Monthly Archives: March 2010

For Christians: A Tip to Avoid Jew-Bashing

I had a great conversation today with a Christian pastor I respect and whose heart I know is in the right place. He had written a piece which in many ways was very fair in its description of Israel and … Continue reading

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Is the Cross Laughable?

I became aware yesterday of a site that parodies Christian theology and faith in general: mrdeity.com. It’s all great fun, I guess, if you have no fear of God. And the fact that I made that last statement qualifies me … Continue reading

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Passover: Hidden Meanings in the Haggadah

Reading Lawrence Hoffman’s historical commentary on the Haggadah in My People’s Passover Haggadah is always a joy. My People’s Passover Haggadah (MPPH) has commentary from many angles by different contributors: biblical, theological, midrashic, medieval commentators, modern haggadot, feminist, spirituality, and … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Temple Disputes, Part 2

In perhaps the most decisive event in Yeshua’s life he took on the leading institution of Jewish life and made a scene. Most historians studying the life of Yeshua are convinced the action of Yeshua in the Temple was a … Continue reading

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Two new J-BOMers

Just met two new bloggers hot on the J-BOM trail this morning: Justin Bond (he has five in-depth articles about the JPS Commentary!): http://messiahconnection.wordpress.com/ No name is given, but he/she is off and running (hmm, interesting name for a blog): … Continue reading

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Is Jerusalem Holy?

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. –Psalm 46:5 (4 in Chr Bibles). In the First Temple, the Presence was in the Holy of Holies, the fire-cloud above … Continue reading

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J-BOM, Other Stuff, and the Early Passover Seder

J-BOM stands for “Jewish Book of the Month Club.” It is a movement across more than a dozen Messianic Jewish blogs and including hundreds of readers all over the U.S. and abroad. J-BOM is about improving Jewish education grass roots … Continue reading

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Yeshua and Faith

A friend of mine (we’ve met face to face once in Jerusalem, he lives in Holland) is in a place I have been before. I once blogged about it and my terms were not as stark as his. But I … Continue reading

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Aaron Eby on Seven Biblical Goals for the Passover Seder

Sometimes someone takes a complicated thing and makes it simple (without losing its essence): http://ffoz.org/blogs/2010/03/7_biblical_goals_of_the_seder.html

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A Lighter Note: Passover and Constipation

At least once a day during Passover, drink prune juice instead of grape juice. Try some dried figs instead of matzah as snacks during Passover. Eat lots of vegetables, soup, and salad. Before Passover starts, make your own whole wheat … Continue reading

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Boundaries, MJ, Jews & Gentiles

This weekend I had a rare and uncomfortable experience. I felt a need to protect a boundary at synagogue. In the process I had several congregants witness the event and had productive follow-up conversation with them. The actual incident was … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Temple Disputes, Part 1

Yeshua, like other Israelites in his day, was involved in disputes with other Israelites, parties, and factions in his time. There is a unique issue and problem in reading the stories of Yeshua’s disputes since it has often been the … Continue reading

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Sacrifices, the Older and the Newer

There are so many interesting aspects to the sacrificial system of the Torah. I have often recommended to Messianic Jewish Musings readers the seminal and masterful commentary in three volumes on Leviticus by Jacob Milgrom in the Anchor series (note: … Continue reading

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Trekking Israeli Hills

So, Yeshua taught in outdoor spaces. How does tracking down the context of Yeshua’s time and space with a group of highly motivated people from all over sound? Take a minute please and look: http://derek4israel.wordpress.com

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SBU and My Half Day with FFOZ

Since Sunday night I have been in the thriving metropolis of Bolivar, Missouri (population, 13,000). I was invited to speak at Southwestern Baptist University, a school with about 1,200 active, on-campus students. At the morning chapels I have been talking … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Factoids About the Seder

J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month Club) is a multi-blog movement of people, mostly Messianic Jews, reading great books together and increasing Jewish learning. J-BOM is a form of tikkun olam (repair of the world) since the lost and lacking … Continue reading

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CLASSIC: The Rabbis of the Passover Haggadah

In March 2009, I wrote a lot of posts explaining the Haggadah. This summary of the rabbis mentioned in the Haggadah is well worth reading every year: https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/the-rabbis-of-the-passover-haggadah/

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Experimental Notes: The Fourth Gospel

I’ve been immersed in historical Jesus research and Markan studies for some time now and afraid to consider the great problem of the Fourth Gospel. For those who are not acquainted with the problems of harmonizing the Fourth Gospel and … Continue reading

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Devekut, Yeshua, and MJ Living

DEVEKUT A way of living with constant awareness of God’s presence which is derived from the Hebrew Bible, is taught in Hasidic Jewish writings, and which works together with the traditional practices of godliness. That is, keeping the mitzvot (commandments) … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Markan Dispute Stories

The gospel of Mark tends to group stories thematically. Chapter one assembles a collection of healing and exorcism stories. Mark 2:1 – 3:6 assembles a series of dispute stories. What are we to make of these dispute stories? Adele Yarbro … Continue reading

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J-BOM: JPS Commentary on the Haggadah, Pt 2

This is part of a series, with participation on a dozen MJ blogs (see end of post for links), about our Jewish Book of the Month selection, The JPS Commentary on the Haggadah. The April selection will be Visions of … Continue reading

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A Passover Palooza of Information

Palooza — an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow! That’s the definition I see on one online dictionary. Hey, Passover is the palooza of Judaism, with surveys indicating that about … Continue reading

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The Passover Offerings

Passover is coming (first Seder is Monday night, March 29) and I’ll be talking mostly about Passover between now and then. There are so many subjects to cover. Tomorrow I will have a “Passover Palooza of Information,” with links and … Continue reading

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J-BOM: JPS Commentary on the Haggadah, Pt. 1

It’s March and on a dozen blogs in the MJ blogosphere, in MJ synagogues all over, and with no doubt participation from others who are not in an MJ synagogue, we are all reading together. It’s the Jewish Book of … Continue reading

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Dauermann on the Son of David

On Monday, I went to hear Rabbi Dr. Stuart Dauermann address the LCJE (see LCJE.net) conference in Atlanta (see yesterday’s post for more about LCJE and the divide between missions and congregations). This little rabbi went away from Rabbi Dauermann’s … Continue reading

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