Posts tagged jewish history

Matthew the disciple

Jesus asked Matthew to be a disciple. Just how countercultural was this? It was the complete opposite of how discipleship worked. To start with, Jesus had no business being a rabbi. He didn’t apprentice under another rabbi. And, even if he had, Nazareth was not a respectable center for religious teachings. In fact, it was just… Continue reading

Matthew the sinner

We know nothing. Four hundred years of nothing. Most bibles have a blank page between the last book of the old testament (Malachi) and the first book of the New testament (Matthew). That blank page represents 400 years of silence, of Jewish exile, and oppression. Imagine growing up your entire life being taught that you… Continue reading