The Year in Review
We’ve had such a busy year! For one thing, we’ve all survived the end of time. Apparently, the hype about the Mayan calendar was nothing but conspiracy theories and hot air. Yet one more reason I have grown cynical of claimed prophecy over the years.
Meanwhile, a lot has been going on here at the Mishkan David. Most notably, we have brought a spouse into the tent! Yes, the Mishkan David is now the Mishkan David v’Yael. Those who follow me on Facebook have already seen the photo album.
But, in terms of the writing/teaching/outreach of the Mishkan, some of our achievements during the past year include:
- We completed our series of Parsha commentaries, called “Campfire Torah”, a wonderful and exciting review of the Torah, based on the idea that Moshe wrote the Torah in order to answer real questions being asked in his day. Rather than assuming the Torah is supposed to be employed as a form of spiritual Rorschach test, where we create linkages and connections that were never intended by the author, we reviewed the Torah as a summary of Hashem’s calling upon Israel. Even the Creation story, with its profound concepts and majestic grandeur, was told primarily as backdrop to the covenant with Abraham!
- We have talked a bit about some theological topics, like Pesach, Grace, Hanukkah, and the use of allegory in the Messianic letters. This last—the use of allegory in the Messianic Writings—is a favorite theme to which we keep returning. It is a key to understanding the letters without resorting to anti-Semiticism and anti-nomianism.
- In early August, I spoke at the annual conference for the Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations (CTOMC), where I gave a presentation on the unity of Jew and Gentile in the Body of Messiah. The basic content involved a review of—what else?—the letter to the Ephesians. The unique aspect was identifying a parallel between the content of Ephesians and Yeshayahu/Isaiah 55-59. That is an amazing study that we hope to present on the blog sometime soon.
- Our commentary on the letter to the Ephesians is in the final stages of review and editing. Soon, it will be submitted for publication. It should be available sometime before the end of the calendar year. The working title is “Ephesians: Handbook for Gentile Integration in a Jewish Community”. That may have to get shaved down a little bit, eventually.
Plans for Articles to Come
- We will continue with postings on Biblical interpretation. There will be ongoing discussions regarding layers of interpretation, historical development, and parallels between Biblical texts and extra-Biblical writings.
- We will be looking at the significance of some passages in the Tanakh, and how they might be applied to the Messiah.
- We hope to move into some studies of particular texts, including Hebrews, Matthew, and Pirkei Avot.
- From time to time, we will probably comment on the developing relationships between Messianic Judaism, Hebrew Christianity, and the Hebrew Roots communities.
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