Category Archives: Theology

The Nature of God in MJT

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 This is our Messianic Jewish Musings survey of chapter 4 of Richard Harvey’s newly published study. MJT stands for Messianic Jewish Theology. See here to find MMJT on Paternoster … Continue reading

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What is Supersessionism?

I got a wonderful opportunity this weekend to guest blog on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog (see my post here and the Jesus Creed blog here). Jesus Creed is one of the most widely read Christian blogs and Scot McKnight … Continue reading

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Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology, ch 3

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 Buy the book here or here. My review of MMJT is merely a summary and a list of some questions raised and not a replacement for owning the book. … Continue reading

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The Question of God’s Absence in Our Need

I got a great question last night in a comment on the beliefs page here at Messianic Jewish Musings. Darvari asks: If you don’t mind me asking, I’d like to get an idea of how do Jews today deal with … Continue reading

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What is Historical Criticism?

On Saturday there was a fascinating session of papers at SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) called “What is Historical Criticism?” The presenters were from Jewish and Christian backgrounds: Alan Cooper of Jewish Theological Seminary, Peter Machinist of Harvard, Francis Watson … Continue reading

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Why Study Theology?

A friend from the blogosphere emailed yesterday to ask a very personal question: “Why should anyone study theology?” For my friend this is a personal question because she already has the bug. She loves reading and studying and writing. But … Continue reading

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Un-Ordinary Beliefs

I get a regular stream of emails with questions about something someone read on Messianic Jewish Musings. Sometimes these come from regular readers and sometimes from people who ran across something on a google search. The questioners often are surprised … Continue reading

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What Did Yeshua Change for Gentiles?

I am interested in this question from several angles. First, there is a general idea that something radical changed for non-Jews with the appearance, death, resurrection, and ascension of Yeshua. Second, in Messianic Judaism we constantly hear people with varying … Continue reading

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Scot McKnight on “Trickle-Down Scholarship”

A Christian theologian I follow closely (I read his blog 5 days a week and I’ve read a good number of his books) is Scot McKnight. Professor McKnight (North Park University, Chicago) is well-known on the internet with one of … Continue reading

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Star Trek and Theology?

…………………………………………. This blog post has NO spoilers. …………………………………………. What does Star Trek have to do with theology, much less a blog about theology in a Messianic Jewish context such as this one? Well, the connection may be as thin as … Continue reading

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Grace: Uses, Misuses, and the Bliss of the Real Thing

For years I have avoided using the perfectly good word grace. It’s not just a cliché in some religious circles, it’s also a catch-all for a thousand undefined and sketchy notions about why we are somehow excused in our laziness … Continue reading

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Hell in the New Testament

Part of my journey in the past five years has been re-assessing what I think I know about life, God, the Bible, and theology. It has been a particularly fruitful time, this half decade. Paradigms should be questioned and knowledge … Continue reading

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#1 in The Hebrew Bible Speaks: Liberated to Liberate

Regular readers know that writing is what I love to do. I have published nine books including Feast and The World to Come (available at lifeway.com and amazon.com respectively). My next book, tentatively titled The Hebrew Bible Speaks, I will … Continue reading

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Revelation 7, Israel, the Church, and Tabernacles

Last week I lamented the unfortunate conclusions Grant Osborne came to in his otherwise excellent commentary on Revelation. Like many other commentators, he reads Israel out of Revelation. Israel shows up in Revelation in four places: chapters 7, 11, 12, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Divine Judgment

They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their … Continue reading

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Revelation 5: Love Preceding Judgment

I continue a series at my congregation on the book of Revelation. It is a book that demands of its readers a prior knowledge of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah. And now, in my forties, it means more to me than … Continue reading

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Throne Visions

Although it is impossible, I like to imagine the electrifying terror and joy of ordinary men and women beholding visions beyond the veil. The sudden raising of the ordinary to levels unimaginable, the piercing quality of vision, the wonder which … Continue reading

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The World Grows to Middle-Age

As I grow older I find it is more than a matter of my hair and beard whitening or my knees stiffening. In the forty-second year of my life I feel my certitude about many things shrinking. The words of … Continue reading

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Yeshua as Deity: Evaluating a Theory

I made a new friend in 2008. We met through our blogs and then we saw each other briefly in Jerusalem in December. His name is Daniel and he has a blog at http://christian4moses.wordpress.com/ Daniel, a Dutch Christian who developed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Scot McKnight, the Blue Parakeet

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight, 2008, Zondervan. I like the Blue Parakeet and recommend it with one reservation (see below). I like this book because the metaphor is striking and memorable (I explain … Continue reading

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Apocalypses and the Apocalypse

I’m reading and rereading and teaching the book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse. It is easy to forget that this mysterious book, marking the end of the New Testament both in print and in chronology, fit right into … Continue reading

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Dialoguing About Messiah’s Deity

I met a young man in Israel, though he is from another country. We shared a late night conversation in Jerusalem. It was a planned meeting because we knew each other from our respective blogs. This young man is a … Continue reading

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Rabbi Besser and the Maccabees

This was my Hanukkah sermon for today (but don’t let that keep you from reading it :-) ). The book I refer to is The Rabbi of 84th Street by Warren Kozak. I’ll be reviewing the book soon. ……………………………………….. Rabbi … Continue reading

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You Review It: Me on Matthew 5:17

I am working on some text for a possible publishing project coming up soon. I’d like to benefit from some reader response. This piece is a short explanation of Matthew 5:17. It cannot really be longer or at least not … Continue reading

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Jerusalem, Hidden and Enduring

Some people think it is easy for us who are believers. That is, we who believe in the Divine, it might appear to outsiders that our belief comes effortlessly and automatically. Maybe we’re just naive. But the silence of God … Continue reading

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