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In this essay on the “Sacred Name” and the so-called “sacred name phenomenon” which we see rising within some Messianic Congregations, I want to investigate the biblical terminology associated with the Name of G-d.
There are those who claim that pronouncing the Sacred Name is not only good but necessary for proper worship. This paper exposes the premises of this position and calls for a biblical understanding of the Name and its use. 6 pages
The Two House theory is built upon the presupposition that the Northern Tribes were lost among the nations and have forgotten their true identity. In general, biblical and historical data show conclusively that the Northern Tribes were never lost.
This paper gives a critique of the Two House Movement (also called the Ephraimite Movement or Messianic Israel movement), showing biblical and historical reasons why it is based upon a misunderstanding of Scripture. 11 pages
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means!”
Sola Scriptura never claims that the Bible directly speaks about every aspect of life or that it is somehow a “textbook” on everything in the universe. Sola Scriptura holds that the inspired, infallible word of God reveals God’s “worldview,” and that as the child of God accepts this worldview, it will likewise affect the way in which he or she approaches all aspects of life. (2Tim 3:16; Heb 4:12)
"He, of course, never mentions that Yeshua Himself put His own teachings on par with the Torah in that they are eternal: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matt. 24:352, cf. Mk 13:31; Lk 21:33, cp. Lk 9:26; Jn 14:24)."
It is also a sad commentary on the state of things that someone like Michael Rood would use sensationalistic hype to promote the Shem Tov Matthew as equally significant in proportion to the Dead Sea Scrolls! Even sadder is the fact that many unsuspecting, well-meaning Messianics have uncritically accepted this ill-founded message of the Rood/Gordon dual. One can only hope that in time, people will seek a more substantial body of facts upon which to rest their beliefs.
Within the Messianic movement of our times, the search to reclaim the Jewishness of Yeshua and His Apostles has rightly led to an investigation of the text of the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament), and particularly whether they were originally written in Greek or in a semitic language such as Hebrew, Aramaic, or a dialect of Aramaic known as Syriac.
This paper first critiques the claim that the Apostolic Scriptures were originally written in Aramaic, then goes on to review 4 translations:
- 1. The Aramaic-English New Testament (Andrew Roth)
- 2. The Hebrew Roots Version New Testament (James Trimm)
- 3. The New Testament of the Complete Jewish Bible (David Stern)
- 4. The Messianic Writings (Daniel Gruber)
Perhaps the most basic question in the sphere of child education is this: "Why educate our children?"
Torah Communities are finding that homeschooling is a common denominator for families who are serious about building Torah values into the lives of their children. It is something every family should consider. 7 pages
The first issue that should be addressed is the misunderstanding of the labels “old covenant” and “new covenant.” Contrary to the popular use of these terms, they do not describe “dispensations” or “periods of time.”
A popular belief in the Christian Church is that one is far more spiritual now than were the pious believers who lived before the coming of Yeshua. Such an opinion is usually based upon an "old covenant" vs. "new covenant" scenario, or upon the work of the Spirit. But is this what the Scriptures teach? 9 pages.
To argue that sin or disobedience has annulled or cancelled the Abrahamic covenant is to disregard the structure and pattern of the covenant itself.
Understanding the form of the literature in which the sacred text is written is vitally important to interpreting it correctly. This paper shows the close affinities between the Royal Grant Treaties of the Ancient Near East and the covenant God made with Abraham. This then allows a clearer understanding of the Abrahamic covenant and its import for us. 13 pages
The church fathers afford us with many reference to “speaking in tongues,” most of which refer to Acts or 1 Corinthians.
A study of preliminary questions for those evaluating the "tongues movement." Were tongues ecstatic utterance? Should everyone speak in tongues? How do we know that what is called "tongues" today is the same as the 1st Century phenomenon? 30 pages
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The Festival of Sukkot contains an enigma: is it prescribed in the Torah to be 7 days long or 8? The text in Lev 23 seems a bit ambiguous: (vv. 33-36):
“Again Adonai spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to Adonai. ‘On the first day is a holy convocation;
you shall do no laborious work of any kind. ‘For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to Adonai. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to Adonai; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.”