Friday, 25 March 2016

The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ by Daniel Boyarin

The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ by Talmudic Scholar Daniel Boyarin

Available on Amazon: 

"In this powerful, groundbreaking work, Boyarin guides us through a rich tapestry of new discoveries and ancient scriptures to make the powerful case that our conventional understandings of Jesus and of the origins of Christianity are wrong. 

Boyarin’s scrupulously illustrated account argues that the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews as this person, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings. 

Jesus and his followers, Boyarin shows, were simply Jewish. What came to be known as Christianity came much later, as religious and political leaders sought to impose a new religious orthodoxy that was not present at the time of Jesus’s life.

Published in hardcover to nationwide attention and now available for the first time in paperback, this brilliant work will continue to challenge some of our most cherished assumptions."

Why does Jesus say "My God, My God, Why have you Forsaken me ..." ?

Friday (Yom Shee-Shee)    --  יוֹם שִׁישִׁי
Matthew 27: 46  "And toward the ninth hour Yeshua cried with a loud voice in Aramaic "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, “My God, My God, Why have you Forsaken me...?”

If Jesus is God, why does he call out to God ????  

Jesus is NOT calling out to God, he is not asking why God has forsaken him .... 

Jesus is fulfilling the Prophecy of Isaiah 53, and acting out the Passion we find in Psalm 22.

He is not calling to God, he is simply quoting from Psalm 22. So if you go now and read Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 you will see this Clearly. Not only that. Jesus points you to Psalm 22 so that when your read the very 1st line you will find his Name   ישׁוּעָ  .... go look. 

Psalm 22 (English and Hebrew)  The word YeShuaH / Salvation / Jesus is there in the 1st line .. ישׁוּעָ (Salvation) 

My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? [You are] far from my salvation [and] from the words of my moaning.באֵלִי אֵלִי לָמָה עֲזַבְתָּנִי רָחוֹק מִישׁוּעָתִי דִּבְרֵי שַׁאֲגָתִי:

Do you see it ? Read it again in Hebrew (right to left) :

My God, my God, why have You Forsaken me? You are far from " ישׁוּעָ / Y'ShuAH "
from the words of my moaning." 

Pslam 22:

Isaiah 53:

1Who would have believed our report, and to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed?אמִי הֶאֱמִין לִשְׁמֻעָתֵנוּ וּזְרוֹעַ יְהֹוָה עַל מִי נִגְלָתָה:
2And he came up like a sapling before it, and like a root from dry ground, he had neither form nor comeliness; and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?בוַיַּעַל כַּיּוֹנֵק לְפָנָיו וְכַשֹּׁרֶשׁ מֵאֶרֶץ צִיָּה לֹא תֹאַר לוֹ וְלֹא הָדָר וְנִרְאֵהוּ וְלֹא מַרְאֶה וְנֶחְמְדֵהוּ:
3Despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness, and as one who hides his face from us, despised and we held him of no account.גנִבְזֶה וַחֲדַל אִישִׁים אִישׁ מַכְאֹבוֹת וִידוּעַ חֹלִי וּכְמַסְתֵּר פָּנִים מִמֶּנּוּ נִבְזֶה וְלֹא חֲשַׁבְנֻהוּ:
4Indeed, he bore our illnesses, and our pains-he carried them, yet we accounted him as plagued, smitten by God and oppressed.דאָכֵן חֳלָיֵנוּ הוּא נָשָׂא וּמַכְאֹבֵינוּ סְבָלָם וַאֲנַחְנוּ חֲשַׁבְנֻהוּ נָגוּעַ מֻכֵּה אֱלֹהִים וּמְעֻנֶּה:
5But he was pained because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his wound we were healed.הוְהוּא מְחֹלָל מִפְּשָׁעֵנוּ מְדֻכָּא מֵעֲוֹנוֹתֵינוּ מוּסַר שְׁלוֹמֵנוּ עָלָיו וּבַחֲבֻרָתוֹ נִרְפָּא לָנוּ:

Read Torah in Hebrew and you will find the Word "Yeshua"

Read the Torah in Hebrew !

You will see the Word "Yeshua" (Jesus) on every page.

It looks like this: ישׁוּעָ and it means "Salvation"

Peace be with you !

The first time you will see the Word "Yeshuah" is in the sefer ha Torah (Book of Torah) Genesis 49:18 (Bar-Ish-et)

18For "Yeshuah" (salvation),  I hope, O Lord!יחלִ  -- ישׁוּעָ -- תְךָ קִוִּיתִי יְהֹוָה:

Interestingly this is how Gen 49 begins ....
Yaakov (Jacob) called for his sons and said, "Gather and I will tell you what will happen to you at the end of days.....אוַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב אֶל בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים:

Read more ....

