“Your Thoughts: Problematic Texts”

If we look back at the history of Christian acts of persecution of Jews—the Crusades, the Inquisition, and blood libels, just to name a few—a strong argument has been made by numerous historians, most notably Father Edward Flannery, that these acts of violence, prejudice, and deep seeded hatred originate from the anti-Jewish sentiments taught from…

“Your Thoughts: Discrepancies”

In his teachings, Dr. Michael J. Cook outlines wonderfully some discrepancies between Christian and non-Christian sources, and the possible significance. He states the following examples: Christian Sources (Gospels & Acts)  – Rome and Christianity coexisted relatively harmoniously. Non-Christian Sources (Suetonius/Tacitus/Pliny/Josephus/Philo) – Rome persecuted Christianity, in turn, Christians fear Rome. Possible significance – Christian writers hoped…

“Amen and Amen”

  Ki Tavo is this week’s parsha, and around the promises of blessings in the Holy Land, and the instructions for bikkurim—the first fruits—is a set of curses—yes, curses—from our friendly neighborhood Levites.  Deuteronomy 27:14 reads: The Levites shall then proclaim in a loud voice to all the people of Israel:  Cursed be anyone who…