Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Foundational Reason Jews, Including Messianic Jews, Should Obey Torah

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In some naïve areas of Christian consensus people imagine that Jews obey Torah because they believe that this will save them. However, a simple conversation with the average religious Jew, or reading in books by religious Jews will demonstrate this to be a fantasy. And which of us has not heard the proposition that Judaism…

When It's Just Not Happening

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Here at Interfaithfulness, our vision statement speaks of “Exploring the synergy between Judaism and Christianity, partnership between Christians and Jews, and the relationship between God’s tomorrow and our today.”  I want to look at that last component with you for a few minutes: “the relationship between God’s tomorrow and our today.” One of the aspects…

Solid Footing Amidst The Shifting Sands of Public Opinion About Israel

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This is a detailed review of a book that has much to commend it. The book is: Calvin L. Smith, ed., The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supersessionism. New Revised and Expanded Edition (Broadstairs, Kent, UK: King’s Divinity Press), 2013. This much-needed work deals with the old phenomenon of supersessionism but in a new…

Moses Had Intermarriage Problems: Lessons to Learn – Part Two

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In part one of this little series on Moses’ marital life, we considered interfaith conflicts he had with his fiery wife, Tzipporah.  This second study takes place later in his life, when Moses is already established as the leader of Israel. He marries again. This time he marries a Cushite, whom we would term an Ethiopian. …

A Book Review – If I'm Jewish and You're Christian, What Are the Kids? [Part Two]

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Andrea King, If I’m Jewish and You’re Christian, What Are the Kids? [New York: UAHC Press], 1993.  This blog post supplements the previous one which covered the first half of this book.  Here is the second half.  Anyone who knows anyone in a Jewish/Christian intermarriage would benefit from reading and thinking about both reviews and…

A Book Review: If I'm Jewish and You're Christian, What Are the Kids? [Part One]

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Andrea King, If I’m Jewish and You’re Christian, What Are the Kids? [New York: UAHC Press], 1993. This is an excellent book for gaining an overview of some of the issues and challenges inherent in interfaith marriages and the additional problems interfaith couples create for themselves and for their children when they practice avoidance or…