Monthly Archives: May 2009

Shavuot and Pilgrimage to the Temple

The following is an excerpt from my 2008 book, Feast, available at lifeway.com: ……………………. A Pilgrim Feast In the really old days, before there was a temple, there was only a tent called the tabernacle. It moved from place to … Continue reading

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Shavuot: A Reading from 1954

Philip Goodman’s Shavuot Anthology, like all of his holiday anthologies, is worth its weight in twenty dollar bills. It is, unfortunately, out of print and available only used online. The reading I selected today is from a more modern writer, … Continue reading

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Ezekiel: Anti-Deuteronomy?

I am reading God’s Words in Human Words by Kenton Sparks, a self-professing evangelical Christian who is a professor at Eastern University. I am glad for the arguments Sparks makes in his books in favor of a critical (cynical?) view … Continue reading

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New Modern Orthodox Prayerbook

I have recently bought a Koren Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and it is beautiful. Imagine my interest when I heard from MJTI’s Carl Kinbar that Koren has just released (as of May 15) a Modern Orthodox Siddur (Prayerbook) translated and commented … Continue reading

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Suddenly Sabra and Jews for Jesus

I just read an article in the Jerusalem Post and it brought up for me my former life and a whole host of issues about Jewish-Christian relations. “Suddenly Sabra” is a recent American immigrant to Israel. She comes from the … Continue reading

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Five Days Preceding Shavuot, 1st of Sivan Today

On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone forth out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. And when they set out from Rephidim and came into the … Continue reading

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Free Shavuot Resource

I just posted a free download on mountolivepress.com, my effort at serving Messianic Judaism with much-needed literature at low-cost (and some for free). What I have prepared is a Shavuot Haggadah. It is incomplete, but there is more than enough … Continue reading

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Who Let the Jews Out (of Messianic Judaism)?

I just read a thought-provoking essay on the history of Messianic Judaism and the current crisis of identity that has stalled so great a movement in God’s redemptive plan. In case anyone is wondering, Messianic Judaism has been in the … Continue reading

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Poll: Terminology and MJ

In distinguishing a Messianic Judaism which has a lot to do with Jewish people and Judaism from the wide variety of groups who also use the label “Messianic” and “Messianic Jewish” and “Messianic Congregation” and so on, it is always … Continue reading

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Shavuot and Mt. Sinai, Part 1

The Torah commands a positive mitzvah that we make known to our offspring from generation to generation all that transpired there [Mt. Sinai], both visually and audibly. There is a very great purpose to this mitzvah. –Maimonides You will not … Continue reading

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A New Blog: Yinon

Psalm 72:13 says, “May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun!” The word for “continue” is interesting. It is written in the Masoretic text as yinnin, but is read aloud as yinnon. This is … Continue reading

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Scot McKnight on “Trickle-Down Scholarship”

A Christian theologian I follow closely (I read his blog 5 days a week and I’ve read a good number of his books) is Scot McKnight. Professor McKnight (North Park University, Chicago) is well-known on the internet with one of … Continue reading

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Israel’s Story in Revelation 11

You sometimes find stories in unexpected places. I have to say Revelation is apparently an unexpected place to find Israel for the majority of Christian scholars who study Revelation. They find the church in everything-Revelation in ways that should be … Continue reading

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Shavuot and a Famous Prayer

If you have ever read bad religious poetry, it makes you appreciate all the more the relative handful of exquisite verses that can draw us in and transport us to paradise. At Shavuot we find one of those rare hymns … Continue reading

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You Can Now Search Messianic Jewish Musings

On the right sidebar, I have now added a search box. Try it . . . search for something interesting, like “Shavuot.”

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Guest Blog: Calvin Smith Responds

Yesterday I featured a rather harsh review of a book by British evangelicals in support of Israel. I was harsh because I had hoped they would go further in recognizing the calling of Jewish followers of Jesus to live out … Continue reading

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Review: The Jews, Modern Israel, and the New Supercessionism

The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians by Calvin Smith. King’s Divinity Press, 2009. My outlook on this book went from expectancy to disappointment to moderate enthusiasm. A collection of essays on Israel in the Bible … Continue reading

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Rev. 11 and Overlooking Israel

I have addressed in the past the sad tendency of Christian interpreters to overlook Israel in the book of Revelation: here, here, and here. It is a sad hermeneutic that can ignore the central narrative thread of the Bible (blessing … Continue reading

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Star Trek and Theology?

…………………………………………. This blog post has NO spoilers. …………………………………………. What does Star Trek have to do with theology, much less a blog about theology in a Messianic Jewish context such as this one? Well, the connection may be as thin as … Continue reading

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D.J.A. Clines: The Theme of the Pentateuch

Spent an engrossing hour last night in a classic book on the Pentateuch (Torah) by a renowned scholar, D.J.A. Clines, The Theme of the Pentateuch (JSOT Press, 1978). As I gear up for more academic work in Hebrew Bible, I … Continue reading

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Books on Jewish-Christian Relations

I will be reviewing a new book here soon (maybe tomorrow if I can get in some reading time today) by Calvin Smith, The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians, due out next week from King’s … Continue reading

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200,000 Views on Messianic Jewish Musings

It’s official. We just passed the 200,000 mark on total views. Busiest day ever was this Passover season with just under 1,200 views. We’ve been around just over two years. For the small niche we represent (Messianic Judaism and Jewish-Christian … Continue reading

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Reading Ruth for Shavuot #2

Last week I posted some questions for thought and discussion about Ruth, from the Biblical story and from tradition. You can see that post here. I am working on a discussion guide for Ruth for use in a Messianic Jewish … Continue reading

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Shavuot (Pentecost): Preparing to Celebrate

In my 2008 book, Feast, written to help Christians understand the holidays of the Bible and gain appreciation for Jewish traditions, I led into the Shavuot chapter with a little anecdote from the early days of our marriage. We lived … Continue reading

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New Blog: Howard Silverman, UMJC President

The president of our fellowship of Messianic Congregations has become a blogger. Looks like his blog will share news and views about UMJC happenings and issues: http://yeshuamatters.wordpress.com/

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