Judaism

Judaism is the religion and faith based on the covenant between God and the Children of Israel as described in the Hebrew Bible. Read articles about Judaism below.

Modern Day Samaritans – Neither Jews or Arabs

The Good Samaritan - Vincent van Gogh

Most people have heard the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37: Jesus replied and said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, … [Read more...]

Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah

Vision of Ezekiel - Raphael

Mysticism is not new to Judaism. It dates back at least to the 6th century BCE with Ezekiel's visions of the divine chariot (called merkavah mysticism) in Isaiah. In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his … [Read more...]

What is Mysticism?

Ecstasy of Saint Teresa - Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Mysticism is difficult to define, largely because it encompasses so many different practices and beliefs - from Catholicism to Kabbalah. Its purpose is the divine union with the Godhead or the Ultimate Reality. What is Real? Western culture is preoccupied with the self - the "I" or "ego" - and that there is a world beyond our grasp. We are constantly torn between our … [Read more...]

Reader Comments: Leviathan, Bible History, and The Book of Enoch

The Destruction of Leviathan - Gustave Dore

A reader comments: Hope this doesn't insult in any way, but you have been misinformed concerning the nature of Leviathan, listed as one of your Demons. The "Apocryphal" book of Enoch (one of the latter sons of Adam and Eve) is not included in the Holy Bible, primarily because the contents cannot be verified historically. He did exist(can be verified) but never contributed to … [Read more...]

Dead Sea Scrolls & Qumran FAQ

Cave 4 at Qumran, Israel, where 15,000 fragments from over 200 books were found.

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of over 800 manuscripts found in 11 caves that date from 250BC to 68 AD. They are an extremely important find because until their discovery, we had no Aramaic manuscripts from pre-medieval Judaism and only one Hebrew one, the Nash papyrus from Egypt. Additionally, all modern printed editions of the … [Read more...]