Saturday, May 18, 2024

Exploring Three Views Abraham


A well-known fact is Jews and Christians have sacred scriptures that contain the same books – Tanakh and Old Testament. However, a point that doesn’t usually get discussed is that they interpret characters in their shared books through words of other books. In addition to this, interactions between Jews and Christians also affect the ways they both view Abraham. Continue reading at -

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Exploring the Oldest Abraham Stories and Their Evolving Interpretations


The week before the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023, thousands of Christians and groups of other Jews had travelled to Jerusalem all expecting an apocalyptic event. Hamas had been planning for years to make their apocalyptic event a reality. They are the world’s three monotheistic religions – Jews, Christians, and Muslims. They have something very important in common – they have all reinterpreted the Story of Abraham. For all its chaotics, the history of Abraham as a cultural figure over the last four thousand years because Christians, Jews, and Muslims have been retelling their unique interpretations. Continue reading -

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Message of The Original Jesus


Jesus clearly revealed the foundational requirements for being a member of his original Movement. They are found in his interpretations of Deuteronomy 6, Leviticus 19, and Isaiah 58. His interpretation of Isaiah 58 reveals a link to “life after death.” However, as far as I know, no Christian denomination, church, or group teaches those requirements. Continue reading at -

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Do You Have a Good Eye or Evil Eye?


A basic awareness of the Hebrew alphabet is essential for an accurate understanding the teachings of Jesus. It also proves that Jesus was speaking in Hebrew to people who understood Hebrew. The linguistic evidence to support this position add up as we explore other teachings of Jesus. However, Hebrew idioms are nightmares for English translators. Think about an ancient Hebrew trying to figure out the meaning of this American idiom - If that happens, I will eat my hat. Continue reading at –

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Love is the Foundation of the Torah


“On these two commandments hang all the Torah and the Prophets.” What did “hang” mean to his ancient Jewish audience? In order to understand this, we need to know how the ancient scribes wrote Hebrew words on the scrolls. After they prepared the material to be written on, they drew lines. You can see the lines on the picture. Continue reading at -

Monday, May 6, 2024

Love Your God: Concrete Actions or Abstract Notions


“Hear, O Israel: Yahweh (is) our Elohim (God). Yahweh (is) one! You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”  The context began with the words, “Hear, O Israel,” which means, “Listen up and obey!  This is followed by a clear declaration of who the Elohim (God) of Israel is – It is Yahweh! Next is the command, “You shall love!” I have two questions for you, now. 1. Is love a concrete action or an abstract notion? 2. Do you do love or do you feel love? Continue reading at -

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Concrete Actions or Abstract Notions


The other night I was working on a translation of the parable of Jesus about “destroying the Torah.” A CNN Breaking News announcement caught my attention. Students on university campuses were shouting “death to Israel,” “applauding what Hamas did to the Israeli citizens,” and shouting “death to America.” What I was seeing made absolutely no sense! Were they “crazy”? Or could their brains have been hacked? Continue reading at -