Monthly Archives: October 2008

King David: Oldest Hebrew Inscription Found in Israel

There is a debate in the world of archaeology and history of ancient Israel. Some people suggest that ancient Israel never existed, with some even saying there never was a first temple. One of the famous voices is Israel Finkelstein … Continue reading

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Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide, God

My posts are usually about the Bible, Messianic Judaism, Second Temple Jewish Literature, theology, Israel, and so on. And in some ways this is a theological topic. But I thought I would muse on some fiction reading I am doing … Continue reading

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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: A Survey

I’m studying and teaching about Revelation at the congregation. And before you can understand something, it is good to know what it is. Revelation is an apocalypse, a kind of Jewish writing found in the Second Temple period and a … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 2

In this second part, I want to tease the issue of the Jewish community today in the plan of God. We will come back to that issue in a future post in this series. Meanwhile, I will define and set … Continue reading

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The Remnant of Israel, Part 1

This weekend, I preached a sermon on the remnant theme in the Bible. No, don’t worry, I will not be posting that sermon here on Messianic Jewish Musings. I try to post sermons only occasionally. Rather, I’d like to make … Continue reading

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FFOZ and Messianic Judaism

There are many organizations connected in some way or another to Messianic Judaism and various expressions of Torah and Hebrew roots from a Christian perspective. There are several important areas of diversity in the phenomenon widely known as Messianic Judaism. … Continue reading

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Olives, Violence, and Settlers

Loving Israel sometimes means denouncing Jewish extremists. I have a basic sympathy with the aim of settlers in Israel who want to see all of Israel belong to the Jewish people (though I would add that non-Jews who own land … Continue reading

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Sensational and Shallow

I listened yesterday to a message by a well-known pastor of a mega-church who has been and is in the highest places in his Christian denomination. Speaking to a conference crowd, this preacher must have felt the pressure to wow … Continue reading

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Sukkot, Nehemiah, and Being Outdoors

Today was the last regular day of Sukkot (Tabernacles or Booths). We took down our tent and our Sukkah (booth) and came home. Now, I have tons to do before sundown when Shemini Atzeret starts, the 8th day, which is … Continue reading

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Messianic Texts in the Hebrew Bible

We’re busy camping and living the joy of the feast of Sukkot right now with other families from our congregation. But in the interest of serving my regular readers, I like to try to keep the posts coming even when … Continue reading

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Re-Reading Ephesians 1

It’s Sukkot (Tabernacles) right now and several of our families are camping together and enjoying long evenings in our decorated Sukkah (booth) with Christmas lights (just the tasteful white ones), Tiki torches, and a roaring campfire. Every year we read … Continue reading

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Moses and Paul: Israel’s Downs and Ups

Ha’azinu is a Hebrew word meaning, “Give ear.” It is the first word of Deuteronomy 32. Deuteronomy 32 begins with the call for us to give ear because it is essentially the final word of the Torah. It is the … Continue reading

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Introduction to Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)

This is a confusing holiday, since most English Bibles call it the Feast of Booths. Yet it is more popularly known as Tabernacles. In Hebrew it is Sukkot (soo-KOAT), or as Ashkenazi Jews refer to it Sukkas (SUH-kuss). It is … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur, Atonement, and Messiah

The following sermon is heavily influenced by Scot McKnight’s book, A Community Called Atonement. It seemed good to me to explore what atonement is really about on this Day of Atonement. …………………………….. Atonement. It’s a word coined in middle English … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: The Mystery of Kol Nidre

Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown October 8, begins at synagogue in the early evening with Kol Nidre (”all vows”). Kol Nidre is a haunting melody. You can hear an excerpt from it here from Neil Diamond’s Jazz Singer album. … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur, Atonement, and the Cross

Atonement is not really a biblical word. It is a middle English coined phrase (being at one with God or at-one-ment). The biblical word is more like cleansing or wiping away, as in the blood wiping away the pollution of … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shuvah: Three Portraits of Grace and Repentance

Shabbat Shuvah means the Sabbath of Repentance or Return. It is the Sabbath between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. It is this Sabbath, October 4, 2008. The following are notes from part of our synagogue’s Torah study for this weekend… … Continue reading

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Welcome Words About Stephen Sizer’s Anti-Pro-Semitism

Books and Culture is a publication of Christianity Today magazine and features some of the best Christian thought out there on literature and world events. I find Christianity Today and Books and Culture to often be left of my own … Continue reading

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