Judaism has very systematic refined rules for understanding the Scriptures. Christianity differs not in having an alternate set of agreed upon rules, but in having no agreed upon rules whatsoever! As... More > the Christian "Church Father" Jerome wrote: 'The Jews insist upon a literal interpretation of the Scripture based on thirteen rules, but we know that the spiritual interpretation is far superior.' 2Tim. 2:15 Justifies use of hermeneutics by indicating that there is a right way to understand the scriptures. This book will teach you: ~The need for hermeneutics. ~The Basic Principles of Hermeneutics ~Primary Logic Errors and how to avoid them ~The Four levels of understanding of a passage. ~The Peshar Method used at Qumran ~The Seven Rules of Hillel (and how they are used by NT writers) ~The Thirteen Rules of Ishmael ~The 32 Rules of Eliezer ~The Forms of Midrashic Exegesis (and examples of them in the NT) ~How the Hebrew Poetic forms can be an important key to understanding a passage.< Less
On August 12th, 1553 Pope Julius III signed a decree banning the Talmud in Rome. The decree was executed on Rosh HaShanna, and anything that looked like the Talmud, (anything written in Hebrew... More > letters) was confiscated. Jean DuTillet, Bishop of Brieu, France was visiting Rome at the time. DuTillet was astounded to take notice of a Hebrew manuscript of Matthew among the other Hebrew manuscripts. DuTillet acquired the manuscript and returned to France, depositing it in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. It remains there to this day as Hebrew ms. No. 132.
While most scholars have ignored the DuTillet Hebrew version of Matthew, Hugh Schonfield stated his opinion that this Hebrew text underlies our current Greek text. Schonfield writes:
....certain linguistic proofs ... seem to show that the Hebrew text [DuTillet] underlies the Greek, and that certain
renderings in the Greek, may be due to a misread Hebrew original.
(An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew’s Gospel; 1927, p. 17)< Less