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From the Editor – Issue 33

Jewish tradition and values are often expressed most effectively through lifecycle events such as marriage, birth, parenting, sickness, and death and mourning. Rabbinic stories picture Hashem himself participating in such occasions, blessing the bride and groom, visiting the sick, and burying the dead (for example, b.Sotah 14a). Messiah Yeshua follows his example, from blessing a…

Cultural Adolescence or Biblical Youth: a Religious Parent’s Challenge

Introduction In the last century, social and cultural changes in Western culture and America in particular have drastically altered parenting for religious homes, both Jewish and Christian. This paper will address the specific challenge posed by the emergence and extension of Adolescence as a distinct lifecycle stage, and the problems it presents to a biblical…

Livui Ruchani: Spiritual Accompaniment in Messianic Jewish Community

Introduction This paper will discuss the power of Livui Ruchani, spiritual accompaniment.1 I offer why it is essential to the health of our communities and provide strategies for us to imitate Hashem, and answer the call to fulfill the law of Messiah and bear one anothers’ burdens to create a healthier encounter with grief and…

Testing the Waters: A Reevaluation of Yeshua’s Five Sayings on βάπτισμα

The three synoptists Mark, Matthew, and Luke portray Yeshua making use of the Greek verb baptizo– (βαπτίζω) and noun baptisma (βάπτισμα) in five sayings: Luke 12:50, Mark 10:38–39, Mark 11:30 [with Luke 20:4, Matt 21:25], Matthew 28:19, and Acts 1:5.1 These sayings not only help define the contours and boundaries of baptizo– and baptisma in…

Immersion: Connecting Jewish and Christian Traditions

Introduction Water is essential to life and all forms of life depend on it to survive. Not only does water sustain all forms of life physically, but the liturgical and spiritual use of water is common in both the Jewish and Christian worlds. From the time the Torah was given to the present day, the…

Post-supersessionist Analogy between Welcoming Gentiles in Scripture and Homosexual Persons Today

Introduction During the last half century, sexual standards and behaviors in the West have changed dramatically: increased use of contraception, living together without marriage, delaying of marriage, increased divorce, childbearing absent a lasting relationship with the father, redefinition of marriage, and increased approval of casual abortion, casual sex, cross-dressing and other behaviors previously considered unacceptable.…

Book Review

Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost, by Craig Keener

Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost,by Craig Keener Reviewed by Daniel Juster, ThD If I had the capacity to write a book on hermeneutics, I would have written Spirit Hermeneutics. I know of no book that so fully represents my own thinking on this topic. The book is broadly rooted in Pentecostalism, but…

Book Review

The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism, by Jon D. Levenson

  Reviewed by Russ Resnik Jon Levenson is a world-class biblical scholar, Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard, and a writer gifted in engaging his readers on issues that might at first seem antiquated or esoteric. His latest offering, The Love of God, opens with “one of the most familiar passages in the Bible,” Deuteronomy…

Book Review

Reading Ephesians and Colossians after Supersessionism, by Lionel J. Windsor

Reviewed by Lindsay John Kennedy Lionel Windsor’s Reading Ephesians and Colossians after Supersessionism, along with a volume by Christopher Zoccali on Philippians, is a flagship of a new series published by Cascade books and edited by J. Brian Tucker, David Rudolph, and Justin Hardin.1 This series, which strangely provides no description by the editors, examines…