The Talmud prohibits any intimate contact with a person with whom one is forbidden to have sexual relations – in the same way and for the same reasons as the Shariah
Being that men are visually stimulated and are wired to their carnal appetites, Talmudic teachings are brutally frank and aware of man’s flaws. Various regulations were taught to prevent sexual improprieties from sullying a person’s holiness and closeness to God…. Read More ›
Denis Giron has produced an article which has stimulated much debate and reflection amongst Christian and Muslim commentators on Blogging Theology. Rather than add to the ever-extending line of comments, and because I wish to cite some academic sources at… Read More ›
Isaiah 52.13 – 53.12: ‘One of the most difficult and contested passages in the Bible’ ~ the Jewish Study Bible
Isaiah 52.13 – 53.12: The servant. One of the most difficult and contested passages in the Bible, these fifteen verses have attracted an enormous amount of attention from ancient, medieval, and modern scholars. In particular the identity of the servant… Read More ›
Why did the Jews of Paul’s day reject the Christian claims about Jesus being the promised messiah? The answer is simple..
To make sense of early Jewish outrage over claims concerning the messiahship of Jesus, we need to cut though many centuries of Christian thinking, mountains of subsequent theological speculation, and masses of Christian “common sense” about how Jesus came as… Read More ›
The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge is a Church of England priest, biblical scholar and the former Dean of King’s College London. He writes: ‘To modern eyes, it is almost inevitable that theologians of the early Church will appear to… Read More ›
Did you know? The Torah never claims divine origin or Mosaic authorship. The idea developed well after the Torah was written.
For an excellent academic discussion of the issues go here
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 ›