DIVINE MESSIAH. It was not evident to those who saw him walking in the hills of Galilee. Hints of it were later recognized in his mysterious sayings. The realization became evident only after he rose from the dead and appeared from heaven to some people in the early messianic movement. This realization was remarkable and it came to a group of Jewish monotheists who struggled for language to describe it. How could Messiah be equal with God and yet God be one? It has been the center of the claim from Jewish authorities that following Yeshua amounts to idolatry, but the early believers were adamant that God is One and yet Messiah was equal with him. This was the divine Messiah realization and its implications for understanding God cannot be overstated. God has taken his love as far as becoming one of us. God’s oneness is unique and yet he has appeared among us. It is, in fact, a trajectory which the Hebrew Bible was already taking us on.
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YESHUA IN CONTEXT. The healer, the unpredictable teacher, the secretive Messiah, the critic of his generation, the parable-teller, the Temple protester, the man seemingly set on death, and the prophet who promised a glorious vindication and exaltation after suffering comes to us vividly, in the full color of the gospel stories in Yeshua in Context. If you had lived in Galilee or Judea back then you might have witnessed a man who drew crowds with miracles and intrigued the masses with ambiguous parables. But in reality, you and I were not there. So why would we even consider believing? These questions are important to people who already believe, to people who want to believe, to people who don’t want to believe but for whom there is some lingering doubt about disbelieving, and even to some who are sure it’s all a legend. If Yeshua is a legend, he is a powerful one. If he is a Jewish teacher who was misunderstood by some Romans in the centuries after he lived, it would be good to finally know that. If any thinking person could be persuaded that his story is true, we might want to know why. “Who do people say that I am?” Yeshua asked his followers. “Who do you say that I am?”
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OLDER BOOKS. Yeshua Our Atonement (2012), The World to Come (2008), Feast (2008), A New Look at the Old Testament (2006), Paul Didn’t Eat Pork (2005), Jesus Didn’t Have Blue Eyes (2004), Proverbial Wisdom and Common Sense (1998).
UPCOMING. Paul: The Jewish Teacher of Gentiles (maybe 2015). Isaiah 1-12 (maybe 2016). Messiah (2016 or 2017). A Reader’s Guide to Genesis (maybe 2016).