Chronicles of the Apostles

I have long been aware of FFOZ’s Torah Club – an intensive year-long study program through the weekly Torah portions.  Although I have heard many great things about the series, I never experienced it firsthand. And then recently I received the newest Torah Club, Volume 6 – Chronicles of the Apostles. Let me just say … this is pretty sweet!

What is unique about Volume 6 is that although it follows and corresponds to the weekly Torah portions, this particular volume is a Jewish approach to the Book of Acts and the early history of Yeshua’s followers. Each week’s lesson includes intensive written commentary, brief questions for study groups, maps, and charts. This is definitely not for weaklings, but for those who want to grow spiritually and go deeper in their knowledge of the Bible and its Jewish and historical context. But it is also not so far advanced that newcomers get lost. FFOZ did a great job of finding a healthy balance.

I am currently teaching a class on the Book of Acts and have begun using some of the material from Torah Club 6 to help supplement the class. I have found it not only incredibly helpful but deeply informative. As one already familiar with the Jewish context of the New Testament and the early history of the Yeshua beleivers, I am still learning a lot from this series.

There have been some concerns about FFOZ’s use of New Testament apocryphal texts in Volume 6 … however, there is truly nothing to worry about. The point of the series is to introduce the early history, and one of the primary ways to do this is through contemporaneous sources which may not be considered canonical as  Scripture but are still incredibly helpful historically and contextually. And FFOZ is always careful in their approach and use of these texts. Because there is so much misinformation in Biblical studies, it is very important to have a knowledgeable understanding of the context to the Bible and the proper way to study it. That is one of the reasons Torah Club is so important. It not only gives you lots of information, but teaches you how to use that information to wrestle with the text yourself.

My friends over at FFOZ regularly produce high quality study materials, and they have again really done a great job with this new Torah Club series (and major props to Daniel Lancaster). I have now become a big fan of Torah Club and will be recommending it to others.

Whether you are relatively new to intensive study of Scripture or a seasoned veteran, Torah Club is an excellent resource for in-depth study – whether for a small group or for individual learning. I highly recommend Torah Club, and especially the newest volume, Chronicles of the Apostles (#6).

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue in Agoura Hills, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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2 Responses to Chronicles of the Apostles

  1. Boaz Michael says:

    R”Brumbach,

    Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. The Torah Club is a tremendous amount of work for us–I am glad you are benefitting from it. It is always a joy to me when I check in with Daniel throughout the day and I will ask him how he is doing and with excitement he’ll say, “I am just about to conquer Masada” or “I’m picking up the stones to hurl at Stephen.” He is absorbed into the story and it is showing in his work. We think it is critical information for people to know the history of the early Jewish believers and the culture of transfer and change.

    If you do not mind, I would like to post the introduction video to Torah Club v.6. I think is one of our best video’s and would like to use your review to get more people to see it. Here is the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a_G7lvIz3g&list=PLB3DDDDB4C10EE323&index=6&feature=plpp_video

    Thanks again and as you know we think the role of a Rabbi or Pastor is one of the most difficult jobs in the body of Messiah. So whatever we can do to assist you and your teachings we’re glad to help.

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