Monthly Archives: August 2010

Elul Meditation: To Gaze, To Contemplate

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. There are two reasons David gives for his desire to have ready access to dwell in the sanctuary (Tabernacle, later the Temple): … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Rosh Hashanah

It’s a day of shofar blowing, but the Bible never mentions a shofar. Strictly speaking, the whole association with shofars may be completely post-biblical. It’s a day of remembrance, but we don’t know of what. It’s a day of a … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah: Classic MJM Posts

I was looking over some of the things I’ve written here about Rosh Hashanah in previous years. Here are a few worth your while as you prepare for the holiday: Spiritual Empowerment and Rosh Hashanah: a Jewish parallel to the … Continue reading

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Deuteronomy 30, The Future Time of Redemption

This is adapted from my notes for today’s daily reading from the Chumash (Pentateuch). If you email me at derek4messiah@gmail.com, I can add you to the daily email list for notes on the Chumash and the gospels. DEUTERONOMY 30:1-6 The … Continue reading

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Shlomovich’s Blog: New and Notable

I’ll be featuring periodic highlights of resources, personalities, and writing in the MJ community. Many of you know Gene very well (online, at least). He recently started blogging. So, I thought today I would feature a link and wish you … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua In Context – Questions, The Real Yeshua (Jesus)

I’m writing group discussion questions for Yeshua in Context. They will be a in a companion resource (maybe a print book, or maybe an eBook and PDF people can download) called the Yeshua in Context Sourcebook. In this podcast, I … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Dwell

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. David seeks one thing: אותה אבקש otah avakesh, this I would seek. The one thing is to dwell, to dwell in the … Continue reading

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Messiah for the Greeks

My commentary of the day was on Acts 17:16-34. I thought it appropriate to our ongoing discussions here about Jews and non-Jews in Messiah. What did the apostles imagine the gospel would look like in non-Jewish cultures? To see more … Continue reading

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Places You Need

A new page I created. I only feature resources and groups I feel very good about. They all promote a healthy future for Messianic Jews and those with a Judeo-Christian outlook. https://derek4messiah.wordpress.com/places-you-need/

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A Richer Messianic Judaism, Pt 2

In my first post on this topic, I noted that I have been reading some blog conversations about movements amongst post-evangelical Christians. A number of movements have grown up in the last decade from evangelical Christianity to something deeper and … Continue reading

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A blog worth checking out

Just got a comment today from TruthCeeker, who has a blog you might enjoy checking out. I’m always interested when I find blogs I didn’t know about with interesting content: http://truthceeker.wordpress.com/

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Elul Meditation: One Thing

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. אחת שאלתי מאת יי Achat sha’alti mei-et Adonai One thing I have asked from Adonai David implies that of all the things … Continue reading

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FAQ’s About Yeshua (Jesus)

In many ways, over the course of a short, readable 154 pages, my about to be released book, Yeshua in Context, is an answer to frequently asked questions about Yeshua. Questions about Yeshua (a.k.a. Jesus) are among the most pressing … Continue reading

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And something different for Psalm 27

“Just Jewish” posts a link to a song about Psalm 27 recorded by P.O.D. (a Christian band) and Matisyahu (you know, the Jewish artist). “Just Jewish” has a cool blog, which you can find here: http://orgadol.wordpress.com

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Elul Meditation: Rescue and Shelter

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first section of Psalm 27 is about rescue (vss. 1-3) and the second about shelter (vss. 4-6). Not everyone divides the Psalm the same way. John Goldingay, … Continue reading

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Update: Bible of Unknowing

My blogging about the mystical thread that runs through the Bible continues at the link below. I am writing a book online, a book which will be laid out in textboxes and wordart as an accompaniment to reading the Bible … Continue reading

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Lydia: A Lesson in Wealth

I write a daily commentary on the readings from Chumash (the five books of Torah) and the gospels. It is a sort of Messianic Jewish equivalent to the many fine Jewish services commenting online about the Chumash (perhaps the best … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah’s Story, Part 2

Yeshua’s story, his life and message, his aims and identity, must mean something. What are we to make of it? Many people ignore Yeshua’s story, a touching tale that makes little difference in a busy life. But Yeshua said “remain … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: In This I Trust

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. Psalm 27:3 is a statement missing its reference. David says “in this I will trust,” but what is the this? בזאת אני בוטח B’zot ani botei’ach In this … Continue reading

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High Holidays 101: Elul and Its Meaning

Throughout Elul and into the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), I will be posting information and inspiration for a wide audience. Because there are so many Bible readers and fans in this great big … Continue reading

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Patience in Torah (Bible) Study

I had an experience this morning, returning to something I had laid aside long ago, that brought this topic to mind. To make a long story short, recently I dug my Keil-Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament out of its … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Devour My Flesh

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The Psalms provide some of the most startling images of suffering in all the Bible. On par with Job and Lamentations and the wry musings of Kohelet in … Continue reading

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A Richer Messianic Judaism, Part 1

Several recent blog postings by a diverse group of bloggers has me interested in the topic of a richer Christianity, a richer Judaism, and a richer Messianic Judaism. All three kinds of readers come here, Jews and Christians and Messianic … Continue reading

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A Facelift at Mount Olive Press

I spent about four hours redoing my Mount Olive Press website today. I’m getting ready for the soon release (August 31) of Yeshua in Context: The Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah. I’m also realizing what my unique contributions … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Strength of My Life

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. יי מעוז חיי Adonai ma’oz chaiyai Adonai is the strength of my life David’s prayers are often emotional, viewing life experientially. The stresses of life keep him awake … Continue reading

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