Category Archives: Messianic focus

A Reminder of the Jewishness of Christianity

In this video, Mottel Baleston tells how he came to realize that the New Testament was a collection of writings by Jews about a Jew – a fact for which his Jewish upbringing had not prepared him. Source: Mottel Baleston … Continue reading

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“Jesus of Testimony” – New Documentary Testifies to the Historicity of Jesus Christ

First below, I’ve posted the trailer (3:34) for this new documentary, and then the documentary (2:14:34) itself. Jesus Of Testimony Trailer from Nesch Bros on Vimeo. Jesus Of Testimony from Nesch Bros on Vimeo. With Easter approaching, this is the … Continue reading

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Quote from Phil Long Book on Jesus as the Bridegroom

Did Jesus claim to be the “bridegroom”? If so, what did he mean by this claim? When Jesus says that the wedding guests should not fast “while the bridegroom is with them” (Mark 2:19), he is claiming to be a … Continue reading

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Is the Bible About You…or Jesus?

Therefore, when Joel Osteen says, “This is my Bible.  I am what it says I am.  I can do what it says I can do,” you can say, “This my Bible.  Jesus is who it says that He is.  He … Continue reading

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A List of Royal Psalms

The Jewish Study Bible, in its notes on Psalm 2, defines “royal psalms” as “those concerning kings.”  It goes on to say that “None [of them] mentions a specific king by name, and their origin and uses remain obscure.”  It also … Continue reading

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Donald Juel on Pre-Christian Messianic Texts

Donald Juel here identifies passages from the Old Testament that were deemed to refer to the Messiah even before Jesus of Nazareth was born: Such “messianic texts” (i.e., acknowledged by a broad spectrum of Jewish groups as references to the … Continue reading

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Donald Juel on Pre-Christian Messianic Passages in the Old Testament

Donald Juel here identifies Old Testament passages considered as messianic even before the time of Christ.  In saying this, is speaking a biblical scholar on behalf of the scholarly community. “[A]  constellation of biblical passages accepted as messianic by a … Continue reading

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Notes from “Messianic Exegesis” by Donald Juel

The following is a collection of unorganized notes taken from reading Donald Juel’s Messianic Exegesis: Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament in Early Christianity (1988). I wrote a review of the book, which can be found here. I also wrote … Continue reading

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James McGrath on the Early High Christology Club

In this post –The Early High Christology Club – James McGrath comments on Larry Hurtado’s earlier post on the subject.  I got involved in the comment thread here, for the sake of seeking to learn more precisely how Dr.McGrath himself viewed … Continue reading

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Q: What Old Testament passages prophesied the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus?

This answer first appeared here, in a dialogue with Nate and others. The Old Testament prophecies of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection do not show up in explicit form.  That is, there is no verse that says, “The Messiah shall be … Continue reading

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