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A Bunch of Jewish Guys (posted 02/01/08)
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I often say that
"Christianity began as a bunch of Jewish guys". This is one of the
most important concepts for people to get their mind around.
And yet, even for people in the "Hebrew Roots" movement they have
difficulty seeing the New Testament through "Jewish" eyes.
Greeks that Paul went to, the ones who later became leaders of "the
way" (after the Hebraic leadership had all been killed) were not
Torah scholars. They were Greeks. They knew Greek philosophy
and mythology, and understood, transcribed and paraphrased in that
God's intention was
to bring back the northern kingdom at a distant time in the future.
They were not to understand, and indeed DID NOT understand. It was
not the time.
The Christmas Tree
and the Easter Bunny are part of THAT Greek (pagan) culture, as was
the concept of God having a child through a human being that would
then "save" humanity.
When the Jews talked
about a Messiah that would "save" the Lost Tribes of Israel and
reunite them with the House of Judah, the Greeks understood that in
a very Greek way. They mixed in their own traditions and eventually
arrived at an entirely different place of understanding.
It is a difficult
thing to do, but we must look at Christianity as a first century
Jew, rather than a 21st century Christian, if we are ever to
understand the original message.
Skobac from Toronto gave a talk about Christianity. I have
tried to piece it together here.
An Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Talks About Christianity
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