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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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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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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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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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Demon Fail

What gospel gives the highest view of Yeshua’s exalted identity? John, of course. But after John, one of the synoptics stands high above the rest. That would be Mark. This story happens after the confession of Peter, and the rebuke … 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 – 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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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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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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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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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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Questions, Yeshua as Exorcist

What does it mean that the first biblical stories of exorcisms come in the life of Yeshua? And after Yeshua, we hear only a little about exorcisms? What does this say about his messianic mission? How does Luke 13:32 give … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Questions, The Heralding Yeshua

Chapter 3 of Yeshua in Context is called “The Heralding Yeshua.” Yeshua was a herald of the kingdom, both as a prophet and as the bringer of the kingdom. Examining a text in Mark which ironically has bookmarks with first … 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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PODCAST – Yeshua in Context: Questions, Unexpected Messiah

Chapter 2 of Yeshua in Context is called “The Unexpected Messiah.” It refers to the story in Luke 4, where we find Yeshua in his own hometown. He challenges his audience by claiming messianic identity and then denies what seemed … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua In Context – Questions, The Real Yeshua (Jesus)

I’m writing group discussion questions for Yeshua in Context. They will be a in a companion resource (maybe a print book, or maybe an eBook and PDF people can download) called the Yeshua in Context Sourcebook. In this podcast, I … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah’s Story, Part 2

Yeshua’s story, his life and message, his aims and identity, must mean something. What are we to make of it? Many people ignore Yeshua’s story, a touching tale that makes little difference in a busy life. But Yeshua said “remain … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah’s Story, Pt 1

Stories are how we think about life, truth meaning. We know Yeshua primarily through stories since we didn’t see him in person. What can a story do? How much can a story affect us? What response could a story call … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Resurrection Mystery

Perplexity. Remembrance. Mystery. Continuity. These four themes are what Luke emphasizes in his resurrection account. All four gospels agree that the empty tomb was discovered on the first day of the week, that Mary Magdalene and other women discovered it, … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Resurrection Absences

N.T. Wright concludes that the resurrection narratives in the four gospels develop from early accounts, accounts in which the startling fact of the resurrection is still raw, undigested (Resurrection, 610-15). Assuming Wright is correct, this feature of the gospel resurrection … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Crucifixion Irony

Mark’s account of Yeshua’s death is punctuated with irony. The story of the innocent sufferer in the Hebrew Bible is interlaced with the agony and incongruity of the punishment of the Son of God. The sky darkens with God’s anger, … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Friend of Sinners

More than even the other two synoptic gospels, Luke makes it a theme that Yeshua befriended sinners and the lowly, the am ha’aretz, the poor people of the land. Some have overblown this theme, even suggesting that Yeshua did away … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Messiah’s Sabbath Work

Yeshua was involved in controversies about the Sabbath. He often healed people on the Sabbath. Jewish leaders accused him of breaking the Sabbath when he did this. Yeshua used a number of arguments to justify his healing on the Sabbath … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Wicked Tenants, Pt 2

The death of Yeshua is not salvation for all in Israel. For some it is a final act of doom. Yet the vineyard will be given to others, the newly constituted leaders of Israel, the twelve who have followed Yeshua … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Wicked Tenants, Pt 1

A recurring and definitive question in reading the story of Yeshua is where he placed himself in relation to the Israelite people and Judaism, on the one hand, and the new community he envisioned coming after him, on the other. … Continue reading

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