Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Importance of a Project: Yeshua in Context

I’ve immersed myself for the past few years, more intensively this past year, in a study of the historical background of Yeshua’s life and of the literature that is our witness of his life, the gospels. So anyone will not … Continue reading

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Midrashes on Messiah

FFOZ’s latest journal, Messiah Journal 104 is now available and has some very important articles for our community. To subscribe to Messiah Journal, go here. One thing I hope you will read is my own review of Richard Harvey’s important … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Doubt Seeking Faith

Our Jewish Book of the Month for June has been As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is the story of Elisha ben Abuya, the tragic heretic, much beloved as a member of the Sanhedrin, a disciple of R. … Continue reading

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A Sad Article on Friday Nights for Some Intermarrieds

This would not happen if intermarried families chose to belong to Messianic Jewish communities: Tablet Magazine, “Private Practice,” June 25, 2010. by Elizabeth Cohen.

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – I Am

In the fourth gospel there are thirteen uses of I am by Yeshua in describing his identity and authority. Raymond Brown investigates these “I am” sayings (eigo eimi) and categorizes them. Four uses are absolute (no predicate), two have an … Continue reading

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Helsinki Press Release: Jewish Believers in Jesus

Jewish believers in Jesus is a broader category than Messianic Jews. The former category includes all Jewish people in churches, in Messianic Jewish synagogues, and even unaffiliated who profess faith in and allegiance to Jesus. Throughout history since the time … Continue reading

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Faith Without a Reason? Pt 1

A popular Jewish blogger, whose blog I only recently started following, has a recurrent theme. In the midst of commentary on the news of the Jewish world and Israel mixed with some religious reflection and Torah commentary, this blogger enjoys … Continue reading

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Israel, What Are Christians to Think?

Doing my morning commentary work (in Numbers and John right now) I had to struggle with a bit of anger and a preoccupation with wanting to write this post instead of doing my task at hand. The source of my … Continue reading

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Don’t miss it: discussion on Tithes in Ancient Israel, Pt 2

I am strongly arguing for a system of trained leaders devoted to teaching and pastoral care. Advocates of house-church movements (the Jewish counterpart would be havurot and alternate minyans) are taking me on. I know my rhetoric here is strong. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Friend of Sinners

More than even the other two synoptic gospels, Luke makes it a theme that Yeshua befriended sinners and the lowly, the am ha’aretz, the poor people of the land. Some have overblown this theme, even suggesting that Yeshua did away … Continue reading

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The Tithe in Ancient Israel, Pt 2

The situation in our day is very different from in the Torah. Judaism acknowledges this, while Protestant Christianity clings to an outdated and untenable system. Here is what I mean… As concerns obligation, Judaism acknowledges that the tithe laws of … Continue reading

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The Tithe in Ancient Israel, Pt 1

In Judaism, ten percent (a tithe) of net earnings are to be given to tzedaka (charity). This is regarded as an obligation. A family member in need is the highest priority, followed by local needs of the poor, needs in … Continue reading

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Change in Israel Tour Plans!!

Well, I’m not too proud to admit failure and defeat. The tour group was not crystallizing. So, I am regrouping and changing plans. I love leading people in Israel and teaching on site about the history and the life of … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Pt 2

Our Jewish Book of the Month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is the story of Elisha ben Abuya, the tragic heretic, much beloved as a member of the Sanhedrin, a disciple of R. Joshua and the … Continue reading

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Rashi and Proverbs 1-3

I’m trying to provide more on Messianic Jewish Musings of a practical and educational nature. There are so many great things to learn about for Jews, Christians, Messianic Jews, and those interested in religion. I know I particularly enjoy writing … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah’s Sabbath Work

Yeshua was involved in controversies about the Sabbath. He often healed people on the Sabbath. Jewish leaders accused him of breaking the Sabbath when he did this. Yeshua used a number of arguments to justify his healing on the Sabbath … Continue reading

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Did Yeshua Affirm His Messianic Identity at His Trial?

I have been enjoying the greatest personal renewal in my life in the past six months as I have immersed myself in the life of Yeshua the Messiah. Having decided to follow him twenty-three years ago while a college student, … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Part 1

Our book of the month selection (J-BOM) this month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is a page-turner and not a difficult book (as some of the others have been). The story is from the pages of … Continue reading

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Travel to Israel

On one of my trips to Israel, I think it was in 2005, we kept running into Nigerian groups. Our tour guide explained that Nigeria’s Muslims had demanded of the government a once in a lifetime, government-paid pilgrimage to Mecca. … Continue reading

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What is the Mishnah?

Although he lived two generations before the Mishnah was written down, Rabbi Akiba (sometimes spelled Akiva) encouraged the organization and collection of unwritten rulings about how to live the laws of Torah. A passage in Avot d’Rabbi Nathan (a late … Continue reading

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