Comments for Yeshua in Context http://yeshuaincontext.com The Life and Times of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:51:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org//generator> Comment on Cleopas, Why You Should Know Him by Lenny Hoy http://yeshuaincontext.com/2010/10/cleopas-why-you-should-know-him/#comment-31460 Lenny Hoy Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:51:07 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=132#comment-31460 Thanks for this overview of Cleopas. I am well and duly informed! I have a deep passion for this passage. With it God opened my unbelieving eyes and my cold and cynical heart to the beauty and power of His Word. I won't go into the particulars of that transformative morning but I would like to add this, this perhaps subjective response of the passage. Years ago, when I recovered my senses after reading and rereading this passage in unexpected and unstoppable tears, one of the thoughts I could not shake was that there was a reason why one disciple has no name: the blank space left room into which God poured my heart. For even now, I cannot read this passage and not again walk that very road with Cleopas and our risen Lord. Don't take this too seriously, my perhaps too-subjectve reaction to the story, but even the passage of over forty years does not dull to joy I take in rereading it yet again. That Saturday morning in Perry, Maine, God let me walk in another man's shoes. It remains a gift I treasure beyond measure. Thanks for this overview of Cleopas. I am well and duly informed!

I have a deep passion for this passage. With it God opened my unbelieving eyes and my cold and cynical heart to the beauty and power of His Word. I won’t go into the particulars of that transformative morning but I would like to add this, this perhaps subjective response of the passage.

Years ago, when I recovered my senses after reading and rereading this passage in unexpected and unstoppable tears, one of the thoughts I could not shake was that there was a reason why one disciple has no name: the blank space left room into which God poured my heart. For even now, I cannot read this passage and not again walk that very road with Cleopas and our risen Lord.

Don’t take this too seriously, my perhaps too-subjectve reaction to the story, but even the passage of over forty years does not dull to joy I take in rereading it yet again.

That Saturday morning in Perry, Maine, God let me walk in another man’s shoes. It remains a gift I treasure beyond measure.

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Comment on Yeshua the Galilean by yeshuain http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/08/yeshua-the-galilean/#comment-23575 yeshuain Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:11:17 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=514#comment-23575 Sean Freyne, Galilee: From Alexander the Great to Hadrian Sean Freyne, Galilee: From Alexander the Great to Hadrian

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Comment on Yeshua the Galilean by Adam Haynes http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/08/yeshua-the-galilean/#comment-23574 Adam Haynes Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:10:29 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=514#comment-23574 Where would be a good resource to obtain more information about Galilee? It seems rather important in a Halachaic sense to Messianic-Gentiles. Where would be a good resource to obtain more information about Galilee? It seems rather important in a Halachaic sense to Messianic-Gentiles.

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Comment on Pharisees by yeshuain http://yeshuaincontext.com/2013/05/pharisees/#comment-23572 yeshuain Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:41:51 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=764#comment-23572 Adam, I really recommend Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief and if you add a second book, try Sean Freyne's Galilee: From Alexander the Great to Hadrian. Cohen's Maccabees to Mishnah is good also. And why not throw in Wright, The New Testament and the People of God. If you want to get more specialized about it, follow their footnotes and bibliographical references. Thanks for asking. Adam, I really recommend Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief and if you add a second book, try Sean Freyne’s Galilee: From Alexander the Great to Hadrian. Cohen’s Maccabees to Mishnah is good also. And why not throw in Wright, The New Testament and the People of God. If you want to get more specialized about it, follow their footnotes and bibliographical references. Thanks for asking.

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Comment on Pharisees by Adam Haynes http://yeshuaincontext.com/2013/05/pharisees/#comment-23571 Adam Haynes Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:12:33 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=764#comment-23571 Jacob from Hope Abbey led me to your site. I'm 'jumping on' your offer: "I provide no documentation for the assertions I will make in this summary on the Pharisees. Feel free to ask questions in the comments." Are the two books you referenced above the best platform for pinning down a few of the facts you listed above? Are there any other valuable resources? Jacob from Hope Abbey led me to your site. I’m ‘jumping on’ your offer: “I provide no documentation for the assertions I will make in this summary on the Pharisees. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.”

