Articles by Gabriel A. Goldberg

The saying above is by the Jewish sage Shammai (Pirke Avot 1:15), who lived in Israel at the time of Jesus. It’s akin to the English expression, “actions speak louder than words.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on several occasions and participated in official wreath-laying ceremonies there. ...

How many Gentiles praise God for His good deeds, mercy, bountiful blessings, lovingkindness towards…Israel? Gentiles giving praise for Israel’s blessing? Is this even an issue? Absolutely! Consider Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible–just two verses: “Praise the L-RD, all you nations; praise Him, all you peoples; for His lovingkindness overwhelms us, and the ...

The story of Balak and Balaam in the Book of Numbers is a most unusual one, and not just because it involves a talking donkey. Numbers is about the history of the Children of Israel and religious instructions they received during the wanderings from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land. One episode, however, taking up ...

In the Sermon on the Mount, why did Jesus refer to the right cheek (Mt. 5:39)? He could have said left cheek or not have specified any cheek at all. Was this an arbitrary choice or was it deliberate? Imagine someone standing before you preparing to hit you. Whether with an open-handed slap or a ...

In our last edition, we discussed the Sermon on the Mount. There, Jesus explicitly taught faithful observance of the Torah or Law and emphasized its lasting status by referring to a rabbinic homily about the “jot” and “tittle.” We will now deal broadly with the six contrasting statements Jesus made in the same Sermon. Each ...

– Was Jesus at odds with the rabbis? Gabriel A. Goldberg, M.A. Too often, the Sermon on the Mount has been interpreted by Christian commentators as a lesson on the superiority of Jesus’ teachings over those of the rabbis, of the Law of Christ over the Law of Moses. Or, more bluntly, of Christianity over ...