by Rev. Ellen Jennings
Does anyone know how many commandments there are in the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament?
613! Yes, 613 mitzvot, or commandments.
Which is important to know if we really want to understand the power of Jesus’ answer to the scribe’s question in today’s reading from the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is asked by one of these teachers of the law, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” And Jesus, who, as a young Jewish