Understanding Tisha B’Av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar will commence tonight at sundown and extend through sundown tomorrow.  Jews around the world will commemorate Tisha B'av (the ninth of the Hebrew month, Av) by fasting and refraining from any sort of pleasure or enjoyment. But what exactly are they commemorating?  The destruction of both the first …

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1st Century Christians and Jews: Fractured Relations

Pull up a chair!  We're gathering at the virtual study table to follow up on yesterday's foundational discussion about early Jewish-Christian relations, and God's call of the Apostle Paul as a missionary to the Gentiles.  If you missed yesterday's discussion, scroll back to it for a good foundation for today's topic. We have established that …

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God’s Appointed Role in History for Israel

Currently, on Sunday mornings, I am leading a study called Why Israel Matters: Rightly Relating to Our Jewish Roots to a class at my church.  We are learning and understanding more about God's plan for the Jewish people, and His plan for us Gentiles as well.  I have shared much of the study online, and want …

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Jews and Christians: A Parting of Ways

Let's go on a historical journey to look at early Jewish-Christian relations, the birth of Rabbinic Judaism, a parting of ways and attempts to reconcile.  It’s a full plate, but I’ll try to keep it interesting! Over the past few days we’ve established the fact that our Christian roots are firmly planted in Judaism.  This brought about …

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