Resurrection, Late Belief

20 September, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 20 SEPTEMBER, 2018 Is it, or is it not, true, that the doctrine of resurrection developed rather late in Judaism? Some passages of the Tanach could be read from the vantage point that there is to be […]

A Summarization of Yom Kippur Traditions

16 September, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 07 AUGUST, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement occurs ten days after Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, and is considered to be the most holy day of the year in Judaism. […]

Yom Kippur – 30 August, 2018

30 August, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

What are some of the significant components of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, which we need to be aware of with the Fall High Holidays soon to be upon us? A Summarization of Yom Kippur Traditions: http://messianicapologetics.net/archives/9681 FAQ […]

A Summarization of Shavuot Traditions

24 April, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper Shavuot[1] is one of three pilgrimage festivals that is commanded in the Torah (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16). In Hebrew, its name means “weeks,” derived from the command in […]

A Summarization of Passover Traditions

27 February, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Spring festivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread are an extremely important time of observance and reflection in Jewish communities all over the world. It is a time […]

A Summarization of Purim Traditions

19 February, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The holiday of Purim is a relatively minor festival in the Tanach (Old Testament), yet it portrays a very important story that all of God’s people need to […]

Is Eating Kosher Really Healthier?

24 January, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 17 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper It should not be a great surprise to anyone studying or evaluating the kosher dietary laws, principally contained in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, that the question “Is eating […]

Biblically Kosher? Rabbinic Kosher?

9 January, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 19 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper There is little doubting that within the broad Messianic community, there can be huge debates over the application of the Torah’s dietary laws. Most frequently, as has been our […]

A Summarization of Chanukah Traditions

6 December, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 17 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper The holiday of Chanukah, or the Festival of Dedication, is full of many customs and traditions that give our celebration great life and depth. During this time of […]

What Does the Shema Really Mean?

4 December, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST ORIGINALLY POSTED 12 APRIL, 2004 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 […]

Is Sunday “the Lord’s Day”?

1 December, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST ORIGINALLY POSTED 28 JULY, 2002 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic It appears on countless church bulletins, newsletters, and is frequently referred to by many Christians, both Protestants and Catholics. It is “the Lord’s Day,” believed to be Sunday […]

A Summarization of Jewish Shabbat Traditions

29 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper That the Jewish people have widely and faithfully observed the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat[1] throughout their history is a testament to God’s declaration in Exodus 31:16: ‘The Israelite people […]

A Summarization of Jewish Kosher Traditions

28 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 19 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper To most outsiders who encounter the Messianic Jewish movement, when hearing something about kosher or kashrut, what they mostly think about are instructions within the Torah or Law of […]

Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

13 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00834_Addressing_the_Frequently_Avoided_Issues_Messianics_Encounter_in_the_Torah_1.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00835_Addressing_the_Frequently_Avoided_Issues_Messianics_Encounter_in_the_Torah_2.mp3 PODCAST – PART 3 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00836_Addressing_the_Frequently_Avoided_Issues_Messianics_Encounter_in_the_Torah_3.mp3 ORIGINALLY POSTED 04 SEPTEMBER, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Focusing on God’s instructions in the Torah is an undeniable part of not only […]

The Third Commandment and the Divine Name

7 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 20 FEBRUARY, 2011 What is the significance and meaning of the Divine Name of God in light of the Third Commandment? When Christians today think about “the name of God,” a wide variety of possible meanings are often […]

The Waters of Immersion

23 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF POSTED 23 OCTOBER, 2017 reproduced from Torah In the Balance, Volume II How do today’s Messianic people approach the issue of water immersion? There are varied Jewish and Christian traditions and customs we have doubtlessly been affected by, in both […]

What Are “Works of the Law”?

23 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00900_What_Are_Works_of_the_Law_1.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00901_What_Are_Works_of_the_Law_2.mp3 ORIGINALLY POSTED 11 MAY, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah MAXIMUM EDITION I remember the first time I ever heard the possibility that “works of the Law” in […]

The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement

20 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00912_The_Effect_of_Mysticism_and_Gnosticism_on_the_Messianic_Movement_1.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00913_The_Effect_of_Mysticism_and_Gnosticism_on_the_Messianic_Movement_2.mp3 PODCAST – PART 3 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00914_The_Effect_of_Mysticism_and_Gnosticism_on_the_Messianic_Movement_3.mp3 ORIGINALLY POSTED 10 MAY, 2013 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues The Messianic community today, as many of us genuinely know, has a great potential to […]

Matthew 23:2-3: Who Sits in the Seat of Moses?

