I’m taking Religious Studies 131D this quarter, which is “Judaism in Modern Times.” It’s all about “the varieties of the Jewish religious thought and expression from the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of the First World War,” as my course syllabus states. Right now we’re learning about Kabbalah, but not the kind that Madonna made popular. We’re studying Lurianic kabbalah, specifically. It’s pretty interesting to see how people like Isaac Luria, who “fathered” Lurianic kabbalah, took their Jewish traditions and everything they’ve grown up knowing about their religion and their ancestors, and turned it into something different. While I was thinking about that, I checked Bible Gateway‘s Verse of the day from my phone for today:
“Now brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,… -1 Corinthians 15:1, 3″ (emphasis added).
I thought that was kinda ironic, since Jews like Luria were the ones who did NOT receive Jesus as the Messiah, and that’s why there are things like Lurianic kabbalah. Later, Sabbatai Zevi, influenced by Luria’s kabbalah, would believe that HE was the messiah. He didn’t have very many followers, and it didn’t take long for people to recognize that he definitely wasn’t the messiah (although there are still a small number of Sabbatian followers today.)
“…that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. -1 Corinthians 15:4-5″ (emphasis added).
The Messiah already came, to take away the sins of the world, so that we may live forever. He’s risen, and He’ll be back.