Gap in the Fourteen Generations in Yeshua’s Genealogy

Posted by on Jul 20, 2021 in The Messiah

The reckoning of Yeshua’s ancestors with its three divisions of fourteen generations was perhaps so arranged by Matthew to evoke our reasoning. We should notice that for this purpose, the disciple traced the line from Avraham through David to Yeshua. This line is interrupted in two places: Avraham to King David, from King David to the exile to Babylon, and from the exile to Yeshua: three divisions of fourteen generations each. But if we count Yeshua’s ancestors...

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Hebrew Word: Fear of the Lord

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Hebrew Study

The phrase “the fear of the Lord” or “the fear of God” is quite common in the translations. But what is the Hebrew word for “fear”, as in “the fear of the Lord”? And what does it really mean to fear the Lord in the Hebrew mindset? In the following, we will explain what one needs to know about the Hebrew word and concept of “the fear of the Lord”. The wording “the fear of the Lord” is capable of two interpretations....

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Exile as a Place of Captivity and Revelation

Posted by on Jul 8, 2021 in Bible Study

In the following, we will debunk a false concept widely spread in the Jewish communities around the world that exile is not a land of captivity. According to this concept, any country in the world in which Jews can live securely and safely cannot be considered “exile” but “home”. Even the State of Israel can be considered a “land of exile”, i.e. captivity, if it does not provide security and safety. The advocates of this concept also hold the view...

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Bil’am: Psychological Profile of Anti-Semite

Posted by on Jul 7, 2021 in Bible Study

There are three peculiarities in the story of Bil’am, the prophet for profit and infamous anti-Semite, who had the known reputation in the ancient world of being able both to bless and curse with great success whomever he was paid to bless and curse. These peculiarities in the story we explained previously in the articles The Bil’am story lost in translation and The lesson of the prophet for profit. But here we will summarize them briefly: Bil’am was a...

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Can We Keep All 613 Commands?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Bible Study

Can we keep all 613 commands in the Torah? This question has been asked by many Torah-observant believers in Yeshua haMashiach after they had come out of the man-made religion of Constantine. And indeed, can we keep all commands in the Torah? In the following we will explain that this is an incorrect question to ask. The correct question, however, to ask is this: Are we commanded to “keep” all commands? Let us see it a little deeper, because it behooves each one...

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The Bil’am Story Lost in Translation

Posted by on Jun 27, 2021 in Hebrew Study

There is a story in the Bible that is perhaps one of the strangest stories ever told: the Bil’am story. Bil’am the prophet was about to be killed by the messenger of Elohim for doing what he was told to do. Had the Bible been written in English, Bil’am would indeed have had the reason to be confused. However, if we read closely the English translation of Numbers 22 applying textual criticism, we must agree that it makes no sense at all. In the following, we will explain a...

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Textual Criticism of Translations: Contradiction

Posted by on Jun 21, 2021 in Hebrew Study

In the previous articles in the series Textual Criticism of Translations, we studied how the capitalization and punctuation can alter the original meaning of the Hebrew script. In the following, we will study how to detect and solve contradictions in the text. And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? (Mar 14:12 KJV) First, we should notice that...

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Textual Criticism of Translations: Context

Posted by on Jun 13, 2021 in Hebrew Study

In previous studies in the matter of textual criticism, we have already pointed out how the incorrect capitalization and punctuation (neither present in Hebrew) have altered and modified (intentionally or not) the Scriptural context. In this study, we will take the occasion to explain how the proper context can mend the incorrect punctuation in the script. Otherwise, the suggested punctuation below would be a matter of a personal opinion. As we stated previously, such...

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Textual Criticism of Translations: Punctuation

Posted by on Jun 3, 2021 in Hebrew Study

When do we get to heaven? Immediately after death or at the resurrection? It is the theological doctrine in Christianity that Paradise is the immediate reward for the Christian after death. This view is widely based on a translation like this, Verily* I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luk 23:43 KJV) *Greek has the Hebrew word “Amen”. Please, read what we have written in the article The accountability to say “Amen”. According...

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How Woman was Created from Man

Posted by on May 30, 2021 in Bible Study

Do we know how the first man and woman were created? The Creator first created man from the dust of the earth and then from his rib He created the woman. The Tanak commentators understand that the narrative of the creation of man and woman in Gen 1:27 and Gen 2:21 refers literally to one of Adam’s ribs from which the woman was created: the Creator put man to sleep, took one of his rib, and in what appears to be “genetic engineering” He created the woman....

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The Hidden Meaning in the Menorah

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in The Messiah

While on Mount Sinai, Moses received the instructions concerning the building of the menorah, the seven-branch lampstand, according to the pattern which YHVH had shown him in Exo 25:31-40, in Num 8:2-4 its design was brought to realization: beaten work of pure gold, from its base to its blossoms. We may think that while there were no windows inside the Tabernacle there was a need for the lights of the menorah. But we will suggest that the menorah might have had other...

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Textual Criticism of Translations: Capitalization

Posted by on May 25, 2021 in Hebrew Study

When reading a translation of the Scripture, we find various punctuation marks, capitalized words, and other tools of the modern languages used by the translators to “help” us understand the text, or simply “fix” it for us. But how many of those who read translations know that the Hebrew script is a continuous text with no punctuation marks, nor capitalized words. For example, the context and the syntaxes show where the sentence begins and ends, etc....

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