Monthly Archives: November 2011

Schenck and Shavuot: A Lecture Synopsis

A week or so ago I attended a lecture hosted by the Institute of Catholic Culture with the tantalizing title “Feasts of the Jews.” Father Paul Schenck, best known as head of the National Pro-Life Center (as he put it, … Continue reading

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New Jews in New Jerusalem: Seeing the Jewish Convert in the Trial of Baruch Spinoza

As a Jewish-Christian convert, it is challenging to explain myself to either of the groups with whom I share an identity. For the Jews, the issue of conversion is so emotional that it is difficult to have a conversation. And … Continue reading

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Jewish Identity IV: Bits and Pieces

In the previous three posts, I have outlined what I believe to be the key ideas in Fr. Elias Friedman’s Jewish Identity. Here I just wanted to list out briefly several other topics whose treatment by Fr. Friedman is worth … Continue reading

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Jewish Identity III: Prophecy

In the final section of Jewish Identity (previously reviewed on this blog here and here), Fr. Elias Friedman delves into his most challenging and controversial theme: the theology of history, or the proper interpretation of Christian prophecy. Relying on the … Continue reading

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Jewish Identity II: The Election Factor

In the last post I began a review of Fr. Elias Friedman’s Jewish Identity. Here I will follow up on the questions raised at the end of that post: What is the essence of Jewishness (the secret sauce, if you … Continue reading

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Jewish Identity I: The Zionists and The Millet

This post will begin a series of three or four in which I will review Fr. Elias Friedman’s book, Jewish Identity. What makes the book remarkable is that it is truly about the identity problems inherent in being Jewish – … Continue reading

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Rabbis for Jesus

I get very excited when unexpected converts come out of the woodwork. Here is a list (with brief biographies) of rabbis who came to believe in Christ from Joshua Brumbach at Yinon, a Messianic blog. (Thanks to one of the … Continue reading

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