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    Who were the Philistines?

    I've been reading lately about the Sea People, known to have invaded the Mediterranean at the end of the bronze age, being a major variable in the late bronze age collapse. It has been suggested by some authors that the Philistines were among the Sea Peoples. Apparently the early pottery of the...
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    Why I became a Jew

    I was raised fundamentalist Christian. As a result of studying the Bible and Church history, I became Catholic. But my questioning mind could never leave well enough alone. I spent many years studying the various World Religions. I am always the sort to actually listen to others, including...
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    What is the standard for a good person?

    The NT teaches that if you break one law, you've broken them all, that NO ONE is a good person. But is perfection the standard of the God of teh Tanakh? No. For one thing, we have examples of men who are called righteous by the Bible: Noah was righteous in his generation, and Job was...
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    Christian inconsistancy about the Law

    Matthew 5:18-19 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others...
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    There is no Torah without Oral Torah

    This post is meant to be a helpful discussion for Christians who don't understand why "Bible Only" doesn't work. I realize that the majority of Christians in the world, who include the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Anglican communities, do not go by the Protestant dogma of Sola Scriptura...
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    Blood not needed to atone for sins.

    Christians often quote Hebrews 9:22, "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins." They use it to underscore the reason why Jesus had to die a sacrificial death, and why Jews are left high and dry without a temple to make sacrifice in unless they accept the sacrifice of Jesus...
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    Yom Hashoah

    This year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, there are so many things to consider. There are the usual things like how important it is to recall the six million Jews who died, and the many others who perished at the hands of the Nazis and say "Never again." We should meditate on the absolute...
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    Lost Tribes

    I just got finished watching this video. It is excellent, excellent. It is narrated by a Christian, who is just as interested in finding the lost tribes as we are. His group believes they found all of the remnants of the ten except Asher. I was just blown away by this video. PS I don't...
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    Torah Portion Vayera: Abraham intercedes for Sodom

    טז וַיָּקֻמוּ מִשָּׁם הָאֲנָשִׁים, וַיַּשְׁקִפוּ עַל-פְּנֵי סְדֹם; וְאַבְרָהָם--הֹלֵךְ עִמָּם, לְשַׁלְּחָם. 16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked out toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. יז וַיהוָה, אָמָר: הַמְכַסֶּה אֲנִי מֵאַבְרָהָם, אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי...
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    Why Jews will never accept Jesus

    Welcome back everyone. Christians are frustrated. Of all the peoples on the earth, they would think that the Jews, to whom God has entrusted the oracles, would accept Jesus as the Messiah. But no. Jewish converts have been ultra few. By and large, more than any other people, Jews have been...
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