18 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 18 JULY, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper There is no doubting, that when one surveys much of the broad Messianic movement, that there are some significant issues which not only divide us, but which spur on […]

Dismissing Judaism

28 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee discusses how frequent it has become for people in the independent Hebrew/Hebraic Roots movement to just dismiss or disregard Judaism, Pharisees, the Rabbis, and literature like the Mishnah or Talmud–without ever giving it a hearing. […]

Headcovering Garments

28 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 13 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 […]

Works of the Law

27 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 28 SEPTEMBER, 2012 I have heard a teaching which stated that the term “works of the Law” actually refers to Rabbinical extra-Biblical commandments? Is there any substantiation for this? This entry has been reproduced from the paperback […]

Tzitzits

26 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 05 DECEMBER, 2014 Do you believe that Messianics should wear tzitzits/fringes/tassels? This entry has been adapted from Torah In the Balance, Volume II. Anyone who has been to a Jewish synagogue on Shabbat, and many Messianic congregations […]

Tradition, Role that it plays

26 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 26 DECEMBER, 2005 What role, if any, do you believe tradition should play in our examination and application of Scripture, particularly the Torah? There is a wide variance of opinion in the emerging Messianic movement relating to […]

Torah, division of commandments

25 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 17 DECEMBER, 2008 How am I to appropriately understand the division of the Torah’s commandments? Yeshua the Messiah did teach us that there were “weightier provisions of the law,” such as “justice and mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew […]

Torah, Command not to “Add to”

25 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

PDF PODCAST 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 […]

Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)

25 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST 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 […]

Tefillin

22 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 05 DECEMBER, 2014 Do you believe that Messianics should wrap tefillin (phylacteries)? This entry has been adapted from Torah In the Balance, Volume II. One of the most misunderstood religious symbols, although certainly derived from Biblical commandments, […]

Talmud

22 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 21 AUGUST, 2006 What is your position concerning the Talmud? The two Talmuds, the Babylonian Talmud and the smaller Jerusalem Talmud, both compose several centuries of Rabbinic gemara or commentary on the Mishnah. The Mishnah was composed […]

Rabbi, Title

19 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 26 JULY, 2013 Why are there so many leaders in the Messianic movement who call themselves “rabbi”? Yeshua explicitly forbade this in Matthew 23:8. Yeshua’s overall words, in Matthew ch. 23, have certainly provoked a wide number […]

PaRDeS

18 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 09 AUGUST, 2011 Can you explain to me the four levels of Hebraic Scripture interpretation? While it is quite commonplace in many sectors of the broad Messianic community, to hear about PaRDeS—also referred to as something like […]

New Wine, Old Wineskins

18 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 26 OCTOBER, 2011 I really do not get the “Messianic movement.” Jesus said that He came to bring us all new wine, and told us that you can’t put new wine in old wineskins. The old way […]

Karaites, Karaite Judaism

13 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 3

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 05 SEPTEMBER, 2011 What is your opinion of Karaite Judaism? The Jewish Study Bible states the following concerning who the Karaites are: “[T]he theological movement in Judaism dating from Babylonia in the 8th century C.E. Karaites claimed […]

Sabbath, Jewish tradition

31 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 16 FEBRUARY, 2006 To what extent, if any, do you believe that we should follow Jewish tradition in our Sabbath observance? Biblically, we are told that the Sabbath day is to be a time of rest for […]

Omer Count

29 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 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 […]

Noahide Laws

29 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 13 SEPTEMBER, 2011 I have been told by some Messianics that the only commandments that Gentiles are supposed to follow are the seven Noahide laws. I have then been told by other Messianics that the seven Noahide […]

God-Fearers

25 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 05 NOVEMBER, 2012 I am a non-Jewish Believer, and I have encountered some Messianic Jews who consider me as some sort of “God-fearer” in their midst. What is this supposed to mean? Even with our natural differences […]

A Summarization of Sukkot Traditions

17 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 07 AUGUST, 2017 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The festival of Sukkot or Tabernacles (also commonly called Booths) begins on 15 Tishri and is intended to commemorate the time that the Ancient Israelites spent in the […]

A Restoration of Israel–Without the Jews?

16 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 19 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the December 2016 issue of Outreach Israel News This month of December 2016, the Jewish and Messianic Jewish communities will be commemorating Chanukah or the Festival of Dedication. Chanukah is a very […]

You Want to Be a Pharisee

16 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST ORIGINALLY POSTED 22 MARCH, 2005 reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic How many of you, in your quest to become Torah observant, have been accused by Christian friends or family of being a “Pharisee”? How many of you have […]

Chanukah, Nine-Branched Menorah

16 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 09 DECEMBER, 2009 Why is there a nine-branched menorah used for Chanukah, when there was a seven-branched menorah used in the Temple? By and large in Judaism, there is a prohibition on recreating objects used in Tabernacle/Temple […]

Chanukah, Eight Days of Oil

16 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST UPDATED 09 DECEMBER, 2009 Where can I find information about the menorah being lit for eight days, on one cruse of oil, following the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple? The Maccabees drove the Seleucids out of the Land […]

Biblical Faith, a Judaism

11 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST POSTED 25 OCTOBER, 2011 I am a non-Jewish person involved in the Messianic movement. I get a little nervous when I see some Messianic Jews talk about how Biblical faith is Judaism. Do you think that Biblical faith […]

Biblical Calendar

11 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST 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 […]

Anti-Semitism in the Two-House Movement

7 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PDF PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00342_Anti-Semitism_in_the_Two-House_Movement_Part_A.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/wp-content/uploads/audio_media/00343_Anti-Semitism_in_the_Two-House_Movement_Part_B.mp3 POSTED 17 MAY, 2015 reproduced from Israel in Future Prophecy Anti-Semitism or anti-Judaism is a significant crime, with devastating prejudices and a poisonous ideology, which has been present in […]

Messianic Torah Helper

4 August, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

There are many aspects regarding the subject matter of “the Torah” for today’s broad Messianic movement to consider. These range from: the validity of the Torah or Law of Moses, the historicity and reliability of the Torah, the degree of […]