Monthly Archives: August 2008

Jews, Gentiles, and MJ: Whaddya Think?

I find myself repeatedly in conversation with non-Jews about Messianic Judaism. Many in particular want to ask my opinion because they know I am not Jewish, but that I am converting. In this post, I will simply raise a few … Continue reading

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Messianic Jewish Musings Wordle

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Messianic Judaism: Values

Now for something a little different . . . At Tikvat David, we are in a series about our values and vision. As I see it, we have three meta-values in Messianic Judaism. They can be seen to spring from … Continue reading

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Bockmuehl: Jesus’ Jewishness and the Historical Quest

Many thanks for a friendly reader who emailed me after my post, “Musings on Some Academic Portrayals of Jesus,” to point me to a handful of scholars I should consider. In particular, I wanted to see some of the best … Continue reading

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Academic Theories about Yeshua

This is a list I am preparing for the first chapter of Messiah, a book I am working on for next year. I will add a few more examples by the time it is done. I would be glad to … Continue reading

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Is Israel Missing from Revelation? Pt. 2

Like last time, this is not an excerpt from my book, but I cover this material in chapter 6, “The Vision of John.” …………………………… As I said last time, it seems like the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) give us God’s … Continue reading

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Israel Missing From Revelation? Pt. 1

One of the topics I enjoyed thinking about as I wrote The World to Come is the presence or lack of presence of Israel in the book of Revelation. In this post, I outline the basic issue and in Part … Continue reading

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A Mastermind of Mideast Troubles

The Wall Street Journal has a great review of a new book about Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Hitler-loving Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 through the war for Israel’s independence, put in power by some very foolish Brits. al-Husseini is in … Continue reading

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McKnight’s A LIGHT AMONG THE GENTILES, Pt. 1

As part of my ongoing research for the book, Messiah, I am reading many portraits of Jesus by academic writers. If you didn’t already, see the post below, “Musings on Some Academic Portraits of Jesus” I’m working my way through … Continue reading

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Musings on Some Academic Portrayals of Jesus

I am working on an upcoming book, Messiah, and enjoying a great deal of reading and some re-reading of academic portraits of Jesus. I appreciate the wide variety of voices trying to get back to who Jesus was. I even … Continue reading

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POV’s on Yeshua in the Gospels

I’m working on my next book. I hope the publisher will agree to simply call it Messiah. The idea for the book came late last week as I sat with a new friend who is considering Yeshua. This new friend … Continue reading

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Yeshua: Self Aware? Pt. 2

Day before yesterday, I introduced the topic of Yeshua’s self-awareness. Did he know he was divine and Messiah his whole life? The following musings are not about proof, but they might be helpful. …………………………………………… Anne Rice, the famous author of … Continue reading

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From Scot McKnight’s Blog: Gentiles in the Age of Israel

I am a frequent reader of “Jesus Creed,” a blog by North Park University professor Scot McKnight. He is discussing Christopher Wright’s book, The Mission of God, at the moment. Today he brought up a good point. I include below … Continue reading

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Yeshua: Self-Aware?

Recently I was surprised to find a statement by one of my favorite New Testament scholars that I disapproved of. I mean it’s not as if I think this guy is perfect. I know a few things I would love … Continue reading

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Some Prayer Practices: Jewish and Christian

The following notes are for a class I am giving this Shabbat about personal or constant prayer. For a long time, I thought Judaism had no such tradition but was limited to liturgical prayer. I started my religious life in … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av begins Saturday (August 9) at sundown. I wrote a piece about it for Jackie Walker’s blog Religion Transcends.

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Son of Adam and Temptation

I was skimming through some theological themes from the gospels in a book by Darrell Bock (Jesus, According to Scripture) and I ran into an aha moment. Actually, I didn’t think much of it at the time because I was … Continue reading

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The Cycle of Study: Confusion First

This brief post may be something that is more a quirk of mine than a common experience any other reader will share. I don’t know how it is for others, but I have been through this pattern so many times … Continue reading

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Leen Ritmeyer Imagines Golgotha

Leen Ritmeyer is the leading expert on the architecture of the temple. I have enjoyed going to Jerusalem, walking the temple mount, and using his clues to find the original square temple mount from the time of Solomon. I have … Continue reading

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Eight Words for Wisdom

On a personal note, I’ve been out of action for the past three days with some family in town. I love blogging, but there are times when I just don’t have a lot of time to get to it. Yet … Continue reading

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(Messianic) Jewish Ethics 101

The following is an excerpt from some notes I am using for a class after synagogue tomorrow. I think this is a fascinating topic and I must say I am quite the fan of Rabbi Telushkin. If you have not … Continue reading

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