Monthly Archives: March 2011

Future Hope vs. Present Distress

Mark tells the story of Yeshua focused on future hope. Luke tells the story of Yeshua focused on present distress. What I mean is this: in Mark’s gospel, we see the theme of the identity of the veiled Son of … Continue reading

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Not the God of Death, Part 2

As I said in Part 1: there are two things God won’t have near his sanctuary. One of them is sin. The other is death. The meaning of “purification” in Leviticus is an interesting study. The classic scholar on the … Continue reading

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Jewish Names in Yeshua’s Time

I wrote up a summary at the Yeshua in Context blog that many Messianic Jewish Musings readers will find interesting. What were the most popular names in Galilee and Judea in Yeshua’s time? Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is … Continue reading

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Passover: A “Captivity and Freedom” Seder

As I have said in previous posts, it is good to: (1) cut the haggadah short in some way at your Passover Seders and (2) have multiple Seders during Passover week (or even some Seder-anticipation meals before, but without Passover … Continue reading

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Not the God of Death, Part 1

There are two things God won’t have near his sanctuary. One of them is sin. The other is death. Ironically, the priestly and sanctuary laws of Leviticus have been slandered in church history as burdens given to an obstinate people … Continue reading

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Yeshua in Context PODCAST: Jewish Jesus

Listen here (or subscribe to “Yeshua in Context” on iTunes). Read the transcript here. Some see him as the “first Christian.” That is an interesting way of putting it. No one, as far as I know, actually uses that terminology. … Continue reading

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MessianicJudaism.me . . . Pre-Announcement

Something new this way comes. It will arrive in April. And Messianic Jewish Musings will be moving there. But the old posts and images and links will all still be here. You won’t have to change any links you currently … Continue reading

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Liturgy, Some Scattered Thoughts

My experience last Sunday at an Episcopal church near Memphis has me thinking about liturgy. I did not grow up in either a Christian or a Jewish context. In my faith journey, I came to a Southern Baptist church as … Continue reading

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Communion Under the Anglo Jesus

God has friends and servants in all kinds of places. The face of Messiah looks different and yet the same. I’ve had a number of encounters with beautiful people and communities on the road recently. Humble shepherds, selfless servants, devoted … Continue reading

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CLASSIC REPRINT: The Purim-Passover Connection

From last year, an article on the little known connections between Passover and Purim. I pray your Purim celebration is filled with joy this weekend. What do hamentaschen and matzos have in common? What accord could there be between Pharaoh … Continue reading

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Robin Parry: New Article on Universalism

The new Rob Bell book has the topic of universalism on the minds of millions. Robin Parry (who wrote a much better book than Bell’s on the subject) writes here about seven myths concerning Christian universalism. As I have said, … Continue reading

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PODCAST – The UnConqueror – Yeshua in Context

The last part of Isaiah is about a figure who has been described as the Anointed Conqueror, a messianic figure whose robe is dipped in blood, who brings vindication, but who also sets the oppressed free and binds up the … Continue reading

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Luke’s Temptation Narrative

At the Yeshua in Context blog I have some commentary today on Luke’s Temptation account. Why does Luke emphasize the filling of the Spirit? How is Luke’s understanding of the Spirit more subtle than the usual way people think about … Continue reading

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Rabbi Kinbar on “Four Generations” and Discipleship

This is what we who follow Yeshua need to be about: http://mj-learning.blogspot.com/2011/03/four-generations.html

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Richard Beck on Universalism as Biblical Truth

Everybody’s talking about universalism these days (because of a new book by Rob Bell called Love Wins). There are several kinds. One kind, and the one that interests me, does not deny judgment or hell. It simply says that there … Continue reading

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Poor in Spirit

How important is it to interpret a biblical text well? Obsession with details of theology, which is at least close to the same thing as obsession with a good interpretation of a sacred text, has been compared to speculating about … Continue reading

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Learning, MJ Style

Lots of new and relatively new learning centers are making a bright future for Messianic Judaism and Judeo-Christians. I will list here some of the great learning resources, some new and others not-so-new, that are out there. I also want … Continue reading

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Maggid: The Story in the Passover Haggadah

If you heard that Passover was a telling of the Exodus story and then opened a Passover haggadah to read what is inside, you’d be surprised by the strange lack of reference to Moses, by the lack of a sustained … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Birth Issues – Yeshua in Context

The birth stories of Yeshua have issues. It’s not easy to understand why there are such big differences between them. It’s not easy to answer how the evangelists could have obtained the information in their accounts. And the virginal conception … Continue reading

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Messiah’s Desire (vs. Satan’s)

Passover is a time when we think about not only Exodus but also, as Messianic Jews and Christians, the Last Supper. That train of thought led me to consider a saying of Yeshua at the Last Supper, a saying found … Continue reading

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Passover: The Mystery of Maror-Lettuce-Horseradish-Whatever

. . This or this? . . . Ever get confused about the two elements of the Passover Seder plate called maror and chazeret? Ever wonder why some use prepared horseradish as maror and yet the haggadah calls for dipping … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Sacrifice

This might not seem like an interesting topic, but I assure you, it is not a purely academic matter. The reasons people offered burnt offerings to God in the Hebrew Bible are an interesting window into our reasons for repenting, … Continue reading

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Creation, Tabernacle, Dwelling

My thoughts on this aren’t as fully formed as I would like. I’m sure there is more to this topic and it will need further exploration later. But we finished Exodus this past Shabbat and the theology of Tabernacle-as-mirror-to-Creation says … Continue reading

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Seminars This Summer

We don’t have dates yet, but we’re planning two big seminars this summer in the Atlanta area (Roswell to be exact). Tikvat David just got the lease today on a new facility for classes, worship, and the beginnings of a … Continue reading

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A New Passover Haggadah for Christians

Let me start by answering an objection that will occur to some readers, especially various mainstream Jewish readers who drop by: “Passover isn’t for Christians.” If you’ve heard this or if it comes into you mind, you really should take … Continue reading

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