Monthly Archives: January 2009

Book Review: The Lost History of Christianity, Philip Jenkins

The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia — and How It Died by Philip Jenkins, 2008, HarperOne. This book could easily have been several things it is not: … Continue reading

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Archaeology, Amarna, and Doubt

I have been in Pasadena the last few days theologizing and schmoozing with fellow leaders in Messianic Judaism at the Hashivenu forum. My roommate, as always at conferences like this, is the inimitable Kirk Gliebe, Rabbi at Devar Emet in … Continue reading

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Reading the Bible as a Forward-Moving Conversation

There are so many ways people read the Bible. I met last night with a small group of Christians who love Israel and want to learn more about reading the Bible as a Jewish book. Issues about how we read … Continue reading

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Islam and Deceased Middle Eastern Christianity

Very soon I will be reviewing The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy this book. I was quite ignorant of many of his points about the history of Middle Eastern … Continue reading

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Dauermann on Jewishism vs. Judaism

My new job with MJTI is a bit of a blur at the moment. We are about to launch a web network that will have a tremendous amount of content. I am bringing together oodles of last-minute details to make … Continue reading

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Textuality

Written words on a page. Old leather bindings. The crinkle of paper turning. Reading sacred texts. Several experiences and observations in recent days bring this topic to mind. For one thing, I started teaching recently with a different style, using … Continue reading

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Is There Anything in the Bible for Me?

A non-Jewish friend recently asked if there is anything in the Bible for non-Jews. Having made a paradigm shift in reading the Bible and recognizing the centrality of Israel, it is actually possible to feel a sense of loss. Years … Continue reading

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Faith Amid Pluralism: A Parable Circa 800 C.E.

Very soon I will be reviewing Philip Jenkins’ The Lost History of Christianity. This is a wow book for anyone interested in: –Continuing Jewish influences on Christianity –The interplay between Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism in the East –Pluralism and faith … Continue reading

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Sometimes asking works . . .

So, I have had several books donated so far just by asking. Thanks to all of you generous friends. My amazon wish list is still there (see two posts below), although I now have a copy of Michael Fishbane’s Sacred … Continue reading

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Triads and Revelation 1:4-6

I get a little naches (joy) when I discover patterns or poetic structures in the Bible. I know that some commentaries find them too easily and I agree we need a little reticence when it comes to identifying such poetic … Continue reading

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Books, Books, and Books

I love books. Last night, meeting with the leaders of my synagogue, I was delighted to be able to tell them I managed not to overspend, but actually to underspend, my book budget for 2008. With money tight, I’m glad … Continue reading

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Book Review: Scot McKnight, the Blue Parakeet

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight, 2008, Zondervan. I like the Blue Parakeet and recommend it with one reservation (see below). I like this book because the metaphor is striking and memorable (I explain … Continue reading

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Apocalypses and the Apocalypse

I’m reading and rereading and teaching the book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse. It is easy to forget that this mysterious book, marking the end of the New Testament both in print and in chronology, fit right into … Continue reading

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Career Announcement and Other News

I am kvelling. That’s Yiddish for “bursting with joy.” Why am I kvelling? Because I have a job. It is good to be employed at any time, but even more so in this economy. I have known for some time … Continue reading

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Stuart Dauermann on the Good News in Ezekiel

I have a new job (see announcement above, “Career Shift and Other News”). My new responsibilities include overseeing publications for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (at this time, we have our old, simple site at mjti.org, but a new one … Continue reading

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Live Blogging #2: UMJC Rabbi’s Retreat

I guess it’s not exactly live blogging when you don’t have an internet connection in the conference room. But at least I can give you some on the scene notes from this meeting in beautiful Palm Springs, California. Our topic … Continue reading

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Live Blogging: UMJC Rabbi’s Rereat

I am in Palm Springs, California. Out the back window of my hotel room is the San Jacinto mountain range. An 8,500′ peak rises, blocking the horizon. I may have the chance to take a tram up the mountain this … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rabbi of 84th Street

The Rabbi of 84th Street, Warren Kozak New York: Harper Perennial, 2004. If you walk around New York much, you see them. Elderly rabbis from various Hasidic and other ultra-Orthodox communities go their way and you wonder, “What is their … Continue reading

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Dialoguing About Messiah’s Deity

I met a young man in Israel, though he is from another country. We shared a late night conversation in Jerusalem. It was a planned meeting because we knew each other from our respective blogs. This young man is a … Continue reading

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Messiah Article, You Comment

Once again, I am posting something I have prepared for a possible future study resource that I am in negotiations about. As with the Matthew 5:17 article I shared last week, this is one small part of a much larger … Continue reading

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