Monthly Archives: August 2009

Three Reformations, Stuart Dauermann

I am in L.A. (hence the somewhat late blog posting for a Monday) meeting with staff at MJTI (mjti.com). Last night was a nice dinner with some friends of MJTI and some faculty and staff. It was a night of … Continue reading

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Millennialism (Chiliasm)

I’m teaching Revelation 20 tomorrow morning at synagogue. This is the 28th week in a series I have been teaching (with breaks for holiday seasons and topics). The following are just a few notes on the history of millennialism. I … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua, Pharisees, Revolution

Why were groups of Pharisees so interested in Yeshua? What power did Pharisees have to harm Yeshua? How do issues of power and Jewish beliefs help us recover the context of Yeshua

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Is Religion Bad?

No, I am not asking a question about the history of religion (like the New Atheists who ask if religion has been more harm than good historically). I am asking a simpler question: is the word religion something we should … Continue reading

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Sukkot Haggadah Coming

I have had a few inquiries about a Sukkot Haggadah I promised to produce for this year. It will be here, in time for Sukkot, but perhaps not a lot earlier than Sukkot. It will include some guided readings in … Continue reading

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The Messiah Idea: Backwards or Forwards?

The Messiah idea in the Bible is not as simple as some think and not as complicated as others imagine. There is a great interview on Trevin Wax

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Why Are Jews Liberals?

A retired physician in our congregation just got me a subscription to Commentary, a Jewish magazine about conservative politics. I think he is worried that I am drinking the liberal Manischewitz of American Jewish life (it is true that I … Continue reading

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Elul: Preparation, Reflection, Spiritual Discipline

Tomorrow is the first morning of Elul (the month starts tonight at sundown). Elul is a month of preparation, self-reflection, and spiritual discipline leading up to Rosh HaShanah (sundown, Sept. 18, 2009). The most noticeable custom of Elul is that … Continue reading

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Bringing Back Messianism

I received a question from Scot McKnight about my series this week on the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. He said it seemed I was saying that the image of a marriage supper with God in the age to come … Continue reading

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The Marriage Supper, Part 2

As I have read through Revelation, I have found it to be the culmination of a long story. It is the most developed and mature theology of the entire canon. John, the Jewish apostle, from his position in the communities … Continue reading

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