more than a thousand years through Babylonian poets into the new Assyrian empire, where it has come to us through the results of archaeological exploration. As … Continue reading

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The Noah Story and Mesopotamian Myth, Pt 1

Most people are completely unaware of the rich background of story and myth which is the setting of the Bible and especially books like Genesis. In the synagogue reading cycle, this week is Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, the story of … Continue reading

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Objects of Faith

I am reading a Chaim Potok novel I only recently found out about. I thought I had read them all, including Wanderings. Then a young lady in my synagogue told me about The Book of Lights. Kabbalah is a strong … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua Against Leviticus?

One of the dividing lines in views about the historical Yeshua is whether he came to overturn the Torah, the Law of Moses, or to support it for his own Jewish people. Few scholars in recent studies have supported the … Continue reading

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Ephesians 1 in Context

Back in October 2008 I wrote about Ephesians 1 and an important re-reading that would help a lot of people to read the Bible more in context. In recent comments and debates about the role of Jews and non-Jews in … Continue reading

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