Jews, Judaism, and the Old Testament (Index Page)

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Footsteps that Echo Forever: My Holy Land Pilgrimage (Nov. 2014, 165 pages)

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[cover photograph taken by Margie Prox Sindelar in Caesarea Philippi, on 23 October 2014]

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THE MESSIAH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
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The Messiah: Jewish / Old Testament Conceptions [1982; revised somewhat on 2-19-00]
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RELATIONSHIP OF OLD AND NEW COVENANTS / JEWS AND CHRISTIANS / DEVELOPMENT OF DOCTRINE: JUDAISM TO CHRISTIANITY
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Apostles and Synagogue and Temple Worship [3-25-07; slight editing and minor additions on 8-8-16]
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Jewish Belief in Purgatory By the Time of Jesus (Paul Hoffer) [9-20-11; posted to Facebook on 2-17-17]
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MY PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL (2014)
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Signs in Jerusalem: How God Can Speak to You Through ‘Coincidence’ [my visit to the Pool of Siloam, Seton Magazine, 12-17-14]
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The Spiritual Joy of Visiting Bethlehem [The Michigan Catholic, 12-26-14]
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ALLEGED OLD TESTAMENT CONTRADICTIONS AND ETHICAL DIFFICULTIES 
 
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Postscript to Dialogue With Agnostic Ed Babinski on the Psalms, Etc.: Ed’s Attempt to Enlist an Ancient Near East Scholar in Support Backfires (Dr. James Roger Black vs. Ed Babinski; compiled and additional commentary by Dave Armstrong) [1-9-05] *
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Jesus Had “Offspring”? (Isaiah 53:10) [5-30-06; posted to Facebook on 2-15-17]
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Dialogue on Biblical Cosmology, Round One (vs. Matthew Green) [9-11-06] *
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Israel as God’s Agent of Judgment [9-28-14]

Genesis Contradictory (?) Creation Accounts & Hebrew Time: + Refutation of a Clueless Atheist “Biblical Contradiction” [5-11-17]

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OLD TESTAMENT: GENERAL 
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Defending the Literal, Historical Adam of the Genesis Account (vs. Catholic Eric S. Giunta) [9-25-11] *
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Adam & Eve of Genesis: Historical & the Primal Human Pair? (vs. Bishop Robert Barron) [11-28-13]
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“Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?” [Dr. Dennis Bonnette, Crisis Magazine, 11-24-14]

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus: Superb Pop Archaeology [12-23-15]

ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS 
Updated on 6 September 2017.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04297455192783722594 Sophia’s Lover

    Hi, Dave, this is Pito.

    I was just wondering whether Catholics are permitted to believe that God gave Moses an Oral as well as a Written Torah on the Mountain, as Orthodox Jews believe, however corrupt some of the Pharisees may have been or made the Law?

    Thanks.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04297455192783722594 Sophia’s Lover

    Hi, Dave, this is Pito.

    I was just wondering whether Catholics are permitted to believe that God gave Moses an Oral as well as a Written Torah on the Mountain, as Orthodox Jews believe, however corrupt some of the Pharisees may have been or made the Law?

    Thanks.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Sure. I have used the argument myself, as an analogy to Tradition, over against written Scripture.

    The Pharisaical tradition was the mainstream of Judaism in Christ's time. Jesus followed it, so did Paul (he called himself one twice, after his conversion).

    And the Pharisees believed in oral tradition, originally given to Moses, and developed over time. It was the Sadducees who denied this. They were the liberals and "sola Scripturists" of that time.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Sure. I have used the argument myself, as an analogy to Tradition, over against written Scripture.

    The Pharisaical tradition was the mainstream of Judaism in Christ's time. Jesus followed it, so did Paul (he called himself one twice, after his conversion).

