Obedience to God’s Commandments

Obedience to God’s Commandments in The Old Testament So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live...

Destiny in The Old Testament

Destiny in The Old Testament Timelessness and Belief in Destiny For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (Psalms, 90:4) I thought in my heart, “God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the...

Belief in Angels in The Old Testament

Belief in Angels in The Old Testament For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread up on the lion and the...

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament Resurrection Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel, 12:2) “And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you...

Sadaqah

What Is Sadaqah? Sadaqah or Sadaka (صدقة‎, “charity”, “benevolence”,[1] ṣadaqāt صدقات) in the modern context has come to signify “voluntary charity”.[2] According to the Quran, the word means voluntary offering, whose amount is at the will of the “benefactor”.[3] Etymology and meaning ‘Sadaqa’ literally means ‘righteousness’ and refers to the voluntary giving of alms or charity.[4] But in...

Tzedakah

What Is Tzedakah? Tzedakah or Ṣ’daqah in Classical Hebrew (צדקה‎) (A-Sadaqah الصدقة ), is a Hebrew word literally meaning “justice” or “righteousness”, but commonly used to signify charity. Notably, this concept of “charity” is different from the modern Western understanding of “charity”, which is typically understood as a spontaneous act of goodwill and a marker of...

Weekly Torah Portion

Weekly Torah Portion It is a custom among religious Jewish communities for a weekly Torah portion, popularly referred to as a parashah, to be read during Jewish prayer services. The parashah (Hebrew: פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ Parashat ha-Shavua), popularly just parashah (or parshah /pɑːrʃə/ or parsha) and also known as a Sidra (or Sedra /sɛdrə/) is a section of the Torah (Five Books...

Book of Genesis

Book of Genesis The Book of Genesis (“Origin”, בְּרֵאשִׁית, “Bərēšīṯ“, “In [the] beginning”) is the first book of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh) and the Old Testament.[1] It is divisible into two parts, the Primeval history (chapters 1–11) and the Ancestral history (chapters 12–50).[2] The primeval history sets out the author’s (or authors’) concepts of the nature of the...

Book of Jubilees

Book of Jubilees The Book of Jubilees, sometimes called Lesser Genesis (Leptogenesis), is an ancient Jewish religious work of 50 chapters, considered canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as well as Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews), where it is known as the Book of Division (Ge’ez: መጽሃፈ ኩፋሌ Mets’hafe Kufale). Jubilees is considered one of the pseudepigrapha by Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Churches.[1] It is also not considered canonical...

Sirach

What Is Sirach? The Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Yeshua ben Sira,[1] commonly called the Wisdom of Sirach or simply Sirach, and also known as the Book of Ecclesiasticus (abbreviated Ecclus.)[2] or Ben Sira,[3] is a work of ethical teachings, from approximately 200 to 175 BCE, written by the Jewish scribe Ben Sira of Jerusalem, on the inspiration of his...

Hanukkah

Hanukkah Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה ḥanuká, ḥanuká, Chanukah, Ḥanukah) is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights (ג הַאוּרִים, ḥag ha’urim). Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days,...

Neviim

What Is Neviim? Neviim (נְבִיאִים Nəḇî’îm, “Prophets”) is the second main division of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh), between the Torah (instruction) and Ketuvim (writings). The Nevi’im are divided into two groups. The Former Prophets (נביאים ראשונים Nevi’im Rishonim) consists of the narrative books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings; while the Latter Prophets (נביאים אחרונים Nevi’im...

Hasidic Philosophy

Hasidic Philosophy Hasidic philosophy or Hasidism (חסידות), alternatively transliterated as Hasidut or Chassidus, consists of the teachings of the Hasidic movement, which are the teachings of the Hasidic rebbes, often in the form of commentary on the Torah (the Five books of Moses) and Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Hasidism deals with a range of...

Aggadah

Aggadah Aggadah (אַגָּדְתָא “tales, lore”) refers to non-legalistic exegetical texts in the classical rabbinic literature of Judaism, particularly as recorded in the Talmud and Midrash. In general, Aggadah is a compendium of rabbinic texts that incorporates folklore, historical anecdotes, moral exhortations, and practical advice in various spheres, from business to...

Prophet Muhammad As A Husband And Father

Prophet Muhammad As A Husband And Father The Prophet And His Wives Prophet Muhammad personifies the roles of perfect father and husband. He was so kind and tolerant with his wives that they could not envisage their lives without him, nor did they want to live away from him. He...

Messianic Secret

Messianic Secret In biblical criticism, the Messianic Secret refers to a motif primarily in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is portrayed as commanding his followers to maintain silence about his Messianic mission. Attention was first drawn to this motif in 1901 by William Wrede. Part of Wrede’s theory involved statements in the New Testament by Jesus to...

Miracles of Prophet Muhammad

Miracles of Prophet Muhammad Acceptance Of The Messenger’s Prayers The authorities of Tradition including, notably, Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, unanimously report that whenever God’s Messenger prayed for rain, his prayer was immediately accepted by God. There were even times when the rain unexpectedly began before he had lowered his...

New Testament Apocrypha

New Testament Apocrypha The New Testament apocrypha (singular apocryphon) are a number of writings by early Christians that give accounts of Jesus and his teachings, the nature of God, or the teachings of his apostles and of their lives. Some of these writings have been cited as scripture by early Christians, but since the fifth century a widespread consensus has...

Gospel of Luke

Gospel of Luke The Gospel According to Luke, also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke, is the third of the four canonical Gospels.[2] It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.[3] Luke is the longest of the four gospels and the longest book in the...

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