Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Is the Story of Yeshua Pagan?

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 26 September, 2005 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Yeshua the Messiah issues a very strong warning to His followers in Matthew 12:35-37. He says, “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” How many of us take these words seriously, and realize that […]

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Encountering Mythology: A Case Study from the Flood Narratives

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 13 July, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Believers today are facing a dilemma. Your average evangelical Christian is bombarded with information and perspectives, which a short ten years ago were not necessarily present in significant numbers in the religious world.[1] With the continuing expansion of the Internet, cable television, and even printed media, Christians are having to consider points of view regarding well-cherished accounts in the Tanach or Old Testament which they have never really had to consider before. While parallels between the Bible and Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) mythology have always been discussed in academic circles, or […]

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Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 04 September, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Focusing on God’s instructions in the Torah is an undeniable part of not only the Messianic lifestyle, but also the Messianic experience. Ever since the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon, the public reading of the Torah to instruct God’s people on what was acceptable and unacceptable behavior has been a regular practice (Nehemiah 7:73-8:12). This is something that is also witnessed in the Apostolic Scriptures (Luke 4:16-17; Acts 13:15) and continues in the traditions of today’s Jewish Synagogue. The repetition of hearing Moses’ Teaching is important for men […]

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You Want to Be a Pharisee

16 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 22 March, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper How many of you, in your quest to become Torah observant, have been accused by Christian friends or family of being a “Pharisee”?[1] How many of you have been told that you are being a hypocrite and should not only not be concerning yourself with God’s Torah, but you are falling into the same mistakes that others in the First Century Body of Messiah fell into, that the Apostle Paul countered in his epistles? Having the accusation of being a “Pharisee” is one that is not only commonly used […]

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English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement

2 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 12 May, 2013 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues What English Bible version should you use as a contemporary Believer? This is a topic that can not only be rather confusing, but is something that can also evoke some rather strong emotions. Very few English Bible readers, who are committed to a steadfast faith in God, ever stick with one single Bible version or translation to employ in their studies. At the same time, though, it might also be said that various Bible readers can get a bit too comfortable examining a particular version, because they just get too […]

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The Role of History in Messianic Biblical Interpretation

2 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 August, 2006 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues In the Messianic community today, we often hear a high emphasis placed on the need for us to follow the Hebraic lifestyle practices of our Messiah Yeshua. However, for many generations of Believers which have preceded us, this has not always been the case. Many who have gone before us in the faith have not seen the same things that we have. This has been the case for a variety of reasons, but most notably it has been because we have access to information today that the Reformers and some of […]

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The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding

2 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 07 February, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues In our post-modern society, the veracity and authority of the Holy Scriptures have come under substantial attack and criticism from those supposedly inside the realm of Biblical faith. Many of those who claim a belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and believe in His Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), question whether or not these writings are a Divinely inspired work, or are instead only a collection of texts compiled over the centuries prone to human error. The result of those who question the Creator God, and do […]

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Can We Trust the Greek Scriptures?

2 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition originally posted 14 August, 2005 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues It is indeed phenomenal that in our day many Jewish people have come to faith in Israel’s Messiah, Yeshua. It is also indeed quite phenomenal that many non-Jewish Believers are coming to a revelation of the Hebraic Roots of the faith, are adopting a Torah obedient lifestyle, and are seeing themselves as a part of the community of Israel, in solidarity with the Jewish people. But as with any move of God, there are concerns that exist—concerns that sometimes wrench at the heart and soul of what we should […]

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Is the Hebrew Matthew an Authentic Document?

2 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 6

originally posted 10 May, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Among all of the texts of the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament, today’s broad Messianic movement has some significant struggles when it comes to the composition of the Gospel of Matthew. There are various reasons for this, perhaps including Matthew’s length, the obvious connections and comparisons to be made between Matthew’s message and Second Temple Judaism, but above all this surrounds the original language in which Matthew was written. There is an attestation from ancient Christian history, that there was likely some kind of Hebrew material involved in the […]

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Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah J.K. McKee originally posted 04 September, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper The Biblical, Rebellious Legacy of the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim J.K. McKee posted 02 September, 2016 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy Can We Trust the Greek Scriptures? J.K. McKee revised edition originally posted 14 August, 2005 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Encountering Mythology: A Case Study from the Flood Narratives J.K. McKee originally posted 13 July, 2008 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement J.K. McKee originally posted 12 May, 2013 […]

