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“The Parables” - The Parables of Yeshua Compared to Rabbinic Parables

This Seminar not only compares the Parables of Yeshua to Rabbinic Parables of the 2nd Temple Period but the parables are remarkable because they contain the teaching of Yeshua himself. They are his words and they communicate the words of a powerful Prophet, the great love and mercy of a compassionate Shepherd, the unique authority of the coming Messiah, and the profound humility of Yeshua.

It examines the Parables of Yeshua in light of Rabbinic Parables from the same period—and the parallels are exciting, illuminating the significance of Yeshua’s teaching in a way not possible to fully appreciate otherwise. The Seminar is based on the book “The Parables” by Dr. Brad Young, but also on the insights of Dr. Robert Lindsey, Dr. David Flusser, and David Biven.

Parables are a genre of literature unique to Yeshua and the Rabbis of the 2nd-Temple period. As such, it is imminently evident that the theology of Yeshua has deep roots in contemporary Jewish sources. Yeshua’s “theology was based on the rich Jewish traditions of Scripture, doctrine, belief, and practice. He was a Jewish teacher who lived in a specific (historical) setting.”

Thursday Night Study

"A Brief Survey of Intertestamental Period Literature".

A vast amount of Jewish literature written in the intertestamental period (mainly 2nd and 1st centuries BCE) and from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE was preserved, for the most part, through various Christian churches. A part of this literature is today commonly called the Apocrypha (Hidden; hence, secret books; sg. Apocryphon) ... this was one of the terms for books not regarded by the Church as canonical (scripturally acceptable), but in modern usage, the Apocrypha is the term for those Jewish books that are called in the Roman Catholic Church deuterocanonical works—i.e., those that are canonical for Catholics but are not a part of the Jewish Bible. (These works are also regarded as canonical in the Eastern Orthodox churches.) When the Protestant churches returned to the Jewish canon (the Hebrew Bible) during the Reformation period (16th century), the Catholic deuterocanonical works became for the Protestants “apocryphal”—i.e., non-canonical.

In this Brief Survey, we are going to consider approximately 80 of these works, including the works of Philo, Josephus, and the Mishnah. And, there is, of course, a vast amount of Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha associated with the Apostolic Writings which we will consider too (approximately 30 works).

Our objective over the course of this Brief Survey will be to consider the theological implications of these works and to discern to what extent they influenced Apostolic authors—and if not, where did their common source of theology come from. We will also attempt to recognize the difference between those works that were included in the Canon and those that were not and understand the reason(s) why. And finally, we will talk about the influence of both Hellenistic thought and Gnostic thought on the doctrines of the Christian Church.

Shabbat Torah Study

Join Bob Gorelik every week as he studies through the Torah Parashah.
On Shabbat 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. PDT.

This week’s Torah Portion (12-04-21)

Miketz “At the end” Gen 41:1-44:17


1Ki 3:15-4:1

Wednesday Study

Join Bob Gorelik as he studies,
“The Parables”
Wednesday 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDT.

This week (12-01-21)

Thursday Night Study

Join Bob Gorelik every week as he studies,
"A Brief Survey of the Intertestamental Period Literature"
Thursday 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT.

This week (12-02-21)

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