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Jewish Gospel of John, by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

A Jewish Perspective of Jesus (Yeshu ha Notzri) "The Jewish Gospel of John: Discovering Jesus, King of Israel ... by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg  
Available on Amazon :  
"Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg has demonstrated that the Gospel of John is not an anti-Jewish, but a thoroughly Jewish book." - Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California, Berkeley.  
"Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg's new commentary on the Gospel of John, with its original outlook on the identity of the original audience and the issues at stake, is extremely refreshing." - Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Head of the Talmud and Late Antiquity Department, Tel-Aviv University. "The Jewish Gospel of John is not, by any standard, another book on Jesus of Nazareth written from a Jewish perspective. It is an invitation to the reader to put aside their traditional understanding of the Gospel of John and to replace it with another one more faithful to the original text perspective. The Jesus that will emerge will provoke to rethink most of what you knew about this gospel. The book is a well-rounded verse-by-verse illustrated rethinking of the fourth gospel."

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Reference to Jesus in the Dead Sea Scrolls 4Q451 ?

I was reading an article in the Times of Israel today from Canadian Archaeologist Simcha Jacobovici who believes that he has found a reference to Jesus in the Dead Sea Scrolls since it mentions "calming of the Great Sea, Parables, Nail, Crucifixion  .....   and that "He will make atonement for all the children of his generation."

Is this a reference to the Qumran/Essene  "Teacher of Righteousness" ?

Was Jesus ever called the Teacher of Righteousness ? A Priest of Righteousness ? King of Righteousness ? Righteousness is Tsadek .... and Jesus called himself a Priest in the line of Melkizadek - Melki-Tsadek .... A Priest in the line of the King of Righteousness.

Here is the latest Translation from the Fragment 4Q 451:  

Column 1
(Fragment 6) (1)... Dee[p things]... (2) who doesn’t understand. And he wro[te]... (3) and he stilled the Great Sea... (4) Then the books of Wis[dom] will be open[ed]... (5) his Word... 

Column 1 (Fragment 2) (1)... Wo[rds]... and according to the Will of (2)... to me. Once more he wrote (3)... I [sp]oke concerning it in Parables (4)... was near to me. Therefore, was far from me (5)... The visi[on] will be [profou]nd... .the fruit ... 

Column 2
(2) [from] God... (3) You shall receive the affli[cted ones]... (4) [You] shall bless [their] burnt offerings [and You shall establish for] them a Foundation of Your peace... (5) your Spirit, and you will rejoice [in your God. Now] I [am proclaiming to you parable[s]... rejoice. (6) Behold, a wise man [will understand that I am seeing] and comprehending deep Mysteries, thus I am spea[king...] in parable[s]. (7) The Greek (?) [will not understand. But the Knowledge of Wisdom will come to you, for you have received... [you] will acquire... (8) Pursue her (Wisdom) and seek [her and gain possession of] her to swallow (her) down. Behold, you will gla[dden] many... many (will have) a place... 

Column 4
(1)... his Wisdom [will be great.] He will make atonement for all the children of his generation. He will be sent to all the sons of (2) his [generation]. His Word shall be as the Word of Heaven and his teaching shall be according to the will of God. His eternal sun shall burn brilliantly. (3) The fire shall be kindled in all the corners of the earth. Upon the Darkness it will shine. Then the Darkness will pass away (4) [from] the earth and the deep Darkness from the dry land. They will speak many words against him. There will be many (5) [lie]s. They will invent stories about him. They will say shameful things about him. He will overthrow his evil generation (6) and there will be [great wrath]. When he arises there will be Lying and violence, and the people will wander astray [in] his days and be confounded. 

Column 5 (Fragment 5)
(1)... and those who are grieved concerning... (2) your ju[dgment] but you will not be gui[lty]... (3) the scourging of those who afflict you... (4) your complaint (?) will not fail and all... (5) your heart be[fore]... 

Column 5 (Fragment 1)
(1) [Behold] I saw one... (2) I saw seven rams... (3) Some of his sons shall walk... (4) They shall be gathered to the Heav[enly Beings]...

Column 6
(1) God [will set] right error[s]... [He will judge] revealed sins... (2) Investigate and seek and know how Jonah wept. Thus, you shall not destroy the weak by wasting away or by [Crucif]ixion... . (3) Let not the nail touch him. Then you shall raise up for your father a name of rejoicing and for all of your brothers a [firm] Foundation. (4)... You shall see and you shall rejoice in the Eternal Light and you will not be one who is hated (of God).