Monthly Archives: February 2010

Reminders as we Go Into March

1. Want to participate along with a dozen other blogs and scores of Messianic Jews in J-BOM? (The Jewish Book of the Month Club). Check here for info and here to order the March selection, The JPS Commentary on the … Continue reading

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The Purim-Passover Connection

This is a little something I wrote for Verge, the newsletter of MJTI. You can see a little of Verge at vergenewsletter.com, which, by the way, will become a full online magazine in the next few weeks. We have columns … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Messianic Secret

The gospels are short as biographical writings go. In such short narratives we might expect a simple story, describing what happened in Yeshua’s life, what his mission was, how he was received, and the meaning of his death and resurrection. … Continue reading

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BOOK EXCERPT: Love in the World to Come

The following is the beginning of the eleventh chapter of my book, The World to Come. I watched The Book of Eli last night. Whatever the critics say about the movie, it had a few really good lines. Not least … Continue reading

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Descended into hell?

Okay, I’m having a couple of very busy days. And I don’t want my blogging to suffer. So I’m doing what people often do when they are short on time. I’m piggybacking my thoughts on things I find on other … Continue reading

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Tradition, a worthy saying

Saw this in a comment on Scot McKnight’s blog today. People often say they are against Messianic Judaism because we place too much emphasis on a tradition, Jewish tradition. Many people vainly imagine their religious practice is pure Bible, like … Continue reading

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J-BOM, Get Ready

Want to read great Jewish books with hundreds of other MJ’s? Search J-BOM in the search panel to the right and you’ll find all the info.

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New Post about Corridors, Israel Tour

I’m forming a group of people interested in an adventure-exploration tour of Israel in 2011. Here’s a new post about it: http://wp.me/pODBk-8

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Classic Christian Creeds and MJ

A few weeks ago, I blogged about an immensely enjoyable and edifying paper we enjoyed at the Hashivenu Forum in Los Angeles, by Mark Kinzer. You can see that post here. Yesterday, on Scot McKnight’s blog (Jesus Creed), he posted … Continue reading

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Switching Haggadahs

I have a lot of Passover Haggadahs. I like to buy used ones on ebay and have built a small but respectable collection. I like to have some old ones and some new ones. I like Haggadot with pictures. I … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The New Moses, Pt 2

Storytelling is an art. The problem with art sometimes is that not everyone “gets it.” A gifted storyteller can weave in themes and references with an obvious message in mind and readers, especially when the context of history and society … Continue reading

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The Disappearance of God in Judges

I discovered the artfulness of Biblical narratives about twenty years ago. My professor at the time was John Walton (now at Wheaton) who had us read Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative. This is a book any lover of … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Israel Tour

Want adventure and a sense of the divine presence in Israel? Here is the place for information: Touring Israel with Messianic Jewish Musings.

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The Kiss in Christian and Jewish Midrash

Okay, midrash isn’t really a Christian word. A midrash is a reaction to scripture, a sort of derived extension of the words of the Bible into the larger ideas and stories of faith. Sometimes a midrash becomes an extra-biblical story … Continue reading

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New Book on the Hebrew Gospel

Has anyone read this? Scot McKnight gives it major credence on his blog (notice the pun?). Anyone interested in reviewing this book for the MJ community? James R. Edwards. The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition. http://amzn.com/0802862349

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The edgy, the radical, the mystical

This weekend I went back and slowly reread the first chapter of Paul Philip Levertoff’s Love in the Messianic Age. Thoughts like a flood of many streams came to me. I also spent a little time in a stack of … Continue reading

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NEWS: A Discount Promotion from JPS for J-BOM

You can buy the March selection for J-BOM directly from JPS for a 30% discount. They contacted us today and offered this promotion. I asked them to include a selection of other books fitting for Passover in the deal, and … Continue reading

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GET READY: J-BOM is Coming!

So, MJM readers, in March we will begin our “Jewish Book of the Month Club,” which Yahnatan Lasko has appropriately dubbed J-BOM. I believe that several other MJ bloggers will participate. My idea for cross-blog participation is that for each … Continue reading

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Trevin Wax’s Ephesians Road Expanded

Yesterday I reviewed Trevin Wax’s Holy Subversion. I have been smitten with the idea of the Ephesians Road, a variation on an older idea of a Romans Road. The Romans Road was and is an explanation of the gospel using … Continue reading

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Resource Ideas Needed: Passover, Communion, Eucharist

Soon it will be Passover season and I usually blog a great deal about Passover. If you search Passover on MJM you will find a lot of articles from the past, but I will bring out a whole new crop … Continue reading

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Book Review: Holy Subversion

HOLY SUBVERSION by Trevin Wax. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. The idea of subversion is undermining. God wants to undermine power structures, to subvert conventions, and undercut assurance. The attitude of any man or woman who allows God to subvert the norms … Continue reading

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Torah and Messianic Judaism

I’m skipping over to chapter 6 in my review and discussion of MMJT (search Richard Harvey to easily find this whole series of posts). Chapter 5 is about various MJ Christological views. We’ve covered a lot of that in discussing … Continue reading

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Book Notes, Feb 5, 2010

I’m reading so many books right now I feel I could run four or five blogs. I’ll only mention a few of them here. I’m interested to know if other Messianic Jewish Musings readers have read any of these or … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The New Moses, Pt 1

Once, when Yeshua was accused of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul, he said something that sounds a bit odd to modern ears, “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then … Continue reading

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Wrapping Hashivenu and Answering Judah Gabriel

Today I am traveling home from the Hashivenu Forum in L.A. It has been an intense experience, both in terms of the theological papers and discussion on the one hand and the late night conversation on the other. I am … Continue reading

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