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January 9, 2014
The Rabbi, The Scholar, and the Messiah: The Real Kosher Jesus [Part ONE]

As I mentioned in my most recent blog post, one of our concerns at Interfaithfulness is to Reconstruct Yeshua/Jesus. By that we mean re-examining our views of who Yeshua is, of what he said about himself, and what his disciples said about him, and revising our own views accordingly. We want to bring the mental […]

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January 3, 2014
Jesus Reconstructed and Resolving Some Interfaith Tensions

At Interfaithfulness, one of our commitments is Reconstructing Yeshua. This means discovering in a deep way who he claimed to be, and how his followers understood him and represented him to others, and then reconstructing our sense of who he is so that the Yeshua in our minds is as close as possible to who […]

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January 2, 2014
Daniel Boyarin Answers My Aunt, And Maybe Yours: Is Jesus a Goyishe Fraud?

“Jesus was just a Jewish rabbi, and the New Testament was written hundreds of years later by overzealous followers who twisted the Jewish Bible and made him into a God in order to market him to a Gentile audience.” That’s what my Aunt Dottie, of Blessed Memory, said to me when I became a Yeshua […]

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December 30, 2013
Did Jesus Come So Jews Could Eat a Cheeseburger?

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 […]

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December 24, 2013
Watching What We Say About Christmas: Coming to Terms

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 […]

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December 23, 2013
Son of God Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means!

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 […]

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December 19, 2013
Boundaries: Can They Change and Be Renegotiated?

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 […]

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December 16, 2013
Changing Jewish/Christian Assumptions: Game-Changing Ideas from a Jewish Scholar

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 […]

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December 11, 2013
Can't We All Just Get Along?

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 […]

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December 6, 2013
Let's Not Get Strange About Christmas, Shall We?

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, […]

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