Shavuot, Torah, Spirit, and Unity (Revised)

Shavuot is a Feast that is de-emphasized in the traditional Jewish community (due to two thousand years of being forbidden to own farmland) and largely misunderstood in Christendom. Yet it is one of the three pilgrimage Feasts, in which all the men of Israel were commanded to present themselves before the Holy One. It turns […]

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From HebrewRoot: Hebrews 4

The claim is often made that Hebrews 4 says that Jesus is now our rest, so we have no need for a Sabbath.  As we will see, that argument does not hold up under careful scrutiny. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have …

The Three “I”s, Part 2 – Inspiration and Authority

To Part 1 In Christianity, Scriptural inspiration is pretty much a binary proposition:  It's either inspired or it ain't.  And if it's inspired, it must all be inspired equally, right?  After all, "All Scripture is inspired by God (lit. "God-breathed") and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the …

The Three “I”s: Inspiration, Interpretation, Implementation– Part 1

I recently read Eung Chung Park's Either Gentile or Jew: Paul's Unfolding Theology of Inclusivity, a somewhat dry book which contains some interesting observations about some of Paul's letters and the rabbinic writings about Gentile converts into Judaism, but which is hampered by two major problems: 1) The whole book is the lead-in to a …

Boaz and Ruth: Kinsman and Redeemed

It being traditional to read the book of Ruth for Shavuot, I thought I'd post some commentary for my fellow disciples of Yeshua. The book of Ruth is, on the surface, a simple little romance story set in the backdrop of the time of the Judges. Actually, that's only true in the minds of modern …

Shavuot, Torah, Spirit, and Unity

Shavuot is a Feast that is de-emphasized in the traditional Jewish community (due to two thousand years of being forbidden to own farmland) and largely misunderstood in Christendom. Yet it is one of the three pilgrimage Feasts, in which all the men of Israel were commanded to present themselves before the Holy One. It turns …