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Jesus and the Judean Authorities

By Dr. Eliyahu 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 …

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A Semitic Church Father

By Dr. Eliyahu 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 …

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The Pool of Bethesda as Greek Asclepion

By Dr. Eliyahu 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 …

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Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

By Dr. Eliyahu 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 …

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Understanding Samaritan Israelites

By Dr. Eliyahu 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 …