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  1. Sean Emslie
    January 27, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

    Good post Rebekah.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      February 2, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

      Thank you!

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  2. Diana Obe
    January 30, 2015 @ 2:51 am

    This is most interesting and I feel as a Christian who has always been taught and rightly so that our Jewish roots are to be respected and honored at all costs, that yet I’ve never really had the total understanding of what you write about on this subject. So I sit, open to learn all I can as I feel perhaps I’m not the only person (Christian) who isn’t completely wrapping their minds around this. Even after reading your book. Our attachment to Jesus is that of one of a three person Godhead, the one who died upon a cross bearing our sins that we might be grafted into God’s chosen. While still studying and seeking to completely understand the Old Testament, our foundation, we (Christians) live without the Jewish way of life, and the church becomes our center to gather, to encourage one another into a way of life that conforms to the original laws,with grace, and we are helped by Jesus and the Holy Spirit to become acceptable to God, yet we are like immigrants to a new soil who have forgotten our roots as we sing songs, gather to learn, to serve the poor and hurting, and all the things we are commanded to do, but do we REALLY know Jesus? We are a new culture relatively speaking, aren’t we? I don’t know what else to say. I think of my husband – over the years, I’ve learned to listen to where he’s come from, family customs, heritage of Lutherans, (or not), the good bad and the ugly as were the people of the Old Testament and New, as he’s learned about mine, and without all this study of one another, we would be in a disconnect. Is that a good analogy? I’m trying really hard to “get” this. God bless you, brilliant thinker and pioneer.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      February 2, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

      Diana, Thanks for your good comments and heartfelt questions. I appreciate your wrestling with them.
      First off, I don’t think any of us has to earn God’s love or find ways to be acceptable to God. We are made in the image and likeness of God: done! Secondly, what I’m asking for is the same love we ascribe to Jesus that we understand he ascribed to his very own people, and most especially to the Pharisees, Saducees, lawyers, scribes and others who made up his milieu. How we communicate that we understand Jesus as loving toward his very own people has to do with how we speak and teach and pray about him. There are others points to be made, but I think these are the most important.

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    • Fred A. Asher
      February 6, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

      Your pointed point about “since Everything in or about Jesus WAS from his Judaism, where else could his teaching have come from or been honed by” -is RIGHT ON. After all, ‘dear Jesus’ -as we hear WAY too much of lately, SAID ALL KINDS OF HARSH, BITTER, ANGRY, AND VERY JUDGMENTAL sayings! How so many ‘good Christians’ seemingly have never even once heard of (let alone really r-e-a-d) THESE VERY NUMEROUS sayings of ‘dear Jesus’ shows that they are mere pew warmers. Or don’t EVER actually r-e-a-d the Bible.
      Keep after this, because in the tremendous upheaval just ahead as BOTH Jews and Christians HAVE to face the FACT that THEY MADE poor Mahommad WHAT he so cannily became and exploited, and that became THE RELIGION OF OPEN WAR AND MURDER. Yes, THIS fact of life and history WILL come home…, even to the ‘dear Jesus’ crowds that today are HIDING under mere crème-pufferies SO many and various -AND WRONG.

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  3. Rev. MbwogeNgole
    January 30, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    The statement may be misleading and Christians origin not coordinated..Do you know King David?Do we know that the Jews were chosen ones of God, and out of these chosen came Jesus. We need just to honor God for his marvelous work. Don’t add nor subtract.All was to save mankind .

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      February 2, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

      Agreed. This is not about adding or subtracting, but clarifying!

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  4. George Surname
    February 6, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    Very important article – fundamental.
    The Besuros (gospels) are polemics between two types of Judaism – one focused on G_d and spiritual things, the other on minute details of observance of the oral law and traditions. It’s entirely a Jewish discussion, by Jews, for Jews and about Jews. It’s instructive to read the Besurah of Matityahu in the original Hebrew which has recently become available in interlinear English v.
    Of course gentiles are welcome to participate in this Jewish discussion, always if they respect the context.

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