Greek

Composition of the Apostolic Scriptures (NT)

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

GOSPELS AND ACTS Gospel of Mark posted 26 November, 2016 Gospel of Matthew posted 27 November, 2016 Gospel of Luke posted 27 November, 2016 Book of Acts posted 27 November, 2016 Gospel of John posted 27 November, 2016 GENERAL EPISTLES Epistle of James posted 27 November, 2016 First Epistle of Peter posted 27 November, 2016 Second Epistle of Peter posted 27 November, 2016 Epistle of Jude posted 27 November, 2016 First Epistle of John posted 27 November, 2016 Second Epistle of John posted 27 November, 2016 Third Epistle of John posted 27 November, 2016 PAULINE EPISTLES Epistle of Paul to the […]

Bible Study

Apostolic Scriptures (NT) Survey

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

As a Messianic Believer, do you have a problem reading the New Testament? When you read the Apostolic Scriptures, are you confused when you encounter the Gospels, Acts, or Epistles? Have you possibly been taught that the “New Testament” replaces the “Old Testament,” and that there are contradictions between the two, only to be reconciled by the coming of Yeshua? Do you have difficulty reconciling the words of the Torah to Yeshua, Peter, Paul, John, and the other Apostles? If you have ever asked any of these questions, it is time that you receive a re-introduction to the Apostolic Scriptures. […]

FAQ

Septuagint (LXX)

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 17 AUGUST, 2006 Why do you consult the Septuagint frequently? The Septuagint (LXX) is the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, dating at least two centuries before the First Coming of Yeshua. It was originally compiled for the Jewish community in Alexandria, and quickly became the authorized Scriptures of Diaspora Judaism. The Septuagint largely represents a Pharisaic style of theology, halachah, and messianic expectation, and clarifies many things in the Tanach where the Hebrew may be imprecise or vague. As should be expected, there are some distinct theological interjections into the text, as it is not a “word-for-word” […]

FAQ

Romans 10:4

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 MAY, 2011 How can you say that the Law of Moses is still to be followed by Christians today, when it is quite clear that Jesus terminated the Law, being its end? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 10:4: Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. “For Messiah is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Many people read Romans 10:4, as it appears in most English Bible versions, and view it as being definitive evidence that […]

FAQ

Paul, Name of

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 07 AUGUST, 2010 Why do you call Rav Shaul the Apostle Paul? Paul, or Paulos, as it appears in the Greek, is the name that the Apostle most frequently calls himself in his letters. Shaul or “Saul” was the original name given to this Jew who was born in the city of Tarsus. Like many Jews of the First Century, he was given two names: one Hebrew or Aramaic, and then another Greek or Latin. This is plainly attested by Acts 13:9 which speaks of “Saul, who was also known as Paul” (NASU). It is not incorrect to refer […]

FAQ

New Testament, Written in Hebrew

26 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 AUGUST, 2011 Do you believe that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew? It seems that many within today’s Messianic movement believe the New Testament was written in Hebrew, but they lack substantial proof for this. The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “The Top Ten Urban Myths of Today’s Messianic Movement” There has been a great deal of misinformation circulating throughout the broad Messianic movement that relates to the composition of the Bible, particularly the Apostolic Scriptures or the New Testament. Asserting that the Apostolic Scriptures were written in Hebrew, when no extant […]

Eschatology

Is Being “Taken” Always a Good Thing?

24 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

revised edition originally posed 05 October, 2005 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? What is truly meant in the Scriptures by “one will be taken, and one will be left” in what many consider to be “rapture” passages? Is this being “taken” a good thing, or a bad thing? Is it a being “taken” into the clouds to meet the Lord, or is it a being “taken” to judgment? The Verses to Discuss The primary verses to discuss in relation to “one will be taken, one will be left,” are Matthew 24:37-42 and Luke 17:34-37. These verses are translated […]

FAQ

Jesus, Pagan Name

22 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSED 23 AUGUST, 2011 I have encountered many, many Messianic people who claim that the English name “Jesus” is of pagan origins. Does this have any substantial basis to it? I am an intelligent person, and I do know that the Messiah did not speak English, and that “Jesus” is not what He was originally called. The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “Sacred Name Concerns” There is some controversy across parts of the Messianic movement, surrounding the name that history and the majority of English speaking people know Him by: Jesus Christ. Most Sacred Name Only […]

