"The Captive Woman" - Understanding what the Bible Says About Women
Where do modern attitudes toward women and their role in society come from? To what extent do these attitudes reflect Biblical principles generally and the teachings of the Apostle Paul specifically? It is essential to understand what the Bible says about women and not draw unwarranted conclusions based on our own cultural and religious traditions. To this end, we will examine the Bible (from a Jewish perspective), look at Roman, Greek, and Jewish literary sources, and evaluate the role that women played in the ancient synagogue. Finally, we will look at the way Yeshua interacted with women and examine the teaching of the Apostle Paul. Paul's teaching has been used to significantly restrict the role of women in the Christian Church and in society for two millennia - it's time to understand the partnership that God has called both men and women too.
Thursday Night Study
"The Gospels" - As Jewish Literature
Contrary to what many believe, the word gospel ("good news") does not first appear in the Apostolic Writings. The idea of a gospel comes from the Hebrew Bible. When it is used in the Apostolic Writings, it refers to the good news that God, through the Messiah, has fulfilled his promises to Israel and that a way of salvation has been opened to all. Therefore, the gospel is not the foundation of a "new" faith - a "new" work that God is doing among the Gentiles - it is about the way God fulfills His promises to His people Israel. The "Gospels" that make up the first four books of the Apostolic Writings are a record of that process and how it works.
But make no mistake - this record is not the preliminary foundation-setting for a new faith - Christianity. Yeshua and his disciples ministered within a cultural milieu that was shaped almost entirely by an established and respected Jewish religious tradition. Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah. His disciples were Jewish. Their worldview was Jewish. They spoke Hebrew. They practiced Judaism. Writing in the middle of the second-century CE, Irenaeus (one of the early Church Fathers) observed; "They (the Jewish believers) practice circumcision, persevere in the observance of those customs which are enjoined by the Law, and are so Judaic in their style of life, that they even adore Jerusalem as if it were the house of God" - over 100 years after Yeshua's earthly ministry was complete.
Christianity came about (or developed) as the result of the teaching of the early Church Fathers - it is not based on the teaching of Yeshua or the writing of his disciples. The Gospels must be appreciated as Jewish Literature - not Christian Literature. At the very least, if one is concerned with what the original authors actually said/wrote to their original audiences.
This study will explore the Gospels as Jewish Literature and come to understand it within the context of first-century Judaism.
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This week’s Torah Portion (3-25-23)
Vayikra “And he called” Lev 1:1-5:26
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“The Captive Woman”
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This week (3-22-23)
Thursday Night Study
Join Bob Gorelik every week as he studies,
"The Gospels - As Jewish Literature"
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This week (3-23-23)
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