FAQ

Mushrooms, Kosher

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POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Are mushrooms “kosher”? On occasion, more often than not in the independent sectors of the Messianic community and/or Hebrew/Hebraic Roots world, one will hear a claim made from time to time that mushrooms, and by association various other fungi, are non-kosher. Much of this relates to how mushrooms reproduce. Yet, one need not go too far to realize that mushrooms are a feature of traditional Jewish cooking. This means that at one point in history, Jewish religious authorities decided that mushrooms, even if they do not bear seed (cf. Genesis 1:29) in the more customary sense, […]

Creationism

6,000 Year Teaching

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POSTED 05 MARCH, 2015 How close do you believe we are to the Biblical year 6,000? Throughout the broad Messianic community, composing Messianic Judaism, the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, the Two-House sub-movement, and various Hebrew/Hebraic Roots associations—is a wide and firm adherence to the 6,000-year doctrine. This teaching advocates that there are 6,000 years allocated to human history, with six 1,000-year periods corresponding to the six “days” or yamim of Creation, with a seventh 1,000-year period representing the Sabbath and the Millennial Kingdom of the Messiah. With such a seventh 1,000-year period representing the Millennial reign of Yeshua, then the […]

Calendar

Biblical Calendar

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UPDATED 20 JULY, 2011 What is your opinion with the various calendar issues that seem to be dividing the Messianic community? The new month, as originally specified by the Torah, was to be determined by the changing of the moon or chodesh. Genesis 1:14 states how God originally made the lights of the sky, as the means by which His people were to keep time: “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” Numbers 29:6[1] records how […]

FAQ

Leviticus 18:5

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POSTED 30 SEPTEMBER, 2011 Does the Torah actually teach that by keeping its commandments, a person can earn eternal life? Is it possible for a person to keep the commandments of the Torah, and as a result incur eternal life and everlasting communion with the Father? There are those throughout Jewish and Christian religious history, and even to our present time, who have thought that Leviticus 18:5—“So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them”—implies precisely this. There are certainly Christian interpreters, who would dispute this conclusion based on a […]

FAQ

Crucifixion

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UPDATED 05 DECEMBER, 2015 I have heard some Messianic teachers say that Yeshua was not crucified on a cross. Can you clarify this for me? This entry has been adapted from Torah In the Balance, Volume II. On the whole in the religious world today, the cross has become almost universally recognized as a symbol that identifies people with Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as the One who was sacrificed for the sins of humanity, and subsequently resurrected from the dead. As seen in both the Apostolic Scriptures and classical antiquity, the stauros was mainly “a pole to be placed in […]

Appointed Times

Omer Count

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UPDATED 25 FEBRUARY, 2010 Do you follow the method of the Pharisees or Sadducees for the counting of the omer to determine Shavuot? It seems that most in the independent Messianic movement follow the counting method of the Sadducees. The counting of the omer is commanded in Leviticus 23:11, “He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it” (NASU). There were three distinct ways that this passage was interpreted among the Judaisms of the First Century: The Sadducees interpreted “the day after the Sabbath” to […]

FAQ

Paul, Opposed or Not Opposed to the Torah (Law)

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POSTED 30 AUGUST, 2011 I am having difficulty understanding the writings of the Apostle Paul. In my spirit, I believe his letters to be inspired of the Holy One, but in reading them I sense that they might be opposed to Torah. Can you help me with this? There are a variety of important things that any reader of Paul’s letters needs to keep in mind, the foremost being that Paul’s letters were written to ancient groups of Believers in the First Century. When Twenty-First Century readers encounter the Pauline Epistles, we are definitely reading someone else’s mail. Our responsibility, […]

Aramaic Peshitta

Aramaic Peshitta

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UPDATED 30 OCTOBER, 2011 What is your opinion of the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament? Do you think that the Peshitta New Testament might be more original than the Greek New Testament? The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding” It is not surprising, given some of the theological trends within our Messianic faith community, that many would be interested in the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament. Aramaic is a Semitic relative to Hebrew and was a local language of the Land of Israel during the time of Yeshua. It is historically accurate that an […]

FAQ

Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)

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POSTED 02 SEPTEMBER, 2011 I have heard many Messianic Believers claim that the Torah existed before Mount Sinai, and that Abraham kept it. To what degree is this actually true? This entry has been adapted from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah When the Instruction of God was finally codified, it was given to the people of Ancient Israel. But torah as God’s Teaching, contrary to what many contemporary Christians might know, certainly pre-dated Mount Sinai. Genesis 26:5 affirms how the Patriarch Abraham “obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” The […]

