Articles by Gabriel A. Goldberg

In the Sermon on the Mount, why did Jesus refer to the right cheek (Mt. 5:39)? He could have said left cheek or not have specified any cheek at all. Was this an arbitrary choice or was it deliberate? Imagine someone standing before you preparing to hit you. Whether with an open-handed slap or a ...

In our last edition, we discussed the Sermon on the Mount. There, Jesus explicitly taught faithful observance of the Torah or Law and emphasized its lasting status by referring to a rabbinic homily about the “jot” and “tittle.” We will now deal broadly with the six contrasting statements Jesus made in the same Sermon. Each ...

– Was Jesus at odds with the rabbis? Gabriel A. Goldberg, M.A. Too often, the Sermon on the Mount has been interpreted by Christian commentators as a lesson on the superiority of Jesus’ teachings over those of the rabbis, of the Law of Christ over the Law of Moses. Or, more bluntly, of Christianity over ...

As Abraham raised the knife to slaughter his son Isaac upon the altar, an angel of the LORD called out to Abraham and said: “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad nor do anything to him, for now I know that you are a God-fearing man, since you have not withheld your son, ...

There is a bizarre incident early in the book of Exodus that reveals a fundamental principle about God’s relationship with Israel. Brief, it seems secondary to the bigger story of the Exodus. It is, however, at the very heart of the matter. Importantly, the strange episode draws our attention to events today. It serves as ...

– Why fiction about Israel is converted into truth The people of Israel have a God ordained destiny in the land of Israel. They also have a divinely ordained law to treat fairly the “stranger” who joins the nation. After all, the Jew was also a stranger in Egypt (Exod. 22:21). One of every two Europeans, ...