On a bus in Jerusalem, I encountered the passionate Middle Eastern attitude that colored Jesus’ parables and his attitude toward prayer.
Few issues stir up Christian passions more than Bible translation, but you never hear debates like this in Jewish circles. Issues over translation don’t come up, because everyone knows that God’s words were not revealed in English. The Jewish approach reveres the original Hebrew text, rather than any particular translation.
If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell. Matthew 18:9 Some of the sayings of Jesus are so strong that we wonder if Jesus really […]
For thousands of years, Jewish parents have taught their children the words of the Shema as soon as they could speak. Like most Christians I had never heard of it, but it to Jesus it was God’s greatest commandment.
What does it mean that Jesus lived as a Jewish rabbi who called and trained disciples? And how does learning about his teachings in their original context enable us to better live out our calling? Jesus’ first followers responded to his words with actions that astound us. They left home, family, and comfort behind to […]
No one is innocent of harming others through gossip. Is there any way to improve what comes out of our mouths?
Why does the Bible begin with the second letter of the alphabet, not the first? To show that not all knowledge is accessible to man, but some is reserved for God himself.
Hebrew has a word for love that is richer and deeper than any English has ever conceived. Based in a covenantal relationship, hesed is a steadfast, rock-solid faithfulness that endures to eternity.
We modern Christians struggle more to understand our Bibles than many people throughout history.
Jesus used elegant rabbinic reasoning to rule that healing was permissible on the Sabbath