Monthly Archives: February 2009

Myth: Pro-Jewish but Anti-Judaism

I wrote the following several years ago at the very last meeting I attended at a certain annual conference of Christian missions to the Jewish people. There are still many high-quality people in the organization in spite of the way … Continue reading

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Martians and the Myth of Tradition-Less Religion

From several quarters I have felt the press of this issue in the past few days. A commenter on Messianic Jewish Musings said that a certain piece of Jewish tradition was “a violation of the commandment not to add to … Continue reading

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What Can MJ Learn from Taoism?

My friend and colleague at MJTI, Sean Emslie, is back into blogging and has a nice meditation on a saying from Taoism and its wisdom for Messianic Judaism today. This is a good word for the building of Messianic Judaism … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 1

So, you want to celebrate Passover in a traditional way. You pick up a Haggadah, a Passover manual, and you think it will be simple. Passover is a ritual meal with a few symbolic foods and the story from Exodus, … Continue reading

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Is the Passover a Late Biblical Invention?

No Biblical festival has quite the cultural legacy and rich complexity of Passover. It is a holiday of interest to Jews and Christians and through the Exodus story and the narrative of the Passion of Jesus, Passover has a cultural … Continue reading

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Revelation 5: Love Preceding Judgment

I continue a series at my congregation on the book of Revelation. It is a book that demands of its readers a prior knowledge of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah. And now, in my forties, it means more to me than … Continue reading

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Review: The Commentators’ Bible: Exodus

The Commentators’ Bible: Exodus by Michael Carasik, 2005, Jewish Publication Society. This book is so beautifully bound and laid out, not to mention well-edited and conceived, that I would count it a tragedy if the other four volumes never make … Continue reading

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