Does Torah Mandate a Raped Girl to Marry Her Rapist?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2022 in Bible Study

Is it true that the Torah requires a raped girl to marry her rapist, and the only punishment to the rapist is a monetary fine? In our modern society, the mere suggestion that a raped girl marry her rapist is inconceivable and repulsive to say at least. The emotional and physical pain and fear the girl has suffered at the time of the rape, however, have long term metal effects that may last for life. In the past, women depended entirely on their fathers or husbands for...

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Plucking the Grains and the Laws of Men

Posted by on Sep 18, 2022 in Bible Study

Does the Torah allow trespassing of private property and taking advantage of the produce of the land? But it appears that Yeshua and his disciples entered unlawfully on someone’s property and ate some of his produced. The Torah however offers no possibility that any person could enter someone’s field at any time for any reason and eat the produce of the land. Such a trespassing would fundamentally interfere with a person’s right to hold private property....

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The Status of Woman in the Law of Divorce

Posted by on Sep 11, 2022 in Bible Study

It seems that in the law of divorce in Deuteronomy, the woman is depicted as completely passive in the divorce. If the husband finds no favor in his eyes on the account of uncleanness, he writes her a letter of divorce and sends her away so that she can remarry another man. The law of divorce thus applies solely on the husband, who is forbidden to take his ex-wife back. But what if the wife finds no favor in her eyes because she has found a matter of uncleanness in him. Can...

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The Hidden Message on the Cross the Pharisees Saw

Posted by on Sep 4, 2022 in The Messiah

Did the corrupted religious elite see some hidden message on the cross that made them nervous, when they said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’, but he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews'”? It all began with the four verses in the Gospel according to Yochanan, to which we now turn. And Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross, and the writing was: YESHUA OF NATSARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews therefore read this...

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Methods of Textual Analysis

Posted by on Aug 28, 2022 in Hebrew Study

Some make the curious argument that the difficulty of offering any rational reason or explanation for the minute details of an analyzed text “proves” that the text must be a metaphor about something else and thus requires a metaphorical explanation. This kind of logic is somewhat akin to how some scholars “study” the Scripture. They say that since the literal reading is unsatisfying, another level of interpretation is required. And they while...

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The Second Resurrection and the Second Death

Posted by on Aug 21, 2022 in The Revelation from YHVH

The scriptures speak of “first resurrection” and “second death”, but not of “first death” and “second resurrection”. While the first death is most naturally understood to be the death in this world, yet they also speak of two resurrections that are separated by a thousand years. And what exactly are the second death and the second resurrection? We will try to show that this question is far from ordinary and hope to provide...

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Can the Rabbis Err and Lead the People Astray?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2022 in The Messiah

It may come as a surprise to many that the Torah recognizes the possibility of a situation in which the Rabbis can err and thus lead many to sin. We will address this question in the following vein and leave the conclusion to the reader’s consideration. Did the Rabbis err in the trial of Yeshua? Torah never recognizes any appeal to a higher court by the different parties to a lawsuit, that if the matter should be too difficult for the local judge to decide, they...

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Orpah and Ruth: The Stories of Two Gentiles

Posted by on Aug 7, 2022 in Bible Study

We will explore in the following vein the story of Orpah and Ruth, the daughters-in-law of Naomi, a story that poses a challenge for the careful reader. The matter will become clear once we understand why Orpah is included in the story in which Ruth is the main character. This will give us a better understanding of the Book of Ruth, the stories of two gentiles: Orpah and Ruth. This work has also a second object, which we will leave for the reader’s consideration at the end...

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The Hebrew versus the English Concept of Murder

Posted by on Jul 31, 2022 in Hebrew Study

In English, a very clear distinction exists between murder and manslaughter. The legal term “murder”, as in “You shall not murder”, is defined as an unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being, wherein “killing” is the act of terminating a human life. The English translations of the Tanak render the Sixth Commandment of the Covenant by using the English words “murder” or “kill”: “Thou...

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Bil’am: The Diviner and Wild Dog of the Nations

Posted by on Jul 17, 2022 in The Exodus

Bil’am the diviner is considered the prophet of the nations and the celebrated soothsayer of Mesopotamia. He had the reputation of being able both to bless and curse with great success for his employers and for his personal gain. Some have regarded Bil’am as a diviner, who was compelled by Elohim against his will to give utterance of blessings upon Israel instead of curses. Others have supposed him to be a true prophet, on account of the blessing he bestowed...

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The Good Shepherd vs. the Hireling

Posted by on Jul 9, 2022 in The Messiah

The term “hireling”, as used by the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of John, suggests “one who speaks the Word of Elohim for pay”, or the so-called “professional priesthood” of today, as they call themselves. These hirelings (bishops, pastors, reverends, and TV evangelists) teach that they are entitled to receive the money of the laymen, but are they? The apostles taught and practiced exactly what the Good Shepherd, Yeshua the Messiah, had...

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Why Mosheh Did Not Enter the Promised Land

Posted by on Jul 2, 2022 in The Exiles

Mosheh the greatest statesman Israel ever had was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. The reason was that Mosheh did not speak to the rock, as YHVH told him, but he struck it with his rod. Why was that a sin to Mosheh that it merited such a punishment? Let us suspend this question for a moment and raise another challenge: we find two quite different stories concerning the attempt of Israel to enter the Land of Promise: one in Numbers and another one in Deuteronomy. They...

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