Master and Disciple

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The culture of any period is made up of many parts. Each part relates to the others, and all parts together form a background against which one must view any particular aspect of a culture.

Hebraisms in the New Testament

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“Hebraisms in the New Testament” was published in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (4 vols.; ed. Geoffrey Khan; Leiden: Brill, 2013), 2:198-201, and is used here with Brill’s permission.For the Brill online version, cite this page: Bivin, David N. “Hebraisms in the New Testament.” Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics.

Rabbinic Literature: A Spiritual Treasure for Christians

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.), “The day is short and the work is great, but the workers are lazy; however the wages are high since the owner is in a hurry” (Avot 2:15), is very similar to Jesus’ saying in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvesting is great and the workers are few. … (Avot 2:4)

There is a striking similarity between this saying and the sayings of Jesus in Matthew 6:10 (“Let your will be done in heaven and on earth”)For a discussion of the rabbinic background to the entreaty, “Let your will be done in heaven and on earth,” see Brad Young, “The Lord’s Prayer (6): ‘Thy Will Be Done,'” Jerusalem Perspective 14 (Nov. 1988): 1-2…. Also compare the parallel to Avot 2:4 found in 1 Pete

Jesus and the Hasidim

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How do we define Jesus within first-century Jewish society? To which of the various Jewish sects does he belong? Was he a Pharisee, an Essene? After years of painstaking research, Shmuel Safrai has identified a new stream within the Judaism of Jesus’ time: the Hasidic movement.

Stewards of God’s Keys

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Avot 2:9 (ms. … Avot 2:1 (Ms.