Category Archives: Sacrifices and Purity

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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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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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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PODCAST: Would Jesus Do That? Sacrifices and Yeshua

Would Jesus do that? Imagine asking a typical, modern day Christian, “Did Yeshua ever enter the Temple in Jerusalem and offer an animal’s blood on the altar for the cleansing of sin?” The gospels never depict him doing so. Why? … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and the Odor of Death

In the first part of this series, “Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits,” I started with a comparison by Jacob Milgrom, the premier Leviticus scholar, on impurity in the Torah and a novel by Oscar Wilde. I also tried to look … Continue reading

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Leviticus, Impurity, and Mouldering Self-Portraits

I’ve never read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. But I am familiar with the image created by Wilde in this novel, a gruesome image of the reality of evil. Dorian Gray had a portrait of himself commissioned. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Handwashing Dispute

The Yeshua in Context book, audiobook, and eBook is due for release in August 2010. I plan to publish a sourcebook as well with lists, charts, and further resources for study. In this podcast, I set up the problems in … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Temple Disputes, Part 2

In perhaps the most decisive event in Yeshua’s life he took on the leading institution of Jewish life and made a scene. Most historians studying the life of Yeshua are convinced the action of Yeshua in the Temple was a … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Temple Disputes, Part 1

Yeshua, like other Israelites in his day, was involved in disputes with other Israelites, parties, and factions in his time. There is a unique issue and problem in reading the stories of Yeshua’s disputes since it has often been the … Continue reading

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Sacrifices, the Older and the Newer

There are so many interesting aspects to the sacrificial system of the Torah. I have often recommended to Messianic Jewish Musings readers the seminal and masterful commentary in three volumes on Leviticus by Jacob Milgrom in the Anchor series (note: … Continue reading

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The Passover Offerings

Passover is coming (first Seder is Monday night, March 29) and I’ll be talking mostly about Passover between now and then. There are so many subjects to cover. Tomorrow I will have a “Passover Palooza of Information,” with links and … Continue reading

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Ki Tisa and the Mishkan, Musings

The Torah portion this week (Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) continues with some discussion of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) and more. The most important verse for understanding Shabbat is in here (Exod 31:13). Lots of good stuff, including the Golden … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur, Atonement, and the Cross

Atonement is not really a biblical word. It is a middle English coined phrase (being at one with God or at-one-ment). The biblical word is more like cleansing or wiping away, as in the blood wiping away the pollution of … Continue reading

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Levitical Theology and New Paradigms

I have been reading the notes in Study Bibles lately. I am preparing for a project that I will make known sometime in the near future. As part of my preparation, I am reading and comparing various Study Bibles. Although … Continue reading

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Passover: Handwashing?

As Passover gets near, I plan to blog more and more about aspects of the holiday. Be sure and check out various articles under the category Passover (see categories to the right), including a series on Preparing for Passover and … Continue reading

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The Truth About the Sacrifices

I spoke last night at a Christian Ladies’ Bible Study. I love speaking to Ladies’ Bible Study groups. I get to speak in about 50 churches a year, which I also enjoy. But the commitment level of women who attend … Continue reading

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Purity Laws and the Doctrine of Resurrection, Part 1

Recently we considered the fact that there will be sacrifices and purity laws in the Age to Come. Now I would like to consider how the purity laws of the Torah point to the doctrine of the resurrection of the … Continue reading

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Purity Laws and Sacrifices in the Age to Come?

When I wrote my latest book, A New Look at the Old Testament, one of my goals was to bring to Christians and Messianic Jews a sound theology of the sacrificial system. Liberal Jews, and most Christians, think that the … Continue reading

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