Monthly Archives: January 2010

MJ Musings Gets a Little Love

It’s a neat world we live in. Jewish-Christian relations are improving in many places. A Jewish studies professor can even mention in a positive light a Messianic Jewish blog sometimes. Here is a link where Rebecca Lesses, professor of Jewish … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua the Healer

The healing miracles of Yeshua are sort of a paradox. On the one hand, Yeshua did not want the wrong ideas about his identity as Messiah to spread too quickly. On the other hand, the healings he worked brought large … Continue reading

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Surreptitious Supersessionism

Supersessionism can be sneaky (if you don’t know what supersessionism is, check here). A commenter on the Jesus Creed blog, where I guest-posted recently about Richard Harvey’s book, Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology, said that someone asked N.T. Wright (famed scholar … Continue reading

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The Nature of God in MJT

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 This is our Messianic Jewish Musings survey of chapter 4 of Richard Harvey’s newly published study. MJT stands for Messianic Jewish Theology. See here to find MMJT on Paternoster … Continue reading

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From PDEP

We need a reappraisal of Paul because Paul did not say what many people have preached for years that he said. We need a reappraisal of Paul because he has been read as superseding all previous scripture. We need a … Continue reading

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What is Supersessionism?

I got a wonderful opportunity this weekend to guest blog on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog (see my post here and the Jesus Creed blog here). Jesus Creed is one of the most widely read Christian blogs and Scot McKnight … Continue reading

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Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology, ch 3

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 Buy the book here or here. My review of MMJT is merely a summary and a list of some questions raised and not a replacement for owning the book. … Continue reading

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Devekut: Deuteronomy 4:4

My daughter made a painting for me featuring this verse, a good one to keep in mind all day. You who cling to Hashem, your God, you are all alive today.

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Exorcism and Yeshua

Exorcism, or the casting out of demons, is a topic much maligned by images from movies. The idea of evil spirits, fallen angels, and demons is very ancient and is one of the concepts from the supernatural realm most difficult … Continue reading

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Ethics of Speech, by Ramban

I recently bought A Letter for the Ages (Iggeres HaRamban): The Ramban’s Ethical Letter. This is a short (3 pages in English) letter that Nahmanides (a.k.a. Ramban) wrote to his son. I will likely share brief excerpts from time to … Continue reading

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Hiding Our Faith

“A Jew at Home; A Man on the Streets.” That line was used to describe Moses Mendelssohn at a lecture a few of us attended as part of a series called “Five Centuries of Modern Jewish Thought.” A lot of … Continue reading

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Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology, ch 2

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 Buy the book here or here. This is one you will want in your library if you are involved or plan to be involved in Messianic Judaism or Jewish-Christian … Continue reading

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Best Info I’ve Seen on the Qeiyafa Ostracon

The Qeiyafa Ostracon is a triangular piece of pottery found at Khirbet Qieyafa in a 2008 archaeological expedition thought to be from the rough period of David. Some articles are making mildly sensationalistic claims about it. I suspect it is … Continue reading

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What do you do with Paul?

For more on Paul, Jews, Gentiles, Torah, and gospel, please order Paul Didn’t Eat Pork here. Paul is like a father to me. I understand why many people are obsessed with this traveling theologian-spokesperson for Yeshua to the Roman empire. … Continue reading

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Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology, ch 1

WARNING: Reading Messianic Jewish Musings could cause you to spend money on books and to replace some TV time with book reading time. If you wish to avoid such a calamity, I’d suggest giving up all interest in the mysteries … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua the Wine Drinker

** Coming in 2010, my book is due for release: Yeshua in Context: Sketches of the Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah. Look for news and opportunities to be involved. ** One of the more colorful phrases that has … Continue reading

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My Encounter with Spinoza

I attended a lecture at a local synagogue last night with half a dozen friends from our synagogue. The lecture was part of a series, “Five Centuries of Modern Jewish Thought,” and in five sessions will focus on one personality … Continue reading

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The Power of Religious Fiction

I spent an hour yesterday with a Jewish writer from France, born in 1928, who was imprisoned in the French Resistance, escaped, and wrote a few novels. More precisely, I spent an hour in his novel, The Last of the … Continue reading

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A Personal Note

You may notice more typos than usual for a while. I am typing with one hand! On Friday, I slipped on the ice in my own driveway and put my left shoulder out of socket. Two doctors in the emergency … Continue reading

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On Reading Good Jewish Books

I read a lot of books for information. There are commentaries, atlases, lexicons, and many sources of information in my library. I also read for entertainment. I like suspense and fantasy novels and tend to fluctuate between the two. But … Continue reading

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Future Things at Messianic Jewish Musings

Isn’t the beginning of the year great? If you’re like me, you’ve been doing some goal-setting and strategic planning. Aside from all the personal stuff, a lot of my goal-setting and planning has been about writing and blogging and studying. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The “Real” Yeshua

** Coming in 2010, my book is due for release: Yeshua in Context: Sketches of the Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah. Look for news and opportunities to be involved. ** Who is the real Yeshua? There have been … Continue reading

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Idealism and Reality in Joshua

I was in the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem five years ago, at the time reading Israel Finkelstein cast doubt on the historical value of most of the Biblical history, when I came across a display that made me shudder. … Continue reading

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Paul’s Practice in the Book of Acts

Over at the Mount Olive Press website, I have posted in full chapter 4 of my book, Paul Didn’t Eat Pork, from 2005. While my theology has been progressing since that time, I would still affirm what I wrote in … Continue reading

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2010 Blog Resolutions on Ethical Discussions

We have an interesting community at Messianic Jewish Musings. I get emails from people all over the world and from many different points of view. The internet simply brings a lot of people together. My purpose in cataloguing some of … Continue reading

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