erusalem Perspective has launched an attempt to reconstruct a Hebrew Life of Yeshua, which, according to church tradition, was written in Hebrew by Yeshua’s disciple Matthew. If this tradition is reliable, then the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke would be grandchildren or great-grandchildren of that conjectured Hebrew biography. An attempt also has been made to reconstruct the first Greek translation of that Hebrew gospel, a more immediate ancestor of Matthew, Mark and Luke. No matter how imperfect these two reconstructions, the exercise of creating them throws much light on the words of Yeshua. The insights gained from the exercise are included in the commentary that accompanies each reconstructed text. Matthean, Markan and Lukan pericopae not included in the outline were assumed to be secondary.
By understanding the religious and cultural atmosphere in which Jesus lived and taught, we’ll begin to see why his first disciples abandoned everything to follow him. We’ll also look at the meaning within key Hebrew words that make Bible reading richer and deeper.
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