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You Shall Come Up From Your Graves and . . . .

If there is one universal fact in human life -- it is death. Death has been a major topic in all cultures from the beginning of recorded history. The thing that cultures and religions disagree on about death is what happens after death. I mean different groups in the same religion don’t even agree about what happens after death.
This is was the situation back when the Real Yeshua was preaching and teaching in Galilee and Judea. The Sadducees taught that after death everyone went to Sheol. Job gives us a glimpse of the way the ancient Hebrews viewed Sheolthe abode of the dead -- in Job 10:20-22.
Are not my days few? Cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
The author of Psalm 115 (verses 16-17) shared Job’s view -- or Job shared his view -- of Sheol.
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“The Real Yeshua” or a “Gentile Jesus”?

I have been involved in this discussion about the Jewish Jesus for almost 30 years now and am amazed at how “Fact-Proof” religious people are. In the mid-1980s when someone on a TV show mentioned “the Jewish Jesus,” it would generate thousands of letters and postcards from people wanting to correct the idiot that said it – “Jesus was a Christian not a Jew!” By 2000, thanks to the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, PBS, etc., the tide shifted and when someone mentioned the “Jewish Jesus” people would say, “Of course Jesus is Jewish.”
The problem is that people seemed to think that “Jewish” was an “ethnic thing”, not a “BS thing.” Oh yeah, BS means Belief System. They talked about a Jewish Jesus, but kept saying that he taught a bunch of “un-Jewish things”!
People like Marcion, Justin, Origen, Tertullian, Arius, Athanasius, Constantine, Eusebius and Augustine contributed memes from their Gentile cultures and reinterpreted his words into ideas and beliefs Gentiles could relate to. I…