Monthly Archives: December 2010

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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MJPassages 12-31-10

Fish in the Israeli desert? Jim Davila comments on Simcha Jacobovici (the Naked Archaeologist). Synagogues in the Middle Ages using the Greek Bible? Free eBook versions of the Siddur? The Economist says PhD’s are not worthwhile?

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My, Wasn't David Baron Wrong!

I appreciate David Baron, the Hebrew Christian (1857-1926) who wrote some books that are still in print. Like Edersheim, I appreciate Baron, but sometimes have to wince at the anti-Judaism that was so inculcated by the Christian culture of that … Continue reading

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Rabbi Kinbar on Why MJ's Should Learn Hebrew

Not just the rabbis and rabbis-in-training, but you! Even a little Hebrew is better than none. Take the challenge in 2011. He provides a link to some great self-learning or group learning materials. Read it here.

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Miracles (C.S. Lewis), #3

I’m slowly eking out a parallel series on C.S. Lewis and Abraham Joshua Heschel. You can find the earlier installments by using Categories on the right sidebar and looking under their names. Here are two contemporaries who epitomize good Christian … Continue reading

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Middle Ground: How to Irritate Both Sides

You know you’re in that annoying middle ground that seemingly satisfies no one when you manage to evoke disagreement and irritation from both sides of an issue. I mean, on the one hand, Judah is satirizing me here and Gene … Continue reading

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Bible & Archaeology News 12-29

Will the Russians find Sodom beneath the Dead Sea? . . . A humorous rejoinder (with pictures) to mythicists (they say Yeshua is a myth). . . . A scholar commends caring about both TEXT and ARTIFACT.

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 6

This post should not be read in isolation from previous ones in this series. If you are short on time, at least read “Part 5” here. We have now come to the part of this series which some readers have … Continue reading

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A Very Non-Expert Introduction to Mussar

I spent the later part of the afternoon yesterday meeting with a friend and congregant to compare notes and discuss Mussar. Mussar is a movement coming out of Lithuania in the 19th century. Mussar is about working on the improvement … Continue reading

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Complaining, With Permission, to God

At the end of Exodus 2, we read that after a long time, Pharaoh died. Israel groaned under bondage. They cried out and their cry came up to God in heaven. God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant. Most … Continue reading

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