Monthly Archives: July 2010

PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Resurrection Mystery

Perplexity. Remembrance. Mystery. Continuity. These four themes are what Luke emphasizes in his resurrection account. All four gospels agree that the empty tomb was discovered on the first day of the week, that Mary Magdalene and other women discovered it, … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Intellectual and Mystical Guide to Reading the Bible

I started a new blog. Yeah, I know. I write crazy amounts of material. I love every second of it. This new blog may turn into a book. It may be a teaching series for a while at synagogue. It’s … Continue reading

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Excerpt: The Messianic Secret

The following is a little excerpt from Yeshua in Context: The Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah, my upcoming book. The schedule looks good for a late August or very early September release. I will, of course, say more. … Continue reading

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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 2

* * * Be sure to read part 1 before this article * * * The problem a whole host of people face right now is a question of calling. What am I called to do? Many people are paralyzed, … Continue reading

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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 1

A great thing has happened in the past few decades in the lives of numerous thousands of Jesus-followers. The yearnings of people who love God and who read the sacred texts of scripture with eyes of faith has broken through … Continue reading

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Rudolph’s “Paul Rule” Article, Part 1

One of the things that astounds me is the depth of scholarship in our tiny little movement. Messianic Judaism, further delimited in my understanding as the Jewish movement by that name and not the slightly larger movement including many non-Jewish … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Resurrection Absences

N.T. Wright concludes that the resurrection narratives in the four gospels develop from early accounts, accounts in which the startling fact of the resurrection is still raw, undigested (Resurrection, 610-15). Assuming Wright is correct, this feature of the gospel resurrection … Continue reading

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Notes on the Shema, Daily D’var

I have an email service known as the Daily D’var with notes on the daily Torah (Chumash) readings and readings from the Gospels and Acts. A community of about 120 people receive them at present. If we pass 200, I’ll … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 4 and Israel’s Unique Calling

There are many reasons, coming from many different philosophies, why people do not believe that the Jewish people have a uniqueness or a unique calling. Just a few days ago a commenter said that I would be “hard-pressed” to show … Continue reading

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Historic Moment: MJ’s Future Through Education

Coming up on Messianic Jewish Musings: It happens occasionally that I have so many topics for the blog and so few days. Look for the following this week and next. (1) A series on a crucial paper by David Rudolph, … Continue reading

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Observing Tisha B’Av (Reprint from Last Year)

How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! . . . She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her … Continue reading

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We pass 500,000 reads!

I had planned to announce when Messianic Jewish Musings passed the mark of 500,000 reads. We passed it yesterday and I wasn’t paying attention. Anyway, it’s a cool number and I’m glad so many people like reading theology, Jewish-Christian relations, … Continue reading

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Few Jews Following Yeshua?

Just a quick thought for today. I am reading Luke Timothy Johnson’s commentary on Acts for the Daily D’var, an email list commentary through which I send out readings from the Chumash (five books of Torah) and the Gospels and … Continue reading

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Another Midrash on Lamentations

Every morning we translate sections of Eichah Rabbah (Lamentations Rabbah) at the summer intensive class in L.A. I am taking through MJTI (mjti.com). Lamentations is my kind of book. I believe that life has a hard edge to it and … Continue reading

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Overcoming Learning Paralysis

Learning. We all, like Tevye in that scene in Fiddler on the Roof, romanticize the possibility of becoming learned, of engaging in some regular, daily bliss of study. Why do so few succeed? The Paralysis of Too Many Choices Being … Continue reading

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Day 1, Summer Rabbinic Intensive

It would be dull for me to recount every day what happens here in Beverly Hills with the rabbinical school of MJTI and the summer intensive class we are enjoying. But I think I can get away with telling you … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Crucifixion Irony

Mark’s account of Yeshua’s death is punctuated with irony. The story of the innocent sufferer in the Hebrew Bible is interlaced with the agony and incongruity of the punishment of the Son of God. The sky darkens with God’s anger, … Continue reading

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(Un)wanted Words of Faith

This is an observation that clobbered me this morning around 6:00 a.m. over my first cup of coffee. Words of faith and insight are largely unwanted, unappreciated. I had just finished a small bit of blog-hopping, reading the words of … Continue reading

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Pt 2, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

In Part 1 (day before yesterday), I gave a prelude to a midrashic parable which I will share with you today. It is a parable explaining, in a very narrative way, a possible meaning of Lamentations 3:21. It’s not just … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Promise, Pt 1

Shalom, lovers of Jewish books (or potential lovers of Jewish books). J-BOM is the Jewish Book of the Month club, a reading of Jewish books together started by a cadre of Messianic Jewish bloggers and filling the minds of scores … Continue reading

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Pt 1, A Consoling and Disturbing Midrash for People of Faith

Shouldn’t we be more disturbed by the absence of God in this world? I’m not denying God’s providence or that he dwells amongst the people of Israel and the followers of Yeshua in various mystical ways. But I am affirming … Continue reading

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Faith, Reason, and SBL

There is an interesting op-ed piece in the July/August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, a magazine that has been very worthwhile to follow in recent years. Some believers in the history and theology of the Bible will find BAR troubling. … Continue reading

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