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Book of Exodus

11 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 1440-1400 B.C.E. (Right); 1300-1200 B.C.E. (conservative-moderate); 500s B.C.E. (Left) Time period: Ancient Israel in bondage to the Egyptian superpower Author: Moses exclusively (Right); Moses, Joshua, and later editors (conservative-moderate); compiled traditions and mythologies (Left) Location of author: wilderness journey after the Exodus (Right, conservative-moderate); Babylon and/or Land of Israel (Left) Target audience and their location: wilderness journey after the Exodus (Right, conservative-moderate); Babylon and/or Land of Israel (Left) Theological Summary: The Hebrew title of the second book of the Bible is Shemot (pronounced Shemos in the Ashkenazic […]

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Skewing the Basic Facts of Scripture

11 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the McHuey Blog 14 January, 2008 I was recently talking to a Messianic friend of mine who had just attended church over a week ago while visiting relatives out of town. This church is fairly large, with several Sunday services that serve well over a thousand in attendance. The service lasts one hour. There are some announcements, some praise songs, and then the pastor puts his Bible down on a barstool and speaks off-the-cuff for twenty minutes. Everything he says, as far as I was told, was spoken spontaneously. Last week, this pastor apparently was speaking on the […]

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Jumpin’ Junia(s)!

9 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 08 DECEMBER, 2008 reproduced from the McHuey Blog It is doubtful that many of you have read Romans 16 recently. The content of Romans 16 is fresh in my mind as I had to deliver a class presentation on this text Thursday morning. Most people who just read Paul’s letter to the Romans do not consider that ch. 16 to be significant, when it is very significant. This is not just an idle part of Paul’s letter where he greets random people. Romans 16 tells us important things about the social makeup of the assemblies (yes, assemblies in the […]

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Is Polygamy for Today?

5 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 30 October, 2008 reproduced from Is Polygamy for Today? In recent days a number of issues have hit various sectors of the Messianic community. Each one of these issues has had a variety of distinctly negative effects as people have denied Yeshua’s Divinity, questioned His Messiahship, and have questioned whether certain books of the Apostolic Scriptures are trustworthy. Our ministry has stood firmly against the false teachings that have entered into our midst, standing up for Yeshua’s Divinity and Messiahship, and engaging with the text of various Biblical books under fire to provide reasonable answers. We have done […]

Ancient Israel

The Biblical, Rebellious Legacy of the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim

2 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

posted 02 September, 2016 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy The Two-House teaching of Judah and Ephraim, being reunited in the period prior to the Messiah’s return, is one which has certainly stirred a great deal of controversy across the broad Messianic community. Why has this been the case? A ministry like Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics has always thought that the safest approach to this difficult issue, is to focus the attention of Bible readers to a series of unfulfilled prophecies (i.e., Isaiah 11:12-16; Jeremiah 31:6-10; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Zechariah 10:6-10), which point to a larger restoration of Israel occurring […]

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The Impact of the Maccabees on First Century Judaism

2 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 02 December, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper For most Messianics I know who celebrate Chanukah, they hear a great deal about the military exploits of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple. Many of them honestly take the time to flip through the Books of 1&2 Maccabees in the Apocrypha, the principal historical record that influences our understanding of the wars fought by the Maccabees. When Jerusalem was recaptured and the Temple was rededicated, much more really did take place. This goes beyond the lives of Judah Maccabee and his brothers. Sadly, too many […]

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Have You Met My Friend, “Truth”?

29 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 08 SEPTEMBER, 2007 In today’s Messianic world, we see a great deal of discussion about a concept called truth, or perhaps clarified, “Truth” with a capital T. But what this is, what it means, and how it impacts a person’s life and relationship with God is often defined in various ways. As certain people search to find “the Truth”—as they call it—what are they specifically searching for? What is it that people seek? When I think of “truth,” I cannot help but be reminded of Yeshua’s words, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of […]

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Getting Beyond Strong’s Concordance

26 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 November, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues I have been the editor of TNN Online since 1997 (now Messianic Apologetics). Certainly, in this period of time, my understanding of the Bible has changed, and my ability to better understand it from a scholarly perspective has developed, and continues to move forward. I have to admit that when I first started digging into some of the issues that were floating around the Messianic community in the late 1990s, that my knowledge of the Bible was limited to what I read solely in the King James Version and Complete […]