I read this book in preparation for a class on the four hundred silent years between the Old and New Testaments. Adler, speaking from a Rabbi’s viewpoint, explains how the Orthodox Jews see the “scripture” as opposed to the “oral traditions” which were eventually put in written form. It is interesting to learn how the Jews held the Scriptures in high regard and kept their teaching about it in oral and didactic form so that it would be kept distinct from the Bible. This was, however, gradually put in written form during the “Talmudic Period” after the time of Christ. The Rabbinic form of the teacher-pupil relationship is something from which we could probably learn much about doing discipleship. It was a unique read into an oft-neglected history.
Observations: One Hundred Years In Christian HistoryJune 1, 2016
Over the last 23 years that I have been writing this paper, and the last 50 years that I have been connected with Christian ministry, many things have come and gone and many things have changed. If I think of the men I’ve known, heard, sat under, or known about, you might say that I’ve […]
Why Do We Have Baptists in the First Place?December 2, 2015
In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can […]
Church History: Where Do I Begin?October 5, 2015
In the previous issue of Aletheia I gave my explanation for why church history is necessary. I also mentioned that once we can agree that church history needs to be considered then we need to start asking how we are going to do this. I have been asked this simple question several times: where do […]