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Jeffery Sheler: Is the Bible True?

Jeffery Sheler: Is the Bible True?

Jeffery L. Sheler, Is the Bible True? How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures (Harper San Francisco/Zondervan, 1999), 279 pages, ISBN 9780062013460. As usual, Christianity Today featured its annual list of leading Christian books in its April edition. This year it offered the 10 best, several honorable mentions, and also a […]

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Resources for Messianic Study

Resources for Messianic Study

  God’s Appointed Times: A Practice Guide to Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays, By Barney Kasdan © 1993, Lederer Messianic Publications, Baltimore, MD. ISBN# 1-880226-54-5 Written by the leader of one of the largest Messianic Jewish congregations in the world, this is more than a “how to” manual. In a simple, yet meaningful fashion, […]

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The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

  “The Tabernacle in the Wilderness” Bikurei Tziyon (formerly First Fruits of Zion, Issue 62, Shevat/Adar 5760, Jan/Feb 2000). pages 44-45, 47. The First Fruits of Zion team, based in Jerusalem, reports that a full-scale replica of the Tabernacle, the Mishkan, is now standing in the wilderness of Israel. This article comes from the parasha […]

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Philip Yancey: The Bible Jesus Read

Philip Yancey: The Bible Jesus Read

  Philip Yancey, The Bible Jesus Read (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999), 221 pages.  Philip Yancey has written The Bible Jesus Read to help answer the question posed by his first chapter: is the Old Testament worth the effort? Drawing heavily on his own struggles reading these ancient books, he lights a way through […]

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Fredrick Holmgren: The Old Testament and the Significance of Jesus

Fredrick Holmgren: The Old Testament and the Significance of Jesus

  Fredrick C. Holmgren, The Old Testament and the Significance of Jesus: Embracing Change—Maintaining Christian Identity: The Emerging Center in Biblical Scholarship (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999), 195 pages. I like to start every book by reading its foreword, and that is what I did with this text. I was delighted to […]

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Cheleb: The Finest

Cheleb: The Finest

  Seeing grace and mercy in the Old Testament story of Cain and Abel.   “For I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). God has changed. Or at least that seems to be what many are teaching in our day. There are denominations that teach that the God of the Old Testament is […]

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Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts

Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts

  The Fall Festivals of God: prophetic rehearsals with relevance for today. Part of the Messianic Foundations series.   In the epistle of Romans, our teacher Paul speaks to the non-Jewish believers reminding them that they have been grafted-in. “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were […]

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Eugene Peterson: “Eat This Book"

Eugene Peterson: “Eat This Book”

  Eugene H. Peterson, “Eat This Book: The Holy Community at Table with Holy Scripture,” Theology Today (April 1999), pages 5-17. Does the Bible really have anything to say to us today? If so, how do we find out what it says? Eugene Peterson—best known for his earthy translation of the Scriptures, The Message—offers a […]

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Mayim Chayim: The Living Waters

Mayim Chayim: The Living Waters

From the Messianic Foundations series by Kevin Williams. A look at the life-changing reality of Messiah, the Living Water, who indwells every believer. Imagine a cold, icy winter, the kind that seeps into the marrow and makes the body shiver. Walking along the streets, you exhale, and your breath freezes in the air; you inhale, […]

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The Full Picture of Passover

The Full Picture of Passover

Learn a First-Century Jewish perspective of Passover from Messianic teacher Kevin Williams.   Within the overall context of Passover, the details for the Christian to experience are few. We know little of a typical four hour celebration meal. Little of the preparatory cleaning that goes into making a house “kosher” for Passover. We know virtually […]

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Messianic Pictures in the Temple Sacrificial System

Messianic Pictures in the Temple Sacrificial System

  “… all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44 NAS) These words of Jesus are both wonderful and mysterious. It is easy to see the messianic implications of a passage such as Psalms 22 or Isaiah 53, and the […]

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John Pester: Jesus Christ: Last Adam, Life-giving Spirit

John Pester: Jesus Christ: Last Adam, Life-giving Spirit

  John Pester, “Jesus Christ: Last Adam, Life-giving Spirit,” Affirmation and Critique, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Oct. 1998). Affirmation and Critique is a quarterly which addresses theological subjects in a continuum. Through a variety of articles by numerous authors, the last seven issues have focused on the person and work of Christ in a weighty […]

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Messianic Foundations

Messianic Foundations

  This being the first installment on Messianic Foundations, it seemed prudent to first ask the question, “Why?” Why study the Scriptures from a Messianic perspective, or more appropriately, from a Messianic Jewish perspective? A lengthy dissertation could ensue on the theological reasons and potential benefits to be derived. But rather than get bogged down […]

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The Place of the Holy Spirit in the Exegetical Process

The Place of the Holy Spirit in the Exegetical Process

  I. Introduction In every generation there remains a perennial concern for all conscientious pastors, teachers and Christian workers. The question arises how can we, who have been entrusted with the ministry of expounding God’s word make it clear and relevant while at the same time maintaining fidelity to the author’s original intent? Furthermore how […]

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