Monthly Archives: September 2011

Can you interpret the “Old Testament” without the “New”?

As a Christian, I often hear the assertion that one cannot interpret the “Old Testament” without the “New Testament”. As the saying goes, “The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed, and the Old Testament is in the New … Continue reading

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The Didache and thrice daily prayer

The Didache, a first century document which purports to have its origin in the Apostolic community, is a manual for Gentile converts and as such is often enlightening as to the practices which first century Messianic Jews advocated for Gentiles … Continue reading

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Are the Jews still the people of God?

Supersessionism is the idea that the church has superseded – replaced – the Jewish people as God’s chosen people. I reject this idea, but it has been present in Christianity since the first century and prevalent for most of church … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading

David Rudolph’s website, MJ Studies, is an incredible wealth of information. Journal articles, conference papers, doctoral dissertations – all kinds of Messianic Jewish scholarship from a post-supersessionist perspective. He also has his library posted online, though in a different format than … Continue reading

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Why I am an Evangelical

Not everyone who reads my blog might know this, but I am an evangelical Christian. More specifically, I am a licensed pastor in an American Baptist church. I’m currently working toward ordination; I started this blog during a half-semester break … Continue reading

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Jew and Gentile – Blurring the Distinction

Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz, in a lecture on intermarriage (one of many which are available online at Simple To Remember), recounted a conversation between two great Torah sages. The younger asked the older how Socialism had led so many Jews … Continue reading

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The Role of Education in Maintaining Distinct Communities

I had an interesting discussion with my students the other day about compulsory education. We talked about how the Old Order Amish in this area don’t go to public school, but are all taught together in an Amish schoolhouse. They … Continue reading

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The False Flag – How A Vocal Minority is Destroying “Hebrew Roots”

During World War II, Hitler planned an operation called Operation Greif, in which a group of Germans dressed in American uniforms and driving American vehicles caused havoc in the American ranks. The German commandos would cross over enemy lines into … Continue reading

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What if the Bible said the sky was pink?

What if the Bible said the sky were pink? It doesn’t. But what if it did? Back in the day, critical scholars would have had a field day with it. The sky is clearly not pink, as can be easily … Continue reading

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Mesilas Yesharim and Luke 14 on Humility

The Jewish ethical treatise Mesilas Yesharim (Path of the Just) chapter 22 contains this quote from Vayikra Rabbah (the Midrash on Leviticus): Our Sages of blessed memory said in Vayikra Rabbah (1.5), “Withdraw two or three levels from your place … Continue reading

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