Monthly Archives: July 2015

See Part 1 here. We’ll begin by looking closer at one of Yeshua’s most important sayings and then listing some ways to be a better reader of his words. THE SOWER PARABLE In explaining the Sower Parable (Mark 4:3-9; Matthew 13:3-9; Luke 8:5-8) N.T. Wright warns us not to reduce Yeshua’s sayings to vague, timeless…

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It’s not easy to understand the sayings of Yeshua. He was a figure of his time, a teacher in an Israelite mode, one versed in the Hebrew Bible and best understood by Jewish hearers. He did not intend to be clear really. He said to his disciples, “To you the secret of the Kingdom of…

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A d’rash (sermon) on Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9), the story of Balaam. What is more real? The physical or the spiritual? We are tempted by our daily experience to say that the physical is more real. We can understand it. We can write laws of physics about it. We feel, see, hear, taste, and smell…

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Is the written Torah a set of ideal laws or a constitution for a people? Is it a collection of timeless principles or time-bound laws for an actual people? Is it social legislation or a set of ethical ideals? Many people want Torah to be something it is not. It seems as if Torah should…

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