Monthly Archives: December 2007

Why Messianic Judaism?

I made a new friend this week and a conversation I had with her brought this topic to my mind. I’m thinking about explaining the rationale behind Messianic Judaism from several points of view. If you are Jewish and you … Continue reading

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The Days of Messiah

This is a little tidbit from my upcoming book, The World to Come (title tentative, due out March 2008 by Messianic Jewish Publishers at http://www.messianicjewish.net). Basically this is very little of my writing, but is a summary of a wonderful … Continue reading

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A Change at Messianic Jewish Musings

Shalom all: I wish I could say I know all of you. Most of you I probably have never met. I thank you for taking some of your time to read the posts here at Messianic Jewish Musings. I am … Continue reading

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A Guide for Jews: Finding a Messianic Synagogue

Much has been said on this blog and elsewhere about the confusing landscape of Messianic Judaism in its many forms. A wide variety of groups use the title Messianic Judaism. Some are quite weird, even disturbing. The majority are somewhere … Continue reading

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The Non-Normative Experiences of a Marginal Messianic Leader

Something Yaakov said got me thinking: That being said… you did not in fact respond to all I discussed, namely the structural, organizational and MAJOR leadership chasm which exists in MJ – why is this? It seems noone in a … Continue reading

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Matthew 1 and the Paradox of Incarnation

This is a piece I wrote some time ago, but it seemed fitting with our Christian friends thinking of the birth of Messiah this week. Now the birth of Yeshua the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother … Continue reading

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Fantasy vs. Reality: Luther’s Struggle vs. What Judaism Actually Believed, Part 2

Last time I introduced the idea that Luther misread his Bible. He thought he saw in the Judaism of Paul’s day a reflection of ideas from his own time. He thought of 2nd Temple Jews as legalistic Catholics from his … Continue reading

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Fantasy vs. Reality: Luther’s Struggle vs. What Judaism Actually Believed

One of the great errors and misunderstandings the typical Christian reader, including pastors, have of Paul’s writings is an error that has passed down since the time of Luther. Luther found in Paul’s writings an echo of his own theological … Continue reading

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Post-Israel Experience Musings

I’m listening to “Streets of Jerusalem,” by the Moshav Band as I write this. I can identify with the singer’s melancholy. He writes of having to leave his home in Jerusalem to come to America. Jerusalem may not be my … Continue reading

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Live From Israel #4

“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill, may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,” said the psalmist in 137. I’m sitting at the South Wall excavation area near the temple mount … Continue reading

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Live From Israel #3

Today we are in Nazareth, a city of Arab Christians. Nazareth is crowded and dirty. It is unappealing. The traditional sites are uninteresting to me because nothing of Yeshua’s time remains. Some of the Christians here have put together a … Continue reading

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Live From Israel #2

I’m standing in the church built with a glass floor over an ancient house in Capernaum. The house was re-used as a fifth century church. Graffiti was found here, a Christian fish symbol. From early on this was thought to … Continue reading

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Live From Israel

Sitting here in the Roman theater at Caesarea, I am thinking of all the history here. Herod built this harbor using divers to sink large stones. Peter came here to find Cornelius to bring the news of Yeshua to him. … Continue reading

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