Thus certainty on the part of man is a requirement for incipient performance by God. This idea is central to the Noahide understanding of God, which is unfettered by a faith having no proven relation to reality. In this incisive lecture on the origins of Christianitys most holy day, J.
This difference in outlook is what sets apart the Jewish conception of God versus the Christian imperative of absolute faith. David Davis explores the holidays pagan underpinnings; its development through the ages; its linkage with the pagan holidays of Winter Solstice (Jesus birth date itself is not mentioned in the New Testament); the development of the Mass; the symbolism of the Tree; and finally the creation of Santa Claus from a 16th century German priest to its present incarnation as first seen in the 1931 Coca Cola painting of a rotund, avuncular, jolly old man in a red suit, flying through the sky in his reindeer-driven sleigh.
Virtually everyone dreams, but on the whole we either forget our dreams or dismiss them as mere recollections not particularly applicable to life.
Dreams, though, are the first step in the higher realm of consciousness.
Eventually Davis and his congregation reached the realization that Jesus role in history was forever changed by the Roman Empire and the Hellenizing of the gospels.
The prophet, unlike others, is Called by God, and has no choice but to receive and interpret visions. Openness to our inner world of dreams permits us to come closer to God. David Davis explores a hitherto unexplored but esoteric area of Judaism, with special relevance to the Noahide Movement. This thought-provoking lecture provides a rare glimpse of the world of Jesus as a devout Jew, as opposed to the present day Christian view of Jesus as a God. Tabor, author of Things Unutterable, which is about the mysticism of the apostle Paul, is co-author of both A Noble Death, which discusses suicide and martyrdom in antiquity, and Why Waco?The Prophets (Neviim in Hebrew) received Gods words and spoke them or wrote them to the Jewish People.