This week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Nitzavim which covers Isaiah 61:10-63:9. These watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem recount their most recent visit to the Temple Mount and Gordon gives the historical background of Muslim-control of the only holy site in Judaism. Gordon and Johnson discuss the Isaiah passage read by Yeshua in the synagogue—which confirms first-century Haftarah readings. We learn statistics on named and unnamed angels in the Tanakh and Gordon provides three rabbinical traditions for the “angel of his presence” mentioned in this passage. In closing, Gordon asks Yehovah to turn the hearts of those who desecrate the Temple Mount—and to send his messengers to help those on the wall do his work. Continue reading
This week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Shoftim covering Isaiah 51:12-52:12. Gordon and Johnson begin with the elephant in the room: Why does Shoftim (and Ki Teitzei following) decisively leapfrog over Isaiah 52:13-53:12? Was the omission of this key prophetic passage for Christians and Messianics a conspiracy or did the Rabbis just not consider it comforting? Continue reading
Nehemia continues a conversation with Anthony Garcia on the bank of the Jordan River. Garcia reads verses from the New Testament about the baptism of Yeshua, which is believed to have taken place a few feet away from where this episode was recorded. Verses in the Tanakh possibly related to Yeshua's baptism are discussed and we learn about Adoptionists—early followers of Yeshua who considered his baptism a turning point in his life and ministry. Gordon discusses the forbidden altar built along the Jordan by two and half tribes, and how an echo of the nine and half tribes’ displeasure (“What have you to do with the Lord God of Israel?”) can still be heard today. In closing, Gordon declares the words of Scripture to be a testimony that those joined to the God of Israel do have a portion with his people and with his Torah.