Monthly Archives: August 2010

We Did It, Rudolph on Paul’s Rule

I pointed many of you fine blog readers a few weeks ago to a great article by David Rudolph, a friend and a Messianic Jewish New Testament scholar. Other Messianic Jewish bloggers also urged readers to view David’s article. It … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Who Shall I Fear?

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first half of verse 1 has a nice rhythm in Hebrew (which matches the second half): יי אורי וישעי ממי אירא Adonai ori v’yishi Mimi ira Adonai … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah’s Story, Pt 1

Stories are how we think about life, truth meaning. We know Yeshua primarily through stories since we didn’t see him in person. What can a story do? How much can a story affect us? What response could a story call … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: My Salvation

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. It begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” Salvation is perhaps not the best English word, not because it is not an accurate rendering of ישעה … Continue reading

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Doubting Doubts About David and Solomon

THE ISSUE, BRIEFLY INTRODUCED: The biblical history of the books of Samuel and even up to 1 Kings 11 has been called a fiction invented by later Judeans to give themselves a glorious past. This is not a fringe issue, … Continue reading

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Ovadia Starts a Messianic Liturgy Series

Ovadia at the “Just Jewish” blog is a very promising young student destined to be a scholar in our ranks. He discovered a long time Christian blog called The Internet Monk. Many of you may know of Michael Spencer, a … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: My Light

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first phrase says, “The Lord is my light.” Nowhere else is God referred to as “my light.” What can we say about it? The blessing of the … Continue reading

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A Journey Story of Note by Tandi

I hope Tandi doesn’t mind me posting a link to her blog post. She and I occasionally spar in the comment fields here (and for a brief period at another forum). But as online personalities we have known each other … Continue reading

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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 5

To the amazement of many Jewish people, we live in an era in history, an era comparable to the Roman period, when a fairly large contingent of non-Jews desire to follow Jewish customs. In the Roman period Jewish communities thrived … Continue reading

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Elul: The Month of Teshuvah

Elul, the month on the Jewish calendar that precedes Rosh HaShanah, begins tonight at sundown. Rosh Chodesh Elul (the new moon of Elul) is a spiritually significant time. It is the beginning of a long period of introspection, increased fervor, … Continue reading

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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 4

It is surely a puzzle to most Jewish people than non-Jews would want to embrace a Torah lifestyle. The overwhelming majority of the Jewish community is ambivalent. I was reminded of this at a recent interfaith wedding. Among the four … Continue reading

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Classic MJM Reading: Older Posts on Ancient Israel

I was challenged by a commenter to suggest posts I have written in the past about the historical reliability of the Hebrew Bible vis a vis certain critical theories which regard the older stories about Israel as a myth. I … Continue reading

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Non-Jewish Customs, Worship, Deuteronomy 14

We’ve been talking about non-Jews and Jewish roots. Issues of Jewish identity and the role of the nations in God’s plan for world redemption keep coming up. There is a large contingent of philo-Semitic Christianity passionately interested in these matters. … Continue reading

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Jewish Roots and non-Jews, Part 3

In Part 1, I described seven blessings of non-Jews discovering Judaism, Jewish roots, and the biblical (Hebrew Bible and New Testament) theology of Israel’s unique election and role in the redemption of the world. These blessings have also brought confusion … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Lamed-Vov

J-BOM stands for “Jewish Book of the Month.” We are a loose (very loose) movement of people reading a Jewish book every month. The summer has been Jewish fiction time. We finished As a Driven Leaf and The Promise. Now, … Continue reading

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