The Laws of Adoption in the Bible & The Ancient Near East

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Shalom Kulam: This Teaching is an intensive study on the Laws of Adoption and the Ancient near East in light of the Scriptures. I pray that you will get an better understanding of one of the main issues that is dividing the Hebrew Roots movement right now. Identity, is the main concern of every Hebrew roots person once they come out of Christianity and finding our place in the kingdom is become a topic of controversy and division with our congregations and organizations. Are we Israel, Gentile, Jews, that is the core of the issue,  I will present to you how Paul utilize legal terms used during the Ancient Near East and biblical language that uses the formulas of legal adoption. The formula is all over the scriptures but we have not being aware of these keys until the late 1800's in which the Nuzi Tablets, Amarna Text, Hittite Legal Codes alone with the Laws of Hammurabi were found. The discovery of these ancient documents gives us a greater understanding of the Political, Social, Religious world during the times of our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I pray that this study will challenge you and answers questions that we've had for years. As for me this perspective is really helped me know where I stand with Messiah, The Torah, And My King YHVH our heavenly Father.

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

44 thoughts on “The Laws of Adoption in the Bible & The Ancient Near East”

  1. It is very enlightening to me as Rico mentions the “Trial by Water.” I immediately thought of Witchduck, VA, which got its name from that very action. It is the area where witches were “tried” in Virginia. A woman accused of witchcraft was thrown into the river, and if she did not drown, then she was pronounced guilty and imprisoned or burned at the stake. However, if she drowned, she was declared innocent. Very interesting to see how this idea pervaded even the founding of this country.

  2. I got a question for you Rico. Where does the 2 house belief fall into the children of GOD. Where it states that what ever tribe the strangers live with that is where their inheritance lies.

  3. Very good teachings. Yet there is a point for discussion. Jesus/Yeshua was adopted by Joseph, as Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim & Manasseh, were adopted by Jacob. Luke 1:5 states Zachariah and Elizabeth were both of the line of Aaron. Verse 36 shows Elizabeth and Mary were cousins or aunt/niece. So that would make Mary of the line of Aaron, too. And it would make John the Baptist and Jesus/Yeshua cousins both of the Aaronic line. He held kingship to throne of David through his adoptive father, Joseph and claim to priesthood of Aaron through his mother. She came under tribe of husband, Judah, but also was first with child by Holy Spirit of God. So as Rico explains and elaborates more, with ancient laws of adoption, he was both son of man and Son of God to be KING of kings and LORD of lords.


  4. Shalom Rico and team,

    Wonderdful teaching, about a month ago I adopted my wife’s son using the biblical adoption covenant. I would like to do more research on this and why was wondering what are the resource you used for your research?

    Christopher McLaughlin

  5. An idea to consider is one given by 2 Orthodox; one was Rabbi Richmond’s wife. She stated that is thought by many that just like Essau and Jacob were twins; so were Leah and Rachel. Essau and Leah were bethrowed; and Jacob and Rachel were bethrowed. We see inthe text that Essau brags on how the Caanite wome were attrated to him, and latter he tells his father and mother, Isacc and Rebeca he’s going to marry Cananite ; well if that were true that’s big dishonor to Isaac as he paid bride price for Leah, so to protect issac’s name, Jacob has to marry both (maybe he didn’t know that) Jacob loved Rachel, wife of 1st position and is why Joacob’s firstborn is the son of the wife in 1st potion who was Joseph, Joseph being thought dead, is why Jacob was so protpective of Benjamine; he would have been next prince in waiting; if something happened to Benjamine; no heir and how would HaShem’s promise of a Great Nation happen. Maybe Laban ricked; or maybe when Laban said, “we marry the oldest first” is simply stating a law which for some reason Jacob didn’t know, Rebecca is quick to have him go to Laban and get a bride whi? Essau wants to kill him and if he does there’s no son to inherit and the family line dies. It could be Laban adopted as son; but I think you might look into more of a twin betrothal problem.

  6. May I put forth to the body this resource.
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    While there are more than a few ‘traditional-archeological’, ‘adjustments’, that need to be accounted for, I have found this resource… excellent, in it’s price, description and clarity. The topographical-maps are well worth the $30, alone.

    Centering on Israel as a controversial ‘trade-center’ of delegation to her neighbors, quickly covering, roughly 3500 years; this resource puts excellent maps in hand, while giving a simple outline and adding to historical understanding. It helps to put ‘the Land’ into a very tangible context.
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