The term “mashiach” in the Torah literally means “the anointed one,” and refers to the ancient practice of anointing kings with oil when they took the throne. The word does not mean “saviour.” The notion of an innocent, divine or… Read More ›
Modern translations of the Hebrew Bible are largely based on a single manuscript called Codex Leningradensis, dating to the year 1000 C.E. The text of the Hebrew Bible was preserved and protected through the work of the Masoretes (500 –… Read More ›
Photo credit: Stephanie Thornton’s Daughter of the Gods Probably not many of us knew that rabbis such as Rashi presents Hagar, the wife of Patriarch Abraham as: Bath Par’o hayetah בַּת פַּרְעֹה הָיְתָה, or she was the daughter of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. She was an… Read More ›
Belief in an afterlife is basically absent from the Old Testament. The Qur’an suggests a reason why.
Marcus J. Borg, an American New Testament scholar and theologian, in his last book ponders the strange absence of the afterlife in the Jewish Bible: ‘In the Old Testament, which is more than two-thirds of the Christian Bible, belief in… Read More ›
The commandments of the Torah are “easy to obey”.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are a number of places in the Jewish Scriptures where beings other than Yahweh are called divine or “God”. I draw on the extensive discussion of key passages in King and Messiah as Son of God Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in… Read More ›
“Whoever curses their parents shall be put to death” ~ the shocking teaching of Jesus that Christians ignore
Exodus 21:17 Whoever curses father or mother shall be put to death. Leviticus 20:9 All who curse father or mother shall be put to death; having cursed father or mother, their blood is upon them. Matthew 15:4-7 New International Version (NIV)… Read More ›
The Flat Earth Controversy – An Analysis of the Quran and the Bible Originally Posted on the Quran and Bible Blog بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم “And the earth, moreover, hath He extended (to a wide expanse);” – The Quran, Surah… Read More ›
Eric knows Biblical Hebrew very well (and Arabic too) and has spent many years studying the Tanakh. Here is his fascinating observation: