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Nov
17
comment The Eye of the Needle
Interesting logic. But then why the reaction mentioned by @JackDouglas?
Nov
16
comment Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
WOW! What an exhaustive answer! Wish I could +10 that.
Nov
15
comment Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
Awesome answer, thanks! I had read a small bit of the Talmud and was very confused by it. Your answer brings some light on that as well.
Nov
14
comment Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
In my travels on the web, I've also seen this passage used as one reason why Jewish people don't consider Jesus to be the Messiah; the author stated that Jesus broke the fifth commandment to honor your father and mother.
Nov
14
comment Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
Thanks @JonEricson!
Nov
14
comment How can we understand “fear”?
I always saw it kind of like fearing your earthly father... if he's a good dad, he wants you to be happy and to protect you, but you better not tick him off (i.e. go against his rules)-- or else you're going to be in big trouble!
Nov
14
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@MonicaCellio - Another question I would ask as well-- I have read that a rabbi is "a person sufficiently educated in halakhah (Jewish law) and tradition to instruct the community and to answer questions and resolve disputes regarding halakhah" (jewfaq.org/rabbi.htm). Jesus is called a rabbi several times in the NT (goo.gl/8QZ95). Would this have given him any authority at all in regard to the happenings at the temple, at that historical point in time? (i.e. would it have been legal for him to clear the temple, as a teacher of the Law?)
Nov
14
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@MonicaCellio, +JonEricson - One thing I did notice was that in Mark 11:16 (goo.gl/uR0pD), it says "And he [Jesus] would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple". Is the fact that the sellers were carrying things through the temple any clue to whether what the money changers were doing was wrong?
Nov
14
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@MonicaCellio, I wish there were some sort of Christian midrash. I think that Jewish perspectives got lost in Christian thinking at some point, which is really unfortunate (to say the least!).
Nov
14
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
@MonicaCellio - Since as a Christian I believe that Jesus is the Messiah promised by God in the Tanakh -- a physical incarnation of God Himself-- I can only guess that He knew the intentions of the sellers at the temple. Since He called them a "den of robbers" in Mark 11:17, I'd only be able to take His word for it. As far as I know, there weren't any other details about the actions of those particular people in the NT.
Nov
14
comment How do Jewish scholars differ from Christian scholars in their approach to the Tanakh?
I don't get the impression that Bob wants to offend. On the contrary-- from my limited understanding-- Bob's method attempts to impart more of a Judaic perspective to the NT-- which I personally feel there should be much more of. The narratives of Jesus are meant as a fulfillment of Jewish prophecy (i.e. "To the Jew first" Romans 1:16), and salvation of the Gentiles is almost a side-note. As Christians we need a Jewish perspective (I definitely appreciate reading @Monica Cellio's input on this site!); however by definition there are going to be some sticking points on theology.
Nov
12
comment Why is “rega`” translated “peace” in Job 21:13?
No clue-- I can't read Hebrew, though I'd love to learn-- but KJV seems to translate it your way (bible.us/Job21.13.KJV)