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Originally posted by jake1997
Originally posted by NEOAMADEUS
Hey Full of Sea Water:
You ask what R. Yehoshua bar Yosef was talking about or referring to with the parable of the Swine and the Dogs?
These are two words the dead sea scrolls use to refer to Goyim (gentiles, i.e. non Jews) [...]
Matt 10:5 "Do not venture into any of the Towns of the Goyim (Gentiles)....but go and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom ONLY to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel..."
In other words, "don't waste your sacred preaching material on the goyim: they'll just use your own words against you...."
Originally posted by jake1997
Of course it mentions God as a third person. Jesus Himself does it when He refers to the 'helper'.
Originally posted by Two Steps Forward
That passage in Genesis has nothing whatever to do with the Trinity. The name of God used, Elohim, is a masculine noun with a plural feminine ending, and might better be translated as "The Gods and Goddesses." This also makes better sense of "Let us make Man in our own image" conjoined with "They created them male and female."
There are a number of names of God used in the Hebrew. A more common name later on is Yahweh (JHVH). This refers to the God of the Hebrews, the one that the ancient Hebrews were supposed to worship before all others (but didn't always). No claim is made in the Torah (although it is made later) that JHVH is the ONLY God, only that "I am the Lord YOUR God, who brought you out of Egypt." Many passages imply polytheism, although they also command monotheolatry (worship of only one deity, not the same as belief in only one deity).
Although this is never explicitly stated, it's reasonable to infer that JHVH is one aspect, one manifestation, or one being of Elohim, not the entirety.
The religion of the Hebrews did not become truly monotheistic until at least the time of the Prophets, and I believe more likely during the Babylonian captivity. For that reason, I don't call the early Hebrew religion reflected in the Torah and the early histories Judaism; the very essence of Judaism is surely monotheism, and those early Hebrews were not monotheists.
The Strong's concordance is a very useful tool for studying the scriptures. It takes every single word of the King James Version and lists where each word can be found in the scriptures. It is useful for locating scripture verses that you know the words to, but don't know the book, chapter and verse. . . .
Also beside each verse reference there is a number. That number represents a Hebrew word (if in the Old Testament) or Greek word (if in the New Testament). In the back of the book it lists Hebrew and Greek words used to translate the bible into English. Each has a a number beside them so that we may only need to know the number to locate a Greek or Hebrew word. Then we can do a word study by reading the meaning of the original word. . . .
One thing to keep in mind is that while the Strong's Concordance is fairly reliable in its lexicon definitions, it is relying on 19th century scholarship. . . . Also, Hebrew especially has various verb forms, tenses and stems that can have different meanings. The Strong's Lexicon doesn't do much to address this