In his description of the sense of Jewish self-identity that preceded Christianity, Boyarin has forgotten a key element in that sense of self-identity. The Jewish people did not just see themselves merely as a community; they saw themselves as a community that stands in a special relationship with God. Obviously, some Jews took this relationship more seriously than did others, but being a Jew meant being tied up with God.
A Supplement to Rabbi Freitag’s debate with Dr.
Your comments are often so terse, that I must admit I cannot always follow them. However, you appear to be in a contradiction.
Names – Exodus 3:14 The Children of Israel were languishing under the whip of the Egyptian taskmasters and their outcry rose to the heavens. God appears to Moses in the burning bush and He tells Him that He has seen the pain of His people.
Rabbi Blumenthal, Here is my much-belated response to your post # 429 https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/post-429/ on an old thread https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/written-debate-with-dr-brown/ on the old Line of Fire website. I have included your post throughout in italics
If we focus on what God teaches us about the Sabbath in the Jewish Scriptures it will become obvious that not only did the followers of Jesus do away with God’s Sabbath (something that they never tried to hide), but that the belief system built around Jesus is the very antithesis of God’s Sabbath.
Dear D….. As a Jew – I am in a covenantal relationship with the Creator of heaven and earth. He calls Himself the “God of Israel” and he calls us “My nation”.
1 . Page 4 Brown addresses Maimonides’ statement that Jews must believe in God as an “only one (- absolute unity): “There is no doubt that this reaction was due to exaggerated, unbiblical, “Christian” beliefs that gave Jews the impression Christians worshipped three gods.” Brown would have his readers believe that Maimonides’ statement is a “reaction
1000 Verses – a project of Judaism Resources A Light to the Nations The nation of Israel is spoken of by the prophet as a light to the nations (Isaiah 42:6). Christian missionaries maintain that this mandate of Israel is fulfilled through the intense, worldwide missionary activity of the Church.
Rabbi Joseph Reinman has been kind enough to allow us to post selections from his forthcoming book – The Bible Trial.