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Jesus and Nicodemus

In Jewish Jesus by Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Ioudaioi. Nicodemus is named here as ruler of the Ioudaioi. While we cannot know this for sure, it is probable …

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Jesus and the Judean Authorities

In Jewish Jesus by Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

18 So the Ioudaioi (usually translated as “Jews”) said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” …

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A Semitic Church Father

In Jewish Culture and History by Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Many scholars of Syriac Christian and Babylonian Jewish literature agree that the figure of Aphrahat (c. 285-345 CE) has re-emerged as one of the most fascinating representatives of so-called Semitic Christianity. There are a number …

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The Pool of Bethesda as Greek Asclepion

In Jewish Jesus by Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay …

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Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

In Jewish Jesus by Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Samaritan lands were sandwiched between Judea and Galilee, though not exclusively. They were situated within the borders of the land allotted to the sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Menashe. (Today most Samaria and large parts …

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Understanding Samaritan Israelites

In Jewish Culture and History by Dr. Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

First, the Samaritan Israelites defined their own existence in exclusively Israelite terms. The Samaritans called themselves – “the sons of Israel” and “the keepers” (shomrim). Jewish sources refer to the Samaritans as “kutim.” The term …