Monthly Archives: April 2009

Needed Literature for Messianic Judaism: A Proposal

Imagine a publisher for Messianic Judaism where much of the content is available free for download or at low cost for print. Imagine a publisher of Yeshua-Centered materials for Jewish living. It’s an idea that has been forming in my … Continue reading

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Grace: Uses, Misuses, and the Bliss of the Real Thing

For years I have avoided using the perfectly good word grace. It’s not just a cliché in some religious circles, it’s also a catch-all for a thousand undefined and sketchy notions about why we are somehow excused in our laziness … Continue reading

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Shavuot (Pentecost): Basics and Beyond

As I write this, we are counting down the days to Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, or as it is known in the New Testament and other Greek writings: Pentecost. Tonight, after sundown, we counted the 19th day of the … Continue reading

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#3 in The Hebrew Bible Speaks: Introduction

Starting April 1, I began posting chapters for a book I am writing online. Perhaps when I have more material, I will create a site just for this book. Meanwhile know that the postings are not in order. This third … Continue reading

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Messianic Jewish Musings Featured on Jesus Creed

I am a regular reader of North Park University’s Scot McKnight’s blog: Jesus Creed. I am also a fan of many of Professor McKnight’s books (though we don’t see eye to eye on everything — but who does?). Anyway, it … Continue reading

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A Recent Comment and a Response to a Book Review

I got a comment from a reader named Jeff by email. He says: I enjoy your blog, and many of the books you review end up in my Amazon wish-list. Reading your blog has become a little expensive :-) That … Continue reading

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Is Your Messianic Judaism Too Small?

What is the future vision of your Messianic Judaism? I ask this because it seems to me that some people and groups I run across don’t have a very inspiring model for tomorrow. The Messianic Judaism that inspires me is … Continue reading

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Ancient Inscriptions Bearing on the Hebrew Bible

Epigraphy is not a word you toss out over a Starbucks. It’s one of those specialty words, a bit of academic jargon in Biblical studies and archaeology. It is the study of inscriptions (epigraphs), which means ancient writing usually on … Continue reading

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Hell in the New Testament

Part of my journey in the past five years has been re-assessing what I think I know about life, God, the Bible, and theology. It has been a particularly fruitful time, this half decade. Paradigms should be questioned and knowledge … Continue reading

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Textual Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

I have five loves in terms of study and scholarship: theology, rabbinics, New Testament, Second Temple Jewish literature, and Hebrew Bible studies. You might not know it from Messianic Jewish Musings, but my greatest area of competence is actually in … Continue reading

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Update to Omer Prayer Calendar

For any who are praying and have been following the prayer topics added by the UMJC for the Omer counting, I’ve posted the new week at tikvatdavid.com on the bottom of the home page.

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A.N. Wilson: Critic of Jesus, Now a Follower

Wow! I just saw this on Scot McKnight’s blog (a favorite hangout of mine). A.N. Wilson, British writer and formerly a fervent critic of Christianity and religion, and author of a book which dismisses Jesus, is not only a believer, … Continue reading

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Seventh Day of Passover: Happy Yom Tov!

And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do … Continue reading

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Sefer Ha-Aggadah, The Book of Legends

Imagine having a book which organizes all or most of the midrashic stories and legends into one volume ordered thematically to follow the Bible and important topics. Wouldn’t that be a resource too good to be true? Well, its not … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Holiday and a Shavuot Book

Shavuot (Christians call it Pentecost) is sort of the forgotten holiday. It is not mystical and storied like Passover. It is not outdoorsy and decorative like Sukkot (Tabernacles). It is only one day (traditionally two in the diaspora) and not … Continue reading

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Who Forgot the Matzah? Passover Humor…

It wasn’t until I drove 40 minutes in Atlanta traffic to the synagogue last night that I realized I remembered the 1,036 other things I had to bring and forgot the one, most important thing . . . matza! We … Continue reading

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In-Depth Article: Passover and Yeshua’s Crucifixion

In recent weeks we had a lot of controversy here at Messianic Jewish Musings about Passover, the Last Supper, and the timing of Yeshua’s crucifixion and resurrection. I have taken some of the earlier material, made an extensive introduction explaining … Continue reading

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The Omer & the UMJC Prayer Calendar

“And you shall count from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven full weeks shall they be, counting fifty days to the morrow after the seventh sabbath; then you … Continue reading

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Joyous Passover & Some Readings for the Seder

I wish everyone a joyous Seder tonight wherever you are. I hope you are able to recline with four cups of wine and plenty of matza and turkey or brisket or chicken. Even the poorest should feel like kings and … Continue reading

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#2 in The Hebrew Bible Speaks: Carnal Election

This is the second installment in a book I am writing here on Messianic Jewish Musings. The tentative title is The Hebrew Bible Speaks. In short chapters I will explore the theology of the Hebrew Bible. ……………………………………. The ways of … Continue reading

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The Passover Haggadah: Insights from Louis Finkelstein

Louis Finkelstein (1895 – 1991) taught at and eventually became the chancellor of Jewish Theological Seminary, the leading seminary of Conservative Judaism. He was a man of great influence and a shaper of Conservative Judaism in the twentieth century. When … Continue reading

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Passover & Crucifixion: Dissecting Daniel Gregg’s Comment

Daniel Gregg is interested in and has done a lot of research on Biblical chronology. From the sound of it, and from this comment I am about to dissect, I would have to say I find his methodology suspect. I … Continue reading

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A New View for My Book, Feast

The web designers at Lifeway have been working, as I discovered this morning when my blog started getting traffic from one of Lifeway’s sites. In March 2008, Lifeway released my book, Feast, an exploration of six of God’s festivals and … Continue reading

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#1 in The Hebrew Bible Speaks: Liberated to Liberate

Regular readers know that writing is what I love to do. I have published nine books including Feast and The World to Come (available at lifeway.com and amazon.com respectively). My next book, tentatively titled The Hebrew Bible Speaks, I will … Continue reading

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