This blog is supposed to show how we can learn more about the interpretation of the Bible through Hebrew culture, especially the ancient culture at the time of Abraham, Moses, David and the Prophets.
Statement of faith
I believe that God gave us his word in the Scriptures of the Old Testament (Tanakh, תנ”ך) and proved these scriptures right in the account of the New Testament (New Covenant, הברית החדשה). I also consider the following statements to be crucial:
- The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son (Messiah) and God the Holy Spirit (Ruach, רוּחַ) in creation, providence, revelation, redemption, final judgement and consummation.
- The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen man, making him subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The substitutionary death of the righteous (Tsadik, צדיק) Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences, fulfilling his role of redeemer (Messiah ben Joseph).
- The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Messiah (Yeshua, Jesus, ישוע) crucified and risen from the dead.
- The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
- The priesthood of all believers, who form the people of God, the body of which Messiah is the head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Word of God throughout the world.
- The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Yeshua, Messiah, in his role of King in power and glory (Messiah ben David).
How am I using rabbinic writings (Oral Torah)?
The ancient rabbinic writings give great clues as to the culture at the time of the patriarchs. Thus, I am using them as follows:
- To fill in the gaps for what we are not told in the bible, i.e. traditions that help to explain why a certain person acted a certain way.
- To understand ancient beliefs about God and His Messiah.
For the purpose of this blog, the Oral Torah (Rabbinic Writings) are not considered to be inspired by God. We want to take a step back from all the layers of modern Judaism in order to uncover the center of God’s message. The approach is therefore quite similar to Karaite Judaism.