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The Scoffers and Bearers of Myth

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The Sadducees were next to question Jesus (Luke 20:27). They were the Judaism’s scoffers or mockers of the 1st century. They didn’t believe in the resurrection or spirits (angels – see Acts 23:8). The chief priests were members of this sect, as well as the lay nobility, some of this latter group populated the Sanhedrin with the Pharisees and chief priests. Sadducees (i.e. the chief priests and Judaism’s nobility) used myth or hypothetical stories in their debates with the Pharisees to put them in silly situations that mocked at their theology and would later do the same with believers in Christ (cf. 2Peter 3:3-7). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Who Were the Lawyers?

LawyersThe lawyers or the “experts in the Law” told Jesus that his denunciation of the Pharisees also insulted them (Luke 11:45). Many lawyers were Pharisees, but not all. Some were Sadducees. The lawyers were the rabbis who discussed the interpretation of the Law, and their doctrines were later codified in what has come down to us as the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud. These important Jewish works contain what is known as the Oral Law, or what the New Testament describes as the tradition of the elders (Matthew 15:2; Mark 7:3, 5). Jesus claimed that the lawyers or rabbis made the word of God void, because following their traditions contradicted what Moses wrote. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Gospel of Luke


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What Was to Become of Holiness?

If circumcising the gentiles, i.e. requiring that they become Jews, is not the answer for holiness within the Body of Christ, what is? As I claimed in my previous blog-post, what was at stake in the Jerusalem Council was “…nothing less than the superiority of Jesus Christ as our Mediator over of the Law.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize, that once the gentiles began believing in Jesus, what was once an exclusive Jewish movement/church would become a predominantly gentile body. The Jews looked to the Law to tell them what sinful behavior was, and thereby sinful activity could be reasonably held in check if not avoided. What do gentiles, coming out of an ungodly pagan tradition, have to help them recognize sin for what it is? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Gospel, Holy Spirit


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Be as I Am For I Am as You Are

I had to pause as I came to chapter four in Galatians, because it said something to me that I had not seriously considered before. In fact, in several earlier blogs I had written differently, believing the Jews practiced circumcision and purity rituals throughout the Empire. However, I may have been wrong, and, if I am wrong, it would explain a few private questions I have had about these very things. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 12, 2010 in Gospel, Religion


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