Category Archives: Gentiles

Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 8

This article is way overdue! I had people facebooking me two weeks ago saying, “Hurry up!” A short summary of the issue in this series: many non-Jews have been drawn into Messianic Judaism and various Judeo-Christian groups in the past … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 7

It has been a long series, but this post will be short. I said in “Summary and Perspective on Part 5” to some of those who were dubious about my views: “If you, as Jews, do not understand the spiritual … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 6

This post should not be read in isolation from previous ones in this series. If you are short on time, at least read “Part 5” here. We have now come to the part of this series which some readers have … Continue reading

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Summary and Perspectives on Part 5

This is a summary and a statement of perspective on “Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5.” We had a lively discussion. Commenters have varying concerns including: (1) Leaders of congregations who do not want to marginalize any person … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5

I have a friend who led a Messianic congregation with few Jews. In the early days, he assumed that non-Jewish followers of Yeshua could and should take on a life of Torah and even specifically Jewish ways of keeping the … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 4

I’ve had many emails asking me to resume this series. Sometimes I start something and fail to complete it. The series has been my thinking, as a rabbi with plenty of non-Jewish members in my synagogue, about the phenomenon of … Continue reading

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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, I had one main point and several sub-points. The main point: non-Jews learning Torah should realize that the primary audience of Torah is the Jewish people. Sub-points: (1) Torah, like gospel, is not anyone’s … Continue reading

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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I attempted to start afresh on a topic much discussed on Messianic Jewish Musings in the past. The topic needs some fresh air. The movement of Torah-seeking gentiles needs some good fruit. The relationship between churches and … Continue reading

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Not Jewish yet Drawn to Torah, Part 1

If you are new to the discussion of non-Jews who are attracted to things like Passover and Sabbath and dietary law, welcome. You should know that there are two main types of people in this situation. Some are in churches … Continue reading

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Coming Soon, a New Series

In the past, there were many articles here about non-Jews, Torah, Messianic Judaism, Christianity, One Law, Two House, and so on. We often had arguments and some heated exchanges happened. I drew away from these discussions. Mostly there were about … Continue reading

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Psalm 47, Abraham, Gentiles as Abraham’s Children

Speaking of the “child of Abraham” theme (see “Abraham in the Gospels” below), Psalm 47 develops the gentiles in the covenant of Abraham theme. The Psalm itself is about the peoples (gentiles) coming to God. Psalm 47:10 (9 in Christian … Continue reading

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Getting Matthew 5:17-20 Right

One of the blind spots in historic Christian theology is the ongoing significance of the Law of Moses. Early on, in an environment of anti-Semitism that is well-documented, church fathers decided both that Israel had been replaced in God’s promises … Continue reading

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Conversations About Law and Grace, 3

Chris and Jude continue their discussion about pepperoni after the game. Chris: So, I have the feeling that although you keep these rules like “don’t eat pepperoni,” you don’t expect me to keep them. Jude: Right. Chris: Is that because … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rhetoric from the Moderate Two-House Position

If you don’t know what Two-House is and if you are not in Messianic Judaism, you may just want to skip this post or pay it little attention. We have a discussion going on in broader MJ circles that is, … Continue reading

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Expositing Acts 15: The Defining Chapter

A reader sent an email with a few questions, including this one: How do you address the word of Yaakov in Acts 15:19-21? To me, the implication is that these are the very basics…but as they learn about Moses (the … Continue reading

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