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Paula Fredriksen – Augustine and the Jews

Paula Fredriksen is one of several modern scholars and authors who have adopted a post-supersessionist perspective. Along with Mark Nanos, Magnus Zetterholm, Peter Tomson, and Messianic Jewish scholars such as Mark Kinzer and David Rudolph, among many others, Fredriksen seeks … Continue reading

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The Centrality of James and the Jerusalem Church

Richard Bauckham, in his inaugural lecture as Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Andrews, delivered a discourse called James at the Centre: A Jerusalem Perspective on the New Testament (available at MJStudies.com). He mentions several issues that I can’t … Continue reading

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“Arrogance” in Romans 11 and Attitudes toward Judaism

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember … 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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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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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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The Sign of Jonah and Early Jewish Rejection of Gentile Believers

Matthew 12 records an incident in which Jesus admonishes the Pharisees who ask him for a sign. His response is one of the most cryptic of his teachings: A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will … Continue reading

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Topical vs. Exegetical Preaching – What Would Jesus Do?

I’m reading one of my course supplements for a new class I’m taking – Greek study tools. It’s a required class for the degree program I’m in, but I think I’ll enjoy this one as I haven’t put as much … Continue reading

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Our Founding Ideals and Why We Abandoned Them

This week I went up to Mars Hill Bible Church to see Toby Janicki present Vine of David’s Delitzsch Hebrew/English Gospels to a group of over 100 people. Mars Hill is quite an amazing place. It doesn’t have a sign. … Continue reading

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Be Subject to the Higher Powers

For many American Christians, some of the more difficult passages in the New Testament are the ones having to do with subjection to authority. Jesus, Peter, and Paul clearly teach that followers of Yeshua are to be subject to authority. … Continue reading

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