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Browse, read and study through articles adapted from previously published First Fruits of Zion magazines and journals.

The Life of Messiah


The Birth of the King

Tags:  Bethlehem, birth, Christmas, Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus, moshia, Nazereth, Sukkot, yoshia

The story of the birth of our Master is one of the most-loved stories in the gospels, but a Jewish reading of the story adds more depth and reveals amazing facts about the historic context which are often overlooked.
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The King in Disguise

Tags:  High Holy Days, King, liturgy, parables, Rosh Hashanah, Shepherd, Yom Kippur

Yeshua's Lost High Holiday Parables A blast will be sounded...and all the dwellers of the earth will cross before You like the members of a flock. Like a shepherd shepherding his flock...thus You will pass and count and number and...
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Encountering Yeshua in the Gospels

Tags:  commentary, Franz Delitzsch, Gospels, life of Yeshua, parables, sayings, translation, Yechiel Lichtenstein

It's not like he's looking straight into my face. But I feel I'm standing up close, hearing him speak and watching him touch people in all kinds of ways. Since May 2008, I have been privileged to work on a...
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Life of the Party

Tags:  bride, bridegroom, Jewish eschatology, messianic era, wedding banquet, wine

Weddings are big events in Judaism. The wedding party always wants a rabbi in attendance. In the early days of Yeshua's vocation as a teacher, he miraculously transformed the water of six stone pots into the finest of wine.
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The Messiah Tempted

Tags:  Day of Atonement, fasting, temptation, Yom Kippur

Yeshua's forty-day fast is a reflection of Moses' forty-day fast on Mount Sinai. Messiah, the ultimate redeemer, comes in the pattern of Moses, the first redeemer. More than that, the forty-day fast and confrontation with the adversary may be an allusion to the forty days of repentance that precede the Day of Atonement.
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Head of the Household

As a Son of David, His family lineage shaped His destiny and validated His claim to be the Messiah King of Israel. By raising a following of students, He stepped into the role of head of household over His school...
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Yeshua's New Wine

Expositors have been scratching chins and nodding heads for a long time over the double parable of Luke 5:33-39. The meaning of the parable is seemingly obvious. The new garment is the Gospel/Grace/Kingdom/Church and the old garment is the Old Covenant/Law/Judaism.
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