Messiah Journal #137

Messiah Journal 137

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.

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In This Issue

Director’s Letter: Seven Steps to Messiah

Boaz Michael shares Abram Poljak's vision for breaking the ineffective pattern for proselytizing the Jewish people to convert to Christianity. He lists and explains the seven steps that must happen before Yeshua will be accepted as the Messiah and how that compares to the mission and vision of First Fruits of Zion.

Reader Feedback

Read some of the very interesting and encouraging stories shared by many of our readers from around the globe.

Ezekiel the Apostate

Toby Janicki introduces Messianic Jewish pioneer Stanislaus Hoga to the world. This controversial figure has long been forgotten, but his contribution to bringing his Jewish brothers to the knowledge of the Messiah is priceless.

The Controversy of Zion

Republished for the first time in 170 years, we have included an excerpt of Stanislaus Hoga's epic and controversial book about Judaism and Christianity.

Point of No Return

Aaron Eby takes us through the gospel story of the occasion when Yeshua cursed the fig tree on the way into Jerusalem during his last few days on earth. His conclusions clarify the meaning behind the strange episode.

The Jewish Gospel of Thomas

First Fruits of Zion's writers Daniel Lancaster, Aaron Eby, Toby Janicki, and Sheldon Wilson offer a glimpse into the Coptic Gospel of Thomas. Pledging to look at it based on its merits, they search for hidden clues to find sayings of the Master not commonly considered authentic. They provide Messianic Jewish commentary on some of the difficult sayings contained in the ancient manuscript attributed to the disciple Thomas.

When God Shocked the Righteous

Jeremiah Michael unwraps the mysteries of Jewish thought surrounding anthropomorphism and incarnation as it relates to the Christology of the disciples of Yeshua and the writers of the New Testament. He brings to light the similarities and emphasizes that a Jewish reading of the Apostolic Writings reveals a close relationship with thinking of the early sages regarding the Messiah.

Winter Reading

FFOZ reviews three new titles.

  1. Seeing Jesus from the East - by Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray
  2. Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ - by Matthew Bates
  3. The Temple in Early Christianity: Experiencing the Sacred - by Eyal Regev
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