Monthly Archives: December 2010

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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Testimonies from the Hebrew Bible

Certain verses from the Hebrew Bible get used over and over in the gospels as testimonies about Yeshua. It is a modernist assumption that the prophets “saw” Yeshua and “spoke” about him. First century Jewish ideas about God’s hand in … Continue reading

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Newer, Better, Leaner, but not Meaner

MJ Passages gets a new purpose and a facelift. Earthquake coming to Israel? Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Google? Yeshua speaks about consumerism and we need to hear it as Christmas approaches?

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Summary and Perspectives on Part 5

This is a summary and a statement of perspective on “Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5.” We had a lively discussion. Commenters have varying concerns including: (1) Leaders of congregations who do not want to marginalize any person … Continue reading

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News: The Life and Sayings of Yeshua, a Jewish book

The Mishnah was compiled in 200 CE. The midrashim, the early ones, may have been compiled in the fifth century. The four books of the life and sayings of Yeshua called the gospels were compiled between 67 and 90 CE. … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 5

I have a friend who led a Messianic congregation with few Jews. In the early days, he assumed that non-Jewish followers of Yeshua could and should take on a life of Torah and even specifically Jewish ways of keeping the … Continue reading

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Three Pillar Stories in Mark

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Mount Sinai and Mount Zion

I wrote something for a Christian audience explaining Hebrews 12:18-29. It is a passage, like many in Hebrews, which can be misunderstood as anti-Jewish or anti-Torah. Actually, it is a pro-Torah message of considerable genius, as I try to show … Continue reading

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Not Jewish Yet Drawn to Torah, Part 4

I’ve had many emails asking me to resume this series. Sometimes I start something and fail to complete it. The series has been my thinking, as a rabbi with plenty of non-Jewish members in my synagogue, about the phenomenon of … 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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