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August 4, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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We’ve all seen the charlatans, from snake oil salesmen to traveling “preachers” pulling actors out of wheelchairs. They pepper history with shameless fraud, preying on the frail and the weak– those with no hope.

When Jesus walked the earth, he performed miracles. He calmed the seas, cast out demons, and fed multitudes. An impostor performs to be rewarded; Christ healed to demonstrate love.

Physical healing is extremely personal. That is to say, the true impact of healing is only felt by one person– the one who is healed. The exception is those who are forced to watch someone they love suffer or die. Then the healing is parallel, as the physical pain is healed for one and the emotional pain or grief is turned to joy in the other. Therefore both are healed of their suffering.

I know the searing pain of grief. The depth of that sorrow is directly proportionate to the love held. Grief is the bloody hand that rips love from the lining of your soul and turns it inside out. I can only begin to imagine the depth of joy the parents of the dead girl must have felt, after watching their precious child suffer and die, when Jesus told them she was not dead — just asleep.

How could you keep that a secret? How could you not tell someone? If this is true, how is it not proof that He was sent from God?

As I continue to read Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Kosher Jesus, I’m struck at how the author acknowledges Jesus’ miracles as truth.

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49 weeks ago
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Jesus Christ never taught from the Talmud. This is why is asked this question of the Pharisees "Is it not written in YOUR law?"
49 weeks ago
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Jesus was a product of the Jewish culture that he was raised in, which includes the oral law of the Talmud.

The Talmud is the codification of Rabbinic (Pharisaic) oral commentary on the Hebrew Bible that was completed after 70 AD. It is an assemblage of a wide range of scholarly opinions about Jewish religious, civil, and criminal law, as well as other topics. It concerns itself with hundreds of years of Jewish history. The whole Talmud consists of 6,200 pages in standard print, of which VERY FEW mention Jesus or Christians.

Christian scholars study the Talmud to gain cultural and historical context to the Gospel and the writings of the Apostles. On the negative side, some "Christians" use a few Talmudic pages to bash Jews. This started primarily in the Middle Ages in Europe, and continues today via the Internet.

How can any Jew-hating "Christian" reconcile their belief system with Matthew 5:17: "Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose."

Wikipedia and New World Encyclopedia were invented so you don’t have to rely on tin-foil hatters with their hate-spewing Internet sites. Please take advantage of these great resources.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
Some people are educated far beyond their capacity.
49 weeks ago
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Miracles are the stock-in-trade of almost all religions. A true miracle would be to find a religion that didn't borrow miracles from other religions! This creative borrowing process is called syncretism.

For example, the miraculous virgin birth story, mentioned in two of the four gospels, was likely inspired by the birth stories of ancient figures like Hercules, Dionysus, and Mithra.

Resurrection stories, in the form of going to the underworld and returning, are also common miracle themes in ancient religions (Osiris, Hercules, Dionysus, et al).

The Eucharist and the related concept of Transubstantiation fall under an ancient and widespread miraculous concept of sympathetic magic, where you become what you eat. The idea is common in religions such as Roman Mithraism, Dionysianism, et al.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
Mary's mother was from the tribe of Levi. Her father was from the tribe of Judah and his genealogy is found in Luke 3:23-38. Jesus Christ was from both the king and priesthood line making HIM a high priest after the order of Melhizedek.
49 weeks ago
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EJ01
Mary was from the tribe of Levy, David from Juda. There is no genetics.
49 weeks ago
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"If Jesus’ Miracles Kept with Talmudic Tradition, Isn’t That Evidence He Was Sent from God"

In short, no. The Talmud is not inspired by God. It is not Scripture. It has no authority. It is merely the writing of ordinary men. Like the Apocrypha, it provides a useful window into the thoughts of the time, but that's all.

The Scriptures authenticate Jesus, not only as being sent by God, but being God Himself.

This is where Rabbi Boteach goes wrong.
50 weeks ago
50 weeks ago Link To Comment
"It [the Talmud] has no authority." Clearly that would not be a belief held by religious Jews.
49 weeks ago
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Just so we're clear, Mark v, the Talmud IS a completely different set of writings from the Old Testament, right? I want to make absolute certain, since I've heard conflicting information on whether the Talmud is the same as the Torah/Old Testament or not (I'm not too familiar with the Jewish faith other than the Old Testament, and am primarily Christian).

And... at the risk of sounding anti-Semitic (since that is not my intent at all), wasn't the Talmud also the same book that claimed that Jesus after death was in boiling hot excrement or something? I heard about that on some websites.
50 weeks ago
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The Talmud is not a holy book. It condemns Jesus. It calls for Jewish control of others. It is blasphemous.

The Torah is made of the first five books of the Old Testament.
49 weeks ago
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The Talmud (for starters) is not a single book.
49 weeks ago
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Yes, the Talmud is basically a commentary. It's a different body of work than the Torah.

I have not heard that last bit. Might be true.

50 weeks ago
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I don't know what texts Rabbi Boteach uses -- only Christian Scripture (what we call the New testament) or other contemporaneous or early writings?

But the Christian New testament clearly says that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by another man, and that God was His father.

So the question is, not whether he was a myth, or a false prophet, or a Pharisee, but was he a good man, or the perfect man, the man-God?
50 weeks ago
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I think you’re misunderstanding Rabbi Boteach. (Though, to be fair, he seems to be deliberately obscure on this point.)

The author is not “acknowledg[ing] Jesus’ miracles as truth”; he is saying the stories told about Jesus’s miracles mirror those told about the miracles performed by various Rabbis. The stories are fiction, but there is a reason these specific fictions were invented: they fit a pattern 1st century Jews were familiar with.
1 year ago
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It's possible he didn't actually believe any Biblical miracles were true.
50 weeks ago
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I think it's not only possible, but almost certain.
50 weeks ago
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