Messiah Journal #103

Messiah Journal 103

Messiah Journal #103

Spring 2010 (March, 2010)

Rabbinowitz Haggadah

An English translation of what may be the first Messianic Jewish haggadah ever printed.

Taste of the Messianic Age

Discover the Chassidic tradition of a special seder for Messiah on the last day of Passover.

God-Fearing and Devout

The first Gentile Christians were non- Jewish participants in first century Judaism.

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What's in this issue?

The Rabbinowitz Haggadah

Over a century ago, Joseph Rabbinowitz was among the most progressive of Hebrew Christians. His haggadah may have been the first Messianic haggadah ever printed. Rabbinowitz created liturgical adaptations of synagogue prayers for his community, combining Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian.

Se'udat Mashiach: The Meal of Messiah

The highlight of Passover is the seder meal on the first night. In the seventeenth century the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (the Baal Shem Tov) instituted a new custom for the last day of Passover. He called it the Meal of Messiah (Se'udat Mashiach, סעודת משיח).

Let My People Go!

Have you ever been to a Passover Seder meal? Did you know that the Last Supper was originally as Passover Seder meal? Christians call it the "Eucharist" or "Communion," but in the days of Jesus and the disciples, it was called Passover. This article is an excerpt from the new HaYesod program.

We are the God-Fearers

Judaism of the late Second Temple period attracted many Gentiles who wished to join themselves to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Torah worldview influenced Gentiles in Judea as well as in much of the Diaspora where Judaism became increasingly in vogue. Many Gentiles chose to go through full ritual conversion to Judaism, yet many more wished to take on monotheism in association with the Jewish people without becoming full proselytes. They were the God-fearers.

Tears for Jerusalem

All four canonical Gospels portray Yeshua explicitly predicting the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem. But if Yeshua foreknew the destruction would occur, how did that make him feel? Did he view it as a positive or a negative thing?

What Hen Houses Can Teach About Honoring Your Parents

"A little hand tugged at my shirt. Kendall's bright eyes and big smile begged, "Mrs. Michael, Mrs. Michael, do you want to see the hen house? I'll show it to you, come on!" It was an offer I couldn't refuse, and one in which I was keenly interested...."

Chanting the New Testament

An introduction to The Cantillated Hebrew Translation of the New Testament of the London Jews Society of 1866.

Land of Israel Archaeology

A brief overview of two important archaeological discoveries from Israel in 2009. Qeiyafa Ostracon: Inscription from the days of King David, and the Magdala Synogogue.

Rashbatz and the New Testament

A fifteenth century Rabbi, Shimon ben Tzemach Duran (1361-1444), weighs in on Yeshua, the Torah, and One Law question. He not only demonstrates a remarkable knowledge of the New Testament, but his willingness to see it in Jewish terms gives him the ability to understand the Apostolic Writings in a way that many Christians cannot.

Spring Reading

Some new book reviews:

  • Approaches to Paul: A Student's Guide to Recent Scholarship (Magnus Zetterholm),
  • The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in Its Jewish Context (James F. McGrath),
  • Recovering the Unity of the Bible: One Continuous Story, Plan, and Purpose (Walter C. Kaiser Jr.)

Our Mission and Message

Founder and Director of First Fruits of Zion,
Boaz Michael, reviews the message and mission of this ministry and shares his hopes for the next generation of Torah-minded disciples.

Prophesy for the Last Day

Excerpt from the Torah Club Volume Three: Voice of the Prophets, Commentary on Haftarat Yom Acharon Shel Pesach: Isaiah 10:32-12:6