Insights from the Dead Sea Scrolls – The Torah and the Rod of Correction

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I recently obtained an English translation of The Dead Sea Scrolls from HarperCollins Publishers, 2005, and I found an interesting paragraph in the Damascus Document that I felt was worth sharing.  This scroll is important (at least this paragraph is important) since it is related to the way in which many people view the Torah and how they handle...

Explaining water Baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit according to the Torah

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Matthew 28:18-20 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  28:19 ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and...

Tim Hegg hits the nail on the head!

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I received Tim Hegg's news letter this morning and at the end of the news letter he included the article titled "The Hope of the Gospel" (Some thoughts from the director), you can read the article, it is located here.  While reading this...

A personal relationship with God through Rabbi Nachman

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Did you know Chassidic Judaism teaches of a mystical internalization and personalization of a relationship with God through an intermediary?  Does this sound familiar?  The interesting thing is this principle may be illustrated in Christianity.  Take for example, have you heard the Christian cliche "do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?"  Thinking about this statement, obviously the...

Thoughts about Textual criticism and manuscript reliability

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Thoughts about Textual criticism and the issue of manuscript reliability of the Greek text. Recently someone had asked me about the issue of manuscript reliability and whether I could shed some light upon the topic.  I am not an authori...

The Torah and the Rabbinic Literature produce a Rich Environment for the Interpretation: Yeshua is the Messiah

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I have seen this written "There are no scriptures in the Torah that point to Yeshua as the Messiah."  This is a focus point of many anti-missionaries online who hope to change one's faith in Yeshua or to keep one from ever believing Yeshua is the Messiah sent of God.  The most important thing to understand is that the "messianic...

Some Food for Thought…

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After the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Yeshua, the disciples became disheartened, and turned back to their previous occupation fishing. While fishing Yeshua stood upon the sea shore, Peter realizing that it was the Lord, jumped i...

Question and Answer: Did the men Bezalel and Oholiab have skills only after God filled them with his Holy Spirit? (Exodus 31:1-6)

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Question:  “Did the men Bezalel and Oholiab have skills in these trades prior to this text or only after God filled them with the “Spirit of God in wisdom” according to Exodus 31:3?” Exodus 31:1-6 (New American Standard Bible, NASB) 31 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of...

Nisan 5776: Happy Passover

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Shalom Everyone, Nisan 5776: Happy Passover Chag Sameach from MATSATI(dot)COM Teaching Ministry. Passover Greetings in the name of the name our Risen Master. The festival of Passover is upon us. As you celebrate your seder meals in remembrance of the Master, his last supper, his suffering, his death, and his resurrection, I hope everyone has a wonderful time tonight. May the LORD bless...

The Nephilim are they fallen angels?

Recently I have had quite a few discussions on the topic of the nephilim mentioned in the Torah in Bereshit / Genesis chapter 6. Below is a short comparison of the Hebrew (Masoretic text) and Aramaic (Targum Onkelos) of the Scripture vers...

Did Yeshua Spend Three days and Three Nights in the Grave Prior to the Resurrection?

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The question of the resurrection and how many days Yeshua was in the grave between his death on the cross and the resurrection day frequently comes up during this time of the year.  The specific question is:  "Yeshua said he was going to be in the earth (buried) for three days and three nights. If he died on Friday and...

Does Elohim mean many?

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The question occasionally comes up "Does Elohim refer to more than one in the Hebrew Bible?"  The root of the question comes from sefer Bereshit / Genesis 1:26  which says Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to ...

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