Monthly Archives: October 2009

Sabbath Meditation: Abraham’s Election by God

Michael Wyschogrod, a modern Orthodox scholar, wrote the following in 1961 for a conference in which various thinkers were asked to write a Jewish affirmation. This excerpt from Wyschogrod’s affirmation is a fitting meditation for this week as the Torah … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Kingdom of Heaven, Pt 2

We’re in the second part of a series considering what Yeshua’s hearers would have thought when they heard about the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven. The relationship of first century Jewish men and women to the scriptures … Continue reading

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Finding Early Israel, Pt 2

In the November/December issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (a magazine I encourage you to subscribe to and read), Avraham Faust writes about evidence in the archaeological record for early Israel. What is the big deal, some of you might ask, … Continue reading

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Non-Jewish Messianic Judaism?

Today I really wanted my blog to be about finding early Israel (see the post below this, which is really the focus for today). But I saw something on iTunes and had to bring it up. I was looking over … Continue reading

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Finding Early Israel, Part 1

A nomadic people settle in a great empire and become a slave class for centuries until a deliverer leads them out through a wilderness and a generation later into a land they can conquer and call their own. This is … Continue reading

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Progress and Protest at the Western Wall

Until the recession hit, I was on a routine of leading a tour every December to Israel. I was last there December 2008 and it was my seventh trip. One of the benefits of going every year is seeing the … Continue reading

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The New Testament, Jews, and Torah

I got a question by email recently from a Jewish Christian who does not keep Torah and who has thus far believed that the New Testament and Christian theology indicate that when a Jew follows Christ, the Torah is no … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Kingdom of Heaven, Pt 1

Yeshua had a central message. It was the first thing he ever taught. It was always in the background of everything else he taught. It is the key to understanding Yeshua and it is not a secret. It is well-known … Continue reading

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Noah in Context: Meaning and Purpose

What if the ruler(s) of the heavens were capricious, vindictive, and immature? At times, life is harsh and it’s not hard to think the whole thing is run on the whims of an angry god. What if the benefits and … Continue reading

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The Noah Story and Mesopotamian Myth, Pt 2

In Part 1, I presented the famous Sumerian/Babylonian/Assyrian flood story which passed down over more than a thousand years through Babylonian poets into the new Assyrian empire, where it has come to us through the results of archaeological exploration. As … Continue reading

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The Noah Story and Mesopotamian Myth, Pt 1

Most people are completely unaware of the rich background of story and myth which is the setting of the Bible and especially books like Genesis. In the synagogue reading cycle, this week is Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, the story of … Continue reading

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Objects of Faith

I am reading a Chaim Potok novel I only recently found out about. I thought I had read them all, including Wanderings. Then a young lady in my synagogue told me about The Book of Lights. Kabbalah is a strong … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua Against Leviticus?

One of the dividing lines in views about the historical Yeshua is whether he came to overturn the Torah, the Law of Moses, or to support it for his own Jewish people. Few scholars in recent studies have supported the … Continue reading

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Ephesians 1 in Context

Back in October 2008 I wrote about Ephesians 1 and an important re-reading that would help a lot of people to read the Bible more in context. In recent comments and debates about the role of Jews and non-Jews in … Continue reading

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Strangers Choosing Jewish Life

I am a non-Jew converting to Judaism. The stages of my journey can be summed up as follows: (1) A reluctant conversion to Jesus-faith in college throws my secure world of science and mathematics into turmoil. (2) Instead of simply … Continue reading

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Was Moses for Real? Part 1

“There has not risen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” A quote from Talmud or one of the medieval rabbis? Actually no, it is from Deuteronomy 34:10. I have been for a … Continue reading

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What Did Yeshua Change for Gentiles?

I am interested in this question from several angles. First, there is a general idea that something radical changed for non-Jews with the appearance, death, resurrection, and ascension of Yeshua. Second, in Messianic Judaism we constantly hear people with varying … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Judging Tribes

In the introduction to Seeking the Identity of Jesus, editors Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Richard Hays speak of some of the differing images of Jesus in religious life. One of the images they refer to struck a chord with me, … Continue reading

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Eating Lizards . . . Acts 10 & 11

It would be interesting to conduct a major George Barna style survey and determine how many people in the Christian pews of America think that the point of Peter’s sheet vision in Acts 10 and 11 is about God reversing … Continue reading

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Educate Yourself 102

In mid-August I wrote “Educate Yourself 101” which you may read here. In that post I suggested that if everyone who desires to know God would read their Bibles consistently and in the order of the Biblical story the education … Continue reading

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A Resource Review: Jewish Christian Relations, A Step Forward

In the midst of all the Sukkot festivities, I found myself driving with family for several hours yesterday. I had just received a new resource in the mail. I didn’t know what the material would be like, how it would … Continue reading

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Jewlicious.com Critical of the Yeshua in Context Podcast

At Jewlicious.com, Rabbi Yonah wrote on October 1 that iTunes should not allow some podcasts to be listed under Judaism. My podcast is one of three mentioned. Watch the video on jewlicious here: http://www.jewlicious.com/2009/10/messianic-podcasts-featured-on-itunes-as-jewish/ Here is my response in the … Continue reading

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Free Download: A Sukkot Haggadah

Sukkot begins tonight. Just in time (haha), I am releasing an incomplete (but still very cool) haggadah for the holiday. If you don’t know what Sukkot is, check out Wednesday’s blog post. To download the Haggadah, check out mountolivepress.com or … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Sign of His Death

We have been considering the way Yeshua came not only to teach something with words, but to enact his message with symbolic actions. Yeshua the healer acted out a picture of the Age to Come, in which all will be … Continue reading

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