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Messiah Journal #137
Winter 2021 (Jan 2021)HTML Format
The untold story behind Messianic Judaism’s most controversial and misunderstood pioneer.
God as Man
Exploring the blurry line between anthropomorphism and incarnation in rabbinic text.
Gospel of Thomas
A proposal for a Messianic Jewish commentary on the Gospel of Thomas.
Messiah Journal #136
Summer 2020 (Jun 2020)HTML Format
High-caliber teachings presented by First Fruits of Zion at the Malchut 2020 conference in Orlando, Florida.
Paul and Idol Food
The Mishnah throws new light on 1 Corinthians 8–10 and Paul’s rulings on food sacrificed to idols.
Abram Poljak’s solution to the Messianic Gentile question provides a blueprint for today.
Messiah Journal #135
Winter 2020 (Jan 2020)HTML Format
Providence and Free Will
Framing the debate from the perspective of Jewish sources and the New Testament.
How Jewish teachers, Yeshua, and the apostles interpreted the Tanach in the Second Temple period.
The Final Chapter
The last installment in the biography of Messianic Jewish pioneer Abram Poljak.
Messiah Journal #134
Summer 2019 (May 2019)HTML Format
Rejecting this theology requires rethinking assumptions about the church in the New Testament.
Hills to Die On
Drawing a line in the theological sand of the Messianic movement and Hebrew Roots world.
The relationship between the Jewish people and disciples of Yeshua should be based upon the Messianic Era.
Messiah Journal #133
Winter 2019 (May 2019)HTML Format
Luther and the Jews
Uncovering the sources behind the anti-Semistim in the writings of Martin Luther.
David B. Woods reviews a groundbreaking new book by Rabbi Dr. Mark Kinzer.
Litany of Jewish Suffering
Acts of anti-Semitism and persecution perpetrated against the Jewish people over centuries.
Messiah Journal #132
Fall 2018 (Nov 2018)HTML Format
Is Judaism a Religion?
Boaz Michael defends the view of Judaism as viable religious system with universal implications.
Paul within Judaism
If Paul was a faithful Jew who never left Judaism, what religion was he teaching to his disciples?
Commentary on Hebrews
A new series of articles offering Messianic Jewish commentary on the book of Hebrews.
Messiah Journal #131
Summer 2018 (Jul 2018)HTML Format
He Made No Distinction
David Woods asks, “Does Acts 15 erase distinction between Jews and Gentiles?”
A Mixed Multitude
Who is this “mixed multitude of Gentiles” in the Messianic Jewish movement today?
After the Nazis
Poljak’s return to Germany in the early 1950s and his struggle against the forces of darkness.
Messiah Journal #130
Spring 2018 (May 2018)HTML Format
The Reverend Levertoff
The story of P. P. Levertoff, one of Messianic Judaism’s brightest minds.
The true story of Levertoff’s prolific and high-profile daughters.
Christ and the Shekinah
Recovering Levertoff’s lost manuscript on reconciling Christology with the Jewish theology of the Shechinah.
Messiah Journal #129
Winter 2018 (Apr 2018)HTML Format
Torah Club 2018
First Fruits of Zion reveals a new direction for Torah Club and a new vision for community.
A sneak peak at “what no eye has seen”: the World to Come and the reward of the righteous.
Messianic Union of Israel
A look back at the 1950 Jerusalem Conference of Messianic Jews and the short-lived Messianic Union of Israel.
Messiah Journal #128
Fall 2017 (Oct 2017)HTML Format
Same Sex Marriage
Rethinking the rules of engagement with the secular culture.
Polygamy and Discipleship
Does the Bible allow for multiple wives? Why is the polygamy option not an option for disciples of Yeshua?
Rabbi Daniel Zion
The story of the Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria who met the Messiah and said so on Israeli radio.
Messiah Journal #127
Summer 2017 (May 2017)HTML Format
The full text of Vine of David’s new English translation of the Didache.
Lost for 1400 Years
How an Apostolic-era, Messianic manuscript disappeared for 1400 years and has now been rediscovered.
The story of how a nineteenth-century rabbi became a pioneer of Messianic Judaism.
Messiah Journal #126
Spring 2016 (Mar 2017)HTML Format
The Jewish Redemption
Does Yeshua fit into the eschatology of normative Judaism?
Gentiles and the Sabbath
Solid guidance and practical suggestions for Gentile Sabbath observance.
New Sheriff in Town
Meet the new Executive Director over the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations.
