Monthly Archives: November 2016

Every now and then you get your paradigm blown about some aspect of biblical history or theology. That happened to me at the recent SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) meeting in a session put on by the Historical Jesus Section, with Amy-Jill Levine presiding. Specifically it was R. Steven Notley’s paper in the session whose…

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SBL (Society of Biblical Literature, #SBLAAR2016) has been a reawakening for me, an experience of recapturing something that has been beautiful in my life. Since leaving my former occupation as a rabbi a year and half ago, I’ve not stopped studying the Bible, wrestling with texts and ideas, trying to comprehend what God has spoken…

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SBL is the Society of Biblical Literature, and every year there is a joint conference with AAR, the American Academy of Religion. It’s 10,000 plus Bible scholars and theologians all in one place. There are something like a hundred parallel tracks for just about any topic you can imagine and some you’d never imagine. I…

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We’ve had a great deal of discussion here on Messianic Jewish Musings and also on my Facebook profile about my recent post: “Jesus and Mosaic Authorship of Torah”. Why not join the dialogue about Yeshua? Two points in particular have been raised, but I think even more could be. Here are two questions I invite…

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Yeshua (Jesus) reportedly said things like, “Moses wrote about me” (John 5:46) and “have you not read in the book of Moses?” (Mark 12:26). Many Christians argue that if Yeshua believed in Mosaic authorship of the entire Pentateuch (Torah, Five Books of Moses), we must believe it as well. The argument for Mosaic authorship might…

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Jesus (Yeshua) famously said: “the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many” (Matt 7:13). The common reading of Yeshua’s narrow road saying is that he was speaking of eternal destinies, giving us truths about the afterlife and the extent of salvation. According…

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What’s so great about Abraham? How does his name and example inspire or motivate a person living now? What does the concept of God’s friendship with Abraham mean for Jews? For Christians? When God calls out one person among the mass of humanity as his friend, it is personal and scandalous. When God chooses a…

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Is prophecy a real thing? Is the Hebrew Bible (“Old Testament”) inspired by God? Are its words sacred, conveying somehow true things about God’s nature and his desires? Yes, I certainly think so. A commenter challenged me regarding my recent article, “Believing in Torah While Accepting Biblical Criticism.” His words are sharp and to the…

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I believe in two things at the same time that seem irreconcilable to many people of faith. On the one hand, I believe in Torah, the very idea of Torah. I believe that God moved prophets and priests and sages to speak and write Torah. I also believe God appointed scribes to preserve and pass…

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