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Torah Rediscovered

Torah Rediscovered

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Torah kept by Yeshua, Early Church Jewish, Torah Upheld, Messianic Judaism, Hebrew roots of church
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 Torah Rediscovered
By Ariel and D’vorah Berkowitz
According to the publishers, First Fruits of Zion, theprinted version of this book is no longer available, but theaudiobook may be purchased directly from the publisher.We believe that the printed version is simply a work tooimportant to the body of Messiah to be allowed todisappear. The document you see before you was“rescued” from a web site on the Internet that alsocontained several other works from the authors, none of which were marked as copyrighted. To ensure that thisdocument is preserved for posterity, it is presented heretotally reformatted and re-edited. (The version on theInternet was really a mess; all footnotes were missing,and had to be recovered from the documentation thataccompanies the audiobook.) Although the actualcopyright status is unknown, this document should betreated as though still under copyright.Bible quotations in the original document were from theKing James Version. I have replaced the more lengthy Scripture quotations with text from the
Complete Jewish Bible 
(which had not been published when
Torah Rediscovered 
was written) as this present document isintended for teaching, and I personally believe the CJBtranslation to be far superior to the KJV.
Rickard L. Sawyer
 
 Th.M., Th.D., D.Min.
Messianic PastorAdat B’Nei HaMelechParkersburg, WV June 2002
www.servantofmessiah.org
 
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Table of Contents
 Table of Contents.................................................................................................1
 
Foreword..............................................................................................................4
 
Prologue Hilkiah’s Discovery................................................................................5
 
“Inquire of the Lord”..........................................................................................5
 
Hidden, but not Lost.........................................................................................6
 
Found in Judah................................................................................................6
 
Significant Spiritual Changes............................................................................6
 
Guide for Life....................................................................................................7
 
 This Book—A Shadchan....................................................................................7
 
Introduction.........................................................................................................9
 
What Are We Talking About? The Definition of Torah........................................9
 
Chapter 1: A Unique Document.........................................................................11
 
 Teaching.........................................................................................................11
 
A Covenant.....................................................................................................11
 
A Ketubah.......................................................................................................13
 
Yeshua’s Stamp of Approval............................................................................14
 
Chapter 2: The Torah Can Do That? The Purposes of Torah..............................17
 
How to Understand Rav Sha’ul........................................................................17
 
1. Torah is not to be observed in order to gain justification before God.........19
 
2. Torah helps man to recognize his own sinfulness.....................................19
 
3. Torah helps to bring about God’s wrath...................................................19
 
4. The Torah acts as a protector...................................................................19
 
Chapter 3: The Torah A Way of Life...............................................................27
 
 The Torah Reflects God’s Holiness, Goodness, and Righteousness...................27
 
Life’s Built-in Reminders.................................................................................28
 
A Jewish Reminder......................................................................................28
 
A Daily Reminder—The Tzttziot....................................................................30
 
A Weekly Reminder-The Shabbat.................................................................31
 
Monthly Reminders......................................................................................32
 
Annual Reminders.......................................................................................33
 
Chapter 4: For Me? For You? For Who?.............................................................35
 
Idea 1: Torah Should Not Be Followed.............................................................35
 
Not for Salvation..........................................................................................35
 
“Law Versus Grace”.....................................................................................37
 
Idea 2: Only Certain Parts of Torah Should Be Followed..................................38
 
Idea 3: All of Torah Is To Be Followed—But Not Necessarily by Physical Israel.38
 
Idea 4: Torah Is Applicable Today to Israel and to All Who Are So Inclined.......39
 
First and Foremost, the Remnant.................................................................39
 
 The Accusation Against Sha’ul.....................................................................39
 
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 2Four Centuries Later....................................................................................40
 
An Amended Covenant? By Whom?..............................................................41
 
Divine Permission........................................................................................41
 
 The Bride........................................................................................................48
 
 The Cycle of Worship...................................................................................48
 
Summary........................................................................................................49
 
Chapter 5: Why Follow the Torah?.....................................................................50
 
Because God Tells Us To!................................................................................50
 
 Torah Gives Definition....................................................................................50
 
Because It Is Who We Are!..............................................................................50
 
 The Mirror...................................................................................................51
 
Because Our Messiah Did It............................................................................51
 
Because of What It Communicates to Unbelievers...........................................52
 
Are We Listening?...........................................................................................53
 
Chapter 6: Jewish Misconceptions of the Torah.................................................54
 
 The Dual Torahs—An Explanation..................................................................54
 
 The Commandments as given to Moshe Fundamental..................................54
 
We Need to Know More................................................................................55
 
 The Explanations, Too?................................................................................55
 
 The Waters Get Very Muddy.........................................................................56
 
Fixed and Fluid............................................................................................57
 
An Analysis.....................................................................................................57
 
Challenging the Rambam.............................................................................58
 
 Justified Interpretations?.............................................................................59
 
Yeshua and the Oral Torah—The Second Temple Period..................................60
 
Not His Authority.........................................................................................60
 
Man’s Laws Over God’s Torah......................................................................60
 
 The Value of the Oral Torah............................................................................61
 
Spiritual Authority.......................................................................................63
 
“Laws of Tradition” Versus Torah.................................................................63
 
Chapter 7, Misconceptions of the Torah............................................................66
 
A Bitter History Lesson...................................................................................66
 
Acts 21: The Key..........................................................................................67
 
Sha’ul’s Golden Moment: Passed Over — Why?............................................68
 
 The Mess that Followed................................................................................69
 
From the Jewish Side..................................................................................69
 
 The Irreparable Rift......................................................................................70
 
And the Beat Goes On.....................................................................................71
 
Building Better Traditions—The Truth of Eternal Torah..................................72
 
Performance-Based Acceptance....................................................................73
 
Problem Phrases-the Book of Galatians........................................................73
 
Summing It All Up..........................................................................................78
 
 The Mirror...................................................................................................79
 
Building Better Traditions............................................................................80
 
Epilogue.............................................................................................................81
 
 To the “People of the Book”.............................................................................81
 
 To Those Grafted In........................................................................................82
 
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