Clean food vs unclean food

Posted by on Apr 30, 2021 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

The terms “clean food” and “unclean food” are very common terms, even though they cannot be found anywhere in the Scripture; they are invented terms. Moreover, if we think about it, “unclean food” is a contradiction in terms. If something is “unclean”, it is unacceptable for eating, and therefore not food at all. By the same token the opposite is also true: there is no such thing in the Scripture as “clean food”....

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A Man Substituted for a Mortal

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in The Messiah

Apostle Mark opens his account of the public life of Yeshua, thus, “The beginning of the Good News of Yeshua Messiah, the son of Elohim.” Yeshua began his ministry with the immersion in the waters of the Yarden. But when was Yeshua reckoned as the son of Elohim? The traditional reading and interpretation of Chapter 3 in the Gospel of Luke holds the view that Yeshua was baptized in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar at the age of about thirty, as...

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The Gift of “Speaking with Tongues”

Posted by on Apr 14, 2021 in Bible Study

There are “tongues speakers” in the Christendom who have been convinced that speaking with some kind of unintelligible, unclear tongues is to them a sign or evidence of being “baptized in the Holy Ghost”. The “tongues speakers” claim the utterances that come out of their mouths are revelations from “the Holy Ghost”, which they cannot interpret; in other words, they utter something but do not know what it is. If someone claims...

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How the Creator Connects with the Soul

Posted by on Apr 9, 2021 in Bible Study

This article is a continuation of the article Nephesh, Neshamah, and Ruach of the soul. There are three levels or channels of communication between the Infinite Creator and man; they are: (1) inspiration through Ruach haKodesh, (2) the oracle of urim and tummim, (3) and prophecy. The access to YHVH Elohim by means of the urim and tummim was on a lower level than that of a prophet, but it represented a higher level than hearing inspired words through Ruach haKodesh. The...

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Nephesh, Neshamah, and Ruach of the Soul

Posted by on Apr 4, 2021 in Bible Study

The Hebrew Scripture (Tanak) speaks of the human soul having three elements: nephesh, neshamah, and ruach.  The sages are divided in their views about the nature of the human soul. Some of them, such as Maimonides in his introduction to Pirke Avot chapter 1, claim that the soul is a single force with three sub-categories: (1) the category which houses our desires, something men have in common with the animals; (2) the source of growth, something possessed both by animals...

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The Hebrew Word for Religion

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Hebrew Study

There is no Hebrew word for religion. The concept of “religion” is a Greco-Roman dualism that divides a social life into religious and secular. However, this form of dualism is foreign to the Torah, which instead sees all aspects of life as one and the same: a righteous life. The word “religion” is actually the Latin word “religione”, which is of obscure etymology. The Latin term religio is first recorded in the 1 BC, in Classical Latin...

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Kabbalah – origin, meaning, and controversy

Posted by on Mar 29, 2021 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

When a tourist comes to Israel, one of the first thing he or she learns is the word Kabbalah. To check into a hotel, the tourist goes to the kabbalah – the reception desk in modern Hebrew. Hence, Kabbalah means reception or acceptance. While the Hebrew word kabbalah is not found in the Tanak, its primitive root verb is indeed in the Scripture, as we read in Exodus, Make fifty loops in the one curtain and make fifty loops on the edge of the end curtain that is in the...

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The Luz — the Living Bone of Resurrection

Posted by on Mar 21, 2021 in Bible Study

There is a Jewish tradition that there is a bone in the human body called luz. This Hebrew word, whose origin is unknown, is used only once in the entire Scripture with the meaning of “almond”, as JPS renders it in Gen 30:37. The luz bone — a tiny bone most people are unaware of its existence — does not decay or perish; as a matter of fact, the luz bone cannot even be destroyed. And when it comes time to resurrecting the dead, the luz bone will play a major...

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A Prayer to the Father in Hebraic View

Posted by on Mar 14, 2021 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

To fully understand the concept of prayer, one must free his thinking from the erroneous Gentile concept of it. This misunderstanding of “prayer” often leads some to think that YHVH Elohim is a God who demands “prayers” from the people if they want to receive something. The English word “to pray” has come from the Latin word precari, meaning “to beg”. This idea of “prayer” is what many are mistakenly led to believe...

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Baptism through Water and Fire

Posted by on Mar 9, 2021 in Bible Study

It is a common belief that the immersion in water or baptism is merely an outward expression of faith. “One baptism for the remission of sins” found in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, is declared by all Christian mainstream churches, and the baptism in water is often considered the fundamental Christian belief. And if we read Strong Dictionary for the Greek βαπτίζω baptizo, Strong entry G907, we are surprised to find out that baptism [in water] was...

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The Parable of the Tax Coin

Posted by on Feb 22, 2021 in Bible Study

The Messiah gave us the parable of the tax coin, which is probably the most enigmatic and at the same time the most misunderstood parable of all. It is enigmatic, because He did not give us any explanation of it; misunderstood, because of what one theologian has said, “Are we as careful in rendering to God our hearts and lives as we are in paying our taxes and serving the state?” If one completely disagrees with such a “theology”, then this study is...

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Creator’s Wedding Covenant with Israel

Posted by on Feb 15, 2021 in Bible Study

The Creator of the universe made a wedding covenant with the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai. It was renewed at Mount Nebo, because of the disobedience to enter the Promised Land, ratified with blood in the suffering of a righteous man, and ultimately will be renewed again in the latter days, when the Torah of YHVH Elohim will be put in the hearts of people. However, there is a great deal of misunderstanding of a key constituent in the wedding Covenant with Israel, and more...

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