Tag Archives: Jewish Roots

The Parable of the Fair Employer and Rabbinic Parallels

One of my favorite parables in the gospel accounts is the parable of the fair employer found in Matthew 20.  What’s really cool about this parable is that it has numerous parallels in rabbinic literature, as is the case for … Continue reading

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Sukkot and Living Water

In the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament), God instituted a religious calendar for the people to follow that involved several scheduled feasts (Leviticus 23).  After the day of atonement (Yom Kippur), the people celebrated the most joyous feast of all, … Continue reading

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The Text in Context; Wednesday Wisdom

“It cannot be overemphasized, that the key to an understanding of the New Testament is a fluent knowledge of Hebrew and an intimate acquaintance with Jewish history, culture, and Rabbinic Literature.”  –David Bivin, Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus One … Continue reading

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Taking a Backseat; Monday Morning Parable

At a gathering where the community of villagers congregated, the rabbis had taken seats together in the front row. Arriving a few minutes late, Rabbi Nahman Ben Isaac took a seat in the rear of the hall. One of his … Continue reading

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Should My Righteousness Exceed the Righteousness of the Pharisees?

Matthew 5:20 – “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  This passage has always intimidated me and I felt … Continue reading

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Like A Child; Wednesday Wisdom

Tonight I have the incredible privilege of being able to talk to people at the United Center about sponsoring children through World Vision, an incredible organization that helps children living in extreme poverty around the globe.  In getting ready for … Continue reading

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Binding and Loosing/Good Eye vs. Bad Eye; (belated) Scripture Kung Fu Friday!

Catching up on some blogging today after a restful weekend.  Thought I would post what should’ve been last week Friday’s “Scripture Kung Fu Friday” post today instead.  Better late than never, correct? The passage we’ll look at today is Matthew … Continue reading

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