Studies on Prayer
This teaching examines the Beatitudes, which are based on a special daily prayer called the "Ashrei," from Psalm 145. Dr. Dye explains how Ashrei, or "praiseworthy," is revealed in the first word of Scripture, and she explains how this concept is woven throughout the Torah and the Psalms finding its ultimate fulfillment in the Beatitudes in the New Testament.
This series teaches about the early morning prayers and blessings. For example, the blessing, "upon arising," is really a rehearsal for the resurrection of the dead. The prayer "entering into the tents" speaks of the importance of coming into the presence of God each morning. Dr. Dye also examines the spiritual imagery of the tzitzit, the tallit and the tefillin in the life of the believer.
This series examines the many facets of the altar service in the Temple and specifically focuses on the burnt offering. Dr. Dye explains, in detail, the ancient altar ritual of the burnt offering and how this continues through the prayers in the Hebrew book of prayer. This series also uncovers the ancient customs surrounding the altar and their deep spiritual significance for us today.
Dinah discusses the first use of the word "prayer" found in the story of Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech, King of Gerar. She then connects prayer to the story of Jacob’s ladder to reveal that the sages connected the gate between heaven and earth with the location of the ladder, which was the altar. She further examines the community of Israel in the context of prayer by explaining the meaning of the Temple as a "House of prayer for all nations."
This is an in depth teaching on the Hebrew prayer service. It begins by tracing the development of prayer from Israel’s time in Babylon to present day. It examines how the prayers became the substitute for the offerings in the Temple. The series also examines the role of Ezra and the Men of the Great Assembly in the development of the various prayers that are still recited today. Finally, the series discusses the importance of the specific prayer times and connects those times to a number of examples in the New Testament.
In this series, Dr. Dye explains the richness and relevance of the Hebrew prayer service and shows where many references to the prayers appear in the New Testament. The prayers, she maintains, are as relevant today as they were in the time of Yeshua. This teaching covers the entire Morning Prayer Service, in detail, with a focus on personal application.