Monthly Archives: March 2009

Live Beginner’s Hebrew Class April 14

A friend is leading an online class for 45 minutes and for only $5 on April 14. I am giving a online class for $5 from Currclick.com- April 14, 4:30pm central time/ 5:30 Eastern. Folks will have read dozens of … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 5

This is the first new installment in this series since March 17 (sorry). Still, at least 50% of my posts since then have all been about the Haggadah. It’s just that I should finish what I started. In parts 3 … Continue reading

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The Rabbis of the Passover Haggadah

It is a curious fact that many of the stories in the Passover Haggadah are not from ancient Israel and not from the time of Israel’s exodus and wilderness wandering. Many are from the second century and the emerging Judaism … Continue reading

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Reading Revelation

I’ve been teaching Revelation at my congregation since the beginning of the year. We skipped over chapters 2 and 3 because a few years ago I did a long series on them. I have been presenting with Keynote slide shows. … Continue reading

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Passover and Yeshua’s Crucifixion

When I first began seeking sources, people and articles and books, on the Jewish background of Yeshua’s life, I ran into numerous articles and conversations to the effect that Good Friday is a myth. Looking back now, I realize the … Continue reading

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Shabbat as a Spiritual Discipline

There is an old formula about the Sabbath (Shabbat) that comes from the two primary commands of the scriptures about it: remember it (Exod. 20:8) and keep it (Exod. 31:14). We keep it or observe it on Shabbat and we … Continue reading

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A Passover Poem (Reprint)

Last year, I posted a poem I wrote about Passover. The poem considers the Passover story from the point of view of the women, coping with death and life and the journey. It is analogous to Deborah’s song in Judges … Continue reading

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A Quote I Like About the Mystery of the Passover Haggadah

Today I did an internet search for a rare 1942 Haggadah with an introduction by Louis Finkelstein (1895-1991) who is regarded as the leading light in the development of Conservative Judaism in America. I had read about his introduction in … Continue reading

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Affordable, Practical Ebooks for Learning to Read Hebrew

How important is it to learn to read the Bible in its original languages? Maybe you think it is beyond you. I assure you, it is not. All you need is the desire and enough discipline to have a little … Continue reading

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Plotzing Along, Trashing the Bible

Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible Author: David Plotz. Harper, 2009. David Plotz is the editor at slate.com and there is much to appreciate about … Continue reading

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Revelation 7, Israel, the Church, and Tabernacles

Last week I lamented the unfortunate conclusions Grant Osborne came to in his otherwise excellent commentary on Revelation. Like many other commentators, he reads Israel out of Revelation. Israel shows up in Revelation in four places: chapters 7, 11, 12, … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah, Part 4

This is a continuation from Part 3 about understanding the Maggid section of the Haggadah. The Laban the Aramean Section This is one of the most difficult sections of the Haggadah to understand. And the difficulty most readers have interpreting … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah, Part 3

In “Understanding the Passover Haggadah, Part 1,” I explained a few confusing elements of the Haggadah, such as the fact that it is more about Deuteronomy 26:5-10 than the Exodus narrative. This insight alone gets us a long way toward … Continue reading

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Kings, Bad Reading, Good Reading

I have recently returned to my first love in terms of theology and Biblical studies. That is, I decided to return to me former specialization in Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament). It was my concentration in undergraduate … Continue reading

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Revelation’s 144,000 and Grant Osborne’s Commentary

I have been reading with profit Grant Osborne’s commentary on Revelation in the Baker Exegetical series. I have worked my way through four commentaries on Revelation and like this one the best overall. And in spite of what I am … Continue reading

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Passover and the Last Supper, Part 3

What are we to make of the seeming contradiction between the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and the Fourth Gospel regarding the nature of the Last Supper and the timing of Yeshua’s crucifixion? The synoptics clearly regard the Last Supper … Continue reading

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Passover and the Last Supper, Part 2

Having concluded that the synoptics clearly and without equivocation represent the Last Supper as a Passover Seder, we turn our attention to the Passion narrative in John. If it were not for John’s account there would be no debate and … Continue reading

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Passover and the Last Supper, Part 1

This is the time of year that I think mostly about Passover. I study the Haggadah, its history of development and the meaning of its parts, and prepare to lead a Seder in my home and then one for my … Continue reading

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Purim: The Hidden Miracle

Purim is almost here, the holiday commemorating the story of Esther, Mordecai, King Ahasuerus (Xerxes), and that hatable villain, Haman. In 2009 the commemoration begins at dawn on Monday, March 9, with a fast from dawn until dusk. In the … Continue reading

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The Truth About Divine Judgment

They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their … Continue reading

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Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 2

If you haven’t already, I recommend you read “Understanding the Passover Haggadah: Part 1.” …………………………………………. So you want to lead a Passover Seder and you get your Haggadah out and it’s all Greek to you (okay, actually Hebrew). It’s long. … Continue reading

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A Church Tests Its Compassion

A pastor disguised himself as a homeless drunk to test his church’s compassion. Very cool: http://www.kltv.com/global/story.asp?s=9849830

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Tradition: A Fictional Dialogue

The following dialogue is a sort of response to Geoff Robinson, who commented on my last blog post about the myth of being pro-Jewish while remaining anti-Judaism: You are confusing ordained means with something good in and of itself. Islam … Continue reading

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