FAQ

Beards

15 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 01 MARCH, 2015 Do you believe that men should wear beards? It is not difficult for people to acknowledge how wearing beards (Heb. sing. zaqan), or facial hair in general, is quite commonplace among many male Jews. Many Jewish cultural features have been rooted within the instruction of Leviticus 19:27, “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”[1] There has been internal debate within Judaism what “the side-growth of your beard” (NJPS) actually means, though, with varied applications of this present among modern Jews.[2] Some interpret this command as relating […]

Divine Name

Sacred Name Concerns

15 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

revised edition originally posted 03 February, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues How many of you have been in a Messianic religious setting as of late where you have heard someone use the words God, or Lord, or even Jesus Christ—and then someone gets up and publicly chastises the person? How many of you have been told that if you do not use Hebraic names and terms for the Father and the Son that your prayers will neither be heard nor answered? How many of you have seen people forget the love and compassion of our Savior, and whose faith […]

Appointed Times

Haggadah for Messianic Believers — Leader’s Guide

12 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours. This edition is intended to be used by the host of the Passover Seder.   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

Babylon

Babylon

12 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 16 FEBRUARY, 2006 What do you think end-time Babylon is? There are various views and opinions among prophecy teachers, and likewise among Messianics, concerning what end-time “Babylon” is. These range from believing that end-time Babylon is the Roman Catholic Church, mainstream Christianity or today’s “Church system,” the United States of America, or a rebuilt Babylon in the Middle East. Some believe that “Babylon” is purely a system, whereas others believe that it is “just this” or “just that.” In Hebrew, the word translated “Babylon” is Bavel. BDB defines Bavel as “confuse, confound.”[1] Consequently, it should not be surprising that […]

Christology

What Does the Shema Really Mean?

12 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 12 April, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues 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. The Shema is repeated in the daily, traditional prayers of Judaism as found in the siddur, and it is certainly a major feature of synagogue worship on the Sabbath. Even in much of Christianity, the words of the Shema are repeated in prayer, song, and worship, as the primacy of the Supreme God over Creation is […]

Appointed Times

Haggadah for Messianic Believers

11 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

Aramaic Peshitta

Aramaic Peshitta

11 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 30 OCTOBER, 2011 What is your opinion of the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament? Do you think that the Peshitta New Testament might be more original than the Greek New Testament? The following entry has been adapted from the editor’s article, “The Hebrew New Testament Misunderstanding” It is not surprising, given some of the theological trends within our Messianic faith community, that many would be interested in the Aramaic Peshitta New Testament. Aramaic is a Semitic relative to Hebrew and was a local language of the Land of Israel during the time of Yeshua. It is historically accurate that an […]

Afterlife

To Those Who Have Gone Before Us

11 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 SEPTEMBER, 2007 The month of August is never an easy time for people in ministry. Statistically speaking, this is the time when the least number of people attend church or synagogue. It’s hot outside, and you wonder when things are going to cool down. Tithing and donations are down, and finances can be tighter than usual. Sometimes, you wonder if the faithful have abandoned their support of your efforts and whether or not you are appreciated. On top of all of this, the month of August since 1992 has been a very hard time for the McKee family, […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Spring Holiday Helper

10 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The Spring holiday season is a very busy time for those in today’s Messianic movement, beginning with Purim, continuing to the week of Passover and Unleavened Bread, and then culminating with Shavuot or Pentecost. This broad season is one of the most demanding for Messianic Believers, not only as it concerns the many things to celebrate and reflect upon, but also as we strive to exhibit a positive testimony to both the Jewish and Christian communities: to Jewish people remembering the Passover and deliverance of Ancient Israel from Egypt, and to Christians memorializing the death and resurrection of Yeshua the […]

Apocrypha

Apocrypha, Versions of

10 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 JANUARY, 2006 I know that the Apocrypha is not considered canonical Scripture by Jews or Protestants, but I am interested in finding a suitable modern English translation to use for reference. Which one(s) can you recommend? There are five main versions of the Apocrypha included with some major Bible versions that our ministry employs in our research. These include the following in the order of their publication, along with a brief description of the Bible they are included with. This same order happens to be the order in which we generally use them for study: Revised Standard Version […]

Afterlife

To Be Absent From the Body

10 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2009 reproduced from To Be Absent From the Body Death is one of the most difficult topics that any human being ever has to deal with. None of us likes dealing with the death of a family member, a close friend, or even people we do not know but still admire. Many people regularly visit the gravesite of a loved one, whereas others have their remains cremated and scattered into the wind. Even if you do not regularly visit a cemetery where your loved one may be buried, thoughts and memories of the deceased will undoubtedly still […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Winter Holiday Helper

9 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The Winter holiday season is frequently a conflicted time of year for many people in today’s Messianic movement. On the one hand, most Messianic Believers do not celebrate the holiday of Christmas on December 25, due to some of its pre-Christian origins and questionable traditions. On the other hand, the birth of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is a Biblical event which we all must acknowledge in some way. Furthermore, during this same Winter season, the Jewish community commemorates the Festival of Dedication or Chanukah. What is a Messianic Believer to do? The Messianic Winter Holiday Helper is a valuable […]

Creationism

A Flat Earth?

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee discusses the social media phenomenon all over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and hundreds of memes supporting the idea that Planet Earth is a flat disk. While affirming the verifiable scientific position of Planet Earth as a round sphere, that there would be anyone within the broad Messianic movement or independent Hebrew/Hebraic Roots movement adhering to a Flat Earth–serves as evidence that our understanding of the various positions on Genesis 1-11 is in need of some help. There is a greater diversity of views within our faith community on Genesis 1-11 than many leaders and teachers are willing […]

Apocrypha

Apocrypha

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 14 AUGUST, 2006 What is your position concerning the Apocrypha? Protestants do not consider the books of the Apocrypha to be canonical because Jews do not consider them to be canonical. Jews do not consider these books to be canonical because the principal copies we have of them are written in Greek, and not Hebrew, and were an adjunct part of the Septuagint. The Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican traditions, however, do consider these books to be canonical. The principal books of the Apocrypha include: 3 Esdras 4 Esdras Tobit Judith The Additions to Esther Wisdom Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) […]

Apostasy

The Strong Delusion

9 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Margaret Huey 01 MARCH, 2004 edited for spelling/grammar; minor theological fine tuning 19 December, 2006 As we approach the End of the Age, many people are being restored back to the Hebraic Roots of the faith. It is exciting to watch as the scales fall off of the eyes of our brethren as they embrace a return to the First Century ways of the early Believers! People are returning to the ancient paths! People are starting to walk the way Yeshua walked! They are honoring the seventh-day Shabbat again: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days […]

Appointed Times

Yom Kippur for Messianic Believers

8 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

The following is a traditional order of service for Yom Kippur, which can serve as a template model for Messianic congregations and fellowships.   Yom Kippur for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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