An Orthodox Rabbi Reads the Christian Bible, Lesson 6.


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Matthew, Chapter 7-8a, The Sermon of the Mount in Light of Torah, Part 3 Famous Christian teachings and their sources in classical Torah literature. Judge not, and be not judged, as found in both the Talmud and in the teachings of the Hasidic master, the Ba'al Shem Tov. The Golden Rule, found in the Talmud as originally taught by Hillel. Yeshu's reference to dogs indicates his prejudice towards certain Gentiles. False teachers and false prophets have to be understood in the original Jewish setting as warnings against those who teach to violate the commandments of the Torah. How Yeshu's words, common as they were, were really received by his listeners. Did they say he spoke with authority (moshel), or did they really say that he spoke in parables (mashal), so unlike the Scribes who spoke clearly. Yeshu may indeed have been a healer, like many rabbis living both before him and after him. Many rabbis have worked miracles. Many rabbis were natural healers. The Essenes, as a group, were known as healers. It is not far fetched to believe that Yeshu had Essenic training and might have been adept in their healing arts.

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