Category Archives: Yeshua

Yeshua Divine? Trinity?

An interesting discussion has developed today at the Yeshua in Context blog. I know that many like Renee have these questions. http://yeshuaincontext.com/2010/10/interpreting-the-temptation/

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More on Congregations of Yeshua (Jesus)

The second part of my notes over on the Yeshua in Context blog about what the gospels say about community. These are simply notes, not a fully fleshed-out publication on community and Yeshua. “Applying Yeshua Communally, Part 2.” If you … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Discipleship Secret

Apocalyptic is a type of literature that sees the world in a particular way: hidden reality . . . a veil over meaning . . . secrets for those who know how to seek them . . . more than … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Sabbath Grain

Mark 2:23-28 is a riddle wrapped in a riddle smothered by an enigma. The questions it raises get deeper the closer we look. Yeshua is a master of confounding his critics and implying something just beyond the edges of comprehension. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Disciples, 2 Versions

There are two very different versions of the story of the call of the initial disciples. They perfectly illustrate the difference storytelling makes in the gospels and how storytelling forms a message. The two versions actually tell us a lot … Continue reading

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Testimonies from the Hebrew Bible

Certain verses from the Hebrew Bible get used over and over in the gospels as testimonies about Yeshua. It is a modernist assumption that the prophets “saw” Yeshua and “spoke” about him. First century Jewish ideas about God’s hand in … Continue reading

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News: The Life and Sayings of Yeshua, a Jewish book

The Mishnah was compiled in 200 CE. The midrashim, the early ones, may have been compiled in the fifth century. The four books of the life and sayings of Yeshua called the gospels were compiled between 67 and 90 CE. … Continue reading

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Three Pillar Stories in Mark

Mark’s gospel is organized as a series of short scenes in a style similar to the chreia of Greek rhetoric, descriptive scenes that show something about the character. Scene after scene, Mark’s chreia serve the purpose introduced in Mark 1:1, … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Women as Eyewitnesses

At the end of each of the four gospels, in the scenes at the cross, the burial, and the empty tomb of Yeshua, we find something different: the sudden presence of women who are listed by name. The concentration of … Continue reading

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Disciple-Fail in Mark

I’m not sure if the Fail Blog will take notice, but the gospel of Mark has a strong theme of disciple-fail. Is this simply a relic of the past or is disciple-fail a live option for modern disciples too? What … 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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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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SBL 2010, I Lied . . . Back to the Historical Jesus

I lied yesterday. I didn’t mean to. It’s more like I exaggerated. I was a bit fed up with the historical Jesus project. And I was hasty to say I wouldn’t go to any more historical Jesus sessions at SBL … 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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The Mountain in the Sermon

The following information is derived from a paper by Eric Ottenheijm of the University of Utrecht presented at the 2010 Society of Biblical Literature in the Matthew section. In Matthew 5:1, Yeshua went up on “the mountain.” No one knows … 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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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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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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Untransfiguration

“Tell no one of the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead,” said Yeshua. Chapter 1 of Yeshua in Context is about stories, Yeshua’s story and ours (and how they intersect). The story of Yeshua has … 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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Hebrew Bible Testimonies to Yeshua

There was a long period between the life of Yeshua and the writing down of his story in four gospels. What happened during this period and how did the story as we know it take shape? One interesting feature, which … 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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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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Reasons for Faith in Yeshua

This will likely be the subject of my podcast tomorrow. Of the making of lists there is no end, to paraphrase Qohelet (Ecclesiastes). I am aware of this as I make lists for my YESHUA IN CONTEXT SOURCEBOOK, due out … Continue reading

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