From one law—don’t work on the Sabbath—Jewish scholars created hundreds of laws to define work, so people would know what not to do on the “Sabbath day of complete rest,” (Exodus 32:15 NLT). No cooking, great for the ladies (cold meals planned ahead, like a picnic). No lighting a fire, bad news for a winter’s day when the pilot light goes out. Understanding Jesus, p. 145.
The unforgivable sin. Bible experts don’t agree on what it is. But most agree on this much: If you’re worried that you’ve committed it and there’s no way you can get forgiven, you didn’t commit it. “If we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away,” (1 John 1:9 CEV). Bible Snapshots, p. 213.
There were three groups of Jews in Jesus’ time, a bit like three denominations: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. Christian parallels: Pharisees/seminary Bible profs; Sadducees/pastors; Essenes/monks. Understanding Jesus, p. 214.