The idea of hiddur mitzvah (beautifying a command) says that if God tells us to do something, we shouldn’t just do the minimum, but to perform it in the best way possible, sparing no expense or trouble.
Prior to celebrating our Passover Seder, I had always thought the crowds unimaginably fickle, cheering Jesus one day and then shouting for his head the next. But Jesus’ supporters never changed their minds. The entire plot unfolded in the wee hours, after the late-evening Passover feast had ended, while most people were sound asleep.
Jesus preached nonstop about the kingdom. I used to think of “kingdom” as abstract, not considering the fact that the word kingdom describes a community.
Humility and serving others was of great concern to Jesus. This great theme was central to his ministry and his theology. Other rabbis pondered the implications of God’s humility as well.
We were created to be God’s image on earth. Both Jesus and other rabbis shared their wisdom about the implications.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23) Over the years, these mysterious […]
Which is the correct spelling of the word Hanukkah? Learning more about this taught me a lot about Hebrew, and even about the name of God.
While telos can mean “end” or “termination,” it can also mean “goal,” “perfection,” or “culmination.” Paul’s wording is deliberately vague, conveying two ideas at once. Christ is both the goal and the end of the Law.
If the Torah is God’s instructions for how to live, why would Gentiles be excluded from its wonderful truths? In both Romans and Galatians, after Paul has spent a lot of time arguing against their need to observe the Torah, he actually explains how they can “fulfill the Law.”
Why Jesus say he “came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it”? A surprising insight comes from the fact that “fulfill the Law” is actually a Jewish idiom. Along with being found in rabbinic writings, it’s even used several other places in the New Testament.