Monthly Archives: August 2011

LIVE Elul Discussion, Week 1

A beautiful garden is well-ordered and weedless. This is the month for getting our gardens ready. They need a lot of work . . . אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. -Song of … Continue reading

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Tonight, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time: ELUL Live Discussion

Be here between 9 and 10 pm tonight. I will post some texts from the Machzor, from Mesillat Yesharim, and other sources to get us started with a discussion via blog comments. We’ll discuss repentance, mussar, preparation for the High … Continue reading

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YIC Blog: Yeshua on Repentance

Elul starts tomorrow night. It is a good time for this topic. Here is the beginning and you can read the whole thing at the link below: When he came to his senses he said, “How many of my father’s … Continue reading

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Leman’s Favorite Books About God

I made a comment on James Pyles’s blog today that Heschel’s God in Search of Man is in my top twenty favorite books of all time. That led me to think about formalizing my list. I exclude from the list … Continue reading

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Elul Events, Coming Live Here at Musings!!

Elul starts Tuesday night, August 30. It is the month of repentance, the month leading the High Holidays. MORE REPENTANCE. We don’t go deeper because we don’t look inside far enough. We don’t go higher because we don’t look high … Continue reading

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YIC Blog: Isaiah 11 in Yeshua’s Time

How did they read Isaiah 11:1-6 in Yeshua’s time? Here are examples from Second Temple Jewish literature. It’s part of a series at the Yeshua in Context blog filling in the pieces of the Messiah puzzle. What sorts of things … Continue reading

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Torah and New Testament #3

The multitude of regulations (the Jews found 613 laws in the Law, the books Genesis through Deuteronomy) was such that even to remember them all was a burden, and to keep them all bordered on the impossible. –Leon Morris, Galatians: … Continue reading

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The Message of Jesus via Scot McKnight

Call me a Scot McKnight fan. He is a well-read, academic who communicates very well with less academic readers. He also has grasped a holistic approach to reading the Bible that I have found very helpful. And he is a … Continue reading

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On Togetherness and MJ

Togetherness is what we lack. There is power in a group, large or small, which is together in purpose. When we know who we are, what we care about, and what we share as common goals, being together is encouraging, … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua Musterion

One of Yeshua’s favorite questions for disciples is amusing: “Are you without understanding?” It’s a good question for all of us who read the gospels and try to apprehend what he is about. Even more so, it is a good … Continue reading

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