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Friday, October 3, 2014

THE TORAH BY BISHOP Dr.VARGHESE L.MATHAI

(Bishop Dr. Varghese Mathai gives a great explanation about TORAH. This will enlighten those who are not familiar with the word"Torah"THE TORAHTorah means the first five books of the Bible written by Moses – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. This is generally known as the Law of Moses and in English the name for these five books is the Pentateuch. In Indian we can call it Pancha Granth or Grantha Panchakam. The Hebrew word Torah is usually translated "law," "teaching" or "instruction." The essential meaning of this word is teaching whether it is the teaching a parent provides for children or the instruction God provides for Israel.
When the definite article the is prefixed to Torah, it is usually used to reference the "Law of Moses" the Pentateuch, are often identifies as the torah. However, it is more accurate to say that the torah is found in these books, suggested Johnny J. Johnson in the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, Baker Books, 2001). Even in Pentateuch, torah has many meanings. In Exodus18: 20, it refers to fair decisions, in Leviticus 6:9, it refers to specific actions involving sacrifice. In Exodus 12:4, it refers to the legal system.
The family was the primary educational institution for the training of children in the Old Testament times. Because of the patriarchal nature of the family structure, it was the duty of every Jewish father to know the torah and teach it to his children. By teaching the torah, a father could impress on his children the importance of God’s commandments and demonstrate proper relationship to God.
Though the torah is a legal code, it came to represent much more. It is a way of life based on the covenant relationship between God and His people. The torah contains guidance and instruction in living. This broad way of defining the word communicates torah as divine instruction given through history, verse, and prophecy.
By the time of Jesus, most Jews thought of the torah as only a set of rules to follow. In fact, many more detailed and strict regulations were imposed in addition to the Torah in the form of Mishna and Talmud. The Mishna was an oppressive collection of rabbinical laws. Taken in a purely legalistic way, the torah closes the dynamic window to a relationship with God that it was meant to open, observed Johnson.
THE TENAK will be published in the future edition.

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