Today we celebrate Epiphany, the day we remember the coming of the wise men to the baby Jesus. Travel wasn’t easy in those days, and the rich and powerful preferred to send representatives rather than go on the road themselves. The rich and famous often gave presents to their equals, but giving homage was reserved … Continue reading Why Did Rich Gentiles Visit a Poor Jewish Baby?
What Jesus said about the law was consistent with the Mosaic Covenant and its view of righteousness and moral purity. In his teaching, Jesus openly supported the provisions of law in the covenant. He criticized those he believed were living by the letter of the law while violating its spirit. Jesus attacked hypocrisy along with … Continue reading Jesus and Law
Messianic Patterns and Possibilities Who is the Messiah going to be? What will he be like and what will he do? The differences among perspectives of different groups within first century Judaism were very real. It is generally accepted that there was an unreconciled diversity of opinion about the person of the Messiah between groups … Continue reading Jesus: Son of David and Son of Aaron
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly … Continue reading Baptism of Jesus by the Spirit