DOES JESUS REALLY WANT YOU TO HATE THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU?
In the ancient Hebrew culture, the word “hating” meant something like “loving less” or “loving in a less significant way”. So when Jesus spoke of “hating” those closest to him (Luke 14:26), his words were only understood by those who knew the ancient Hebraic traditions. As Moses spoke of Jacob loving Leah less than Rachel and not Jacob hating her in a modern sense of the word (Gen. 29:31). Looking through the Hebrew glass, we understand that Jesus did not mean “to hate” those closest to us, but instead to be committed to Him above all! These translation “accidents” occur due to the attention that was paid to the Greek in the New Testament instead of taking into consideration the lower Hebrew thought as well.I invite you to study the Jewish Background of New Testament. We will consider 30 different topics that will revolutionize your Bible study and will enrich your knowledge of the sacred texts – a knowledge that you will pass on to the people God placed in your life.