Monthly Archives: January 2008

Great Hope for Messianic Judaism’s Future

The final night of the 2008 Hashivenu Forum in Pasadena, California, (see hashivenu.org) was a banquet honoring a man and celebrating the future of Messianic Judaism. What man would we choose to honor and why? There is a man who … Continue reading

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Still More Live Blogging From Hashivenu: Something to Rally Around

I’m in Los Angeles with a lot of leaders and potential leaders in Messianic Judaism at a forum called Hashivenu (hashivenu.org). These are Messianic Jews serious about building a Judaism. Today’s discussion has been the most exciting yet . . … Continue reading

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More Live Blogging from Hashivenu: MJ at the Margins

I’m still in Los Angeles at the 2008 Hashivenu Forum, a forum on theology and matters of Jewish practice. We are members of the Messianic Jewish Community discussing how to build a new Judaism centered around Messiah Yeshua . . … Continue reading

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Live Blogging from Hashivenu: Praying the Siddur in Yeshua

Hashivenu is a forum for Messianic Jews who see Messianic Judaism as a Judaism (as opposed to a cosmetically altered version of Christianity). The forum gathers annually in Pasadena to reflect on a major topic each year. This year, we … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation: Almsgiving

I hope you are preparing a beautiful table, as we are at the Leman house. We are laying ours with a burgundy table cloth tonight and using our Jerusalem candlesticks. The few moments you take to make your Sabbath meal … Continue reading

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Faith, Hope, and Love

What is it that really enables a person to live, to keep going on with some reasonable promise of meaning and value? Why put one foot in front of the other one more time when a thousand steps in the … Continue reading

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Talmud 101.1

Yesterday I posted a few notes about the Mishnah and Talmud, explaining a little of their pre-history and background for beginners (I’m pretty much a beginner myself, since my learning to this point has been mostly just topics from Talmud … Continue reading

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You Never Know What You Will Find…

I just visited my local Christian bookstore. It has been a while since I’ve been in. You never know what you will find. I just bought something fantastic. It is an audio Bible, but with something I’ve never seen before. … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright’s Blind Spot

Just a short thought here . . . As regular readers know, I am a major fan of N.T. Wright. I think his historical reconstruction of Second Temple Judaism is as good as or better than any major New Testament … Continue reading

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Talmud 101 From a Beginner

I am not by any means a teacher of Talmud. My reading of Talmud has been like the sort of casual reading some people give the Bible (and I am critical of them for doing it). I read about a … Continue reading

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UMJC Midyear Meeting, January 15

Okay, nothing controversial to report (I’m glad to say). In fact, we didn’t even really have an agenda on this first night of the rabbi’s conference of the UMJC (umjc.net). But I have two positive things to tell you about. … Continue reading

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Live Blogging Coming to You from the UMJC Mid-Year Meeting

Shalom all: I am flying out for San Antonio, Texas this morning where I will be at the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, umjc.net) mid-year meeting. This is a meeting for congregational leaders and wives to enjoy some community … Continue reading

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A Question of Passover Practice

The following are some notes I wrote for myself concerning an issue that divides people at Passover time. What is the issue? Whether or not to eat rice, beans, corn, and so on. Sephardic custom allows these and Ashkenazi does … Continue reading

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Two Cool Blogs to Check Out

I just found out about two blogs I somehow have missed out on all this time. Both are by a friend, Rabbi Michael Schiffman, from Connecticut. Anyway, they are added to the blogroll now. If you want to check them … Continue reading

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Capernaum and Faith

Luke 4:31-44 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man … Continue reading

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Messianic Judaism is Like a Box of Chocolates

Forrest Gump had it right. You never know what you’re going to get. Messianic Judaism is nothing more than a name and it’s a name applied to many kinds of groups with radically different agendas. To me, Messianic Judaism should … Continue reading

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Apocryphal Reading List

This is just a quick list of some past posts from “Messianic Musings” about the Apocrypha. I will be posting more soon about the Wisdom of Solomon. These books are a fascinating way to understand developing Jewish thought leading up … Continue reading

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What did John Mean?

I recently had to think through the whole issue of John 1:1. It’s one of the most familiar passages in the New Testament. Yet I think some of the subtlety of it has been lost on most readers. I think … Continue reading

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Apocryphal Wisdom

I remember when I was studying biblical literature as an undergraduate in Chicago. The professor at my Protestant, dispensationalist school said that the books of the Apocrypha were good for reading but not suitable to belong in the canon of … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 30 and Supersessionism

Supersessionism is also called replacement theology. It is the idea that Israel failed and Jesus intended to replace Israel with a new people. There are many forms of supersessionism. I highly recommend R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and … Continue reading

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