Tag Archives: Bible

Divine Presence

Parashat Terumah What is the connection between the construction of the Tabernacle, its furnishings and the Presence of G-d among the people of Israel? This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Terumah, centers on the instructions concerning the building of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle) and … Continue reading

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Genesis in Context

I love the book of Genesis! Not only as a religious Jew, but as an academic. I value the theological understandings gleaned through thousands of years of Jewish interpretation. However, I also value the rich tradition of Genesis from its … Continue reading

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Three More Book Reviews!

Over the last few weeks three more book reviews have appeared discussing my new book, Jude: On Faith and the Destructive Influence of Heresy (Lederer: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2014). The three reviews are by First Fruits of Zion, Emet HaTorah and … Continue reading

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My First Review!

My friend and colleague, Rabbi Derek Leman, just posted a review of my new book … and a very gracious one, at that. Rabbi Leman writes: The commentary is short and readable, with references to larger, more in-depth works by Richard … Continue reading

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Book Announcement

Just in time for the Summer conferences … My new book, a commentary on the Epistle of Jude, has just been published under the title, “Jude: On Faith and the Destructive Influence of Heresy” by Lederer/Messianic Jewish Publishers (right up … Continue reading

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Shavuot and the Book of Ruth

Saturday night, June 11th, begins the festival of Shavuot, also known as Pentecost. In Biblical times, Shavuot was the celebratory conclusion of the Barley harvest, which began during Passover, and the harvest of the wheat. That is why this harvest festival … Continue reading

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Acts 21:20 – Thousands or Tens of Thousands?

In this recent video, Jerusalem scholar, David Bivin, addresses the underlying question of whether Acts 21:20 refers to “thousands”of Jewish believers in Jerusalem at the time of the Shaliach Sha’ul (the Apostle Paul), or “tens of thousands.” In the video … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Yeshua, Halachah, and the Sermon on the Mount

This is a continuation of my previous thoughts on Jewish law and the Halachic process. As followers of a Jewish Messiah, we are obligated to engage in knowledgeable discussion with Jewish law. At times we may interpret it differently, especially in … Continue reading

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Moses in Matthew

Last night, the new MJTI Interfaith Center in Beverly Hills hosted a seminar on the Gospels with special guest, Boaz Michael, the founder and director of First Fruits of Zion. The two-hour seminar introduced many of the typologies throughout Matthew … Continue reading

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