Chanukah

Why We Should Celebrate Chanukah

5 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper Chanukah is my favorite of all the holidays we get to celebrate as Messianic Believers. Why is it my favorite, you may ask? It does normally take place in December, which means it is in close proximity to my birthday. In December, I get to open a lot of presents! As a Messianic Bible teacher, Chanukah has the least amount of controversy associated with it, which means I get to relax (somewhat). We all know when Chanukah begins, the twenty-fifth of Chislev (2 Maccabees 1:18; 10:5), so there’s no dispute about when it […]

Revelation

The Revelation Given to John

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 50s-70s C.E. or 80s-90 C.E. Time period: deteriorating circumstances for the First Century Believers in the Roman Empire Author: the Apostle John Location of author: the island of Patmos Target audience and their location: the congregations of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea (all in Asia Minor) Theological Summary: The Book of Revelation, perhaps more than any other text in the Apostolic Scriptures, is one of the most confusing, as well as controversial, for Bible readers to digest. Also commonly known as the Apocalypse, because […]

Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 64-70 C.E. Time period: immediately prior to, or during, the Jewish revolt in the Land of Israel Author: unknown, but often favored to be Barnabas or Apollos (and/or Priscilla) Location of author: the Jewish Diaspora, probably Corinth or Italy Target audience and their location: primarily the Jewish Diaspora, probably Rome, Alexandria, Eastern Mediterranean Theological Summary: The overwhelming theme of the Epistle to the Hebrews is the superiority of Yeshua’s sacrifice and blood atonement, when compared to the previous order of animal sacrifices of the Levitical priesthood. […]

Titus

Epistle of Paul to Titus

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 63-65 C.E. Time period: growing pains of new Messiah followers in Mediterranean basin Author: the Apostle Paul with Luke (secretary) Location of author: Macedonia or Nicopolis Target audience and their location: Titus in Crete Theological Summary: The author of the Epistle to Titus is identified in the text as being the Apostle Paul (Titus 1:1). Genuine Pauline authorship is not challenged by conservatives, neither was it doubted by the Second Century Church. Pauline authorship is doubted by liberals, who often believe that Titus was composed by […]

1&2 Timothy

Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 66-67 C.E. Time period: growth of Messianic community with rise of Paul’s successors, in the midst of some false teachings and apostasy, as well as rising persecution Author: the Apostle Paul with Luke (secretary) Location of author: Rome Target audience and their location: Timothy in Ephesus Theological Summary: The Epistle of 2 Timothy is regarded by conservative interpreters as being the final letter composed by the Apostle Paul, who knows that he is soon to die and meet his Lord in Heaven (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 18). […]

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