Torah and Grace in John 8

A bit of light blogging today, since I'm currently working on another project: The episode of John 8 is widely misunderstood. Many Christian commentators assume that Yeshua was breaking with the Law in His answer, that it illustrated some sort of "cruel law" vs. "loving grace" paradigm. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, …

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 …