Paul on Grace and Works

This week my Tuesday night Bible class, The Jewish Context of the Bible, continued our discussion on famous rabbis.  This week we discussed Sha’ul (Saul/Paul).  You can find the audio on the website of Prestoncrest Church of Christ, or on my Audio Lessons page.

With Sha’ul, there is just too much to cover, and so I aimed at looking at him rabbinically.  In other words, looking at the things that Rabbi Sha’ul would have done and taught as compared to his rabbinic peers of the day.  Unfortunately, even with that narrowing of him, we ran out of time.  At the end I hit on this question: how does this new thing about grace through Messiah mesh with the Jewish lifestyle of following God’s Torah?  This was a major issue for him to cover, and so here now is my thoughts on one aspect of this multi-faceted issue.

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Teachings of Akiva (Part 1)

This week in my Tuesday night class, The Jewish Context of the Bible, we continued to look at famous rabbis.  This week was Akiva (45 AD – 132 AD), perhaps my favorite rabbi of all time right under Jesus and Paul (though Akiva gives Paul a run for his money – not kidding!).  You can find the audio on the website of Prestoncrest Church of Christ, or on my Audio Lessons page.

One reason I like Akiva so much is that his teachings were brilliant on their own.  The other rabbis we have studied so far have been brilliant, but Jesus seems to have a similar saying to match all of theirs.  Akiva, on the other hand, has several that sound like they could have been right from Jesus’ mouth, but I could not find a comparable saying.  So in this post I’m going to go over two of them that go together.

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