Messiah Journal #125
Fall 2016 (Nov 2016)HTML Format
Dedicated to the hundred-year anniversary of the passing of Chaim Yedidiah Pollak (Lucky)
Vine of David honors Messianic Jewish pioneers by republishing their writings in the Luminaries Series
Still controversial after 100 years, a close look at Lucky’s life and the story of his work for the kingdom
Messiah Journal #124
Summer 2016 (Aug 2016)HTML Format
Boaz Michael champions "Messianic Judaism for All Nations"
Israel and the Church
First Fruits of Zion's own slant on the concept of Bilateral Ecclesiology
None of the Above
Where does Messianic Judaism fit in? Is it Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, or other?
Messiah Journal #123
Spring 2016 (Apr 2016)HTML Format
Passover in Genesis
Finding the story of the redemption concealed in the first book of the Torah
One Day above Another
Taking a fresh look at the controversial Sabbath question in Romans chapter 14
Battle for Haifa
Abram Poljak arrives in 1948 Palestine, just before the War for Independence begins
Messiah Journal #122
Winter 2016 (Jan 2016)HTML Format
Explore the human mind to reveal how the assumptions of our worldviews dictate our theology.
The Catholics and Jews
The Catholic Church is saying nice things about Jews and Judaism. What’s going on?
The Torah Club Smuggler
First Fruits of Zion’s recent trip to bring Messianic Jewish teaching to Hong Kong and mainland China.
Messiah Journal #121
Fall 2015 (Oct 2015)HTML Format
It’s not the theology that you believe, but what you believe about theology.
Epistle of Barnabas
Forgotten Temple ceremonies and apostolic traditions preserved in an unlikely source.
The Sabbath Light
Abram Poljak and the birth of Messianic Judaism during the blitz of London.
Messiah Journal #120
Summer 2015 (Jul 2015)HTML Format
One New Man
Do Jews and Gentiles lose their respective legal identities as one new man in Messiah?
Two Messiahs or One?
The Bible predicts two different Messiahs. Discover how both reconcile in Yeshua.
Behind Barbed Wire
Discover the story of Abram Poljak’s ministry during internment and release during World War II.
Messiah Journal #119
Spring 2015 (Apr 2015)HTML Format
Would the Messianic Era have begun if Yeshua’s generation had heeded the gospel message?
A discussion around the meaning of ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ within a early rabbinic literature context.
Poljak and Levertoff
Like the split between Paul and Barnabas, these two pioneers parted and went their separate ways.
Messiah Journal #118
Winter 2014 (Jan 2015)HTML Format
Speaking in Tongues
Is this spiritual gift authentic, and if so, how does it function within Messianic Judaism?
Mercy, Not Sacrifice
When Yeshua reiterated these words from Hosea, did he mean that the end of the Temple and the sacrifices had come?
Jewish Christian Union
Step back in time and read the story of Messianic Judaism’s faltering first steps under Levertoff and Poljak.
Messiah Journal #117
Fall 2014 (Oct 2014)HTML Format
The Ingathering of Israel
One aspect of the coming of the Messiah is curiously absent from most forms of Christian eschatology.
What did the generations of Noah, Nineveh, and Sodom and Gomorrah share in common with the apostles?
Guest writer David Hall addresses this controversial issue in light of the Torah and brings a fresh perspective.
Messiah Journal #116
Summer 2014 (Jun 2014)HTML Format
Christ at the Checkpoint
Boaz Michael reflects on recent anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist trends in Protestant theology.
Gifts of the Spirit
Part one of a three-part study of Jewish spirituality and the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12–14.
Toby Janicki discusses the role of song, melody, and music in Judaism and Messianic Jewish expression.
Messiah Journal #115
Spring 2014 (Mar 2014)HTML Format
Gifts of the Spirit
A Messianic Jewish perspective of the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts from the 2013 Shavuot Conference.
An exciting new Vine of David biography about one of Messianic Judaism’s founding fathers.
The story of entering the promised land reveals a pattern which explains our relationship to the kingdom.
Messiah Journal #114
Fall 2013 (Oct 2013)HTML Format
Food Sacrificed to Idols
Did Paul contradict the other apostles by permitting food contaminated by idolatry? A fresh look at an old puzzle.
The New Messianic Judaism
Working out the implications of Postmissionary Messianic Judaism in the holy land and abroad.
“Us” not “Them”
A call on Messianic Jews to rethink our relationship with Judaism and the rest of the Jewish people.
Messiah Journal #113
Spring 2013 (May 2013)HTML Format
Synagogue of Satan
What is this mentioned in the book of Revelation, and who are those who say that they are Jews and are not?
