Is the Oral Torah Divine?

Is the Oral Torah Divine?

Today’s rabbinic Judaism is governed not just by the Hebrew Scriptures, but also by the Talmud, a written collection of oral traditions. After the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century CE and the exile of the Jewish people, it was feared that Jewish tradition would be lost, and around 200 CE Rabbi Judah the …

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Does Forgiveness Require Death?

Does Forgiveness Require Death?

In the New Testament book of Hebrews, we find this well known Christian assertion: Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Heb 9:22 NET) Is this actually true? This idea is often cross referenced to the following “prooftext” from the Hebrew …

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The Problem with Christian Holidays

The Problem with Christian Holidays

25 years before my deeper study of the scriptures prompted me to leave the church, I had already developed strong convictions against Christian holidays. There is virtually no-one, not even among conservative Christian scholars and apologists, who denies the pagan origins of Christian holidays. The question is: what, if anything, is wrong with co-opting pagan …

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Are we Free from the Law?

Are we Free from the Law?

It is a Christian concept that Jesus has freed us from the law. By law we mean the law of Moses, called the Torah. When you see the word law in english translations of the Hebrew scriptures, the Hebrew word that has been translated such is the word Torah, which literally means instruction. Etymologically it …

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Paul the False Apostle

Paul the False Apostle

It seems that many adherents of the New Testament fail to notice that it contains competing, incompatible ideologies that have been woven together into a confusing patchwork quilt.

The New Covenant Problem

The New Covenant Problem

A foundational principle of Christianity is the claim that a new covenant was instituted by Jesus’ death and resurrection, replacing the covenant made between YHWH and Israel at Mount Sinai. No longer are we required to observe YHWH’s instructions, for we are saved by simple faith in Jesus and nothing else. What if it could …

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