teachings of jesus

Was Jesus the Founder of Christianity?
September 7, 2018
Author: Rich Robinson

Scholars and theologians debate the particular kind of Judaism Jesus represented, but it was Judaism nonetheless. There was, as yet, nothing called “Christianity.”

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Is Jesus a Rabbi?
July 23, 2018

Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

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A Tale of Two Rabbis
Author: Rich Robinson

Like other rabbis, Jesus taught the importance of Jewish core values. One such value is kibud av va’em, honor of parents.

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Thinking Twice about Bob Dylan
January 21, 2016
Author: Matt Sieger

The enigmatic musician has had much to say about Jesus in song and in interviews.

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Hate Is Not That Complicated
April 14, 2015
Author: Stephen Katz

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, an American Jew writes about his family’s fate in the Holocaust.

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If Jesus is the Messiah
May 22, 2014
Author: Susan Perlman

Why all the suffering in the world? Why isn’t there real and lasting peace? Why all the persecutions in the name of Jesus? Why don’t rabbis believe in him? Why doesn’t he say so? There is an answer for each of these questions, if you are interested. Of course, if you’re only looking to disprove…

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Saturday the Rabbi Read the New Testament
January 8, 2014
Author: Rich Robinson

The New Testament should resonate with us Jews, not least because it reflects Jewish core values that are part of Jewish life to this day.

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Book Review: Jesus through Jewish Eyes
December 28, 2012
Author: Matt Sieger

Book Title: Jesus Through Jewish Eyes Author: Beatrice Bruteau Date Published: August 6, 2001 Publisher: Orbis Books; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Christology2. Comparative Religion3. Judaism ISBN: 978-1570753886 Reviewer: Matt Sieger Jesus through Jewish Eyes: Rabbis and Scholars Engage an Ancient Brother in a New Conversation In the preface to Jesus through Jewish Eyes, editor…

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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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Some Jewish Views of Jesus
June 30, 2011

I couldn’t help writing on Jesus. Since I first met him he has held my mind and heart. I grew up, you know, on the border of Poland and Russia, which was not exactly the finest place in the world for a Jew to sit down and write a life of Jesus Christ. Yet even…

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Are We in the End Times?
January 20, 2011

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Since time began, people have been craning their necks, trying to get a glimpse of the future. In ancient days kings had diviners, prophets…

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The Sabbath: A Look Back, A Look Forward
August 1, 2009
Author: Rich Robinson

Most of our summer outreaches are over, and our campus outreach, High Holiday services and Fall Ingatherings are yet to come. Many people on our missionaries’ case loads are away for summer vacations. We are still continuing to do the work this month, but for many it’s a bit of a “breather.”  What better time…

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Christians Persecute Jews
January 1, 2005

Persecution in the name of Jesus is the most emotionally charged strand of the net of objections. More than anything else, many people point to Christian anti-Semitism” as a reason to dismiss Jesus. When Jewish people find themselves questioning whether Jesus might be the Messiah, thoughts of the Crusades and the Holocaust quickly rush to…

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Did Jesus teach his disciples to hate their parents?
January 1, 2000
Author: Rich Robinson

Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mother and father. 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 in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” the Torah says in Exodus 20:12.

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Blame It On Paul

First, let us consider the idea that Christianity was invented by Jesus’ followers (particularly by the Apostle Paul). Paul has been accused of intentionally distorting the teachings of Jesus in order to make Christianity more appealing to the gentiles. What information exists to prove or disprove this theory? It seems fair to presume that one…

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Yeshua the Tzaddik: But Even More!
September 1, 1994

The role of a righteous mediator in Jewish thought and how Jesus meets and exceeds the criteria.

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Is the Messiah Divine?
July 1, 1992

Gus was a nice guy. But he was also a pest. As a telecommunications engineer I could not have asked for a better co-worker. Gus was proficient and always in a good mood. As a Jew, however, I would have preferred that he talk about almost anything else while working by my side. He was…

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The Pharisees: Bad Guys or…?
January 2, 1989
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A Woman’s Place…
May 1, 1987

Blessed Art Thou, O Lord Our God, Who Hast Not Made Me A Woman.” One need not be a member of a radical feminist association to feel insulted by such a statement! Does this traditional Jewish prayer reflect an inherent attitude of disdain toward women in the Jewish religion? If so, is the Bible to…

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Torah scrolls

The Authority of the Torah and the Authority of Jesus
January 1, 1986

Sholem Asch stated (see Jesus in Jewish Art) that in his view, the authority of Yeshua was only for the gentiles because the Jewish people were already under the authority of the Torah. The dogma that the Torah is unchangeable, and forever binding to the Jewish people is commonplace in Orthodox Judaism. (The doctrine is…

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Paul: Apostle or Apostate
March 1, 1984
Author: Avi Snyder

In the past several decades, a particular program of reclamation has been undertaken by the Jewish people. It does not involve the rejuvenation of the land, nor the replanting of trees. Instead, it is the reclamation of one whom many regard as Israel’s greatest native son: the reclamation of Jesus of Nazareth as, if nothing…

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