Billy Sunday and the Jew

Billy Sunday and the Jew

In 1917, a young Jewish man by name of Itamar Ben-Zion Ben Yehudah (or Ben Avi for short) came to America from what was then Palestine. His purpose was to secure an appointment to the League of Nations from the President of the United States in the hopes that this...
Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence

Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence

Nehemia Gordon’s book, Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence is fact-filled and engaging. I could hardly put it down once I started it. The book is written in a very inviting and personal manner, carrying the reader along for the discovery of a lifetime. The book...
Was Christ our Passover?

Was Christ our Passover?

On a positive note, more and more Christians are searching Scripture in an effort to orient themselves towards a more Hebraic understanding. Non-Jews are celebrating biblical festivals, taking up dietary rules prescribed in the Torah, abandoning their previously...
Following Jesus out of Christianity

Following Jesus out of Christianity

This class was recorded live at Temple Sinai Synagogue in Saint Francisville, Louisiana during a conference that took place over the Biblical Festival of Sukkot in 2009. It represents my own spiritual journey; it answers the question of how a boy that was raised in...
Nash Papyrus

Nash Papyrus

Several years ago I heard about a most remarkable document. This ancient document, known as the Nash Papyrus has survived as an ancient witness to some of Israel’s most important words relating to religious life and conduct for humanity. The document is a single page...
The Bible BC – rightly dividing the Word

The Bible BC – rightly dividing the Word

The Hebrew Scriptures were not always divided into chapters and verses; in fact it is not even of Jewish origin (Ginsburg, 1966). The chapter divisions that we are familiar with, according to Moore (1893) date back to “the Latin Bible in the thirteenth century ” (p....
Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

Several years ago while teaching a class on the biblical significance of the return of Israel from the Hebrew prophets, Dr. James D. Tabor pointed out a phrase from a passage in the Book of Jeremiah. He prefaced the reading of the passage with a question – what is the...
Swearing by the Name of YHVH

Swearing by the Name of YHVH

This paper is a preliminary study of an ancient and long forgotten practice – swearing by the name of YHVH. According to the Hebrew Bible, swearing by the name of YHVH was a common practice in antiquity. Men and women, prophets and kings, swore in the name of Israel’s...
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