Christology

John 5:19-24

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POSTED 30 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “Therefore Yeshua answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and […]

Christology

John 1:43-51

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POSTED 16 APRIL, 2017 reproduced from Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Yeshua said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Yeshua of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ Yeshua saw Nathanael coming to […]

Christology

John 1:1-18

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POSTED 02 AUGUST, 2016 This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, […]

Updates

Mini-Series Coming Next Week: Approaching the Nature of Yeshua

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Messianic Apologetics has hundreds of articles and FAQ entries, not to mention thousands of pages of material, in our arsenal, to help people seeking answers. Starting this June, it is our plan to release various mini-series on important topics, combining written, audio, and video resources. About every two weeks or so, anywhere around a dozen teachings, with associated written and audio podcasts, will be featured. A two week interval should give us plenty of time to see teachings properly recorded and mastered, as we also have to balance this with longer term research projects. During the weeks that various mini-series […]

FAQ

Septuagint (LXX)

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UPDATED 06 JUNE, 2017 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

Under the Law

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POSTED 13 JULY, 2011 How can today’s Messianic movement widely advocate that the Law of Moses is still valid, when the Bible is clear that Christians are not “under the Law”? Any person who believes in the final authority of the Holy Scriptures, Genesis-Revelation, will have to take the admonition “for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:4) very seriously. For anyone who believes in the continued validity of the Torah or Law of Moses in the post-resurrection era, to disregard something like this—or somehow claim that the Apostle Paul is “wrong”—would indicate that he or she […]

FAQ

Tradition, Role that it plays

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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 what role, if any, tradition should play as we study and apply the Bible in our daily lives. This is particularly true regarding our individual pursuits of a Torah obedient lifestyle. How we follow the commandments of the Torah is a huge issue, and often the Torah itself gives us no explanation(s) of how various commandments are to be kept. The two […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

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

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originally 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 some strong emotions. One passage in the Gospel of Matthew frequently stirs vehement emotions, from all sides of the theological and ideological spectrum: Matthew 23:2-3. These verses appear within a much larger section of Matthew’s Gospel, Matthew 23:1-36, which is hardly an easy passage for Bible readers to encounter and evaluate. For much of Christian history, even extending into the […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

Is the Hebrew Matthew an Authentic Document?

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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

Scripture Commentaries by Messianic Apologetics

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Messianic Apologetics has produced a variety of commentaries on various books of the Bible under the “for the Practical Messianic” byline. These can be used in an individual, small group, or congregational study. A Survey of the Tanach for the Practical Messianic One of the major reasons that today’s Messianic movement has grown in the past decade is a significant interest by Believers in the Torah and the Tanach. In too many cases, the Tanach Scriptures were not probed in that great a detail in a Jewish Believer’s traditional Synagogue upbringing—and perhaps more serious, a non-Jewish Believer’s Christian experience often […]

Matthew

Matthew 24:20

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POSTED 16 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.” Within the scope of examining Bible prophecy, there is a diversity of approaches to Yeshua’s Olivet Discourse, principally found in Matthew 24,[1] not just in terms of pre-millennialism (the view that the Messiah returns before His thousand-year Millennial reign), but some of other perspectives, notably including the preterist view that the “end-times” largely took place in the First Century C.E. via the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans. Pre-millennialists will largely recognize how the Olivet […]

Luke

Mark 3:1-6; Matthew 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11

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POSTED 16 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and come forward!’ And He said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?’ But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of […]

Luke

Mark 2:23-28; Matthew 12:1-8; Luke 6:1-5

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POSTED 16 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while picking the heads of grain. The Pharisees were saying to Him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?’ And He said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry; how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, […]

Matthew

Gospel of Matthew

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POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: early-to-mid 70s C.E., possibly into the 80s C.E. Time period: the conception/birth of Yeshua to the ascension of Yeshua Author: Matthew the disciple Location of author: Phoenicia, Transjordan, Alexandria, Syrian Antioch (all debated) Target audience and their location: the Jewish Diaspora, possibly Antioch Theological Summary: While Matthew is canonically listed as the first of the Gospels in the Apostolic Scriptures, there are a significantly large number of scholars and theologians who do not think that it was the first Gospel compiled. Yet, […]

Mark Huey

B’ha’alotkha

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B’ha’alotkha When you set up Numbers 8:1-12:16 Zechariah 2:14-4:7 “Prophets All” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net As we look at this week’s Torah portion, B’ha’alotkha or “When you set up,” we are directed to the continuing saga of Ancient Israel, and some of the trials and tribulations of its sojourn through the wilderness wanderings. Among the things we encounter, Moses is given the design for the menorah or lampstand that is to be placed in the Tent of Meeting.[1] This seven-branched candelabrum is to illuminate the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant is located. Specific instructions are given […]

Apostolic Scriptures Practical Messianic Edition - PME

The Apostolic Scriptures Practical Messianic Edition (PME)

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Today’s broad Messianic community has some significant struggles with the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament. This has been one of the major causes for Messianic Apologetics starting the for the Practical Messianic commentary series, and why we continue to add new volumes to it. An important part of our complete book commentary series has been to provide an Author’s Rendering appendix, based on the public domain 1901 American Standard Version, incorporating various renderings and translations proposed. The Apostolic Scriptures Practical Messianic Edition takes this a step further, and incorporates various other renderings and translations proposed, from an entire selection of […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Revelation

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Over the past few years as I have witnessed my skills as a Bible teacher improve—particularly my engagement with not only the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek, but also engagement with secondary and tertiary resources—I have found myself become increasingly nervous, if not perturbed, when people use the word “revelation.” There are many people who teach from the Scriptures, either in the Christian or Messianic world, who seldom engage with the Biblical text they intend to teach. Rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to prepare them, mold them, and guide them to the resources and with the tools such […]

Revelation

The Revelation Given to John

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POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 50s-70s C.E. or 80s-90 C.E. Time period: deteriorating circumstances for the First Century Believers in the Roman Empire Author: the Apostle John Location of author: the island of Patmos Target audience and their location: the congregations of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea (all in Asia Minor) Theological Summary: The Book of Revelation, perhaps more than any other text in the Apostolic Scriptures, is one of the most confusing, as well as controversial, for Bible readers to digest. Also commonly known […]

1&2 Thessalonians

The Message of 1&2 Thessalonians

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POSTED 20 MARCH, 2017 reproduced from 1&2 Thessalonians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, Matthew 24, Zechariah: these are all the parts of Scripture that people commonly consider to be related to the phenomenon known as “Bible prophecy.”[1] Most of the attention that is given to those who examine the end-time themes of Scripture are often focused around these texts. But how many of you are aware that there are other books of the Bible that likewise have a prophetic message? How many of you consciously think about how the blessed hope […]

1&2 Thessalonians

Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonicans

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POSTED 27 NOVEMBER, 2016 reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: 51-52 C.E. (maximum of six months after 1 Thessalonians) Time period: season of severe misunderstanding about the end-times Author: the Apostle Paul Location of author: Corinth Target audience and their location: Jewish and non-Jewish Believers in Thessalonica Theological Summary: The Apostle Paul claims to be the author of 2 Thessalonians, along with Silvanus and Timothy as co-senders (1:1). Genuine Pauline authorship of 2 Thessalonians tends to not be questioned by conservative examiners, but is often questioned by many liberals. The text of […]

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