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Ishtar and the Easter Connection

One of the myths that circulates each Spring near Easter is that Easter was another name for Eostre or Ishtar and was a fertility festival in her honor.  Despite the wide circulation of this myth,  there is no historical evidence for this until the 8th century A.D. Not only is …

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1 John 3:4: The Meaning of Lawlessness

According to the Hebrew Roots Movement 1 John 3:4 shows that Christians are lawless sinners. The belief is that when John says “sin is lawlessness,” lawlessness is referring to “torahlessness.” And since we don’t follow the Torah, we are sinners. The thing is, the New Testament clearly teaches against this …

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Hebrews 4: The Rest that Remains is not the Weekly Sabbath

Every Friday evening Torah Observers greet one another with “Shabbat Shalom,” that is “rest and peace,” as the weekly Sabbath begins. You see, those in this movement believe that the weekly Sabbath of the Old Testament still stands, using verses in the New Testament such as Hebrews 4 which speaks …

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The Early Church and the Fallibility of the Hebrew Masoretic Text

As discussed in our previous article the Hebrew Old Testament, or Masoretic text, is not the original or  infallible source of the Old Testament and, therefore, not God’s word. The Jews that did not accept Christ as the Messiah began producing this altered text in the first few centuries after …

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The Fallibility of the Hebrew Masoretic Text

In this series we will look at the accuracy and integrity of the Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament known as the Masoretic Text (MT) while comparing it to the older Greek Septuagint (LXX), the New Testament, and the writings of the Church Fathers. It should be noted before we …

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Christmas and Paganism Part 4: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

“Brethren, keep diligently feast-days, and truly in the first place the day of Christ’s birth.” -Clement of Rome, 98 A.D. We have covered all the myths that slander the celebration of Jesus’ birth in December, debunking them with clear historical evidence and Scholarly sources. We have proven that December 25th …

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Christmas and Paganism Part 3: The Winter Birth

According to modern Scholarship and historical evidence, Jesus’ birth date is not related to paganism. In the last two articles we showed that December 25th is an historically Christian date based on historical evidence and the ancient Hebrew theory of Integral Age. We debunked the myth that Christians hijacked the pagan …

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Did God Require Sacrifice?

There are various atonement theories of Jesus’ death on the cross for mankind. The most popular seems to be what is known as the Penal Substitution theory of Calvinism or the Satisfaction Theory of Roman Catholicism. Both of these theories assert that Jesus either appeased God’s wrath towards us by …

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