Reviews


Honoring Parents and Telling the Truth

Do we have to honor our parents even if they are not worthy of honoring? Do we have to tell the truth in every situation? The lighthearted CBS sitcom Living Biblically is asking some common questions about the Bible’s mandates, but how do the television answers measure up?

8-minute read

Paul, Apostle of Christ: A Review of the Movie

The real Paul was no doubt a man who preached a message of love and grace. But he was a man who did that as a Jew who loved and lived out the Torah within Judaism. I could let my final word on this movie be “satisfied” and move on. But, there is a problem.

4-minute read

Love, Hugs, Office Supplies, and Theft

Episodes three and four of the CBS sitcom, Living Biblically, explore the commandment of loving your neighbor and the prohibition on theft. If the show encourages viewers to start thinking about the Bible and applying it to daily life, it’s doing a good thing. I only wish the show was also funny.

7-minute read

Destroying Idols and Smashing Cell Phones

Does the prohibition on idolatry require us to smash our mobile phones? According to new CBS sitcom, Living Biblically, anything we prioritize above God qualifies as an idol. That’s a common sentiment, but is it literally true? What constitutes idolatry? Just to set the record straight on what the Bible says about living biblically, here’s a review of episode two.

5-minute read

Two Kinds of Thread and Stoning Adulterers

The new CBS sitcom, Living Biblically, wants to provoke dialogue about religion. Toward that end, we are offering an episode-by-episode review, just to set the record straight on what the Bible really says and how it’s lived out according to the traditional interpretation of the people to whom it belongs.

8-minute read

Rebellious Law

Rabbi Cardozo holds a high view of halachah; he loves and respects it greatly. However, he believes that as halachah continues to develop, it has to evolve as our world changes, as new circumstances occur to the Jewish people, causing new laws to be made, relaxed, or changed.

4-minute read

The Way of Life: A Scholarly Book Review

Unbeknownst to me one Didache scholar, Daniel Nessim, had written a full review of The Way of Life. Nessim is a Messianic Jew who is currently working on his doctoral thesis on the Didache. I have read some of his papers before, but I eagerly await to see his full work.

4-minute read

The New Christian Zionism

McDermott, who is best known as a historian of theology, offers us a quick overview of the history of Christian Zionism, demonstrating that its roots are in the Bible, not a recent post-1948 innovation and not merely a product of modern dispensationalism.

7-minute read

A Lawyer's Case

Jim Jacob presents evidence for the existence of God, as well as the historical validity of the Bible, and the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua, among many other topics. As he would do in a courtroom, Jacob anticipates and systematically refutes many of the rebuttal arguments often offered by skeptics because he was once one himself.

3-minute read

Jesus Was Not A Rebel

The rebel image of Jesus that became popular with the 1960s baby-boom generation might be responsible for a lot of today’s instability in Christian lives and congregations. Drawing insights from Torah Club and the teachings of First Fruits of Zion, Pastor Rudoski demonstrates that the anarchist and anti-religious Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible.

6-minute read

Language Learning Adventure

Just a few months ago, after learning Greek from a fantastic resource, I decided that I needed to learn Babylonian Aramaic. I found what I thought would be a fabulous book to help me do just that: Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. But I did learn something!

4-minute read

The World of the Ger

Unlike many books for the Noachide that rely heavily on an in-depth overview of the seven Noachide laws, The World of the Ger focuses on “parables, stories, and historical narratives that form the character and worldview of a people”. The result is a work is both encouraging and inspiring.

6-minute read

New Messianic Jewish Music: Light of the World

Troy Mitchell has released a brand new Messianic Jewish album entitled Light of the World through First Fruits of Zion’s Zealot Records label. A couple weeks ago on motza’ei Shabbat (Saturday night) those of us from Troy's home congregation Beth Immanuel had a great time singing and laughing around campfires at the release party in...

5-minute read

Messianic Judaism

An ever-growing body of scholarship testifies that the early Jerusalem church likewise maintained a self-identity within Judaism and that the New Testament should be read as a collection of Jewish texts. Unfortunately, the world-shattering theological, ecclesiological, and eschatological ramifications of the rebirth of Messianic Judaism are often overshadowed by controversy and confusion.

13-minute read