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These are the Words – Part Two

In this, the second of his “These are the Words” Series, Ross focuses what are commonly called the Ten Commandments, but biblically are referred to as the “ten words.” These “ten” were written on stone tablets with the finger of God. They were called the testimony, and were placed in a special box, stored behind a veil, within the tabernacle where they were kept. In this teaching, Ross suggests that these words were intended to be stored elsewhere all along. What if the beautiful box in which these words were stored were to become lost, or unimportant? What if there was no tent to house them? This and more is covered in this teaching.

75 MIN2016 SEP 11
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These are the Words – Part Two

These are the Words – Part One

In this class, Ross begins to teach his series on the Book commonly known as Deuteronomy. In this first class of the series, he provides an introduction to Moses’ final words to the children of Israel. Ross shows that the purpose of the Torah’s fifth book is to present the Teaching in a plain way. He also shows that Devarim employs a different style than other books of the Torah, and that it uses keys words and phrases found only here in Devarim. These are the words! This is the way the book begins. This is also the original name for the book. It truly is about words; it’s about words that still have the power to change the world in which we live.

82 MIN2016 SEP 4
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These are the Words – Part One

It’s Not in Heaven!

““For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” (Deuteronomy 30:11–14 ESV) A simple reading of this text is not difficult to understand. Moses is telling the people of Israel that the commandments are not too difficult. Further making it clear that one need not wait for someone to ascend into heaven, or travel beyond the sea in order to bring them to the people. Very plainly, the word is very near, in their mouth and in their heart so that they can do it. Judaism and Christianity obviously know this passage. In fact, in this episode, Ross suggests that both took the plain mean...

12 MIN2016 AUG 8
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It’s Not in Heaven!

The Shema Song by John Carlson

This is a song written by my friend John Carlson. It was inspired by, and based upon the Shema.It is a great song and I think that many will enjoy it. Please feel free to share it far and wide. John Carlson wrote the following about the song. “Shema means “hear” or “listen” in Hebrew and it is traditionally the scripture read at the beginning of every Torah service. It consists of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Deuteronomy 11:-21 and Numbers 15:37-41. The melody came to me one afternoon when I was messing around with my guitar and when I couldn’t make it work with any of the psalms I decided to try it with the Shema; it fit perfectly. It is obviously not a literal rendition of the full Shema but I believe it has captured it’s heart and substance and so I say it is based on these scriptures.” Here are the lyrics: Chorus Shema Y’srael Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Echad Y’srael Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Echad Love the Lord your God with all your heart Love the Lord your God with all your streng...

4 MIN2016 AUG 4
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The Shema Song by John Carlson

Learning to Podcast

For several years I have made audio files of my teachings. This is nothing new for me. We have uploaded literally hundreds of teachings in MP3 format, both on my website as well as iTunes. So, while I am not new to posting audio files, I am very new to the world of podcasting. My goal is to produce and publish high quality audio files of short lessons related to the Bible, and thereby share ancient truth with a modern world. Content is not a problem for me. I have many ideas for great lessons. The challenge before me at the present is to master the technology. I need to find my voice. What style do I want to use? I have been listening to numerous professional podcasters, from many different genres as I research the field of podcasting. Each one has his or her own style. This morning I began to play around with Apple’s GarageBand application and I love it! It is fairly easy to use and comes with many features to enhance the listening experience. Here is a very short example that I p...

1 MIN2016 AUG 3
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Learning to Podcast

The Cause of Calamitous Times

In this podcast, Ross takes an opportunity to shed light on a traditionally dark time by responding to a comment that was posted on his Facebook page. When he postedhis podcast titled, Where has Ross Been, a listener remarked that the proposed restart of his Torah lessons was “interesting,” pointing out that “8/13 is also 9 Av.” What did the listener mean by this? Why would “9 Av” be different than any other day? After all, Ross makes it clear in his podcast that this is the day that according to the annual cycle of Torah readings, the book of Deuteronomy begins, making this date a good stepping on point.Ross replied to the comment by saying that the listener’s observation had not gone unnoticed. So what was it about this brief Facebook exchange that provided material suitable for a new podcast? Well, just listen. In this episode, you will learn about the 9th of Av according to Jewish tradition. You will discover what Judaism teaches in regards to the cause of the destruction...

10 MIN2016 AUG 2
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The Cause of Calamitous Times

Where Has Ross Been?

