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, but according to a CBS poll, only 14% of Americans know the sect still exists.

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. […]

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.

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

The Destruction of Leviathan - Gustave Dore

Should we use apocryphal books like the Book of Enoch as reference when we look at biblical history?

Dead Sea Scrolls & Qumran FAQ

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

The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered between 1947-1956, are a collection of scrolls found within several caves along the shore of the Dead Sea. They contain a wide range of writing dating to the Second Temple period of Judaism and include many copies of canonical and non-canonical Biblical texts from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). About 30% of the contents were new findings that relate to the theology and sectarian beliefs of the community.