Category Archives: messianic

Empowering Jewish Identity in Yeshua

Being Jewish has long been growing less and less meaningful to Jews. A few symbols of the covenant are clung to. I think of the popularity of the Passover Seder and High Holidays and Hanukkah. But when Adam Sandler has … Continue reading

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Feasting in the Age to Come

Visions of feasting recur in our dreams. Two images of happiness predominate: the adventure and the feast. God describes what he has for us in the age to come in terms of a rich banquet with wine and meat. There … Continue reading

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Joseph and the Covenant of Blessing

The Joseph stories have long been thought to be more than simple reporting of the life of the patriarch. Too much resemblance between Joseph’s life, and the life of all the patriarchs, and Israel’s later history is present to ignore. … Continue reading

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Vridar Against the Messiah Concept

Vridar is the moniker of Neil Godfrey, an avid fan of some rather extreme historians such as Thomas L. Thompson, Philip R. Davies, Niels Peter Lemche, and other pleasant individuals (avid politickers for the Palestinian cause using historical writing to … Continue reading

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Announcement: MJPassages

http://MJPassages.com Your intersection for good things Jewish, Christian, Messianic Jewish, Judeo-Christian, biblical, archaeological, and theological. It’s not yet a finished product, but there’s a good bit already to explore. Should be easy to explore on your triptophan buzz this Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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The Misunderstood Kingship of Yeshua

The following commentary is on Matthew 21:1-11. I consider the larger context of Zechariah 9 and how it affects our reading of the Triumphal Entry. I’d say that even modern commentators have not given this sufficient attention in many cases. … Continue reading

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Whaddya Think? Resurrect J-BOM?

We used to have something here called J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month Club). And we had hundreds of people reading the same Jewish books all over the U.S. and overseas. It was great. A regular Messianic Jewish Musings reader … Continue reading

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SBL 2010, Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is a rockstar. That’s my conclusion after hearing her speak for the first time. It was a panel discussing whether faith is incompatible with “objective” historical research in the historical Jesus project. Several evangelical Christian panelists made their … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Failure and Faith

The story of a failure on the disciples’ part turns into a lesson on the secret identity of Yeshua in Mark. But in Matthew it becomes a lesson on faith as the way we are united with God and Yeshua. … Continue reading

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Classic Repost: Hanukkah, MJ Style

The first candles of Hanukkah will be lit on December 1 (a Wednesday night). People are already searching for Hanukkah articles and information. Here is a Messianic Jewish Musings Classic, a telling of the Hanukkah story Messianic Jewish style. Enjoy. … Continue reading

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Shmuley Boteach’s Non-Divine, Non-Messianic Jesus

Shmuley Boteach has a book soon to be released about how non-Jews can save Judaism and how Jesus is a prophet, but not divine or any kind of messiah. Judaism is a failure, he says. It’s too tribal. It has … Continue reading

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Miracles (C.S. Lewis), #1

See yesterdays “God in Search of Man, #1” for an explanation of this series exploring a Jewish and a Christian thinker who have much in common. I am much more familiar with Lewis than Heschel, having a fair collection of … Continue reading

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God in Search of Man, #1

Messianic Judaism is, in essence, a hybrid faith incorporating Jewish and Christian traditions and theology. I have for some time had in mind a project: reviewing some works by one Jewish and one Christian thinker who might be termed seminal … Continue reading

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The danger of messianic misunderstanding

Just at the moment of understanding who Yeshua is we risk his rebuke . . . The danger of messianic misunderstanding. Read it on the Yeshua in Context blog: http://yeshuaincontext.com/2010/11/the-danger-of-messianic-misunderstanding/

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Good Reads Coming in Messiah Journal 105

I just got an advance copy of Messiah Journal 105 (available at ffoz.com). Aside from the fact that I have an article in this issue (“Yeshua’s Example in Spirituality and Ethics”), this new issue is another example of why First … 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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Yeshua in Your Car

Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. So says Ecclesiastes 12:12. I’m a book guy. I start my mornings with coffee and surround myself with a Bible and some commentaries. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context, Kingdom Concepts

Kingdom is a word more people have been using to describe the essence of Yeshua’s message in the last decade. What is it about beyond generalities? A few of Yeshua’s sayings on the matter are well-known. A few are rarely … 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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Matthew 11, Law vs. Kingdom?

Anachronism is reading history out of order. Many examples of popular anachronisms exist. The religious art of Europe is a well-known anachronism. Biblical characters are depicted wearing plate armor at times or Renaissance fashion (or posing nude, in spite of … 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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Reasons 4 Faith

Based on the four gospels and the life of Yeshua, what are some solid reasons to believe in Yeshua? I list seven. And the list may surprise you. It’s about realism, advanced notions in the gospels, foreshadowings hard to explain … Continue reading

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Yeshua as Torah

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Abraham in the Gospels

What does it mean to be an Israelite? This is the sort of question that was on the mind of people in Yeshua’s time. Rome had power. Israel was a subjected people. But God was expected to show up any … Continue reading

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