Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Question of God’s Absence in Our Need

I got a great question last night in a comment on the beliefs page here at Messianic Jewish Musings. Darvari asks: If you don’t mind me asking, I’d like to get an idea of how do Jews today deal with … Continue reading

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Why the Medieval Rabbis Were Not So Medieval

Medieval is sort of a bad word to many people. For me it never has been. Chalk it up to a childhood fascinated with Tolkien and Arthurian legend and the romantic side of the Middle Ages. The Renaissance festival was … Continue reading

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Who Moved the Ladder? Biblical Archaeology Review

The latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has a fascinating and hilarious story of mystery. I’ve been to Israel eight times and I’ve seen the Holy Sepulchre church each time. I’ve heard my favorite tour guide (Itai) explain many times … Continue reading

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Shemot: The ZIBBC on Exodus

You will hear from time to time about the ZIBBC on Messianic Jewish Musings. The ZIBBC is the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, edited by John Walton. This is a resource I recommend for Bible readers. The set for the … Continue reading

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RememberJerusalem.org

I don’t bring up my work with MJTI (mjti.com) on the blog very often. Not the least of reasons is that I sometimes get a little controversial here on Messianic Jewish Musings and I don’t hesitate to share my own … Continue reading

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History and the Bible Story, Pt 1

Speaking of what he calls the “death of Biblical history,” Keith Whitelam has said: It is now time for Palestinian history to come of age and formally reject the agenda and constraints of “biblical history.” . . . It is … Continue reading

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The Center of the World

In Biblical theology, Jerusalem is the place where God chose for his name to dwell, forever hallowed (see Deut 12:5 for the origins of this doctrine which is fleshed out in the Psalms and prophets). In my work with MJTI … Continue reading

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A Place to Get MJ History Books

Cindy at the Caspari Center emailed to let me know that several of the books I recommend for your library on Messianic Jewish history are available from the online store at caspari.com/store. In particular, they carry Skarsaune’s Jewish Believers in … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua as Messiah

The rationale for the Yeshua in Context podcast is getting back, in the limited ways this is possible, to viewing Yeshua’s life and message in the categories that were relevant for his own generation. So much water has gone under … Continue reading

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A Better Copy in PDF of Haggadah for the Birth of Messiah

Many thanks to diggindarren whose comment yesterday clued me in about how to generate a PDF from Mellel. This copy of the Haggadah will print beautifully. Incidentally, this Haggadah and the others I have produced are works in progress. I … Continue reading

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Haggadah for the Birth of Messiah

Calling on all Apple computer people . . . I have a little problem. I typed my Hagaddah into Mellel so I could mix Hebrew and English. Mellel does not have an option to save to PDF. Any ideas? …………………………. … Continue reading

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How December 25 Came to be Thought of as the Date of Jesus’ Birth

I have pasted a link below to the most definitive article I have yet seen on the historical basis for December 25 as the day of Jesus’ birth. The answer will surprise you and you have to stick with the … Continue reading

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Yeshua and His Hanukkah Messages

The theme which seems to have been in Yeshua’s mind as he spoke to his generation gathered at the Temple for Hanukkah was the effect of false shepherds on Israel’s well-being. Yeshua’s messages are summarized in John 10, the whole … Continue reading

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MJ History in Messiah Journal 102

Count me among the people who are elated at what the organization First Fruits of Zion is becoming. A lot of their former readers and supporters have abandoned them, at least temporarily. The reason, as I see it, is a … Continue reading

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A Bissel of Hanukkah How-To’s and Inspiration, MJ Style

Hanukkah starts tonight! Time to run hot water over your menorahs to melt the colored wax from last year. Time to get ready for the smell of onions and potatoes frying in oil. Time to save up calories for jelly … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua as Prophet

There is a difference in the way Yeshua was viewed by his own generation and the way he has been viewed since then in church and Jewish tradition. Our image of Jesus the Christ of Christianity is different for many … Continue reading

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The Hanukkah Story, MJ Style

I call this version “MJ Style” because, true to Messianic Judaism, I see the Hanukkah story in terms of Yeshua’s work as the redeemer of Israel. Most of the story is familiar to you and I am going light on … Continue reading

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Hanukkah and the Prophet Daniel, Pt 2

Hanukkah is a holiday which post-dates the Hebrew Bible. So it would seem that we could say little or nothing about Hanukkah from the Hebrew Bible. Yet the sixth century B.C.E. prophet Daniel foretold events that would lead up to … Continue reading

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Intermarrieds, Hanukkah, Christmas

A little humor, but not completely unrealistic:

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Hanukkah and the Prophet Daniel, Pt 1

Hanukkah arrives Friday night and among other things (like reading the relevant chapters in H.H. Ben-Sasson’s A History of the Jewish People) my thoughts are turned toward the prophet Daniel. Let me say at the outset that I am not … Continue reading

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Robert Alter on Jacob’s Wrestling Till Dawn

I get so much every week out of following the cycle of Torah, reading commentators old and new, and seeing connections in ideas and events to the readings. If you are in the habit of reading, you know what I … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua as Teacher

One of the most helpful things we can do in getting back to the context of Yeshua’s life is to try and see him in the categories of the day. Yeshua was not a rabbi in the modern sense, someone … Continue reading

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The ZIBBC, Ezekiel 8, and Tammuz

I am bringing together several topics of interest in this post. First, I recently reviewed the ZIBBC (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Encyclopedia) here and recommended it as a resource to everyone who loves study. The set on the Hebrew Bible is … Continue reading

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More About Christmas and the Haggadah

I wrote yesterday explaining what I see as some of the issues involved for intermarried families and the question of whether or not to celebrate Christmas. I think it is a tough issue and a tough decision for intermarried families. … Continue reading

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