History of the Netzarim
The Halaka of Eashoa' Msheekha and the Set Apart Believers The history of the Netzarim (Nazarenes) dates to the days of Eashoa' Msheekha (Christians refer to Him as Jesus) ministry on earth. Eashoa' was Himself called a Nasraya. Yochanan (John) 18:5, "They said to him, "Y'shua the Nasraya. Eashoa' said to them, 'I am he'." Andrew Roth's footnote says, "Y'shua is Mashiyach; the 'Netzer' of Yeshayahu / Isaiah 11..." On page 905 in the appendixes of the AENT Roth goes on to say, "The Netzarim designation clearly implies the 'Tree of Life" which serves as a reminder of the Eternal Kingdom that was offered to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The term netzer (sprout or branch) is also the root word for the City of the Branch, Netzeret (Nazareth)... The designation of 'Nasraya' serves as a reminder for all his followers, not that he dwelled in Netzeret but that his 'dwelling' (the Spirit of Mashiyach) is within his people." (see also Matt. 2:23; 26:71; Mark 1:24; 10:47; 14:67; Luke 4:34; Romans 11:16).
Eashoa' (Jesus) said that he did not come to abolish the Torah or Nevi'im (Matthew 5.18), and that both would endure as long as the physical universe is maintained (Matthew 5.18); Revelation 1.1; 21.8 says that those who violate the Torah are punished by suffering in the hereafter. The Gospel accounts report that this was not just lip-service, as Eashoa (Jesus) kept Shabbat (Luke 4.16) and the Jewish Holy Days like Sukkot (John 7.2; 7.10; 7.37) and even Chanukah (John 10.22). The most well-known Jewish festival he kept was Pesach. We read proofs of this in his instructions to “keep the Passover” (Matthew 26.18), which is the equivalent of “eat the Passover” (Mark 14.14), which we are told he did (Matthew 26.21; Mark 14.1).
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