Tag Archives: Rabbinic Literature

King Solomon’s Doors; Monday Morning Parable

God gave the honor of building the first Temple in Jerusalem to King Solomon, the third king of Israel and son of the Great King David.  his wisdom for architecture was legendary; his insight into design beyond compare.  But in … Continue reading

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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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Addressed Personally, Monday Morning Parable

There is an ancient rabbinic legend about the disciples of a great rabbi, the Baal Shem Tov.  After evening prayers the rabbi would listen to all students who were seeking advice from him in a group setting. One evening as … Continue reading

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How Did God Choose The Location of the Temple? Monday Morning Parable

I attended a wedding this weekend and heard a great rabbinic parable that described how God chose the location for his temple in Jerusalem.  The parable is located in the Talmud, and there are a couple of versions of the … 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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