Wednesday, July 10, 2019
For the followers of Yeshua, the Jewish Jesus, praying was a ritual that consisted of much more than just saying the words. It was the human side of an unending dialogue between God and humans. Prayer was a daily ritual of life and their prayers were not spontaneous individual prayers that asked God for something or asked Him to do something. They prayed prayers that reminded them of things God wanted them to do! Click Here to continue reading.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The article Here’s What Makes the ‘First-Century Mark’ Saga Complicated: The complex world of ancient biblical manuscripts” provides a great overview of factors involved in dating the ancient biblical manuscripts from which modern translations are made. It is well worth reading several times.
“Speaking to a Christian audience, I would want to say that if something is done, well, it should help you understand that the world is a more complicated place than you previously thought it would be in . . . You should always allow yourself to be surprised, to be challenged, to be fascinated with how complicated the world is and not see that as a threat. Use it as a reminder that our own culture isn't the only one that exists, and that a lot of the reasons that we have things from other countries is because we took them, or we paid for them from people who are just desperate for even a small amount of money.”
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
There are lots of stories we could tell about things that happened on our almost three decade’s long journey together (Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers). In my religion, Christianity, we spend a lot of time talking about “going to heaven” after we die and spending eternity there. In Jeffrey’s religion, Judaism, people talk about “the world to come,” but not with any details. Read the complete story at -- http://www.tovcenter.org/tov-stories.html
Paul formed a community around his ideas and beliefs. In his community he was the only apostle, he preached a different gospel, and “righteousness had nothing to do with doing acts of tzedaqah.” Read the complete blog at --
Monday, May 20, 2019
Doing acts of tzedaqah are so much greater than just giving food, drink, clothes, etc. They were all done by one person for another person and they were also face-to-face experiences, acts of acceptance, acts of love and even more. Read the complete blog at --
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Making the “right to live” a reality requires “loyalty to the community” by God and people. Leaders and members of the community are responsible for creating and maintaining that environment. We see this in the second definition above. The entire community is charged with the responsibility of “the elimination of anything breaking the shalom.” This is the cornerstone of human justice. Read the complete blog at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-3-breaking-of-shalom.html
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Jesus or Paul?
Making People’s Lives Right or Making People’s Beliefs Right?
The Hebrew Meaning of צדקה (tzedaqah)
Jumping from back and forth from one language to another can be a little confusing. But, simply using the traditional translation of the Hebrew word above “righteousness,” may be more confusing. The word “righteousness” is code word – a religious word lots of people are familiar with but rarely, if ever, use in their daily conversations with friends or in commercial transactions. When was the last time you used it? Learn what tzedaqah meant to Jesus at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2019/05/jesus-or-paul-part-2.html