Category Archives: History

The Lead Codices Aren’t … They Just Aren’t

They are not long lost texts that will redefine the meaning of Jesus’ death. They are not a find to rival the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is a chance they may turn out to be something quite significant — but … Continue reading

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Coming February through March…

The Passover / Last Supper / Timing of the Crucifixion issue in all its glory will be re-explored on Messianic Jewish Musings. Over the years, the posts about these matters have repeatedly been the favorite and most-searched ones on Messianic … Continue reading

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Vital Commentary: Exodus 12:29-51

This commentary struck me as so vital to our understanding of history in the Bible and also issues of such great importance to our communities in Messianic Judaism, Christianity, and Judaism today. The commentary is necessarily brief. If commenters request … Continue reading

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Eyewitnesses of Yeshua’s Story

On the YeshuaInContext blog, I posted Friday an intriguing insight into an eyewitness whose stories about Yeshua were known to the early community. The eyewitness is Cleopas. And he is one of several historical figures whose story stands out in … Continue reading

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Context and Word of God

Boy, if you don’t read one of your favorite blogs for a week you can miss something good. Take the fact that I missed a gem of a post by Rabbi Carl Kinbar on MIdrashEtc. His launching point is a … 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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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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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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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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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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Travel to Israel

On one of my trips to Israel, I think it was in 2005, we kept running into Nigerian groups. Our tour guide explained that Nigeria’s Muslims had demanded of the government a once in a lifetime, government-paid pilgrimage to Mecca. … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of “the Rabbis”

Understanding where we came from, as most people realize, is actually quite helpful. Often attitudes toward modern institutions are colored by historical processes set in motion long before the most distant ancestor we can find was born. Long before the … Continue reading

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J-BOM: A Summer of Jewish Fiction

J-BOM means “Jewish Book of the Month.” And Messianic Jews all over are reading together, a communal experience of Jewish literature and history which strengthens our bond, increases our understanding, and gives us shared experience in the great big world … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Lost, Finding Bolechow

J-BOM is the Jewish Book of the Month club. It’s about MJ’s reading great Jewish books and having, as much as online life can provide, a communal experience of reading. If you can’t read all twelve books a year that … 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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J-BOM: The Lost, An Introduction

J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month) is about reading great Jewish books, one per month, and doing it together in many locations and in community. More than a dozen bloggers participate (see bottom of post for a list). This is … Continue reading

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Idealism and Reality in Joshua

I was in the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem five years ago, at the time reading Israel Finkelstein cast doubt on the historical value of most of the Biblical history, when I came across a display that made me shudder. … Continue reading

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Why the Medieval Rabbis Were Not So Medieval

Medieval is sort of a bad word to many people. For me it never has been. Chalk it up to a childhood fascinated with Tolkien and Arthurian legend and the romantic side of the Middle Ages. The Renaissance festival was … Continue reading

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History and the Bible Story, Pt 1

Speaking of what he calls the “death of Biblical history,” Keith Whitelam has said: It is now time for Palestinian history to come of age and formally reject the agenda and constraints of “biblical history.” . . . It is … Continue reading

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