    And the Pharisees believed in oral tradition, originally given to Moses, and developed over time. It was the Sadducees who denied this. They were the liberals and "sola Scripturists" of that time.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04297455192783722594 Sophia’s Lover

    Hello, Dave,

    As a follow-up to my first question on the Oral Torah, I'd like to add that it seems to me that Catholics may believe that the Talmudim, Midrashim, Aggadot and most major Jewish Law codes accurately record it. The trouble I have with this is reconciling this with the question of where the Jews went wrong, why we should believe they did, and your thoughts on why God would allow that to happen, as this geneeral Christian claim appears analogous to me to the anti-Catholic argument that the Church became corrupt at an arbitrary point in history.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    -Pito

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04297455192783722594 Sophia’s Lover

    Hello, Dave,

    As a follow-up to my first question on the Oral Torah, I'd like to add that it seems to me that Catholics may believe that the Talmudim, Midrashim, Aggadot and most major Jewish Law codes accurately record it. The trouble I have with this is reconciling this with the question of where the Jews went wrong, why we should believe they did, and your thoughts on why God would allow that to happen, as this geneeral Christian claim appears analogous to me to the anti-Catholic argument that the Church became corrupt at an arbitrary point in history.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    -Pito

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Thanks for the question. I've responded at length in a new post:

    Is the Anti-Catholic Myth of Total Catholic Apostasy Analogous to the Jewish-Christian Parting of Ways in the First Century?

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2009/12/is-anti-catholic-myth-of-total-catholic.html

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Thanks for the question. I've responded at length in a new post:

    Is the Anti-Catholic Myth of Total Catholic Apostasy Analogous to the Jewish-Christian Parting of Ways in the First Century?

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2009/12/is-anti-catholic-myth-of-total-catholic.html

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04297455192783722594 Sophia’s Lover

    Anyone, I'd appreciate some help regarding online links about the New Testament's relationship to rabbinic teachings if you could, please?

    Thanks.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04297455192783722594 Sophia’s Lover

    Anyone, I'd appreciate some help regarding online links about the New Testament's relationship to rabbinic teachings if you could, please?

    Thanks.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12843840788821422803 Jordan Friedman

    This is an impressive collection of articles that demonstrates significant understanding of and respect for Judaism coming from an orthodox, non-"liberal" Roman Catholic context. Yet, from reading the rest of this website, it would appear that the author, like any other similarly orthodox Catholic, nevertheless expects that any Jew who takes their Faith to the grave will suffer a horrific eschatological fate, regardless of their sincere worship of the One True God, and regardless of their having lived a virtuous life. This is consistent with historic RC teaching, but I wonder how the author deals with this tension? It surely must be felt to be an uncomfortable fact, even if it's one which "must" be believed in.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12843840788821422803 Jordan Friedman

    This is an impressive collection of articles that demonstrates significant understanding of and respect for Judaism coming from an orthodox, non-"liberal" Roman Catholic context. Yet, from reading the rest of this website, it would appear that the author, like any other similarly orthodox Catholic, nevertheless expects that any Jew who takes their Faith to the grave will suffer a horrific eschatological fate, regardless of their sincere worship of the One True God, and regardless of their having lived a virtuous life. This is consistent with historic RC teaching, but I wonder how the author deals with this tension? It surely must be felt to be an uncomfortable fact, even if it's one which "must" be believed in.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Thanks for your articulate comment. I appreciate your first sentence very much. That is what I strive to do.

    Please refresh my memory: where did I say that "any" believing Jews would go to hell? I don't remember asserting any such thing. Could you direct me to remarks that led you to believe that "it would appear" that I hold this?

    I'm sure I have said that anyone who truly understands Catholicism, "knows" it to be the truth, and rejects it, is in distinct danger of hellfire, but that is an entirely different proposition.

    In other papers I have argued that it is possible for an atheist to possibly be saved.

    Therefore, I'm curious where you got this impression.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07771661758539438173 Dave Armstrong

    Thanks for your articulate comment. I appreciate your first sentence very much. That is what I strive to do.

    Please refresh my memory: where did I say that "any" believing Jews would go to hell? I don't remember asserting any such thing. Could you direct me to remarks that led you to believe that "it would appear" that I hold this?

    I'm sure I have said that anyone who truly understands Catholicism, "knows" it to be the truth, and rejects it, is in distinct danger of hellfire, but that is an entirely different proposition.

    In other papers I have argued that it is possible for an atheist to possibly be saved.

    Therefore, I'm curious where you got this impression.