Monthly Archives: July 2008

Ebionites, Messianic Jews, Identity, and Commitment

Here is how I took last week’s exploration of the identity of the Ebionites and turned it into a sermon for a mixed community of Jews and non-Jews. I know this is long, but if you care about Messianic Judaism, … Continue reading

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A Blogger Responds From His POV

A blogger from a POV slightly different from mine responds to Jackie Walker’s article from yesterday about Messianic prisoners being denied Kosher meals in prison. Check it out here. So, what do you think?

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Guest Post: Kosher Meals Denied to Messianic Prisoners

Jews in Prison Denied Kosher Meals Following is a post from guest blogger, Jackie Walker. Visit her Web site at http://www.religiontranscends.com. And watch for an upcoming post on her site from Rabbi Derek Leman. Messianic Jews at the Richland Correctional … Continue reading

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Ebionites: Heretics or Messianic Jews?

We’ve been learning a little bit about the Ebionites courtesy of Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik’s book Jewish Believers in Jesus, and specifically Skarsaune’s chapter on the Ebionites. Just who were these Jewish believers? What did they believe and why? … Continue reading

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Ebionites, Humble Believers

Just who were the Ebionites, that pseudo-mythical sect of Jewish followers of Jesus from the early centuries of Christendom? Norwegian scholar Oskar Skarsaune brings together recent scholarship and sound reasoning to get at a more accurate picture of these Torah-practicing … Continue reading

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Ebionites, Jewish Believers, Typical Confusion

Church history is not my field and while I may have read more about it than the average person, I make no claim to be well-read in these areas. In fact, I can see that I need to do more … Continue reading

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Israel’s Story in the Bible

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book, called “Israel as the Vessel.” …………………………… Get THE WORLD TO COME here. To properly understand that Bible‚Äôs story, the canonical narrative, it is vital to realize something from the … Continue reading

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Israel Uploads Video to YouTube: Truth About Kuntar

According to today’s Jerusalem Post, the following video was uploaded to YouTube by the Israeli government in response to the crowds in Lebanon cheering the release of mass-murderer Samir Kuntar yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS6NyrexKlk

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Did CNN Make Improvements to this Story?

Maybe I am crazy, but when a thoughtful reader emailed to tell me I was wrong, I looked again at the CNN story about the Israeli-Hizbullah prisoner swap. The story now rightfully labels Samir Kuntar a murderer and not a … Continue reading

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CNN’s Irresponsible Reporting: Goldwasser and Regev

I do not regularly read CNN.com and I don’t watch cable at all. So I make no claim to be a monitor or to know CNN’s record in reporting from long experience. But I decided to check CNN’s reporting of … Continue reading

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Arab-Muslim Brutality and the Murder of Regev and Goldwasser

The difference between Israel and her Muslim neighbors is starkly revealed yet again today in Israel. The Israeli government agreed to a foolish prisoner swap as they have done many times before, releasing mass murderer Samir Kuntar to the Hizbullah … Continue reading

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Amy-Jill Levine Speaks Up for Messianic Jews

This article appeared in the July 14 web page for The Australian Jewish News (ajn.com.au), see article in original setting here. Many thanks to a reader, Glenn, who pointed me to the article. Amy-Jill Levine is a professor at Vanderbilt. … Continue reading

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Reflections on the World to Come

People who know me and hear my schtick on a regular basis probably tire of hearing them, but there are several rabbinic sayings about the World to Come that I repeat often because I find them foundational: This world is … Continue reading

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Peter: Anti-Torah?

The idea has been mentioned by a Christian commenting to a recent post that Peter, in Acts 15:10-11 was affirming that Jewish obligation to the Torah of Moses had come to an end. The following is an attempt to test … Continue reading

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Christian Missions to the Jews and Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism

So far I have not drawn any comments about PMJ from the Messianic Jews out there who read this blog. I listed twelve implications of Mark Kinzer’s book Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism and, thus far, only Christians who reject the obligation … Continue reading

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Video Chat with Derek Leman, July 14 and 18

Threads, the publishers of my recent book, Feast, are staging a Virtual Coffee Break on oovoo.com the week of July 14. You can sign up to chat with me on video July 14 from 12-2 Eastern Standard Time or July … Continue reading

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Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism, 3 Yrs Later

As a Messianic author, I mean no disrespect to any other author when I say that thus far in our movement, we have had only one truly academic book published about Messianic Judaism. It is the 2005 volume Post-Missionary Messianic … Continue reading

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Notes in Impurity/Uncleanness

I decided to wait on the posts about “Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism, Three Years Later” until Sunday or Monday. No point opening up such an important topic when everybody is partying and not in a theology frame of mind. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Essential Books: Messianic Judaism, Israel, and Christianity

There are several books I consider must-haves for those who want to get into the theology of Messianic Judaism, Israel, and Christianity. Of course it is important to have books on Biblical studies and Biblical commentary. It is important to … Continue reading

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Seven Developments in Resurrection From Judaism to Yeshua

I have said many times that my favorite New Testament scholar, by far, is N.T. Wright. And this is despite the fact that I find his view on Israel and Jewish people sadly deficient. He is a conundrum on this … Continue reading

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