Monthly Archives: January 2015

When Being RIght is Wrong

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Her name was Jennie, a friend of my family. One day she came to me for advice. Jennie, her husband, and their four children were attending a fundamentalist Church. She was a timid little thing.  At the time, her husband had been abusing her verbally and physically, even pulling a gun on her during sex. At…

In Praise of Being Wrong

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Hermeneutics—the science of Bible interpretation. A big word. For some people it is the beginning and the end of all discussions of religion and Bible interpretation. If you’ve got the right hermeneutic, that is, the right rules of interpretation, then everything else is taken care of. With the right hermeneutic, your conclusions are right, and…

Who Needs Oral Torah? On Living a Jewish Life

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I know plenty of Jews who believe in Jesus who use the term “the rabbis” in a negative sense. I know plenty of Jews who believe in Jesus who believe that the Oral Law needs to be critiqued and discredited. I know plenty of Jews who believe in Jesus who are in the grip of…

On Not Bashing the Oral Law and the Rabbis of Israel

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On Facebook I recently saw a video debunking the idea that God gave an Oral Torah to Moses on Mt Sinai. But the presentation went further than this, raising two subsidiary objections.   You may see the video here. First Objection: They said that the Rabbis “invented” the Oral Torah as a means of controlling the…