Some of you have been concerned about where I have been. It’s been 3 weeks since I have spoken publicly! Don’t cast those earrings into the fire yet, I am coming back down from the mountain very soon. In this short podcast, I share with my listeners what I have been working on. I have been meeting regularly with close associates and have come up with several things that I will be working on in the very near future. If you are interested, please take a few minutes and listen. Podcasting is one of the things that I will be doing regularly and so I will be working with members of my tech team to improve the quality, but I did this one by myself as I felt like I needed to let people know what I am working on. The audio can be accessed from this entry as well as iTunes.

9 MIN2016 AUG 1
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Where Has Ross Been?

Restoring Abrahamic Faith – The Way

In this, the 4th in the ongoing series based upon James Tabor’s book, Restoring Abrahamic Faith, Ross teaches a lesson on following the way of God. What precisely is the way of God? Is it defined in Scripture. Ross shows that it is indeed described in the Bible. He further shows that this ancient way is essentially unchanging over time. Using passages from the Torah and the Prophets, Ross defines the “good way.”

84 MIN2016 JUN 26
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Restoring Abrahamic Faith – The Way

Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God Part Two

In this class, Ross continues with the study of God’s name, but focuses on a name whose pronunciation is certain. It is found 45 times in Hebrew Scripture and is often used in the Psalms, though like other forms of God’s name is concealed by English translations. It is often part of the well known Hebrew word that is often translated, “Praise ye the LORD.” Also covered in this class is the idea of the oneness of God as well as a description of the very character of God.

73 MIN2016 MAY 29
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Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God Part Two

Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God

This is the second class in the ongoing series based upon James Tabor’s book, Restoring Abrahamic Faith. The book represents an overview of the principle teaching contained within the Hebrew Bible. In the series, like the book, three foundational concepts are explored. In this class, Ross begins to explore the first foundational concept, namely, Knowing God. In this lesson, you will learn the name whereby the patriarchs knew God. You will learn about the eternal name of God given to Moses in the 3rd chapter of Exodus. You will learn how it is presented in the Hebrew Bible, what it means, and why there exists a ban on pronouncing the name in Judaism. You will also see how NOT knowing the name has caused great confusion, particularly among the nations of the world. Watch this video, or listen to the audio version of the class. Knowing God involves knowing His name. It is a tremendous revelation, which once understood can begin to transform one’s sense of who God is. In the class, Ro...

71 MIN2016 MAY 22
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Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God
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Latest Episodes

These are the Words – Part Two

In this, the second of his “These are the Words” Series, Ross focuses what are commonly called the Ten Commandments, but biblically are referred to as the “ten words.” These “ten” were written on stone tablets with the finger of God. They were called the testimony, and were placed in a special box, stored behind a veil, within the tabernacle where they were kept. In this teaching, Ross suggests that these words were intended to be stored elsewhere all along. What if the beautiful box in which these words were stored were to become lost, or unimportant? What if there was no tent to house them? This and more is covered in this teaching.

75 MIN2016 SEP 11
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These are the Words – Part Two

These are the Words – Part One

In this class, Ross begins to teach his series on the Book commonly known as Deuteronomy. In this first class of the series, he provides an introduction to Moses’ final words to the children of Israel. Ross shows that the purpose of the Torah’s fifth book is to present the Teaching in a plain way. He also shows that Devarim employs a different style than other books of the Torah, and that it uses keys words and phrases found only here in Devarim. These are the words! This is the way the book begins. This is also the original name for the book. It truly is about words; it’s about words that still have the power to change the world in which we live.

82 MIN2016 SEP 4
Comments
These are the Words – Part One

It’s Not in Heaven!

““For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” (Deuteronomy 30:11–14 ESV) A simple reading of this text is not difficult to understand. Moses is telling the people of Israel that the commandments are not too difficult. Further making it clear that one need not wait for someone to ascend into heaven, or travel beyond the sea in order to bring them to the people. Very plainly, the word is very near, in their mouth and in their heart so that they can do it. Judaism and Christianity obviously know this passage. In fact, in this episode, Ross suggests that both took the plain mean...

12 MIN2016 AUG 8
Comments
It’s Not in Heaven!

The Shema Song by John Carlson

This is a song written by my friend John Carlson. It was inspired by, and based upon the Shema.It is a great song and I think that many will enjoy it. Please feel free to share it far and wide. John Carlson wrote the following about the song. “Shema means “hear” or “listen” in Hebrew and it is traditionally the scripture read at the beginning of every Torah service. It consists of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Deuteronomy 11:-21 and Numbers 15:37-41. The melody came to me one afternoon when I was messing around with my guitar and when I couldn’t make it work with any of the psalms I decided to try it with the Shema; it fit perfectly. It is obviously not a literal rendition of the full Shema but I believe it has captured it’s heart and substance and so I say it is based on these scriptures.” Here are the lyrics: Chorus Shema Y’srael Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Echad Y’srael Adonai Eloheynu, Adonai Echad Love the Lord your God with all your heart Love the Lord your God with all your streng...

