Monthly Archives: August 2009

Three Reformations, Stuart Dauermann

I am in L.A. (hence the somewhat late blog posting for a Monday) meeting with staff at MJTI (mjti.com). Last night was a nice dinner with some friends of MJTI and some faculty and staff. It was a night of … Continue reading

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Millennialism (Chiliasm)

I’m teaching Revelation 20 tomorrow morning at synagogue. This is the 28th week in a series I have been teaching (with breaks for holiday seasons and topics). The following are just a few notes on the history of millennialism. I … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua, Pharisees, Revolution

Why were groups of Pharisees so interested in Yeshua? What power did Pharisees have to harm Yeshua? How do issues of power and Jewish beliefs help us recover the context of Yeshua’s life and message? Yeshua was a revolutionary. The … Continue reading

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Is Religion Bad?

No, I am not asking a question about the history of religion (like the New Atheists who ask if religion has been more harm than good historically). I am asking a simpler question: is the word religion something we should … Continue reading

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Sukkot Haggadah Coming

I have had a few inquiries about a Sukkot Haggadah I promised to produce for this year. It will be here, in time for Sukkot, but perhaps not a lot earlier than Sukkot. It will include some guided readings in … Continue reading

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The Messiah Idea: Backwards or Forwards?

The Messiah idea in the Bible is not as simple as some think and not as complicated as others imagine. There is a great interview on Trevin Wax’s blog with Michael Bird, the recent author of Are You the One … Continue reading

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Why Are Jews Liberals?

A retired physician in our congregation just got me a subscription to Commentary, a Jewish magazine about conservative politics. I think he is worried that I am drinking the liberal Manischewitz of American Jewish life (it is true that I … Continue reading

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Elul: Preparation, Reflection, Spiritual Discipline

Tomorrow is the first morning of Elul (the month starts tonight at sundown). Elul is a month of preparation, self-reflection, and spiritual discipline leading up to Rosh HaShanah (sundown, Sept. 18, 2009). The most noticeable custom of Elul is that … Continue reading

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Bringing Back Messianism

I received a question from Scot McKnight about my series this week on the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. He said it seemed I was saying that the image of a marriage supper with God in the age to come … Continue reading

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The Marriage Supper, Part 2

As I have read through Revelation, I have found it to be the culmination of a long story. It is the most developed and mature theology of the entire canon. John, the Jewish apostle, from his position in the communities … Continue reading

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The Marriage Supper, Part 1

I’d imagine that some of the force of an ancient angelic invitation has been lost on modern generations. When an angelic herald told John on Patmos to “write this” and said, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage … Continue reading

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Educate Yourself 101

Education is changing. It is becoming more accessible to more people. At the same time, standards for what is good and bad education or information are going down. As there is more access to information, there is also, sadly, more … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Puzzling Pharisee Statement

This episode is one of the more important ones for understanding Yeshua’s mission and message. Yeshua from time to time said things that perplex most of his followers. He wasn’t a simple guy at all. Neither was his world a … Continue reading

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Ezekiel: Prophet on Steroids, Part 2

There just isn’t a prophet quite like Ezekiel. Isaiah . . . wears Ezekiel pajamas. Ezekiel can kill two stones with one bird. He can order a Big Mac at Burger King . . . and get one. Okay, well, … Continue reading

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Ezekiel: Prophet on Steroids, Part 1

When I was new to the study of Torah, there was something about Leviticus that drew me. It was famous as the book no one read. It was arcane, an understatement, and challenging for someone knew to Torah. I read … Continue reading

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The Gospel in Psalm 66

While working for one of the publications for which I am a freelance writer, I came across Psalm 66. I am not currently studying the Psalms. I would be afraid to make the Psalms a focus of any academic work. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Pharisees, Power, and Yeshua

What are we to believe about the Pharisees, the sometimes opponents of Yeshua, the group he so often criticized, the group unfortunately turned into the bogeymen of the Bible by too many careless readers? Yeshua had a lot of critical … Continue reading

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Messianic Judaism’s Fulness, Part 3

My blog reading went a bit far off center this morning, which is why I am posting a bit later than usual. Following a link here and there I was reminded that the community of Messianic Judaism and the Christians … Continue reading

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Messianic Judaism’s Fulness, Part 1

Some people look at the catastrophe of this world and think this is its destiny. Peace exists only as an interlude to war. Love as a temporary respite from distrust. Acts of kindness are a curious exception in a world … Continue reading

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