The Three “I”s, Part 4: Levels of Paradise

In addition to the the seven general principles of interpretation set forth by R. Hillel, it is understood by the rabbis that a single passage usually has more than a single valid interpretation:  “There are seventy faces to the Torah: Turn it around and around, for everything is in it" (Num.R. 13:15).  In the middle …

The Three “I”s, Part 3: Interpretation in Judaism

An old Christian adage states, “When the plain sense makes good sense, seek no other sense, lest you end up with nonsense.”  This sounds like good advice on the surface; the only problem is that it’s not Biblical.  There are numerous instances in the New Testament where the Apostles very deliberately interpreted passages from the …

NT Wright On Greek Dualism in the Church

A couple of years ago, Time did an interview with NT Wright, author of, among other things, The Resurrection of the Son of God. The whole interview is worth reading, but this bit jumped out at me:   TIME: Why, then, have we misread those verses? Wright: It has, originally, to do with the translation …

The Three “I”s, Part 2 – Inspiration and Authority

To Part 1 In Christianity, Scriptural inspiration is pretty much a binary proposition:  It's either inspired or it ain't.  And if it's inspired, it must all be inspired equally, right?  After all, "All Scripture is inspired by God (lit. "God-breathed") and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the …

The Three “I”s: Inspiration, Interpretation, Implementation– Part 1

I recently read Eung Chung Park's Either Gentile or Jew: Paul's Unfolding Theology of Inclusivity, a somewhat dry book which contains some interesting observations about some of Paul's letters and the rabbinic writings about Gentile converts into Judaism, but which is hampered by two major problems: 1) The whole book is the lead-in to a …

Ben Joseph and His Brothers

This post continues from Messiah, Son of Joseph.  There we looked at Joseph as a prophetic picture, or "type," of Yeshua.  Here, we will zoom in to look specifically at Joseph's reunion with his brothers. Joseph fed the entire Gentile world the Bread of Life (so to speak) before his brothers came to him. This …

Bnei Menashe vs. the Ephraimites

From the Times Online: About 1,700 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe — the Sons of Manasseh, one of the original 12 biblical tribes of Israel — have migrated to Israel, completing what they believe is an extraordinary, 2,700-year exile that took them from the Middle East seven centuries before the Christian era, through Afghanistan, …

The Unpardonable Sin and Gifts of the Spirit

There's a lot of discussion about whether there is really an "unpardonable sin" in theological circles. According to Yeshua, there is: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Ruach HaKodesh shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a …

Authority and the Scriptures

In my previous post, I talked about the proper use of tradition vs. the authority of the Scripture. In the thread on FreeRepublic which spawned that post, I pointed out that the only person with the authority to change the Sabbath, which God literally set in stone by His own finger, was God Himself, and …