Posts Tagged ‘Jewish Midrash’

     Midrash, according to Dictionary.com is “an early Jewish interpretation of or commentary on a Biblical text, clarifying or expounding a point of law or developing or illustrating a moral principle.”  It can be understood as an intensification of Torah and the prophets.

     If we examine the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus), we can see that Yeshua did not cancel or nullify the law by His teaching, rather He intensified Torah by His midrashic interpretation. For an example, we can look to  Matthew 5:21-22 where Yeshua says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” We see Yeshua is taking the Torah (Exodus 20:13) and making application with intensification. Other examples can be found in Matthew 5:27, 33, 38 and 43.

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Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) where Yeshua ministered.

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