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More than any other book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of the prophet Daniel confront us with evidence of the time of Messiah's coming.
How can we reconcile the two very ways in which the Jewish Scriptures portray the Messiah?
Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mothers and fathers. If true, that would obviously make Jesus an immoral and unethical teacher, since one of the Ten Commandments is to honor one’s parents. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” the Torah says in Exodus 20:12 NKJV.
Some efforts to resolve various difficulties the Bible presents have been simplistic, naive or sometimes even seemingly desperate. But a Bible reader does not need to be simplistic or desperate when wrestling with apparent textual problems. Reasonable solutions exist.
No celebration of Purim is complete without the traditional reading of the story of Esther. She is one of the few, true heroines of the Tanakh. And, from what we read, her story isn’t exactly as pretty as her face. It’s gritty and (unfortunately) relatable to readers who may have rocky histories of their own.