Category Archives: Second Temple Lit.

A Little Sadducee Love at YIC

“Sadducean Scribblings #2” is worth a read. Then read Matthew 22:23-33.

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Apocalypses and the Apocalypse

I’m reading and rereading and teaching the book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse. It is easy to forget that this mysterious book, marking the end of the New Testament both in print and in chronology, fit right into … Continue reading

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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: A Survey

I’m studying and teaching about Revelation at the congregation. And before you can understand something, it is good to know what it is. Revelation is an apocalypse, a kind of Jewish writing found in the Second Temple period and a … Continue reading

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McKnight's A LIGHT AMONG THE GENTILES, Pt. 1

As part of my ongoing research for the book, Messiah, I am reading many portraits of Jesus by academic writers. If you didn’t already, see the post below, “Musings on Some Academic Portraits of Jesus” I’m working my way through … Continue reading

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Esther and Apocryphal Esther

Purim is coming on March 21 this year, which is also the Christian Good Friday. Purim (POOHR-im) means lots as in the ancient custom of casting lots (almost like dice) either as a game or to divine the future. It … Continue reading

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Apocryphal Reading List

This is just a quick list of some past posts from “Messianic Musings” about the Apocrypha. I will be posting more soon about the Wisdom of Solomon. These books are a fascinating way to understand developing Jewish thought leading up … Continue reading

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Apocryphal Wisdom

I remember when I was studying biblical literature as an undergraduate in Chicago. The professor at my Protestant, dispensationalist school said that the books of the Apocrypha were good for reading but not suitable to belong in the canon of … Continue reading

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Tobit and the Jewishness of the New Testament

I am developing a series of articles here on Messianic Musings about the writings of Second Temple Judaism that we call the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha. These writings, which date from after the time of the Hebrew Bible and until … Continue reading

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Psalm 151, A Lesson for Israel Then and Now

In our day there are Jewish and Christian bookstores full of writings of people of faith. We can find fiction and non-fiction on a variety of topics, all related to faith in God and living the teachings of the Bible. … Continue reading

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An Apocryphal Prayer

The history of Israel is told in the Bible until the days of Ezra and Nehemiah. The New Testament picks up the story about 480 years later with John the Baptizer. What happened in between? The answer? A whole lot. … Continue reading

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