Genesis

Genesis 32:24-32

20 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.’ But he said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have […]

Genesis

Genesis 18:1-15

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 3

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, and said, ‘My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by. Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves […]

Genesis

Genesis 9:2-4

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” All readers of Genesis 9:2-4 can agree that included within the post-Flood instructions to Noah […]

Genesis

Genesis 7:1-2

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female.’” In the account of Noah’s Flood, it is obviously important to recognize the righteousness of Noah and his family (Genesis 7:1), which caused them to be saved from the impending disaster. In his construction of the […]

Genesis

Genesis 2:16-17

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.’” In the discussion surrounding the kosher dietary laws of the Torah, it cannot be overlooked that the first instruction given by God to human beings actually did pertain to not eating something. There is a significance to the opening word, v’yetzav Adonai Elohim al-ha’adam, “And Hashem God commanded the […]

Genesis

Genesis 1:29-30

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so.” From the very start of Creation in the Book of Genesis, instruction about what to, and what not to eat, is […]

Genesis

Genesis 2:1-3

13 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” The issue of the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat, and its relevancy for God’s people living in the post-resurrection era, very much begins by evaluating different approaches and interpretations of Genesis 2:1-3. […]

FAQ

Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

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

Nephilim

26 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

UPDATED 14 OCTOBER 2015 Who do you believe that the Nephilim of Genesis 6 were? Do you believe that these were fallen angels who had sexual relations with human females? There is no question that Genesis 6:1-4 is a controversial passage of Scripture, if for any other reason, because it is short and does not go into great detail regarding who or what the “sons of God” and the “Nephilim” were. This has given rise to some major, and notably differing, interpretations over many centuries. From such interpretations have arisen significant speculations involving a hybrid angelic-human race of people in […]

FAQ

Genesis 5, 11 Genealogies

7 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 16 APRIL, 2008 I have heard that there is some kind of controversy concerning the genealogical lists of Genesis 5 and 11. Can you explain this? Whether one realizes it or not, the genealogical lists of the anti-diluvians of Genesis 5, and the post-diluvians of Genesis 11, are two of the most debated chapters in the entire Bible. People engaged in Biblical Studies cannot often agree on who these people were and what the numbers of their ages represent. The Rabbinic tradition is largely convinced that each list simply represents a line of precisely ten people who lived from […]

Genesis

Book of Genesis

10 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: the Creation of the world to Israel in Egypt 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 first book of the Bible is Bereisheet (pronounced Bereishis in the Ashkenazic […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Genesis 9:3-7: Why Meat?

29 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 01 February, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper GENESIS 9:3-7 – ENGLISH Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. As for […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Encountering Mythology: A Case Study from the Flood Narratives

24 August, 2016 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 […]