Are the two books you referenced above the best platform for pinning down a few of the facts you listed above? Are there any other valuable resources?

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Comment on Pharisees by yeshuain http://yeshuaincontext.com/2013/05/pharisees/#comment-21454 yeshuain Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:20:34 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=764#comment-21454 Yerubilee the Band: I have not read Dan Gruber's book, but Akiva's time was very different from the much earlier time of Hillel and Shammai. I think your question confuses time periods and I am not sure how to answer it or what you are even asking. The distance between Hillel and Akiva was a full century and more. In between the Temple was destroyed and that event subtly changed many things. If Gruber makes some sort of bad guy or heretic out of Akiva, I think that would be a very bad historical interpretation. Yerubilee the Band:

I have not read Dan Gruber’s book, but Akiva’s time was very different from the much earlier time of Hillel and Shammai. I think your question confuses time periods and I am not sure how to answer it or what you are even asking. The distance between Hillel and Akiva was a full century and more. In between the Temple was destroyed and that event subtly changed many things. If Gruber makes some sort of bad guy or heretic out of Akiva, I think that would be a very bad historical interpretation.

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Comment on Pharisees by Yerubilee the Band http://yeshuaincontext.com/2013/05/pharisees/#comment-21362 Yerubilee the Band Sat, 01 Jun 2013 12:20:42 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=764#comment-21362 Excellent points about the Pharisees. I'd be curious to know your opinion on Akiva, as I can't recall if he affiliated with Beit Shammai or Beit Hillel or whatever. Clearly, Akiva introduced a radical style of reinterpreting the text, departing from the Pshat meaning of the Scriptures, at least according to Gruber's "Rabbi Akiva's Messiah." Excellent points about the Pharisees. I’d be curious to know your opinion on Akiva, as I can’t recall if he affiliated with Beit Shammai or Beit Hillel or whatever. Clearly, Akiva introduced a radical style of reinterpreting the text, departing from the Pshat meaning of the Scriptures, at least according to Gruber’s “Rabbi Akiva’s Messiah.”

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Comment on “My Son” as Midrash by John Bernall http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/02/my-son-as-midrash/#comment-19299 John Bernall Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:18:38 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=695#comment-19299 Shalom! Another connection to the Yeshua-Son-Yis'rael thing are the servant songs of Y'sha'yahu (42.1-4; 49.1-6; 50.4-9; 52.13-53.12; 61.1-4), where it is said of the Servant, who is the Prophesied Messiah: "Thou art My Servant, O Yis'rael, in whom I will be glorified." Yis'rael, meaning: "He shall reign as God". This also lends itself to an understanding of the Prophesied Messiah being called David, "the Beloved", as reflected in Matthew 3.17, where the Greek literally reads, "This is my Son, the Beloved ... etc." Shalom!
Another connection to the Yeshua-Son-Yis’rael thing are the servant songs of Y’sha’yahu (42.1-4; 49.1-6; 50.4-9; 52.13-53.12; 61.1-4), where it is said of the Servant, who is the Prophesied Messiah: “Thou art My Servant, O Yis’rael, in whom I will be glorified.” Yis’rael, meaning: “He shall reign as God”. This also lends itself to an understanding of the Prophesied Messiah being called David, “the Beloved”, as reflected in Matthew 3.17, where the Greek literally reads, “This is my Son, the Beloved … etc.”

