Ishmael and Israel: Rivalry and Accord

Posted by on Oct 23, 2021 in Bible Study

Ishmael and Israel are the sons of Avraham and the founding fathers of two great nations. Each of them fathered twelve sons, who became the backbones of two peoples: Arabs and Israelites. While Ishmael and Israel took two quite different and even opposite turns in their development as nations, they share some common traits. As sons of the common ancestor Avraham, they have much in common. Both nations are regarded as Semites, the descendants of Shem son of Noach, and as...

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Readiness and Patience as Virtues of Faith

Posted by on Oct 18, 2021 in Bible Study

Readiness to do the will of the Most High and patience in the endurance of doing it are virtues of faith that have been intentionally or negligently left out. In this introduction to Readiness and Patience as Virtues of Faith we would like to clarify certain ideas that have not been entertained at all or too little, and whose depths have not been perceived. In order to clarify this issue in its entirety, we must initially make some inquiries about two colossal minds in the...

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From Ignatius of Antioch to the Pope of Rome

Posted by on Oct 6, 2021 in Bible Study

The Nazarenes were called first “Christians” in Antioch where Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch. As we will see in this study, that was not accidental. In the article The Nazarenes and Their Sect The Way, we explained that the apostles and their disciples were called Nazarenes after Yeshua the Nazarene, and their assembly was called The Way for he said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life”. One of the ringleaders of the Nazarene sect was none...

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The Nazarenes and Their Sect The Way

Posted by on Oct 1, 2021 in Bible Study

The Apostolic Writings tell us that the disciples of Yeshua and the new converts were called Nazarenes and their assembly was a sect within Judaism, called The Way, contrary to the common belief that they were “Christians” and their assemblies were called “churches”. In fact, we have verses which testify to the truth of this belief that none of the apostles called himself “Christian”. That compels us to consider the question: if that were...

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Tsipporah and Her Bridegroom of Blood

Posted by on Sep 24, 2021 in Bible Study

Tsipporah, Mosheh’s wife, upon having circumcised her son said the words: “You are a bridegroom of blood to me”. From the narrative we learn that she circumcised her son. But to whom did she speak the words “You are a bridegroom of blood”, and which son did she circumcise? A good departure point to describing the term “bridegroom of blood” is to explain it in its proper context. Mosheh was shepherding the flock of Yithro his father-in-law and...

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Born Again or Born From Above

Posted by on Sep 13, 2021 in Bible Study, The Messiah

There was a pharisee who was the reason to have today the phrase “born again”. This pharisee named Nicodemus was one of the rulers of the Jews. He came to Yeshua by night for he was his secret follower and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from Elohim, for no man is able to do these signs you do if Elohim is not with him.” But Yeshua answered Nicodemus (seemingly out of place), saying, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless...

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The Uninspired Pages Found in the Bible

Posted by on Sep 9, 2021 in Bible Study

How many of us realize that there are uninspired pages in the Bible whose authors are unknown. As surprising as this may sound to many, there are indeed two pages that were not inspired. These uninspired pages were not written by any of the prophets or by the disciples. The first page reads “The Old Testament” and is placed just before Gen 1:1 and the other reads “The New Testament” and is placed before Mat 1:1. The intelligent reader knows that...

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From the Golden Calf to the Face Masks

Posted by on Aug 15, 2021 in Bible Study

We all know about the face masks in the world of pandemic, but do we know what the golden calf stands for today? And how many of us know that we all have on the golden calf masks? The medical science and statistical data (if such data have ever been collected) do not indicate that wearing face masks alone helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its variants. On the contrary, since the outset of the pandemic in 2019, there is some proof that the ordinary face masks...

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Is Fast Allowed on Sabbath?

Posted by on Aug 11, 2021 in Bible Study

The question whether a fast is allowed on Sabbath may seem purely theoretical and even unnecessary. But as we will explain in the course of this brief study, this question is neither theoretical nor unnecessary. The matter will become clear once we understand why we should fast. According to the tradition, Sabbath is a day which abounds with a lot of food and celebration. And according to the regulations of the Rabbinic Judaism, one must not fast on Sabbath. Moreover, if a...

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Will Pig Become Kosher in the Messianic Era?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2021 in Bible Study

Some Rabbis believe and claim with certainty that the pig will become kosher in the Messianic era and be permissible to eat it. In the era of Mashiach, the Rabbis teach that the world will be altogether purified and thus it will achieve a higher spiritual level. Therefore the pig will become kosher and permissible food. What is their argument? Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar (the author of Or HaChaim commentaries on the Torah) suggests this theory: the Creator will alter the...

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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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