New Wine, Old Wineskins

12 November, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

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 The old way of Judaism has been replaced by […]

A Restoration of Israel–Without the Jews?

9 November, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 19 DECEMBER, 2016 This month of December 2016, the Jewish and Messianic Jewish communities will be commemorating Chanukah or the Festival of Dedication. Chanukah is a very warm time for Jewish and Messianic Jewish families, mainly as they reflect […]

You Want to Be a Pharisee

7 November, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

ORIGINALLY POSTED 22 MARCH, 2005 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 been told that you are being a […]

Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)

31 October, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

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? Click here for the complete version of “Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)”

Is Sunday “the Lord’s Day”?

19 October, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

ORIGINALLY POSTED 28 JULY, 2002 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 when most Christians believe that Yeshua the […]

Kabbalah – 16 October, 2018

16 October, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

Our Messianic congregation has some people studying Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah. Some people are really into it, and it really upsets some other people. Do you have anything that can help us? The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on […]

A Summarization of Sukkot Traditions

23 September, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 07 AUGUST, 2017 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 wilderness after the Exodus. Images of the post-Exodus […]

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

POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 Shavuot 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 Deuteronomy 16:19, “You shall count seven weeks for […]

A Summarization of Passover Traditions

27 February, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 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 of both communal and family fellowship, where one […]

A Summarization of Purim Traditions

19 February, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 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 understand. Having been dispersed into Babylonian exile in […]

Is Eating Kosher Really Healthier?

24 January, 2018 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 OCTOBER, 2017 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 kosher really healthier?” is something commonly asked. […]

Biblically Kosher? Rabbinic Kosher?

9 January, 2018 messianicapologetics 0

POSTED 19 OCTOBER, 2017 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 family’s experience, the perspectives surrounding kashrut have […]

A Summarization of Chanukah Traditions

6 December, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 OCTOBER, 2017 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 year, we have the awesome opportunity to commemorate […]

What Does the Shema Really Mean?

4 December, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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 of belief. […]

A Summarization of Jewish Shabbat Traditions

29 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 OCTOBER, 2017 That the Jewish people have widely and faithfully observed the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat throughout their history is a testament to God’s declaration in Exodus 31:16: ‘The Israelite people shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath […]

A Summarization of Jewish Kosher Traditions

28 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 19 OCTOBER, 2017 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 Moses which prohibit the consumption of unclean […]

Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

13 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00834_Addressing_the_Frequently_Avoided_Issues_Messianics_Encounter_in_the_Torah_1.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00835_Addressing_the_Frequently_Avoided_Issues_Messianics_Encounter_in_the_Torah_2.mp3 PODCAST – PART 3 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00836_Addressing_the_Frequently_Avoided_Issues_Messianics_Encounter_in_the_Torah_3.mp3 ORIGINALLY POSTED 04 SEPTEMBER, 2008 Focusing on God’s instructions in the Torah is an undeniable part of not only the Messianic lifestyle, but also the […]

The Third Commandment and the Divine Name

7 November, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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 applied that […]

The Waters of Immersion

23 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 23 OCTOBER, 2017 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 direct and indirect ways, when approaching this. In […]

What Are “Works of the Law”?

23 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00900_What_Are_Works_of_the_Law_1.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00901_What_Are_Works_of_the_Law_2.mp3 ORIGINALLY POSTED 11 MAY, 2009 I remember the first time I ever heard the possibility that “works of the Law” in the Pauline Epistles could be anything other than just […]

The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement

20 October, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PODCAST – PART 1 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00912_The_Effect_of_Mysticism_and_Gnosticism_on_the_Messianic_Movement_1.mp3 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00913_The_Effect_of_Mysticism_and_Gnosticism_on_the_Messianic_Movement_2.mp3 PODCAST – PART 3 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00914_The_Effect_of_Mysticism_and_Gnosticism_on_the_Messianic_Movement_3.mp3 ORIGINALLY POSTED 10 MAY, 2013 The Messianic community today, as many of us genuinely know, has a great potential to enact a sizeable difference in […]

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

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? Click here for […]

Works of the Law

27 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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? Click here for the complete version of “Works of the Law”

Tzitzits

26 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

Do you believe that Messianics should wear tzitzits/fringes/tassels? Click here for the complete version of “Tzitzits”

Tradition, Role that it plays

26 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

What role, if any, do you believe tradition should play in our examination and application of Scripture, particularly the Torah? Click here for the complete version of “Tradition, Role that it plays”

Torah, Command not to “Add to”

25 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

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 some claim are “commanded,” or at […]

Tefillin

22 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Do you believe that Messianics should wrap tefillin (phylacteries)? Click here for the complete version of “Tefillin”

Talmud

22 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

What is your position concerning the Talmud? Click here for the complete version of “Talmud”

Rabbi, Title

19 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Why are there so many leaders in the Messianic movement who call themselves “rabbi”? Yeshua explicitly forbade this in Matthew 23:8. Click here for the complete version of “Rabbi, Title”

PaRDeS

18 September, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

Can you explain to me the four levels of Hebraic Scripture interpretation? Click here for the complete version of “PaRDeS”

Sabbath, Jewish tradition

31 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

To what extent, if any, do you believe that we should follow Jewish tradition in our Sabbath observance? Click here for the complete version of “Sabbath, Jewish tradition”

Omer Count

29 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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. Click here for the complete […]

Noahide Laws

29 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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 laws are an invention of later […]

God-Fearers

25 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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 and distinctions, I thought we were […]

Chanukah, Nine-Branched Menorah

16 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Why is there a nine-branched menorah used for Chanukah, when there was a seven-branched menorah used in the Temple? Click here for the complete version of “Chanukah, Nine-Branched Menorah”

Chanukah, Eight Days of Oil

16 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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? Click here for the complete version of “Chanukah, Eight Days of Oil”

Biblical Faith, a Judaism

11 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

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 is Judaism? Click here for the […]

Biblical Calendar

11 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

What is your opinion with the various calendar issues that seem to be dividing the Messianic community? Click here for the complete version of “Biblical Calendar”

Anti-Semitism in the Two-House Movement

7 August, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

PODCAST – PART 1 PODCAST – PART 2 http://messianicapologetics.net/audio/00343_Anti-Semitism_in_the_Two-House_Movement_Part_B.mp3 POSTED 17 MAY, 2015 Anti-Semitism or anti-Judaism is a significant crime, with devastating prejudices and a poisonous ideology, which has been present in our world since long before the time of […]

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 […]