Kitten

Kitten Imagine a little kitten.

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Jewish Self-Identity; an excerpt from “Covenant Nation”

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.

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Idolatry and Adultery – excerpt from The Elephant and the Suit

Dr. Brown’s failure to acknowledge Scripture’s emphasis of the Sinai revelation in connection to God’s teaching against idolatry is only the beginning of Dr. Brown’s misrepresentation of the Jewish position on this issue

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Idolatry – by Concerned Reader

I often find that well meaning Christians, and well meaning Jews talk past and over each other on the question of idolatry, its proper definition, and whether or not a given person is engaged in the service of idols in their tradition or not. From the perspective of Judaism Deuteronomy 4 and Deuteronomy 13 clearly emphasize that G-d is not to be likened to or worshipped in any form, nor is the “whole host of heaven” to be worshipped ie G-d’s entourage is not to be served, (even though they work for him) and G-d is to be known to Israel as he revealed himself at Sinai.

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Childishly Easy – An Open Response to Charles

Childishly Easy – An Open Response to Charles This article is in response to Charles Soper’s comments: http://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/excerpt-from-a-written-debate-with-dr-brown-3/#comment-15693 http://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/excerpt-from-a-written-debate-with-dr-brown-3/#comment-15735 http://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/excerpt-from-a-written-debate-with-dr-brown-3/#comment-15897 Charles You define the “watershed” between us as a debate about God’s nature.

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Annelise on Monotheism

Annelise on Monotheism The wisdom of Judaism stands out among other religions, proclaiming that the soul owes its allegiance not to any finite thing, but to the Maker of all things and powers.

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Annelise on Hebrews 2:17

Annelise on Hebrews 2:17 In the Christian scriptures, Hebrews chapter 2 discusses why Jesus needed to be human. The author wrote that a human, not angels, will rule over the world to come

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Devotion to a Distinct Personality by Annelise

Devotion to a Distinct Personality by Annelise Sometimes the worshipers of Jesus who want to share their beliefs with others try to separate three ideas, which actually can’t stand independently in this conversation. First, that there can be an ‘incarnation’ of God; not just that He is working through something in creation but that He personally is standing in that place. Second, that God has ‘compound unity in Himself’ and relationship between Himself, somehow mystically (but knowable to humans through revelation)

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Trinity, Idolatry and Worship

Trinity, Idolatry and Worship As God’s witnesses to the ultimate truth, the Jewish people testify that the Christian worship of Jesus is the idolatry that the Jewish Scripture condemns as the greatest rebellion against God. But isn’t the trinity so much more sophisticated than the pagan obeisance to crude images

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Nine Letters # 9 – Covenantal Context

As  a Jew – I stand in a covenantal relationship with the Creator of heaven and earth.  He calls Himself the “God of Israel” and he calls us “My nation”.

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