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What the Bible & Jewish Culture tell us about creativity, art and beauty
May 21, 2015

Check out this beautiful chart about creativity, art and beauty seen through the lenses of Scripture and Jewish culture.

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Insights into giving thanks
October 1, 2014
Author: Rich Robinson

This chart takes a look at thanksgiving from the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and in Jewish tradition.

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Five

Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Five
May 30, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

Jewish Core Value

Redeeming Captives — Pidyon Shvuyim (rhymes with “mid-phone, blue team”). According to this core value, it is worth it to pay a ransom for the life of a hostage.

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Bits from the Branches

Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You Part Four
January 31, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

Jewish Core Value Honor of parents, called kibud av va’em (“honor of father and mother”) Old Testament Basis The commandment to honor* one’s parents is found in both versions of the Ten Commandments, where it comes attached to a promise from God. (*Some translations say “fear” or “be in awe of.”) Honor your father and […]

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Three
August 7, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Jewish Core Value Do not oppress the stranger, orphan, and widow. Or phrased more positively, to extend help to the vulnerable of society. In Traditional Jewish Life According to Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, more than just material support of widows and orphans is required. He cites the medieval sage Maimonides: “A man ought to be especially […]

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Jesus and Elijah: Comparisons and Contrasts
June 6, 2012

Discover the Old Testament-New Testament connection between the prophet Elijah and the Messiah Jesus.

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Two
April 30, 2012

Jewish Core Value Tzedakah, meaning both “justice” and “charity” Pronunciation Rhymes with “red rocka.” “Tz” is pronounced as in “its.” In Traditional Jewish Life The connection between justice and charitable giving is simple: giving to charity (referred to as “giving tzedakah“) promotes justice. As one pamphlet put it, ” ‘Tzedakah’ is usually translated as ‘charity,’ […]

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You
March 6, 2012

Jewish Core Value Avoidance of lashon hara (literally, “evil tongue”) — gossip, “bad-mouthing”1 Pronunciation Rhymes with “The phone – ta da!” In Traditional Jewish Life Speaking evil of someone is clearly forbidden; some rabbis of the Talmud equated lashon hara with murder.2 One story compares lashon hara to the feathers in a pillow which have […]

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The Message of the Mezuzah
March 1, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Visit the home of an observant Jew, and even some who are secular, and as you enter, you will notice a small rectangular box attached to the outer doorpost. This object is a mezuzah (pronounced mehZUZah; plural is pronounced mehzuZOTE). Though it is small, it carries a big message. The Word Mezuzah In Bible times, […]

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Overview of the Major* Prophets: How well do you know the Jewish Bible?
September 7, 2011

Major Prophets Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel Daniel Isaiah, 740-700 B.C.[1] Number of Chapters 66 Key Themes Warning of impending exile and promise of return The coming Messiah and Messianic age God’s sovereignty as demonstrated in historical events and the fulfillment of prophecy The holiness and majesty of God Points of Interest Isaiah is a contemporary of […]

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Overview of the Minor* Prophets: How Well Do You Know the Jewish Bible?
March 6, 2011
Author: Rich Robinson

*Minor” does not reflect the importance of these books, but simply their length as compared to the other prophets. Prophet and dates of ministry1 Hosea 760-722 B.C. Number of chapters 14 Theme God’s love for Israel in the midst of Israel’s unfaithfulness Points of Interest Hosea commanded to marry an unfaithful woman; series of startling […]

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Biblical Locales, Then and Now
January 1, 2011
Author: Rich Robinson

Nazareth: Facts: Located in a high valley with a mild climate. Name may derive from natzerat, watchtower” or netzer, “branch.” Not mentioned in the Old Testament or anywhere outside of the New Testament until the second century A.D. Then: Known for its independent views. Though it had a small population of perhaps some 200 people […]

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Jewish Proverbs in the New Testament?
October 1, 2009

Most biblical proverbs can be found in the book so named for its content.  However, many proverbs are sprinkled throughout the Scriptures, including the New Testament. The following is a collection of Proverbs found throughout the New Testament. Can you find at least one that was previously stated in the Hebrew Scriptures?1 Do you know […]

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Sabbath Rest: Highlights in the Old and New Testament
August 1, 2009

Old Testament God rested from His work of creation.  “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the […]

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Promises of Hope in the Bible
June 1, 2009

The Bible pulls no punches in describing the state of hopelessness that our sin causes. But neither is it stingy in making promises to those who take hold of the hope God has offered. Below is a small sprinkling of the promises that God has made to us in His Word. He tells us how […]

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What does the Bible Say about Fasting?
March 1, 2009

The words fast, fasted or fasting appear 61 times in the Old and New Testament. The Hebrew word for fast is pronounced, tsum.” While the Hebrew word means to abstain from food, fasting can also refer to abstinence from drinking, bathing or sexual relations. In the Bible, fasting shows our weakness and dependence upon God. […]

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Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks: is it Jewish or Christian or both?
June 1, 2005

Is Shavuot a Jewish holiday or is it the birthday of the Christian church? It’s both! Find out more about the origins and the fulfillment of this biblical holiday.

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A Comparison between Joseph and Jesus
July 1, 1985

Discover the many parallels between the Joseph (son of Jacob and Rachel) and Jesus.

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