Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Noah Story and Mesopotamian Myth, Pt 1

Most people are completely unaware of the rich background of story and myth which is the setting of the Bible and especially books like Genesis. In the synagogue reading cycle, this week is Genesis 6:9 – 11:32, the story of … Continue reading

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Objects of Faith

I am reading a Chaim Potok novel I only recently found out about. I thought I had read them all, including Wanderings. Then a young lady in my synagogue told me about The Book of Lights. Kabbalah is a strong … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Yeshua Against Leviticus?

One of the dividing lines in views about the historical Yeshua is whether he came to overturn the Torah, the Law of Moses, or to support it for his own Jewish people. Few scholars in recent studies have supported the … Continue reading

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Ephesians 1 in Context

Back in October 2008 I wrote about Ephesians 1 and an important re-reading that would help a lot of people to read the Bible more in context. In recent comments and debates about the role of Jews and non-Jews in … Continue reading

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Strangers Choosing Jewish Life

I am a non-Jew converting to Judaism. The stages of my journey can be summed up as follows: (1) A reluctant conversion to Jesus-faith in college throws my secure world of science and mathematics into turmoil. (2) Instead of simply … Continue reading

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Was Moses for Real? Part 1

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What Did Yeshua Change for Gentiles?

I am interested in this question from several angles. First, there is a general idea that something radical changed for non-Jews with the appearance, death, resurrection, and ascension of Yeshua. Second, in Messianic Judaism we constantly hear people with varying … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Judging Tribes

In the introduction to Seeking the Identity of Jesus, editors Beverly Roberts Gaventa and Richard Hays speak of some of the differing images of Jesus in religious life. One of the images they refer to struck a chord with me, … Continue reading

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Eating Lizards . . . Acts 10 & 11

It would be interesting to conduct a major George Barna style survey and determine how many people in the Christian pews of America think that the point of Peter

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Educate Yourself 102

In mid-August I wrote

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