Jesus and Elijah: Comparisons and Contrasts
June 6, 2012

Discover the Old Testament-New Testament connection between the prophet Elijah and the Messiah Jesus.

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Shavuot Among Ashkenazi and Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews
May 1, 2010
Author: Rich Robinson

  Ashkenazi Jews* Sephardic/Mizrahi* Jews (often varies country to country). For convenience, both are referred to here as Sephardic. Pronunciation of the holiday Shavuos (to rhyme with “ya knew us”) Shavuot (to rhyme with “ah, blue boat!”) Food   Both groups typically eat dairy food during this holiday. Among the Sephardim, however, Yemenite Jews do […]

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An Ashkenazic Look at Sephardic Sukkot Customs (What one Reform Jew from Brooklyn learned)
September 1, 2007
Author: Rich Robinson

I come from an Ashkenazic family, which means we have an Eastern European Jewish background. Sephardic Jews come from Spain, Portugal, the Mediterranean, North Africa and Iraq. This chart compares the customs our family knew to those of Sephardic Jews who’ve come to North America from Sephardic regions.* Traditions change over time, and also from […]

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Lessons from Leaven
March 1, 2007
Author: Rich Robinson

Next month is Passover, which lasts for one night and is immediately followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which lasts for seven. In preparation for these holidays, we have an in-depth look at leaven. The word “leaven” (chametz, ) actually refers to the final product that contains leaven, such as leavened bread. Leaven per […]

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Passover Symbols
March 15, 2006

In O.T. Accounts At Last Supper and/or in Early Church In Rabbinic Tradition In Contemporary Judaism As Applied in the Church Today BONDAGE AND EXODUS God’s dealings with Israel — yearly celebration and remembrance (Ex. 12:24-27) Freedom in Christ from Bondage of sin (Romans 6:18) “In every generation let each man look on himself as […]

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Is Jesus Who He Said He Was?
October 1, 2005

Consider this: Tanach Jesus Paul The Law “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (Psalm 119:97) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) “So then, the law is holy, […]

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Covenants With Israel-Up Close and Personal
August 1, 2005

Covenant Scripture Passage Participants and Provision Abrahamic (Genesis 12:1-3) 1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country…To the land which I will show you; 2And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will […]

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Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks: is it Jewish or Christian or both?
June 1, 2005

Is Shavuot a Jewish holiday or is it the birthday of the Christian church? It’s both! Find out more about the origins and the fulfillment of this biblical holiday.

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Tough (?) Jews of the Tanakh
December 10, 2004

Think there’s no way a Jewish carpenter from Nazareth deserves the title of Messiah? The Hebrew Scriptures are full of people whom we’ve considered heroes for generations, but a closer look reveals that these people may have been far from the typical tough types we are prone to admire. Yet they possessed other qualities that […]

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Two Pictures of Messiah
May 1, 2004

The book of Zechariah contains many messianic prophecies that, when viewed alongside New Testament passages, seem to point to Jesus. You decide. PROPHECY IN THE TANAKH WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS The Messiah would be seen as King ZECHARIAH 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your […]

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Blessing Gentiles
February 1, 2004
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Parallels and Contrasts of Hanukkah and Christmas
December 1, 2002

Hanukkah Christmas MACABEES A small band of guerilla fighters supernaturally defeat the King of Syria and all his resources MESSIAH Baby Yeshua (Jesus) supernaturally survives despite Herod’s death warrant on all boys his age: “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, take the […]

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Similarities Between the Angel of the Lord and Yeshua
November 1, 2002

There are people who think that the angel of the Lord is Yeshua (Jesus) before he became a man. While the Scriptures do not say this explicitly, there are some remarkable likenesses between the angel and Yeshua. Attribute Angel of the Lord Yeshua Is seen as God Genesis 16:10,13 Moreover, the angel of the LORD […]

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A Guide to High Holiday Thought
August 1, 2002
Author: Andrew Barron

What do the rabbis tell us about the following key theological themes? And what can we learn from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament understanding? This chart will help you prepare your heart for the High Holidays. THEOLOGICAL TERM RABBINIC UNDERSTANDING IN THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT Justification Definition: To be just […]

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A Minyan of Messianic Prophecies
July 1, 2002

In his article, Bruce Nahin mentions that it wasn’t one specific argument or prophecy that convinced him that Jesus is the Messiah. But when all of the evidence is considered, it is hard to dismiss. Following are some of the prophecies that have persuaded Bruce Nahin and thousands of others that Jesus is who he […]

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Fast Facts
March 1, 2001

The diagram below shows eight purposes for fasting, with scriptural examples for each. This is not intended as a comprehensive list of purposes or Scriptures. Please note how some purposes overlap, and how all overlap with the center of the diagram, which we suggest is the core purpose for all biblical fasting. The words fast, […]

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Thanksgiving Perspectives
November 1, 1998
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First Fruits in the Bible: What Does it Have to Do with Resurrection from the Dead?
March 1, 1997
Author: Rich Robinson

Explore the literal, spritual and prophetic aspects of “first fruits” in the Bible, as well as how this concept can apply to your faith today.

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Comparison Chart: Buddhism, Hinduism, Traditional Judaism, and the Gospel
November 1, 1995

Comparison Chart: Buddhism, Hinduism, Traditional Judaism, and the Gospel

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What the Prophet Said, What the Rabbis Said
September 1, 1991

What the Prophet Said 8th Century B.C.E. Who would have believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor […]

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The Three Branches Of Judaism
February 1, 1990

This chart gives an overview of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism.

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Suffering Messiah, Victorious Messiah
March 1, 1988

Suffering Messiah Victorious Messiah Bethlehem Heaven Origin But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2) In my vision at night I looked, and there before […]

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A Comparison between Joseph and Jesus
July 1, 1985

Discover the many parallels between the Joseph (son of Jacob and Rachel) and Jesus.

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The Talmud and the Gospels
July 1, 1980

No Jewish scholar can fail to recognize that the teaching of Jesus forms one of the most unique codes in the world. Dr. Joseph Klausner, for many years professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, states in his epoch-making book, Jesus of Nazareth, His Times, His Life and His Teaching, that in his ethical code […]

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