Bare Your Arm of Salvation, A Traditional Hanukkah Song – Repost 2012

This is a long standing repost. I hope to visit it later to clean it up, etc… Sundown approaches, darkness will cover the earth, and Hanukkah will being – it promises to be a bitterly cold night in some parts of the United States and moderately cool in Jerusalem. Here is song (and if you click the link at the bottom, it will take you to site to hear it sung in Hebrew) traditionally song, at least since the 13th century. The last stanza strikes me, for God has indeed shown us His arm But although He had done


A Picture of Judaism in Israel

Is Jewishness a function of religion, culture or nationality? According to the High Court, it is all of them at once. In a fascinating legal decision that touches on the very core of Jewish/Israeli identity, the country’s supreme legal authority ruled last week that a woman who converted to Christianity and immigrated to Germany could not regain her Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, even though two Orthodox rabbinical courts – in London and in Tel Aviv – had determined that she was Jewish. However, in their precedent-making decision, the three justices – Neal Hendel, Elyakim Rubinstein and


Jewish-Christian Resources on the ‘Net

Ancient Jewish Accounts of Jesus Josephus, Celcus, Tertullian, Talmud, Toledoth Yeshu – full texts with introductions.. Several books on Jesus and Judaism collected by Messianic Jews – incl. Christianity in Talmud and Midrash by R. Travers Herford and Jesus Christ in the Talmud, Midrash, and the Zohar by Gustav Dalman (which both deal with the censored Talmudic passages about Jesus) TRENT – Traditions of the Rabbis in the Era of the New Testament – earliest traditions dated and explained, esp for NT relevance Preview at Into His Own – Primary Jewish sources for background of the


Apostle Peter in Late Rabbinic Judaism

I am not so concerned with how the Apostles are treated, so much so how Christ is treated in Judaism… The blog linked to below will be doing a series of posts on the Apostle Peter in Rabbinic Judaism. The first part focuses on a medieval Rabbi who believed that the Apostle wrote Nishmat prayer. ht. What is interesting about both this prayer, the legend and the blog ht’d above, is that they leave off a very important part of the legend, A curious legend circulated in medieval France and Germany to the effect that Nishmat was composed by


Should We Celebrate a Passover Seder?

Rev. McCain points a question to the Lutherans, but really, to us all: “Is it appropriate for a Lutheran congregation to celebrate a Passover Seder?  This is not an unimportant question since the practice has become rather widespread in our Synod.  In fact, it has even been promoted (complete with Eucharist!) by the Synod’s Board for Evangelism (A Passover Haggadah for Christians , ed. Bruce J. Lieske, no date).  But can it be historically or theologically sustained? “The historical question is rather complex, as the history of liturgical forms generally are.  To begin with,  we have no manuscript of


Pastor: No Such Thing as a Completed Muslim

We’ve discussed this before, but it does pop up every now and then: There are Messianic Jews but there is no such thing as a completed Muslim, said a pastor who is an expert in Christian and Islamic theology. Contrary to what some mission leaders think, J.D. Greear does not accept the equal comparison between Jews who come to accept Jesus as their savior and Muslims who become Christian. Messianic Jews are sometimes called completed Jews, but it would be incorrect to apply the term to Muslims.

Controversial / Creeds

The Nicene Creed and Messianic Judaism

We are repairing the broken pieces, standing between church creeds and rabbinic discussions, and trying to make them whole. So says this post. You might want to read the entire thing, which is an interesting take on the Nicene Creed.