Messianic / Rabbinical / Scripture / Torah/Talmud/Mishna

Breaking the Rules, Part Four (One More Time Around the Mountain)

Yes, I know this could be an unfortunate subtitle, because taken literally it immediately invokes images of wandering Israelites, desert wilderness and manna from heaven and that is not at all what we will be exploring here. Nevertheless, I am sticking with it and using it in its metaphorical sense; we need to revisit all … Continue reading

Jewish Culture / Rabbinical / Torah/Talmud/Mishna

Breaking the Rules, Part Two (The Deacon and the Hat)

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’  (Mark 7:6-7) Recall that Jewish tradition taught that the oral Torah was … Continue reading

Hebraisms / Messianic

Messiah-God

A wonderful and popular episode captured in the Gospels is Peter’s confession of the true identity of Jesus. The backdrop is Caesarea Philippi; the approaching journey is one final trip to Jerusalem for the Passover. Both of these qualifiers are rich in and of themselves and deserving of our attention. That attention, however, will have … Continue reading