4 MIN2016 AUG 4
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The Shema Song by John Carlson

Learning to Podcast

For several years I have made audio files of my teachings. This is nothing new for me. We have uploaded literally hundreds of teachings in MP3 format, both on my website as well as iTunes. So, while I am not new to posting audio files, I am very new to the world of podcasting. My goal is to produce and publish high quality audio files of short lessons related to the Bible, and thereby share ancient truth with a modern world. Content is not a problem for me. I have many ideas for great lessons. The challenge before me at the present is to master the technology. I need to find my voice. What style do I want to use? I have been listening to numerous professional podcasters, from many different genres as I research the field of podcasting. Each one has his or her own style. This morning I began to play around with Apple’s GarageBand application and I love it! It is fairly easy to use and comes with many features to enhance the listening experience. Here is a very short example that I p...

1 MIN2016 AUG 3
Comments
Learning to Podcast

The Cause of Calamitous Times

In this podcast, Ross takes an opportunity to shed light on a traditionally dark time by responding to a comment that was posted on his Facebook page. When he postedhis podcast titled, Where has Ross Been, a listener remarked that the proposed restart of his Torah lessons was “interesting,” pointing out that “8/13 is also 9 Av.” What did the listener mean by this? Why would “9 Av” be different than any other day? After all, Ross makes it clear in his podcast that this is the day that according to the annual cycle of Torah readings, the book of Deuteronomy begins, making this date a good stepping on point.Ross replied to the comment by saying that the listener’s observation had not gone unnoticed. So what was it about this brief Facebook exchange that provided material suitable for a new podcast? Well, just listen. In this episode, you will learn about the 9th of Av according to Jewish tradition. You will discover what Judaism teaches in regards to the cause of the destruction...

10 MIN2016 AUG 2
Comments
The Cause of Calamitous Times

Where Has Ross Been?

Some of you have been concerned about where I have been. It’s been 3 weeks since I have spoken publicly! Don’t cast those earrings into the fire yet, I am coming back down from the mountain very soon. In this short podcast, I share with my listeners what I have been working on. I have been meeting regularly with close associates and have come up with several things that I will be working on in the very near future. If you are interested, please take a few minutes and listen. Podcasting is one of the things that I will be doing regularly and so I will be working with members of my tech team to improve the quality, but I did this one by myself as I felt like I needed to let people know what I am working on. The audio can be accessed from this entry as well as iTunes.

9 MIN2016 AUG 1
Comments
Where Has Ross Been?

Restoring Abrahamic Faith – The Way

In this, the 4th in the ongoing series based upon James Tabor’s book, Restoring Abrahamic Faith, Ross teaches a lesson on following the way of God. What precisely is the way of God? Is it defined in Scripture. Ross shows that it is indeed described in the Bible. He further shows that this ancient way is essentially unchanging over time. Using passages from the Torah and the Prophets, Ross defines the “good way.”

84 MIN2016 JUN 26
Comments
Restoring Abrahamic Faith – The Way

Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God Part Two

In this class, Ross continues with the study of God’s name, but focuses on a name whose pronunciation is certain. It is found 45 times in Hebrew Scripture and is often used in the Psalms, though like other forms of God’s name is concealed by English translations. It is often part of the well known Hebrew word that is often translated, “Praise ye the LORD.” Also covered in this class is the idea of the oneness of God as well as a description of the very character of God.

73 MIN2016 MAY 29
Comments
Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God Part Two

Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God

This is the second class in the ongoing series based upon James Tabor’s book, Restoring Abrahamic Faith. The book represents an overview of the principle teaching contained within the Hebrew Bible. In the series, like the book, three foundational concepts are explored. In this class, Ross begins to explore the first foundational concept, namely, Knowing God. In this lesson, you will learn the name whereby the patriarchs knew God. You will learn about the eternal name of God given to Moses in the 3rd chapter of Exodus. You will learn how it is presented in the Hebrew Bible, what it means, and why there exists a ban on pronouncing the name in Judaism. You will also see how NOT knowing the name has caused great confusion, particularly among the nations of the world. Watch this video, or listen to the audio version of the class. Knowing God involves knowing His name. It is a tremendous revelation, which once understood can begin to transform one’s sense of who God is. In the class, Ro...

71 MIN2016 MAY 22
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Restoring Abrahamic Faith – Knowing God
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