FAQ

Original Order, Books of the Bible

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POSTED 30 OCTOBER, 2011 Is it true that the order of the books of the Bible used today, for both the Tanach and Apostolic Scriptures (Old and New Testament), is not the original order? It is not difficult for Bible readers to figure out that the book order of the Tanach or Old Testament, as seen within either the Jewish Synagogue or Christian Church, is a bit different. For today’s Messianic Believers, who tend to have both Jewish Bible versions and Christian Bible versions in their home library, this is easily detected. The very term Tanach/Tanakh is an acronym for […]

FAQ

Lunar Sabbath

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UPDATED 05 MARCH, 2015 What do you think of the Lunar Sabbath theory? A lunar Sabbath is not practiced by anyone in today’s Messianic Judaism or the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, but it may be favored by people here and there on the fringes of the Two-House sub-movement. Generally speaking, those who have rejected the mainstream Jewish calendar used by the Synagogue today, and the vast majority of Messianic Jews—in favor of their own calendar[1]—are those who are open to later questioning the placement of the seventh-day Sabbath on the day of the week known on our secular calendar as […]

FAQ

Cock/Rooster Crowing

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POSTED 01 JULY, 2014 I heard a Messianic teaching which advocated that it was not a “cock” or “rooster” crowing, which was supposed to make a noise after Peter denied Yeshua, but rather a Temple-crier functioning in his duties. This was used to support an original Hebrew New Testament. Can you help me with this? The reference to a cock or rooster crowing, in association with Peter’s denial of Yeshua, appears in all four Gospels: “And Yeshua said to him, ‘Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three […]

Ecclesiology

Commonwealth of Israel

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POSTED 29 JUNE, 2011 In examining some Messianic Jewish teaching materials, they explained to me that the Commonwealth of Israel is made up of both the Jewish people and the Church, sort of like the British Commonwealth. They have actually said that as a non-Jewish Believer, I am really not a part of Israel, only the Commonwealth. Does this viewpoint have any legitimacy? This entry has been adapted from the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic. “[R]emember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having […]

1 Corinthians

Headcovering Garments

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UPDATED 23 JUNE, 2013 Do you believe it is acceptable for Messianic men to wear a kippah or yarmulke, when Paul says that it is a dishonor for men to have their heads covered? How do you interpret 1 Corinthians 11:4-16? One of the most obvious elements of modern Jewish identity witnessed in the world today, is men wearing the kippah (or yarmulke) or skullcap. The idea behind wearing this small skullcap is that it shows submission to God. The term kippah is derived from the Hebrew verb kafar, meaning “to cover, to forgive, to expiate, to reconcile” (AMG).[1] The […]

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur, Fasting

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POSTED 06 OCTOBER, 2008 Where is the command in Torah to fast on Yom Kippur? I thought it only said that we are to afflict our souls. The command to commemorate Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement appears several times in the Torah (Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 16:30; 23:27-28; Numbers 29:7-11), with each section of commandments giving specific details. One of those specific details—and arguably the most important—is listed in Leviticus 23:27: “it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls.” What does the clause v’innitem et-nafshoteikhem mean, exactly? The verb anah, appearing the Piel […]

FAQ

YHWH, Above the Cross

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UPDATED 24 FEBRUARY, 2010 I heard a Messianic teacher say that the Divine Name YHWH was spelled out on the writing above Yeshua’s cross? Is this true? The Scriptures that are often made light of concerning this belief include Matthew 27:37, “And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, ‘This is Yeshua the king of the Jews,’” and John 19:19, “Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, ‘Yeshua the Nazarene, the king of the Jews’” (cf. Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38). What we know for certain from the Gospels […]

FAQ

YHWH/YHVH

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UPDATED 18 DECEMBER, 2006 Are you against using the proper name of God? Are you for using it? The strong aversion to using the name of God in Judasim today is that there is no complete way for us to know how to pronounce it. Scholars have debated for centuries over the exact pronunciation of God’s name, based on available linguistic evidence and testimonies from ancient history. But all that anyone can provide is a best guess. “In the earliest Hebrew the sacred name appeared as a four-letter word or tetragrammaton: YHWH, without any vowel signs. Since the vowels were […]

Christology

Yeshua, Divinity of

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UPDATED 05 MAY, 2006 Does your ministry believe that Yeshua the Messiah is Divine, meaning God in the flesh? Yes, we absolutely believe that Yeshua the Messiah is Divine, and are aware of the fact that this foundational truth is being denied by some in the Messianic community. We seldom employ the word “heresy” in regard to somebody’s beliefs or teachings, but are of the firm position that those who deny the Messiah’s Divinity are such heretics. There are those who believe that Yeshua was just a human man, and He had some kind of special relationship with God and […]

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