Facts Rarely Known To Most Christians
Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi, Teacher and Prophet
Few people today, outside of scholars and individuals seeking the Christian Faith's Hebrew Roots realize the extent of this truth. Jesus was Torah Observant Rabbi in alignment with the Hebrew culture and the Hebrew prophets. Jesus rejected the later reforms by the Pharisees to the Laws of Moses.
Jesus was a "Torah Observant" Jew
Jesus practiced the original Torah Observance and taught it to his disciples. In a sense, Jesus was a Reformer, calling Israel back to their Roots in Moses' Law -- The Torah. This does not mean that modern gentiles do the same. The coming of holy spirit on the day of Pentecost changed things. See below.
The ancient Hebrew Culture is the original Hebrew Monotheism
The ancient Hebrew Monotheism is not the same as the later religion of the Jews called Judaism. The ancient Hebrews had no religion as a separate entity from daily living honoring Jehovah in everything they said and did. In spite of their faith being a lifestyle, they nonetheless were very devout. This applies to the biblically recorded ancestors of Israel, from Adam through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The Hebrew Culture is Middle-Eastern-Oriental
This Oriental-Hebrew culture is completely foreign to Europeans and Americans. Middle Easterners think differently and hold very different concepts of the spiritual realm. This is the culture that defines the belief structure of the biblical writers.
A proper Hebrew Roots study is NOT a religious pursuit
A proper study of the Hebrew Roots of Christianity is an academic study called Biblical Anthropology. Anthropology studies societies, their habits, their language and their belief structure. Anthropological studies do include religious and spiritual beliefs but it is not limited to that portion of a society, nor does it expect one to adopt the culture under study.
The Hebrew Culture and Judaism are NOT the same thing
Judaism and the synagogue system is a "reformation" by the Pharisees starting around 160 BCE. The Hebrew culture precedes Judaism (as a religion) by many centuries.
Christianity is NOT an offshoot of Judaism!
Judaism is a product of the Pharisees who hijacked the ancient Hebrew Monotheism and reformed it in their own image. This started around 160 BCE, the first historical mention of the Pharisees when the synagogue schools were established under a Jewish king ... never mind what modern rabbis want the world to believe.
The ancient Hebrew Monotheism and predates Judaism by centuries
Biblical Anthropology studies the whole ancient Hebrew culture, not just Judaism. The belief structure of the ancient Hebrews is expressed in the Hebrew language. This culture is traced from Adam through Abraham and his offspring.
Christianity is rooted in the ancient Hebrew Monotheism: Torah Observance
The Pharisees corrupted Torah Observance with their many reforms and legalistic man made additional commandments. Jesus unraveled their corruptions and taught the true heart of the Hebrew Bible. Jesus' followers became known as Nazarenes. Then, by Jesus' atoning work of death and resurrection, he made holy spirit available. This was delivered on the day of Pentecost. The changes, which the coming of holy spirit brought, are known as the New Covenant.
- Pentecost transformed the Nazarene Faith into a Hebrew Based Universal Faith
Not long after Pentecost the apostles discovered that the gentiles could believe on Jesus and manifest the Pentecostal power, the same as they did. That's when they realized, Jesus' atoning work was universal. The apostle Paul went the furthest with this by becoming an apostle to the non-Jews (gentiles). Paul, in teaching gentiles, had to instruct them about the Hebrew Roots of this Transformed Nazarene Faith. Paul preferred the term "The Way" in speaking about this new breed of Jesus followers ... people who manifest the power in the New Covenant. The New Covenant is universal and cross cultural, not just for Jews any more. But to fully understand it, the new Christian needs and education in his newly adopted Hebrew heritage, The Hebrew Roots Of Christianity.
- The New Covenant is NOT a religion or religious form
The New Covenant is holy spirit being born within a follower of Jesus. It adapts to each and every individual, regardless of race or culture. The indwelling spirit does not change one's personality or culture. The apostle Paul specifically recommended that a person should NOT change his cultural heritage but live for Christ in whatever situation he was in at the time of conversion.
Please read I Corinthians 7:17-24.
This instruction to the Corinthian believers means that while you learn about your new heritage in the Hebrew ancestors of the Jews, you do not adopt their culture as your own. However, the study of your new heritage does imply adopting the basic belief structure of the ancient Hebrews. That means that the ancient Hebrews had, long before Jesus' birth, described and defined the following:
the nature of the earth and the heavens,
the deity and the heavenly realm,
the breath of God and His Word,
the Spirit of God and
the nature and identity of the promised messiah.
These Hebrew definitions were believed by the Jew's ancestors, Moses and the prophets. The ancient Hebrews definitions are the biblical definition that should be used when reading scripture. It is these definitions that underlie all of Jesus's teachings and those taught by his apostles. Their definitions of these fundamental spiritual matters hold true from Genesis all the way through to the book of Revelation. Any descriptions foreign to the original Hebrew definitions are not in scripture ... no matter how much it might seem so in specific passages. It is these original definitions that a proper study of the Hebrew Roots of Christianity will reveal. The Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament) is the primary source for Biblical Anthropology studies. By being open minded to the Hebrew monotheistic culture that is behind the concepts in the Bible, the Bible student can understand his scriptures and ultimately his faith.
Benefits of Studying Hebrew Roots as Biblical Anthropology
- Educates the Bible student about the mindset of the biblical writers and the 1st century believers
- Eliminates Greco-Roman cultural filter which obscures the true cultural context of Jesus and his apostles
- Defines the vocabulary and concepts of Jesus and his apostles
- Separates the Pharisee-Judaism religion from the more ancient Hebrew Monotheism
- Produces a continuity and symmetry between the Hebrew prophets, Jesus and his apostles
- Reveals the 1st Century Hebrew-Nazarene Post-Pentecost form of the faith
- Contrasts the later Byzantine Christianity with the earlier Hebrew-Nazarene Post-Pentecost Faith of the 1st century
- Does Not demand cultural change for any followers of Jesus --> I Corinthians 7:17-24.
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