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Comment on Mark 1:1, Greek-Hebrew-English by jeff marx http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/09/mark-11-greek-hebrew-english/#comment-17911 jeff marx Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:21:12 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=557#comment-17911 Blessings Derek! What a great joy to read your work. Just wanted to put a plug in for the Blue Letter Bible which is on line. It provides English text as well as Greek or Hebrew original. What makes it wonderful is each ancient word is next to the english so one can click to get definition, synonyms and every use of the word in the Bible. That is how I learned that the Ark of Noah and the ark of the covenant are not the same word (but that the ark of Noah and the ark of Moses are! Ruining that old tricky joke) Because of the depth of info there it may be overwhelming, but it really is a user friendly tool. Peace brother. Blessings Derek!
What a great joy to read your work. Just wanted to put a plug in for the Blue Letter Bible which is on line. It provides English text as well as Greek or Hebrew original. What makes it wonderful is each ancient word is next to the english so one can click to get definition, synonyms and every use of the word in the Bible.
That is how I learned that the Ark of Noah and the ark of the covenant are not the same word (but that the ark of Noah and the ark of Moses are! Ruining that old tricky joke) Because of the depth of info there it may be overwhelming, but it really is a user friendly tool. Peace brother.

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Comment on Cleopas, Why You Should Know Him by clifford Stevens http://yeshuaincontext.com/2010/10/cleopas-why-you-should-know-him/#comment-17329 clifford Stevens Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:50:30 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=132#comment-17329 The real mystery is not Cleopos, but his wife Mary. Is she the sister of Mary, the Mother of Jesus? But how can you have two Marys in the same family? I believe that the sister of the mother was not named Mary, but that a semicolon has to be put after the phrase "his mother's sister, and that the name Mary indicates a different person from the "his mother's sister". It is also possible that the other person with Cleopos enroute to Emmaus was his son, Simon, who later became the second Christian of the Jerusalem Christians. Father Clifford Stevens Boys Town, Nebraska The real mystery is not Cleopos, but his wife Mary. Is she the sister of Mary, the Mother of Jesus? But how can you have two Marys in the same family? I believe that the sister of the mother was not named Mary, but that a semicolon has to be put after the phrase “his mother’s sister, and that the name Mary indicates a different person from the “his mother’s sister”. It is also possible that the other person with Cleopos enroute to Emmaus was his son, Simon, who later became the second Christian of the Jerusalem Christians.

Father Clifford Stevens
Boys Town, Nebraska

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Comment on The Yeshua In Context Handbook by yeshuain http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/01/handbook-for-yeshua-in-context/#comment-15583 yeshuain Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:22:00 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=649#comment-15583 Nice to meet you, Mike. Thanks for the kind words. Nice to meet you, Mike. Thanks for the kind words.

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Comment on The Yeshua In Context Handbook by Mike Reeves http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/01/handbook-for-yeshua-in-context/#comment-15578 Mike Reeves Mon, 07 Jan 2013 10:49:28 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=649#comment-15578 I live in London, England, of the family HaCohen who came here from central Europe in 1896 - raised as a gentile I met Jesus Yeshua 42 years ago and now for the last couple of years have been acknowledging and grappling with being a son of Yisra'el (my mother was born of Jewish parents). I appreciate finding your website and I look forward to learning from you. So many questions and uncertainties - but such an exciting time in which to live and learn. The lord bless you. I live in London, England, of the family HaCohen who came here from central Europe in 1896 – raised as a gentile I met Jesus Yeshua 42 years ago and now for the last couple of years have been acknowledging and grappling with being a son of Yisra’el (my mother was born of Jewish parents).

I appreciate finding your website and I look forward to learning from you. So many questions and uncertainties – but such an exciting time in which to live and learn.

The lord bless you.

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Comment on Early Divinity in John 5 by Pauline Donnelly http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/06/early-divinity-in-john-5/#comment-14562 Pauline Donnelly Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:53:23 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=748#comment-14562 This is a really nice, scholarly website! It's interesting to see the Jewish perspective. As a non-Jew, I would never have recognized the Jewishness of Jesus's argument/explanation. And I didn't understand His references to His Father's "work". It makes sense that He is talking about sustaining life and healing, which makes more sense of His imitation of the Father. Thank you so much! This is a really nice, scholarly website! It’s interesting to see the Jewish perspective. As a non-Jew, I would never have recognized the Jewishness of Jesus’s argument/explanation. And I didn’t understand His references to His Father’s “work”. It makes sense that He is talking about sustaining life and healing, which makes more sense of His imitation of the Father. Thank you so much!

