A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: Why Two Tabernacles Instead Of Two Covenants? Part 5

In part 4, I said that all popular translations have read Hebrews 8:6-7 as referring to two covenants. I further showed the two covenants are generally understood as the Old Testament part of the Bible and the New Testament portion of the Bible. In this post, I will discuss why "tabernacles" makes more sense in … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: Why Two Tabernacles Instead Of Two Covenants? Part 5

A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators’ referring? Part 4

Every popular English translation of the Bible assume that 8:6 is rendering obsolete the Old Testament. They might protest and narrow it to the Old Testament sacrifices, or slightly more broadly, the Ritual laws pertaining to the Altar. But we know a tree by its fruit. The reality is that if you throw out the … Continue reading A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators’ referring? Part 4

A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 3

In the previous post in this series, I focused on the literary device of parallelism. Parallelism heightens the imagery and sharpens the meaning of words. But the rabbis use midrash to flesh out new, relevant, contemporary meaning from the biblical texts. The writer of Hebrews used a midrashic method to deliver to the audience a … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 3

A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 2

In the previous post, I introduced the theological premise, supersessionism. Supersessionism is a theological principle that has been used for evil purposes. I also introduced a very important Jewish theological perspective for understanding creation, heaven, history, time and eschatology. In this post, I will discuss Jewish parallelism, and how it informs meaning when reading Jewish … Continue reading A Series in Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 2

Midrash Tehillim 1:1: The Good Fellow, The Bad Fellow: Psalm 1:1

Whomever you choose for allies will give you counsel, but it is your heart's true intention that will be revealed by whomever you have chosen. It is the principle of Middah k'neged Middah, measure for measure. Bad fellows love to give bad counsel. A good fellow will love to give good counsel. Fortunate is the … Continue reading Midrash Tehillim 1:1: The Good Fellow, The Bad Fellow: Psalm 1:1

T. Bavli Sanhedrin 90b: Where Is The Resurrection Of The Dead Derived From The Torah?

Near the top of page San. 90b is an awesome halakhic discussion of where in the Torah is the doctrine of the Resurrection of the dead derived? This is an important doctrine for followers of Yeshua to be able to explain, too. Our Master also taught that the resurrection is derived from the Torah (see … Continue reading T. Bavli Sanhedrin 90b: Where Is The Resurrection Of The Dead Derived From The Torah?

Leviticus 23:1-2; Who Announces The Start of HaShem’s Appointed Times?

Leviticus 23:1-2 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר.  דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם, מוֹעֲדֵי יְהוָה, אֲשֶׁר-תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם, מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ; אֵלֶּה הֵם מוֹעֲדָי. The L-rd spoke to Moshe saying,"Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, "The Appointed Times of HaShem, which you all shall announce them, are sacred convocations; these are My Appointed Times. This is … Continue reading Leviticus 23:1-2; Who Announces The Start of HaShem’s Appointed Times?

A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 1

Here in lies what I think are one of the most important and theologically profound passages ever written. While some may not see the challenge of this verse, I do hope over the next few weeks to challenge the conventional Christian interpretation of these verses, but also offer what I believe is a more thorough … Continue reading A Series In Hebrews 8:6-8a: To What Covenant Are The Translators Referring? Part 1