Does the Torah Still Apply?

J-M's History Corner

The Torah, commonly called the Law or Pentateuch, consists of the first five books of the Bible, the books written by Moses.  They provide detailed instructions from Yehovah (God) on how to live.  (Actually, the Torah is 6 books, with Jubilees originally being between Exodus and Leviticus.)  Many Christians, however, believe that the instructions in the Torah no longer apply, that they were nailed to the cross by Yehoshua/Jesus.  Jews and Messianics hold that the Torah still applies.

Who is right?

Well, let’s turn to the Scriptures themselves for the answer.

Do not think that I [Yehoshua/Jesus] have come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets.  I have not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will in no way pass from the Torah, until all is fulfilled.”  (

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The (Would-Be) “Original” Thirteenth Amendment

Most people do not realize that the well-known thirteenth amendment – that which ended slavery in America – was not the first “Thirteenth” amendment proposed.As any Constitutional scholar (or anyone remotely familiar with American History) can readily tell you, the thirteenth amendment to the United States Constitution is an important one. Perhaps even the most … Continue reading The (Would-Be) “Original” Thirteenth Amendment

Revisiting Easter

J-M's History Corner

Yesterday was Easter Sunday.  It is celebrated as the anniversary of Yeshua ha’Mashiach/Jesus the Christ’s resurrection.  There are a lot of claims about Easter’s allegedly pagan origins – pretty much all false.  I previously did a post Easter promoting these claims.  I am doing this post to correct my previous claims.  (Yes, this is similar to the situation with my posts Christmas and Revisiting Christmas.)

CLAIM: That Easter is the date of an ancient pagan solstice festival.

REALITY:  There IS a single reference in the historical record to a pagan festival in April for a deity named Eostre.  One.  Single.  Reference.  It is by an English historian named Bede, who recounted a pagan ENGLISH/GERMAN tradition – somewhere in the 7th or 8th century AD.

On the other hand, we have records of a separate celebration of Yeshua’s resurrection in March/April IN THE MIDDLE EAST by the mid-2nd…

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