FAQ

Hebrew Versus Greek Mindset

13 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

UPDATED 08 JUNE, 2006 I saw a teaching that discussed the “Hebrew versus Greek mindset.” What does this mean? There has been some teaching going around the Messianic community on the subject of the “Hebrew versus Greek mindset,” and unfortunately as we have observed there is usually a vague definition of both sets of thinking and some people get the impression that when “Greek thinking” is demeaned that likewise the inspiration of the Greek New Testament is demeaned. As these teachings vary, we find it very difficult to pinpoint an exact answer for the reader. The most serious concern we […]

FAQ

God and Lord, Pagan Titles

9 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 26 JUNE, 2008 Why does your ministry use the terms “God” and “Lord” for YHWH, when these are well documented terms used in ancient paganism? It is notable that many people who use the Divine Name in sectors of the Messianic movement tend to forget that our Father has many titles that are used complimentary and independently of the name YHWH. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the most notable titles that are used are Elohim and Adonai. In the Greek Scriptures, their counterparts are Theos and Kurios. These titles in English correspond to “God” and “Lord.” Sacred Name Only advocates […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Torah As Constitution

1 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition posted 07 August, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper In our generation, we have witnessed a profound growth and expansion of the Messianic movement. Not only have many Jewish people come to a saving knowledge of Yeshua the Messiah, but many non-Jewish Believers have embraced the richness of their Hebraic Roots and heritage in Israel. Many Believers are undeniably awakening to the deep truths of the Torah. Each of us must be disciplined in our Bible study as we apply the Torah’s mitzvot or commandments to our lives. We must seek to have a healthy reading of […]

FAQ

Ekklesia/Qahal (English word “church”)

31 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 07 SEPTEMBER, 2011 I have heard that there really is no such thing as “the Church” in Scripture, and that the Hebrew and Greek terms used in the Bible can support this. Can you help me with this issue? Some form of this summary appears in a wide array of articles and publications by Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics In the Apostolic Scriptures no reader can deny how ekklēsia is used as a term to define the Body of Messiah, and so by extension it is rendered as “church” in most English translations of the New Testament. But […]

Books & Studies

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

29 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

One of the reasons why there can be problems between Christians and Messianics is because many Messianics do not know how to properly defend their faith and practice. This is most evident when Christians who oppose the widespread Messianic conviction that the Torah or Law of Moses is valid instruction for today, claim that we are “under the Law”—and that this is not a position in which born again Believers should want to find themselves. Sadly, much of the Messianic handling of this one phrase has been rather underwhelming. We must be able to better see how it is used […]

Books & Studies

The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding

28 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Over the years, Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics have had to field the question, Do you believe that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew? many, many times. Given the complicated spiritual and theological dynamics present within the Messianic movement—one has to really have some courage to say, No, we do not believe that the New Testament was originally written in Hebrew. There is, to be sure, no Hebrew New Testament document or fragment of any kind from the broad Biblical period. This stands in stark contrast to the fact that the Greek New Testament, and fragments of […]

Books & Studies

English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement

27 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

What English Bible version should you use as 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 familiar with it, or they are too stuck reading […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

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 […]

Church History

Christian, Title

8 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 JULY, 2006 Is it true that the early Believers did not call themselves “Christians”? In Acts 26:28, the Apostle Paul is called before King Agrippa who asks him, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” (NIV). This statement is made after Paul defends himself for believing in the resurrection of the dead and for the decisions that he made as a Jewish Believer who preached in the name of Yeshua. But was Paul going out and making “Christians” of those to whom he preached? Many people believe so, […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Is the Hebrew Matthew an Authentic Document?

7 September, 2016 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 […]

Books & Studies

A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic

5 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

As a Messianic Believer, do you have a problem reading the New Testament? When you read the Apostolic Scriptures, are you confused when you encounter the Gospels, Acts, or Epistles? Have you possibly been taught that the “New Testament” replaces the “Old Testament,” and that there are contradictions between the two, only to be reconciled by the coming of Yeshua? Do you have difficulty reconciling the words of the Torah to Yeshua, Peter, Paul, John, and the other Apostles? If you have ever asked any of these questions, it is time that you receive a re-introduction to the Apostolic Scriptures. […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding

31 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

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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