Archive for the ‘The Gospels’ category

The Adulterous Woman Revisited

March 11, 2011

About a year and a half ago when I first began writing this blog I posted on the adulterous woman (link here) mentioned in John 8:2-11. The post was inspired by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s study of the Life of Messiah from a Jewish Perspective which I highly recommend. At the time I finished my original post I was at a loss to find bible passages that explicitly support what Dr. Fruchtenbaum called a “true and faithful witness” (sometimes I need things spelled out very clearly for me). That is no longer the case and I would really like to share what I found.

Dr. Fruchtenbaum taught that the key to Christ’s backing the Pharisees down was based on what he called being “true and faithful witness.” The Mosaic Law apparently disqualified witnesses who had committed the same crime that the defendant is accused of from testifying at the trial. If the Pharisees were guilty of adultery then they could not testify against the adulterous woman. In support of this he referenced Deuteronomy chapters 13 and 17. No matter what I did I could not get a clear picture of that rule from those passages. I’m not saying it isn’t there but that I was not capable of understanding the full meaning of those passages. The other day I found a reference to that rule (or a very similar one) at a Jewish website and I was finally able to pull it all together. Hurray! (more…)

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Resource For Studying the Parables

March 12, 2010

I have decided to take a week off from posting on the Ten Commandments. I have been thinking about a change of pace and posting on a different subject this week. That, combined with a really weird week for me, has led me to choosing to post on the Lord’s parables this week. Oh, I don’t plan on posting on all of the parables in this one post but I do have a good resource for those of you who are interested.

There is no one subject that seems to confuse Christians more than the Lord’s parables. The Lord began speaking in parables after Israel’s rejection of Him in order to hide the meaning of what he was teaching from the unbelieving crowds. He would speak of the parables in public and explain their meaning to the disciples in private thereby hiding the meaning from those who didn’t want to know the truth anyway. It is a shame that we who are saved still can’t seem to figure their interpretation out. (more…)

God’s Kingdom Program and the Parable of the Sower

January 17, 2010

A month ago I finished listening to Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s bible study titled “The Life of Messiah from a Jewish Perspective.” It is an excellent study which I am seriously considering repeating every year.

I now have been presented with an opportunity to use some of that new knowledge of the Gospels. About a week ago I sent an e-mail to Dr. Robert Luginbill who runs the ICHTHYS web site. Dr. Luginbill also studied under R.B. Thieme, Jr. many years ago but has developed differing views on certain topics. The one that has really caught my attention is that Dr. Luginbill rejects the doctrine of eternal security (see The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security) and I was curious as to why. So I wrote him and we began trading e-mails on the subject. Early on in our conversation he brought up the Parable of the Sower and his position that it supports his belief that when faith is lost so is salvation. Here is a quote from his website: (more…)

The Adulterous Woman

December 4, 2009

I have been listening to Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s study of the Life of Messiah and it has been very interesting. He recently went through the story of the adulterous woman and he had a perspective on it that I had not heard before and it really caught my attention. Before I discuss what he taught I should probably acknowledge that this is a disputed passage and that some of the early biblical manuscripts do not contain it (I don’t profess to be an expert on this). However, Dr. Fruchtenbaum discussed the passage and never mentioned its being disputed. So I am going to go ahead and post what he taught and my readers can decide for themselves whether or not they believe the passage is canonical. (more…)

In the Beginning was the Logos or the Memrah?

October 23, 2009

Over the last several years I have, through my interactions on the internet, become convinced that we in the 21st century make a lot of mistakes in our interpretation of scripture because we modern Christians do not understand the people or the cultures of scripture. To help correct any misunderstandings I may have of the Gospels, I am currently listening to Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s bible study Life of Messiah from a Jewish Perspective. This has certainly reinforced how important I believe it is to understand the time and place where scripture was written. Scripture must be interpreted in the time in which it is written!

I recently listed to Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s lecture on the first chapter of John which famously begins:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Greek word for “word” is logos and in Greek philosophy includes the concepts of reason and speech. Most commentaries on the Gospel of John begin by delving into these meanings of logos in more or less depth. The idea being that John was trying to show how the Messiah fulfilled the goals of Greek philosophy in both reason (the idea of God) and speech (the expression of God).

However, there is a problem with approach: John was a Jewish fisherman and a disciple of Jesus Christ not a Greek philosopher. What John was familiar with was Jewish theology of the first century A.D. and that Jewish theology had plenty to say about “the word” but “the word” was not “the logos” it was “the memrah” (Strong’s 0565). (more…)


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