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Comment on Mark 1:1, Greek-Hebrew-English by yeshuain http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/09/mark-11-greek-hebrew-english/#comment-13767 yeshuain Thu, 08 Nov 2012 22:52:44 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=557#comment-13767 ESV ESV

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Comment on Gematria in the New Testament? by yeshuain http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/05/gematria-in-the-new-testament/#comment-13330 yeshuain Wed, 17 Oct 2012 03:45:53 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=394#comment-13330 No problem, Brian. No problem, Brian.

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Comment on Gematria in the New Testament? by Brian Chilton http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/05/gematria-in-the-new-testament/#comment-13328 Brian Chilton Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:54:12 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=394#comment-13328 This is really cool. Do you mind if I post this on my website? Obviously, I will give you the credit for the information. Blessings in Yeshua This is really cool. Do you mind if I post this on my website? Obviously, I will give you the credit for the information.

Blessings in Yeshua

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Comment on Mark 1:1, Greek-Hebrew-English by Jared S. http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/09/mark-11-greek-hebrew-english/#comment-12531 Jared S. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:16:02 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=557#comment-12531 Derek, In your opinion, what is the best English bible translation available today? I own the DHE and consider the ESV my first choice in study and reading. However, I would appreciate your opinion. Also, on a separate note do you ever read N.T. Wright? I find his work fascinating. I've been a reformed thinker for a while and find it somewhat small in view what the whole story of God is portraying. More curious than anything. Thank you! Jared Derek,

In your opinion, what is the best English bible translation available today? I own the DHE and consider the ESV my first choice in study and reading. However, I would appreciate your opinion.

Also, on a separate note do you ever read N.T. Wright? I find his work fascinating. I’ve been a reformed thinker for a while and find it somewhat small in view what the whole story of God is portraying. More curious than anything.

Thank you!
Jared

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Comment on List: Teachings of Yeshua by Yanna http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/02/list-teachings-of-yeshua/#comment-12266 Yanna Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:43:52 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=665#comment-12266 Thank You. I want to learn all I can about "Yeshua." Shalom, Yanna Thank You. I want to learn all I can about “Yeshua.” Shalom, Yanna

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Comment on REVIEW: The Jewish Gospels by Daniel Boyarin by Rebecca http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/03/review-the-jewish-gospels-by-daniel-boyarin/#comment-12067 Rebecca Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:28:59 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=711#comment-12067 While it may be *possible* that your review is weak because you didn't find any fault with it, I don't think so. You did a great job of convincing me to read Boyarin's work. It sounds intriguing, and you've given me just enough information that I find myself demanding more - the mark of a good review. Thanks for sharing! While it may be *possible* that your review is weak because you didn’t find any fault with it, I don’t think so. You did a great job of convincing me to read Boyarin’s work. It sounds intriguing, and you’ve given me just enough information that I find myself demanding more – the mark of a good review. Thanks for sharing!

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Comment on PODCAST: Divinity1 by BRU KEE http://yeshuaincontext.com/2012/03/podcast-divinity1/#comment-12013 BRU KEE Mon, 09 Jul 2012 03:42:37 +0000 http://yeshuaincontext.com/?p=698#comment-12013 The very idea that Jesus "has been given authority" subjects the Son of Man to the Father, who is the one who bestows the authority on Jesus prior to his offering himself as the ransom sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. The statements of Jesus are consistent in that he is not God, nor God/Man. Of course this means Jesus is not the Father or some mysterious Trinity, as he states but shares qualities and powers as a regal son would to his monarch father. And the father is not threatened or diminished. The very idea that Jesus “has been given authority” subjects the Son of Man to the Father, who is the one who bestows the authority on Jesus prior to his offering himself as the ransom sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. The statements of Jesus are consistent in that he is not God, nor God/Man. Of course this means Jesus is not the Father or some mysterious Trinity, as he states but shares qualities and powers as a regal son would to his monarch father. And the father is not threatened or diminished.

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