Book – Messianic Winter Holiday Helper

4 December, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

The Winter holiday season is frequently a conflicted time of year for many people in today’s Messianic movement. On the one hand, most Messianic Believers do not celebrate the holiday of Christmas on December 25, due to some of its pre-Christian origins and questionable traditions. On the other hand, the […]

The Importance of Chanukah

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 DECEMBER, 2016 The subject of what Messianic Believers are to be doing for the Winter holiday season can be very controversial. On the one hand, Messianics should not really be celebrating Christmas, because it is non-Biblical and was created to be one replacement for observing the appointed times […]

A Summarization of Chanukah Traditions

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 OCTOBER, 2017 The holiday of Chanukah, or the Festival of Dedication, is full of many customs and traditions that give our celebration great life and depth. During this time of year, we have the awesome opportunity to commemorate the work of God from some 2,200 years ago during […]

Why We Should Celebrate Chanukah

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 05 DECEMBER, 2016 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 […]

The Impact of the Maccabees on First Century Judaism

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 1

ORIGINALLY POSTED 02 DECEMBER, 2009 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 […]

Chanukah and Encountering Worldly Philosophies

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 14 DECEMBER, 2016 One of the responsibilities of any Bible teacher is to bridge the gulf that exists between Scripture passages given in an ancient historical context, and providing practical application for those living in the Twenty-First Century. Human nature often remains the same between an ancient period and […]

Chanukah and Messianic Believers – 30 November, 2015

4 December, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee discusses the importance that Chanukah or the Festival of Dedication has for today’s Messianic people, not just in terms of remembering the sacrifice of the Maccabees, but also the later effects of the Maccabean crisis of the Second Century B.C.E. on the Jewish world of […]

FAQ – Chanukah, Actions of Antiochus

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

In what way did Antiochus Epiphanes commit the “Abomination of Desolation”? I thought this was a future event. Click here for the complete version of “Chanukah, Actions of Antiochus”

FAQ – Chanukah, Eight Days of Oil

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

Where can I find information about the menorah being lit for eight days, on one cruse of oil, following the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple? Click here for the complete version of “Chanukah, Eight Days of Oil”

FAQ – Chanukah, Celebrated instead of Sukkot

4 December, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

What can you tell me about the Feast of Dedication being celebrated in place of Sukkot by the Maccabees when they rededicated the Temple? Click here for the complete version of “Chanukah, Celebrated instead of Sukkot”