A Celebration of the Temple oil lasting for 8 days or was it about Religious Freedom? Was it one or the other, neither or a combination of both? You may be familiar with the story around Chanukah, or a version of it. It has been my experience when having a conversation about Chanukah, most of my … Continue reading Chanukah – “A Dedication” or “A Celebration”
Author: Jim Behnke
Matthew vs Micah
(- did Jesus really say that?) The writer of Matthew states in chapter 10:35,36 that Jesus did not come to bring peace, eluding to a passage very similar to Micah 7:6, yet the gospel promotes Jesus as the prophesied messiah, that according to Jewish Scripture will bring peace to the world. Was this passage in … Continue reading Matthew vs Micah
Matthew clashes with a quote from Micah
After reading both of the passages in Matthew and Micah in their respective contexts I had to scratch my head and ask myself how one applies to the other. To investigate why the passage in Micah is used by the writer of Matthew, we need to look at what the setting is around the Micah … Continue reading Matthew clashes with a quote from Micah
Who is the servant in Isaiah 53?
Is the servant in Isaiah 53 a person or something else? Judaism and Christianity have completely different answers. Taking the time to study the Scripture preceding chapter 53, Isaiah gives us the answer. So lets approach this without a preconceived conclusion. The subject of Isaiah 53 actually begins in chapter 52, verse 13. Keep in … Continue reading Who is the servant in Isaiah 53?
Is the “Original Sin” Inherent? – A review of Genesis 3:13
Was Adam and Eves sin in the Garden of Eden passed on to their decedents?
Abortion – A Jewish perspective
Judaism, like any other religious belief has a wide variety of different thoughts, opinions, and expressions on this topic. However, with that being said, I believe it is safe to say that Judaism is all about life. As we say after the Friday night blessing over the wine, La’heim, “to life”! As I write this … Continue reading Abortion – A Jewish perspective
Micah prophesies the Messianic Era
The future King or leader of Israel is referred to often in the Tanach, by the various Prophets. Micah gives reference to this leader as well. Micah grew up in Moresheth-gath, a village near the Philistine border. He prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (739 – 693 BCE)1 Chapter 5 vs.1in the … Continue reading Micah prophesies the Messianic Era
My son came out of Egypt
Hosea was a Prophet to the Northern tribes, some date that he prophesied between 760 - 720 BCE and others place the time between 750 -720 BCE. He witnessed the decline and fall of Israel1. In Hosea chapter 11 verse 1, is Hosea referring to: (a.) all of Israel that was living in Egypt, (b.) … Continue reading My son came out of Egypt
Has it ever crossed your mind, “What does God desire of me?” Our minds can go in many different directions. The best answer isn’t what we think or feel, but what does the Tanach say. The Prophet Hosea in chapter 6 gives us the answer. It is so easy to get caught up in our … Continue reading God desires…………
Is Isaiah 7:14 referring to a “virgin” or a “young woman”?
Some believe that she was a combination of both, she may have been a young woman and a virgin as well. So why does this matter? It wouldn't matter, but the verse is used by the writer of Mathew to present his “virgin birth” story of the messiah. The book of Matthew is the only … Continue reading Is Isaiah 7:14 referring to a “virgin” or a “young woman”?