Messiah and Josephus by Dr. William Varner

If we want to understand the Jewish background and context of Yeshua the Messiah, it is helpful to understand what Jews in the first century believed. As the Bible reader moves from Malachi to Matthew, he encounters many new ideas, movements, and institutions never mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. In the Gospels, for example, one reads about synagogues, Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and Romans. These words and many others never appeared before in the Scriptures. One may also learn that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic while the New Testament was written in Greek. One may wonder how such new ideas and changes took place.

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This article first appeared in Ariel Magazine, Fall 2022 / Volume 1 / #44, pp 22-26. It has been republished here with permission by the copyright owner: Ariel Ministries USA, 11926 Radium St, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA. © 2022 by Ariel Ministries USA. All rights reserved.

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