Approaching the Rubicon

Tonight over kosher Indian food I noticed my wife was a little softer and somewhat happier. I felt it was the right time to gently push her past some of her emotional connections to the New Testament by pointing out a few of its fallacies. I asked her to please think about how she should respond to the fact that the writer of the book of Matthew states that Jesus lived in Nazareth to fulfill a prophecy that doesn’t exist in the Tanakh. I then brought up a few other errors until she distracted and let it go. When we got home, our son was asleep in the backseat and she asked if we could talk there in the car. I could sense there was an opening.

The front side (recto) of Papyrus 1, a New Tes...

Papyrus 1, Matthew

She asked me, “Why did Yeshua say things like ‘No one comes to the Father except through me’ and why would G-d allow him to say those things?” We talked about some of the questionable accounts in the New Testament, reviewed some of the inconsistencies and went over the basic requirements of the messiah based on the Torah and Prophets.

She burst into tears, squeezed my hand and after getting herself together said, “Go on.” So I finished my thoughts and she was able to talk rationally. She brought up concerns about whether we’d fit into the Jewish community, still be able to home school our children if we converted and other issues presupposing the she would eventually accept this.

This is a huge step forward for us! May Hashem continue to direct our paths and send us in the direction of Jewish men and women who will care about us and help us in our journey home to the Jewish people. But may it be soon…my neshamah is impatient!

5 comments
  1. Barukh HaShem. May this be the beginning of all things good as you both continue to seek His truth.

    Shavua Tov,

    Yehudah

    • Thanks Yehudah!

  2. Ben said:

    Take a look at Bereishis 35:2 and the following verses. I wonder if you can relate to Yaakov on a personal level.

    He urges his household to dispense with the heathen gods, and then the very next verse talks about going to Beis El, which of course means the House of G-d. Also, notice that as soon as they did dispense of the heathen gods, “G-d’s dread” was upon all of the hostile forces surrounded them.

    • Yes! What a great connection to make. Setting up an altar is serious business. Tearing one down is too…

  3. Geoffrey Miller said:

    Will you also consider higher criticism as applied to the Old Testament, and in particular, the Torah? You should also realize many New Testament passages quote the Septuagint and oral traditions now lost to us. Ancient Judaism was very dissimilar from modern rabbinical varieties. For one, they had no established canon, and they also were more liberal regarding which sources they recognized as authoritative for structuring their belief system.

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