Book of Deuteronomy

23 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 OCTOBER, 2016 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); before 623 B.C.E. and/or 500s B.C.E. (Left) Time period: Israel preparing to enter into the Promised Land Author: Moses exclusively (Right); Moses, Joshua, and later editors (conservative-moderate); a pious teacher or priest in Jerusalem, compiled traditions and mythologies (Left) Location of author: wilderness journey after the Exodus (Right, conservative-moderate); Jerusalem, Babylon, and/or Land of Israel (Left) Target audience and their location: people of Israel preparing to enter the Promised Land (Right, conservative-moderate); Jewish religious leaders during reign of […]


Torah, Command not to “Add to”

9 June, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 20 JULY, 2011 In Deuteronomy 4:2 we are told not to add commandments to those of the Torah, yet in Judaism, and in the Messianic movement today, we have many people who follow traditions of men that some claim are “commanded,” or at least authorized by God. I am confused. Why do many non-Jewish Believers in the Messianic community, think that they can widely reject a majority of Jewish interpretations of the Torah, and associated tradition? Much of what one encounters in the views of various independent Messianics, is a great deal of significance given to a passage of […]


Deuteronomy 6:25

23 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 13 AUGUST, 2008 I heard a Messianic teacher say that if I keep the Torah perfectly not only will I be able to be saved, I will also be able to never get sick or die of diseases like cancer. Can you help clarify this for me? In Deuteronomy 6:24-25, one finds a statement of commitment made on the part of the Ancient Israelites. They declare before God, “So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today. It will be […]


What Does the Shema Really Mean?

3 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 3

originally posted 12 April, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues Shema Yisrael, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad The Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” represents for all Bible readers the most ancient creedal statement of belief. The Shema is repeated in the daily, traditional prayers of Judaism as found in the siddur, and it is certainly a major feature of synagogue worship on the Sabbath. Even in much of Christianity, the words of the Shema are repeated in prayer, song, and worship, as the primacy of the Supreme God over Creation is […]

Bible Study

The Message of Deuteronomy

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The Book of Deuteronomy has some very special qualities among the five books of the Torah, which most readers (should) notice when they consider Moses’ admonitions to Ancient Israel. The Hebrew name of this text is Devarim or “Words,” derived from its opening line “These are the words…” (1:1). In the Jewish theological tradition, it is often referred to as Mishneh Torah, meaning Repetition of the Torah. This is a concept that the Septuagint translators tried to capture when they labeled the book as Deuteronomion, meaning “second law.” Deuteronomy does repeat much of […]


Deuteronomy 12:15-24

20 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle and the deer. Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water. You are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your […]


Deuteronomy 14:1-21

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead. For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. You shall not eat any detestable thing. These are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, […]


Deuteronomy 5:12-15

14 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You […]