Jesus’ Relation to Judaism, and the Idea of Logos.
July 29th, 2009
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, John.
Yes, that is correct - we Jews used the Hebrew version of our Torah in the Holy Land. Any Greek versions were shunned. In the Jewish Diaspora, this was often not the case, because those Jews were more influenced by Hellenism.
The point I wish to make is that Jesus approached religion and theology from a Jewish perspective, and his original followers, those of us who were also Jewish, understood this, since it was our culture as well.
Yes, you are correct - Jesus did stretch the Torah, and that is because he was the type of Jew who emphasized the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law. But he remained essentially devout as a Jew till the end.
I denied in my channeling of January 17, 2007 that I was referring to the Logos in the opening sentence of my Gospel. This is true. You have read that the Jewish philosopher Philo did use this Greek idea. But Philo sought to integrate this with his Jewish heritage. It was never my intention, nor Jesus’, to do so.