My Raison D’etre and Other Thoughts

I missed my Thursday post and the usual time for my Sunday post. Thursday's was a matter of not having much time this week and wanting to spend what I had working on an article that I hope to get published in a peer-reviewed journal. Today's was due to first taking a bit of a …

Common Mistranslations – Galatians 2:15-16, Part 3

Putting the “the” in “the Law” Does it look like too many “the's” in that heading to you? It turns out that there are way too many “the's” in the translations of Paul's work too. Just to start with, there's no “the” in “works of the law” in Gal. 2:16; the actual phrase is ergun …

Common Mistranslations – The Book of Hebrews

The book of Hebrews has long been interpreted to be a kind of Galatians to the Jews, warning Jewish Christians not to go “back” to the religion of Judaism. For example, Albert Barnes writes in the introduction to his commentary, The general purpose of this Epistle is, to preserve those to whom it was sent …

Common Mistranslations – Acts 21:20

Let's face it: Rendering a fully accurate, nuanced translation from one language to another is a Herculean task at the best of times, even if the languages come from the same family tree; e.g., Italian to Spanish. The task is made ten times more difficult when you have to translate between two completely unrelated languages, …

Why I Don’t Call Myself a Christian

Vaughn Olhman of The Practical Theonomist blog put an interesting question to me on the Blinded to the Torah thread that I don't remember addressing before. In response to my statement, "Many Christians are uncomfortable with those of us who reject the Christian label and insist on being called Messianic Jews instead," he asked: You …

Blinded to the Torah: The Holy One’s Means to Preserve Israel

If you are a Christian, the last few weeks of posts may have been difficult to read through. Most Christians know in a vague way that the official Church and professing Christian nations persecuted the Jews. However, when Christians think of “the Jews,” they think only of those who rejected the claims of Christ and …

Blog Recommendation: Replacing Replacement Theology

Many thanks to the Rosh Pina Project for introducing me to a new blog today: Replacing Replacement Theology. It's a new blog (just started in January this year) and hasn't quite gotten the hang of regular updates, as the author admits. (Of course, I'm the last person who should complain about a lack up updates.) …

The Jew and the Law

One cannot separate the Christian hostility for Jewish disciples who continue to keep the practices of their people from the Christian attitude of dismissal and even suspicion of the Torah, the “old law” or “law of Moses.” To the minds of most Christians, there is an insurmountable wall between the Law and the Grace they …

Judenrein Christianity – Part 4: The Soft Touch

Today, of course, we style ourselves to be “enlightened” and “tolerant.” We are horrified, and rightly so, at the persecution, torture, and murder of Jews through the centuries in the name of Jesus Christ. We would like to think that “true Christians” would never visit such harm on the Jews, but the Homilies of John …