The Great Debate
A translation of a debate between a prominent mitnaged and a chasid of Rabbi Levi Isaac of Berdichev.
The story behind a rst-century document titled “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles to the Gentiles.”
Messiah Journal #112
Winter 2013 (Dec 2012)HTML Format
Feature articles about Peter, his martyrdom, his place in Jewish legend, and his liturgical contributions.
The story of the fire of Rome and the first Roman persecution against the disciples of Yeshua.
Descent of the Soul
Chasidic teaching about the divine soul from Messianic luminary Paul Levertoff.
Messiah Journal #111
Fall 2012 (Oct 2012)HTML Format
A watershed development, affirming Torah's place in Messianic Judaism.
The Birth of Yeshua
Is there a tradition of Jewish believers celebrating the birth of their Master at the festival of Sukkot?
Learn what is means to be, or not be, an effective witness for the Messiah.
Messiah Journal #110
Spring 2012 (Jun 2012)HTML Format
Exile and Redemption
The plan of redemption from the very beginning of history.
The Suffering Servant
Chassidic thoughts on vicarious atonement—a theology fully grounded within Judaism.
Hope for Israel
Learn how a Messianic humanitarian aid organization brings change to lives in Israel.
Messiah Journal #109
Winter 2012 (Feb 2012)HTML Format
HaShem is One
Living out the implications of the Shema in everyday life.
How Much Torah?
Which commandments of the Torah apply to God-fearing Gentile believers?
How Much Tradition?
The controversial role of Jewish tradition in the practice of Messianic Judaism.
Messiah Journal #108
Fall 2011 (Oct 2011)HTML Format
Mark 7 Revisited
Two new articles on the Master’s teaching regarding handwashing and kosher food.
Is the good news of the Gospel bad news for the Jewish people?
The Delitzsch Gospels
The long-awaited Delitzsch Hebrew/English Gospel is finally published.
Messiah Journal #107 : Special Supplement
Spring 2011 (Apr 2011)HTML Format
A New Translation of the Song of the Exalted Servant
Transcription and Comparison with MT Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Commentary on the Song of the Exalted Servant
Messiah Journal #107
Spring 2011 (Apr 2011)HTML Format
The Dead Sea Scrolls provide a new version of Isaiah 53. Read new translation and additional insights in the Issue 107 supplement.
Death of the Righteous
Why does Yeshua’s death bring forgiveness for sins? The Pharisees explain why the Messiah’s death can atone for someone else’s sins.
The Love of God
Levertoff explains how the mission of the human soul and God’s immanence demonstrates his love for us paralleling the doctrine of Messiah.
Messiah Journal #106
Winter 2011 (Mar 2011)HTML Format
Carry Your Mat
An examination of the Johanine Sabbath conflicts.
Knowledge of God
A translation from Paul Philip Levertoff’s Religious Ideas of the Chasidim.
Has the mode of salvation changed since the days of King David?
Messiah Journal #105
Fall 2010 (Dec 2010)HTML Format
Franz Delitzsch’s love for the Jewish people inspired his Hebrew translation of the Gospels.
The Talmud on Trial
Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein counters anti‑rabbinic sentiments by showing the Talmud in an Apostolic light.
Days of the Messiah
An examination of the two-era view: Is there a precedent in Judaism for more than one Messianic advent?
Messiah Journal #104
Summer 2010 (Jul 2010)HTML Format
Yeshua and the Sabbath
In-depth study of the Synoptic Gospels’ Sabbath controversies revealing the halachah of Yeshua.
The Green Mitzvah
A Torah perspective on environmentalism and stewardship over creation.
Mapping Messianic Theology
An important new book charts our modern Messianic Jewish theology.
Messiah Journal #103
Spring 2010 (Mar 2010)HTML Format
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.
Messiah Journal #102
Fall 2009 (Mar 2010)HTML Format
The emergence of the modern Messianic Jewish Movement.
A Reformation-era Messianic movement in Transylvania.
How can man be made in the image of God if God does not have any form?
Messiah Journal #101
Summer 2009 (Aug 2009)HTML Format
FFOZ is pleased to announce an expanded focus in its new publishing arm, Vine of David.
Exactly how much Torah is a Gentile allowed to keep? And how much is too much?
A sneak-peek excerpt from the all new HaYesod discipleship program.
Messiah Journal #100
Spring 2009 (Apr 2009)HTML Format
An apostolic midrash about the wine of the Messianic Era that may be been taught by Yeshua.
Haircuts or Hats?
A comprehensive essay on the place of headcoverings in the modern Messianic community.
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