Monthly Archives: October 2007

Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 6

Thus far in this series, we’ve addressed evidence in the Torah that not all Torah commands apply directly to non-Jews. This is the official position of Judaism and the emerging position of Messianic Judaism. As has been observed in comments … Continue reading

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50,000 Views in 10 1/2 Months!

Theology blogs just aren’t the most popular. Theology blogs by writers who are lesser known are even less popular. Many thanks to those of you out there who care enough about theology and Messianic Judaism to check in regularly. On … Continue reading

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Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 5

In this continuing series, we are examining evidences that God never intended for non-Jews to keep all of Torah. I respect the heartfelt longing for Torah that many in the One Law or Torah revival movements feel (these are movements … Continue reading

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Coming Later Today

I know many of you check here daily or several times a week for new content. Thanks for faithfully reading. I will have a new post later today about Deuteronomy 14:21 and its bearing on the Gentiles in Messianic Judaism … Continue reading

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What are Non-Jews to Do?

Lamar wrote and asked what someone like himself is to do in the light of the reality of distinction between Jew and Gentile. If Torah is not directly binding on non-Jews, what to do? I am mindful that many non-Jews … Continue reading

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With All Due Respect to Simple Jew

Simple Jew is a friend. I appreciate his perspective. I get unique insights from his perspective. But I cannot agree with him in full. And now, I am going to briefly challenge some of his positions. First, I need to … Continue reading

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Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 4

We’re in a series about non-Jews and Torah. At least one reader asks why I am not discussing Jews in MJ at the moment. Well, that is an important topic. As it happens, non-Jews in MJ is also an important … Continue reading

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Responding to Dan

I’ve no idea who Dan is, since he’s not using his full name. His comments are strong, you might even say rude. Well, a little shock value is good for blogging numbers anyway, so it’s not that I mind exactly. … Continue reading

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On Long Comments

Note to everybody: Please keep comments shorter. If you write them on a word processor first, consider 700 words to be max. The thing is, if your comments are too long, people might not read them. My blog might get … Continue reading

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Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 3

Well, the dialogue is growing. I can tell from the number of readers I am getting that the relationship of Torah to non-Jews is a subject of interest. So much fuzzy thinking has been propagated on this topic, I don’t … Continue reading

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Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 2

This is a series investigating the relationship of Torah to Israel and to non-Jews. I am defending the unpopular view of Judaism, that Torah was given to Israel and certain commands in Torah are Jewish identity markers, not for non-Jews … Continue reading

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Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 1

I frequently find myself losing popularity rapidly whenever I broach the subject of non-Jews and their relation to Torah. I will not try to delineate here or summarize the many pseudo-Messianic movements out there that love Torah but think Israel … Continue reading

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The Truth About the Sacrifices

I spoke last night at a Christian Ladies’ Bible Study. I love speaking to Ladies’ Bible Study groups. I get to speak in about 50 churches a year, which I also enjoy. But the commitment level of women who attend … Continue reading

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Torah and Tradition, Answering Criticism Pt. 5

Finally, we reach our last installment of answering the critical comments offered by Charles. It has been a lot of fun and, most of all, I hope it has helped people question cherished assumptions. Assumptions can be the greatest enemy … Continue reading

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Brief Interlude: Addressing Adam’s Critiques

In a recent comment, Adam said, “I beg to differ with you on this. The “very early tradition” was what we would call Saturday night worship, not Sunday worship. The Sunday morning worship services were from the influences of the … Continue reading

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Torah and Tradition, Answering Criticism Pt. 4

We’re continuing to discuss and critique one Christian’s critical comments about Messianic Judaism. As we get into the last four or five items on Charles’ list, I think his comments are more problematic. They are even a bit offensive. This … Continue reading

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Torah and Tradition, Answering Criticism Pt. 3

I have been having great fun answering some well-worded critical questions brought by Charles, a Christian who inclines towards Israel but who has been disillusioned by some anti-church, immature voices calling themselves Messianic Jewish. In this part of the series, … Continue reading

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Great Reading on Nature of Biblical Texts

Ben Witherington is another one of my favorite New Testament scholars, though he, like my other favorite, N.T. Wright, just doesn’t get it when it come to Israel and the Torah. Nonetheless, I buy his commentaries with alarming regularity. Friday, … Continue reading

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Torah and Tradition, Answering Criticism Pt. 2

I began yesterday answering the critical comments offered by Charles, a Pentecostal Christian who just can’t see why Torah and tradition should be emphasized in Messianic Judaism. Today, in Part 2, I will address four of the points on Charles’ … Continue reading

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Torah and Tradition, Answering Criticism Pt. 1

Shalom, friends. In this post I will begin answering the comments made by Charles which you can read on the “About Derek Leman and His Blog” page here. I think Charles’ comment is worthy of reply because it is a … Continue reading

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Soaking up Sukkot

The Leman family has been camping since last Wedneaday for the holiday. I’ve eaten so much steak, I’m actually tired of it. I’m ready to get back to normal, boring food (don’t you love a bragger?). Anyway, starting Thursday, I … Continue reading

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