The End from the Beginning: A Midrash on the First Three Verses

by Daniel Gruber

“Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.” Samuel Butler, though he was not fond of religion or religious people, has provided a wonderful introduction for a study of the Bible. The Bible presents itself as being communication from God to humanity. On the surface, it is about humanity and our various conceits, successes, and failures; but at its core, it is a portrait of its Author.

Likewise, the world that God created, and especially the creature He made in His own likeness and image, is “a portrait of Himself”. The world in general, and humanity in particular, are theomorphic. They have been formed to describe and reveal who God is.

This study focuses on three verses, the first three verses of the Bible, with three things in mind:

1) God knows and declares the end from the beginning.

2) Everything God says and does is connected to who He is and who we are supposed to be.

3) Understanding the beginning will help prepare us for the end.

The beginning is a good place to start. Though the time between us and the beginning is continually increasing; the time between us and the end is continually decreasing. We do not know how long that remaining time is, but one day we will find out.

So, on to the beginning.

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That Man! His Story

by Daniel Gruber

Translated, Arranged, and Annotated by Daniel Gruber

In the name of “That Man!” others who claimed to be his followers carried out endless persecutions, proclaiming the absolute rejection and eternal damnation of the Jewish people, his people. They lied, but their vile actions and teachings had an impact which continues to this day. For centuries, it was forbidden to even utter the name of “That Man!” in the Jewish community. His name remained unspoken or distorted. He was only referred to in oblique ways.

But the story of “That Man!” is a first-century Jewish story of God’s faithfulness to Israel. It is presented as completely dependent upon and flowing from Tanakh — the Law (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi’im), and the Writings (Ketuvim) — the authorized, accepted revelation from the God of Israel. All subsequent revelations are to be judged by it. In Tanakh, God laid out His purposes for humanity, for Israel, and for “Messiah”.

This story presents Yeshua, “That Man!” as the prophesied Messiah of Israel. It combines the four different accounts into one. The text is accompanied by notes from Talmud, Midrash, and other sources. For those who want to know the true story, in its own context, free from historical distortions, this provides the opportunity to make an informed decision to reject or accept his claims.

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The Messianic Writings

Translated and Annotated by Daniel Gruber

These Jewish writings present themselves as completely dependent upon and flowing from the Law, the Writings, and the Prophets. Traditional translations of these Messianic Writings perpetuate systematic errors of immense magnitude — errors which significantly distort the message and are inextricably linked to horrific historical consequences.

This new translation is faithful to the Jewish-Greek text and its context. Notes from rabbinic sources and explanatory notes help to clarify the world of the text.

“It will open your eyes, challenge your mind,
and possibly change your heart!”

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The Separation of Church & Faith - Copernicus and the Jews

by Daniel Gruber

In the time of Nicholas Copernicus, the heavens and all that was in them revolved around the earth. This was not a belief that needed to be argued, it was simply an observable fact. People could see it with their own eyes. Scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers affirmed it. Religious doctrine did too. There was, however, one small problem. The planets, though insignificant in size, moved in continual defiance of the enshrined system. By challenging the system and finding the true center, Copernicus began a revolution that transformed life on earth. This book is about a similar conceptual error in the enshrined systems of today. It proposes a different center, one which challenges the prevailing systems, but fits and predicts the data.

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"Copernicus will surely stimulate a good deal of good discussion. Much of the research is ground-breaking and even when the reader wants to dissent, the discussion is always well worth pondering."

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Colman M. Mockler
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA

"I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book more, or disagreed with one more."

J. Alan Groves
Executive Director of Westminster Hebrew Institute
Professor of Old Testament
Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

"This is a serious book for the serious reader. It is for all those who love the truth and are willing to have their views challenged. For such readers, this carefully written and well-researched volume offers much food for thought, and while you may not agree with every point, you will certainly come away enriched. In a day when many lightweight and even sensationalistic books are being written in the name of 'New Testament restoration' or 'Jewish roots,' this heavyweight study stands out as worthy of attention and discussion."

Dr. Michael L. Brown
President
FIRE School of Ministry

   

Rabbi Akiba's Messiah - The Origins of Rabbinic Authority

by Daniel Gruber

It is not easy to overestimate the significance of the Bar Kokhba Revolt. Because of its long-term consequences, it may well be considered the greatest tragedy in Jewish history. The disaster was further compounded by the fact that Rabbi Akiba, the father of rabbinic Judaism, proclaimed Bar Kokhba, the leader of the rebellion, to be God's Anointed, the Messiah. For almost nineteen hundred years, people have asked, as Franz Rosenzweig expressed it, "Why did even the wisest teacher of his age fall for the false messiah, Bar Kochba, in the time of Hadrian?" This book answers that question. Akiba's proclamation appears to be a well-reasoned decision that was completely consistent with the whole thrust of his life – the establishment of rabbinic authority over all Israel.

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Torah and the New Covenant

by Daniel Gruber

Two communities, which both started out from Jerusalem, have long pointed their members in opposite directions to pray and serve God. Members of both have seen an irreconcilable conflict between the Law of Moses and the New Covenant which Yeshua brought.

Traditional understanding ignores the historical reality, which is actually quite clear. As Irenaeus recorded in "Against Heresies," written about 180 A.D.: "the Apostles... allowed the Gentiles to act freely, yielding us up to the Spirit of God. But they themselves, while knowing the same God, continued in the ancient observances... Thus did the Apostles... scrupulously act accoring to the dispensation of the Mosaic law."

Was there a conflict between how they lived and what they believed and taught? Here is the opportunity to examine the Scriptures anew in the hope of distinguishing between ageless wisdom and accumulated error.

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