The Eighteen Measures, Part 4: The Gentile Factor

In the previous post in this series, I noted that the Eighteen Measures compromised Israel's task to be a light to the Gentiles.   Indeed, as we will see, it was precisely because of the Measures that Peter required a vision direct from Heaven to prompt him to enter the house of Cornelius. We will begin …

The Eighteen Measures, Part 3: The Measures and Ritual Purity

The discussion in the Gemara is, as always, challenging, and does not seem to provide a complete list of enactments.  Nevertheless, it presents the following as representative of the whole, citing m.Zavim 5:12: These render terumah (wave offering) unfit: He who eats food unclean in the first remove; and he who eats food unclean in …

New Podcast: Rabban Gamaliel and Yeshua’s Uniqueness

In this podcast, following from Part 1: Rabbi Hillel and Shammai; the Eighteen Measures, we look at Rabban Gamaliel and the profound impact he had on the Apostle Paul's theology, teaching, and ministry--and even his knowledge of Greek language, philosophy, and culture.  After that, the podcast finishes off with contrasting elements of Yeshua's teaching and …

The Eighteen Measures, Part 2: Another Upper Room

The Mishnah, tractate Shabbat 1:4, and its corresponding passage in the Babylonian Talmud (folios 13b-17b), present a strange puzzle to those who study it deeply.  Let us begin with the Mishnah passage that is discussed in the Gemara: These are some of the laws which they stated in the upper room of Hananiah b. Hezekiah …

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 …