6 01, 2016

The origin of the strange concept called sin

By |2016-01-06T06:46:15-07:00January 6th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                               The Origin of Sin                                     There is no concept of “sin” in the Hebrew Bible as a distorting stain upon the soul that requires a kind of supernatural atonement or cleansing process, as the concept is understood today. To the contrary, wrong behavior is seen in scripture in a rational, natural way. [...]

29 07, 2015

The truth about sin

By |2015-07-29T06:31:39-07:00July 29th, 2015|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                                                 The Origin of Sin                                     Professor Paula Fredriksen of Boston University wrote “Sin: The Early History of an Idea.”[1] Her book is scholarly and informative. There is no concept of “sin” in the Hebrew Bible as a distorting stain upon the soul that requires a kind of supernatural atonement process, as the [...]

17 07, 2015

The Cherubim was copied from the Egyptians

By |2015-07-17T06:06:06-07:00July 17th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                    The Cherubim was copied from the Egyptians   One of the most perplexing ancient Jewish articles is the Ark of the Covenant that tradition states contained both the shattered and whole Decalogue (Ten Commandments). The Ark had two poles that were never removed from the box. No reason is given for this practice. [...]

15 03, 2015

More on how Judaism changed when meeting other cultures

By |2015-03-15T12:58:16-07:00March 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                               More on how Judaism changed                                                               when meeting other cultures   Jewish practices and theology continued to evolve as Jews met people of other cultures such as the Canaanites, Greeks, and Christians.   Canaanites Many of the biblical books describe the various practices that the early Israelites adopted as a result of [...]