Monthly Archives: February 2007

The Jesus-Tomb Deception

Right now there is a deception going on that will fool millions. I teach English as a Second Language and my Japanese and Korean students had heard on CNN that the tomb of Jesus had been found. What are average … Continue reading

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Standing in the Pouring Rain

If you are not a follower of Yeshua, in a way I hope you read this and in a way I hope you don’t. I hope you read it because — against all hope — I hope to communicate something … Continue reading

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Messiah Yeshua, Part 2

Last time we talked about Reality A and Reality B, the reality of separation from God and the reality of Israel’s future union with God. The reality of separation is Israel standing outside the tent sanctuary while God’s presence, not … Continue reading

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Messiah Yeshua, Part 1

Luke 24:27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. I won’t presume the be able to recover the scriptural outline of Yeshua’s famous talk on the … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 11:22 — A Shabbat Meditation

May God bless your Shabbat. To my non-Jewish readers, may your worship this weekend be blessed as well. My devotional thought for the weekend is from Deuteronomy 11:22: For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Church-Bashing

A reader commented recently: I fear, though, that you’re shutting most out by “the Church has it wrong” rhetoric. I am sensitive to comments like that. I know sometimes I am guilty of using negative rhetoric to make a point … Continue reading

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A Jewish Writer’s Unflattering View of Christianity

I have been reviewing Duties of the Soul, edited by Niles Goldstein and Peter Knobels. In the second chapter of the book, Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf makes two comments that amount to what I consider an unflattering, but too often … Continue reading

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Jewish Renewal: A Book Review in Parts, #4

The topic du jour is discovering the commandments and a Jewish view of Christian theology that is not flattering. This is the fourth in a series on Duties of the Soul edited by Niles Goldstein and Peter Knobels. It is … Continue reading

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Jewish Renewal: A Book Review in Parts, #3

This is part 3 of a review of Duties of the Soul, edited by Niles Goldstein and Peter Knobels. In Part 2 I summarized (following the first chapter of the book) part of the history of Reform Judaism. We saw … Continue reading

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Is Dispensationalism Liberal?

Okay, forgive the sensationalist title. But it got you to look, didn’t it? My short answer is no, dispensationalists love the Bible and are famously conservative. But in an ironic way, their position on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) agrees … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Psalm 23

I’ve been more blessed than I can describe by Psalm 23 for the past month. I didn’t set out on a program to repeat Psalm 23 numerous times each day or to think about it first thing in the morning … Continue reading

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Jewish Renewal: A Book Review in Parts, #2

This is part 2 of a review of Niles Goldstein and Peter Knobel’s Duties of the Soul, which you can get here. As I said yesterday, this is a book review that should have interest for Christian, Jewish, and Messianic … Continue reading

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Jewish Renewal: A Book Review in Parts, #1

I am reading a book for an upcoming class in Messianic Jewish Spirituality (an ironic title since Jewish life expresses the reality of the physical and avoids separating the spirit from the body). The book is called Duties of the … Continue reading

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Messianic Jewish Identity

While taking a shower (TMI, I know) I had a thought. I hope it is as interesting on the blog as it seemed in the aroma of Irish Spring Aloe Deodorant soap and hot steam. I was thinking about Messianic … Continue reading

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Musings on Levine, Pt. 8

I am almost finished with Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew (get it here). It seems that her main purpose in writing is to encourage interfaith dialogue. I think interfaith discussions between Jews and Christians in academia can have value. I … Continue reading

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Subdividing the Law: Moral, Civil, Ceremonial?

I’ve been studying the Parasha (portion of scripture) for this week, which is called Mishpatim (“Judgments” or “Ordinances”) and is from Exodus 21:1 – 24:18. As I studied, an issue came to my mind that I have discussed scores of … Continue reading

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Gnosticism and Canonical Narrative

Just a brief thought from R. Kendall Soulen this morning. We have talked in the past about the SCN (Standard Canonical Narrative) or the way the Bible is typically read as a unified story. Typically the story of the Bible … Continue reading

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A Sabbath Meditation

If you are Jewish or Messianic, I do hope you have your table set with the finest white cloth and that you are prepared to sanctify this seventh day as holy. Here is a brief Sabbath meditation taken from Rebbe … Continue reading

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Pt. 2: What is a good way to say it?

Back on January 31 (it seems so long ago) I posted an article called, “What is a good way to say it?” (Read it here). Reader Sean Morris raised a brilliant question to further the discussion. He said: By us … Continue reading

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Why Bob Dylan Probably Wouldn’t Attend a Messianic Congregation

Just read a fascinating blog entry over at ffoz.org by Toby Janicki (http://ffoz.org/blogs/2007/02/bob_dylan_a_messianic_jew.html). First, a word about FFOZ (First Fruits of Zion). This is a Hebrew roots organization whose vision differs somewhat from the UMJC (what I see as normative … Continue reading

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Musings on Levine, Pt. 7

This is the seventh part in a series of posts about Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew, by HarperSanFrancisco. Levine is an Orthodox Jewish New Testament scholar. In her fifth chapter, Levine takes on various radical liberal theologies, such as liberation … Continue reading

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Passover, Last Supper, and the Calendar, Pt. 4

This is part 4 in a series of posts explaining the timing of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion in relation to the calendar. Last time I explained about the khagigah, the festival sacrifice for Passover which happens on the … Continue reading

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Passover, Last Supper, and the Calendar, Pt. 3

This is the third part of a series on the timing of the Last Supper and the crucifixion in relation to Passover. You need to scroll down and read Part 1&2 to follow the discussion. This time I promised to … Continue reading

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Passover, Last Supper, and the Calendar, Pt. 2

This is the second installment in a series about the timing of the Last Supper and the crucifixion. It won’t make much sense unless you scroll down and read part 1. Last time, I shared with you a problem of … Continue reading

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Musings on Levine, Pt. 6

This is the sixth in a series of posts on Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew, HarperSanFrancisco, 2006. Well, I must say I like the fourth chapter much better than the third. She takes on mainly liberal (but also conservative) Christian … Continue reading

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