Category Archives: Yeshua In Context

PODCAST: Narrow Door – Yeshua in Context

Luke 13 is in a section about the messianic prophet on his way to Jerusalem. The conflict is mounting. There is a conflict with the powers of illness and demonic possession. Yeshua is defeating them. Another conflict is building with … Continue reading

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Hidden things are happening

This is sort of random. I just enjoyed the thought that came to me about Luke 13:18-21. How do these retellings of the mustard seed and leaven parables fit with vss. 1-21? Luke Timothy Johnson’s commentary helped me see the … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Faith in Waiting – Yeshua in Context

I’m wondering if we can look over Luke’s shoulder as he orders and shapes the storytelling in Luke 8. Does he order and shape these very familiar stories in a pattern that sends a message to the community in his … Continue reading

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Also Messiah of the High & Mighty

On the Yeshua in Context blog, I explore the not-so-poor-and-lowly among Yeshua’s disciples and those he served. Preview: Don’t forget also the woman with the issue of blood (as the King James has immortalized her in Mark 5:25). She had … Continue reading

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Future Hope vs. Present Distress

Mark tells the story of Yeshua focused on future hope. Luke tells the story of Yeshua focused on present distress. What I mean is this: in Mark’s gospel, we see the theme of the identity of the veiled Son of … Continue reading

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Jewish Names in Yeshua’s Time

I wrote up a summary at the Yeshua in Context blog that many Messianic Jewish Musings readers will find interesting. What were the most popular names in Galilee and Judea in Yeshua’s time? Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is … Continue reading

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Yeshua in Context PODCAST: Jewish Jesus

Listen here (or subscribe to “Yeshua in Context” on iTunes). Read the transcript here. Some see him as the “first Christian.” That is an interesting way of putting it. No one, as far as I know, actually uses that terminology. … Continue reading

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PODCAST – The UnConqueror – Yeshua in Context

The last part of Isaiah is about a figure who has been described as the Anointed Conqueror, a messianic figure whose robe is dipped in blood, who brings vindication, but who also sets the oppressed free and binds up the … Continue reading

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Luke’s Temptation Narrative

At the Yeshua in Context blog I have some commentary today on Luke’s Temptation account. Why does Luke emphasize the filling of the Spirit? How is Luke’s understanding of the Spirit more subtle than the usual way people think about … Continue reading

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Poor in Spirit

How important is it to interpret a biblical text well? Obsession with details of theology, which is at least close to the same thing as obsession with a good interpretation of a sacred text, has been compared to speculating about … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Birth Issues – Yeshua in Context

The birth stories of Yeshua have issues. It’s not easy to understand why there are such big differences between them. It’s not easy to answer how the evangelists could have obtained the information in their accounts. And the virginal conception … Continue reading

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Example of the Use of Hebrew Bible in Yeshua’s Story

Today on the Yeshua in Context blog: http://yeshuaincontext.com/2011/03/hebrew-bible-in-marks-passion-narrative/

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Some Passion Narratives Commentary

If you don’t follow along with us in the daily readings from Torah and the gospels (the “Daily D’var”) then you might enjoy this example of commentary which I send out daily to a list (right now about 150 people). … Continue reading

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Cool Feedback from a “Gospel Test” Taker

I’ve had a lot of interaction with people who took my “Gospel Proficiency Test” at the Yeshua in Context blog. See it here. About 500 people have read the test so far and I could guess that about half actually … Continue reading

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The Outer Circle Around Yeshua

. . . but for those outside everything is in parables. These are Yeshua’s words in Mark 4:11. But most of us do not believe him. We see all around us religious empires built on the simplistic understanding of “those … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Gospel Knowledge – Yeshua in Context

I start with some thoughts about principles for a more accurate reading experience in the gospels. Then I share some (not all) of the questions from a “Gospel Proficiency Test” I posted today at YeshuaInContext.com Shouldn’t the gospels become so … Continue reading

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Exam: The Gospel Proficiency Test

How well would you do in a test of your knowledge of the gospels in English? No tricks. No requirement of knowledge of commentaries or historical dictionaries or anything. This could be a good spiritual experience for you. You can … Continue reading

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Passover, Last Supper, Crucifixion: 2011 Notes, Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about the discrepancy between Mark and John regarding the day on which Yeshua was crucified and whether the Last Supper was a Passover Seder or not. I will explain this again briefly below a different … Continue reading

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Two Articles of Note on Yeshua in Context

Close reading is a lost art. Maybe it has something to do with the skimming we routinely practice reading way to many articles on the internet. “John 14:31, Why Close Reading Helps.” As part of my research into the Passover … Continue reading

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Passover, Last Supper, Crucifixion: 2011 Notes, Part 1

I know this post will disturb some good people and for good reason. I have the unenviable task of introducing a topic that calls into question many people’s view of the Bible, and specifically the gospels, as a unified, non-contradictory … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Desolating Sacrilege

Yeshua spoke of a coming event, the Desolating Sacrilege (Abomination of Desolation is another common translation). What was he referring to? Caligula’s intent to put a statue in the Temple in 40 CE? The coming Jewish war with Rome in … Continue reading

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More time to listen than read?

I have a guest post on Yeshua in Context today by Brian Richie, a friend in California. This is a response by a busy working man to my podcast and essay from last week, “The Joy of Reading.” Brian explains … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Yeshua’s Life

I just put together a new page at MJPassages (my resources and information site). I put up a nice selection of articles that really will get you immersed in the study of Yeshua’s life and message. Check it out here … Continue reading

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Toledo Conference March 28-29

Many cities are an easy drive to Toledo, Ohio. Are you a church leader or an MJ leader? The cost is only $30 and the sessions and speakers could be interesting (except for me, of course!). http://jewishjesus.ffoz.org/

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Joy of Reading

I had an experience last night that gave me an idea for this podcast. I’ve been closely reading the gospels and books on the gospels and books on the historical inquiry into the life and message of Yeshua for several … Continue reading

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