Monthly Archives: December 2013

Did Jesus Come So Jews Could Eat a Cheeseburger?

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Would Jesus eat a cheeseburger?  Instead of the loaves and fishes, would he just as readily have multiplied ham sandwiches to feed the multitudes?  Some people would say, “Sure!  Jesus himself declared everything to be kosher!”  I am going to create a crisis in this posting for Messianic Jews who think they have Yeshua’s license…

Watching What We Say About Christmas: Coming to Terms

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I’ll take good blog material anywhere I can find it!  Just the other day I picked some up at a local church. I visited a great place this past Sunday, a church where I have always received a warm welcome and where i have taught from time to time. I have some dear friends there…

Son of God Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means!

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O. K. It’s Christmas time. If there’s ever a time of the year when people talk about Yeshua, that’s Jesus, and the idea of his being the Son of God, now’s the time. But most of what people will say this season and every season about Jesus being the Son of God will be wrong.  How…

Boundaries: Can They Change and Be Renegotiated?

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I am continuing to read in Daniel Boyarin’s The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ. Even though it is a short book and popularly written, I am finding it so interesting that it’s taking a long time to get through it.  I plan on reporting to you about the book in the next…

Changing Jewish/Christian Assumptions: Game-Changing Ideas from a Jewish Scholar

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Daniel Boyarin is the Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is one of the greatest talmudists in the world, and has written provocatively about reconsidering the assumption that Judaism and Christianity are antithetical religions.  His Borderlines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity is fascinating in this regard, but reading it will…

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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Over the years, I have met many intermarried people.  When they marry, it is common for the partners to proclaim how much their in-laws love and accept them. But sometimes even from the beginning, the reports are not so sunny. And often, later in the relationship, tensions not apparent in the beginning become impossible to…

Let’s Not Get Strange About Christmas, Shall We?

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This post comes as a brief interruption of our current discussion of intermarriage to address an issue which has some traction in the Messianic Jewish movement, and which drives me a little crazy, which in my case, is a short drive. Please indulge me, and if this post doesn’t touch on issues you care about,…

Intermarriage and Faith in Jesus: Is it Good For the Jews?

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The recent Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews provides ample grist for the mill of discussion about intermarriage and interfaith issues. We all know that we live in a changing world. But few of us have noticed how much it has already changed. Take for example what the Pew Study reports about what today’s…