Bible Messages

The Message of James

21 February, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from James for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching Much of today’s Messianic movement places a high value on the Epistle of James and its message for Believers.[1] In a Christian world that has lost much of its moral compass, an emphasis on practical holiness, and a realization that good works are required of God’s people—James offers an antidote to counter much contemporary complacency. To the brother of Yeshua, faith in God is not just about some kind of mental ascent or speaking written creeds; it is about performing the actions which are reflective of […]

Bible Study

James

11 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The letter of James the Just, the half-brother of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, is not without its controversy. Often considered to have the most Jewish character of among all the books of the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament), James’ epistle sits between two extremes: those who deny his message, and those who give his message a weight that it was never intended to have. James’ letter has a distinctive emphasis on the works of the individual, and so many have viewed what he has to say as actually annulling the grace of God in the process of salvation. Some have denied […]

James

Epistle of James

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 45-50 C.E. Time period: prior to, or just after, the Jerusalem Council Author: James the Just, brother of Yeshua Location of author: Jerusalem or Judea Target audience and their location: Jewish Believers in the immediate Diaspora: Phoenicia, Cyprus, Antioch Theological Summary: The Epistle of James is widely considered by theologians to have the most “Jewish character” of all of the other writings of the Apostolic Scriptures,[1] perhaps save the Gospel of Matthew. This is largely due to its emphasis on works and the moral conduct of […]

FAQ

James, Name of

17 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 14 DECEMBER, 2006 Why do you call the brother of Yeshua, “James,” when his name was clearly Ya’akov or “Jacob”? The given name of the half-brother of Yeshua, most commonly referred to as James the Just, was actually Ya’akov or “Jacob.” The name Ya’akov, which appears in the Tanach or Old Testament for the Patriarch who was renamed Yisrael or “Israel” by God, was transliterated in the Greek Septuagint as Iakōb. Things get somewhat complicated in the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament where a derivative form, Iakōbos, is also used. Modern Hebrew New Testaments such as the Salkinson-Ginsburg and […]

1 Corinthians

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study

2 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 13 June, 2011 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah In the discussion over the validity and relevance of the Torah for today’s Believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), there is one particular issue that is a cause of significant confusion and consternation: Is it not true that we are not under the Law?[1] No responsible Bible reader can ignore or deny what passages like Romans 6:14 communicate: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” If we want to be honest with what the Bible tells us, […]

Books & Studies

James for the Practical Messianic

7 September, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The letter of James the Just, the half-brother of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah, is not without its controversy. Often considered to have the most Jewish character of among all the books of the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament), James’ epistle sits between two extremes: those who deny his message, and those who give his message a weight that it was never intended to have. James’ letter has a distinctive emphasis on the works of the individual, and so many have viewed what he has to say as actually annulling the grace of God in the process of salvation. Some have denied […]