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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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Excerpt: The Messianic Secret

The following is a little excerpt from Yeshua in Context: The Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah, my upcoming book. The schedule looks good for a late August or very early September release. I will, of course, say more. … 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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The Importance of a Project: Yeshua in Context

I’ve immersed myself for the past few years, more intensively this past year, in a study of the historical background of Yeshua’s life and of the literature that is our witness of his life, the gospels. So anyone will not … 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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Did Yeshua Affirm His Messianic Identity at His Trial?

I have been enjoying the greatest personal renewal in my life in the past six months as I have immersed myself in the life of Yeshua the Messiah. Having decided to follow him twenty-three years ago while a college student, … 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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Seeds and Fruit, Pt 2

Some people assume that Yeshua was a simple teacher, that his words were for peasants’ ears, used homey object lessons, and could be comprehended easily. It might seem unfair if the healing and compassionate prophet-messiah had an inside group or … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Seeds and Fruit

In the common thinking of the people, the kingdom of God would come suddenly and completely. One day the people would be oppressed and burdened with foreign rule and then the kingdom of Israel would rise meteorically and smash the … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Beatitudes and Hope

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, we’ll explore the beginning of what … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – A Prodigal Story

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 examine the beloved story of … 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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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Markan Dispute Stories

The gospel of Mark tends to group stories thematically. Chapter one assembles a collection of healing and exorcism stories. Mark 2:1 – 3:6 assembles a series of dispute stories. What are we to make of these dispute stories? Adele Yarbro … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The Messianic Secret

The gospels are short as biographical writings go. In such short narratives we might expect a simple story, describing what happened in Yeshua’s life, what his mission was, how he was received, and the meaning of his death and resurrection. … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The New Moses, Pt 2

Storytelling is an art. The problem with art sometimes is that not everyone “gets it.” A gifted storyteller can weave in themes and references with an obvious message in mind and readers, especially when the context of history and society … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – The New Moses, Pt 1

Once, when Yeshua was accused of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul, he said something that sounds a bit odd to modern ears, “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then … Continue reading

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