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Messanic Apologetics 101

The foundational premise of all Messianic Jewish apologetics is this: one must reduce every argument to a Torah argument alone. This is based on the understanding that the Prophets and Writers could not add to or subtract from the Torah which is the Word that G-d commanded to Israel, and neither can we do so. Thus, the first question in any apologetic discussion should be “where is this (argument) found in the Torah?”

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Understanding Matt 21:19, and Mark 11:14 (A Cursed Fig Tree)

Understanding Yeshua cursing the fig tree requires one to read about Adam and Eve and the fig leaves they covered themselves with, and to understand how the Jewish idiom of “studying under the fig tree” means to study about the Messiah. To study about the Messiah and not obey him, is the reason the Messiah cursed the fruitless, leaf-only fig tree – even though it was out of season.

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Torah 101 – The Torah is One Commandment

The Torah is simple, yet complex. It is considered one commandment, and if you break one commandment of Torah, you break them all. How, and what does this mean?

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What is the Torah?

The word Torah has become increasingly popular in recent years partly due to the Hebrew Roots movement in Christianity and partly due to Kabbalah interest in the Media. Unfortunately overuse of the term has only served to add to the confusion. Part of the problem is that these modern writers can’t make sense of how Jewish writers are using the term.

We thought it would be good to take a moment and thoroughly define what Torah means so it doesn’t become just another buzz word in religious rhetoric. We hear questions all the time: “What is the Torah?” “Where did it come from?” “How does the Torah differ from the Bible?” In the rest of this article we will try to give a good introduction to Torah and how it plays a part in our lives.

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The Pardon of Jehoiachin

Many make the claim that Jehoiachin is an invalid ancestor to the Messiah. Jewish references on this subject disagree. Jehoiachin was restored to HaShem.

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Keeping the Covenant

What does it mean to keep the Covenant? It means to accept HaShem as your King and obey Him.

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Defining the Old and New Covenant

The difference between “old covenant” and “new covenant” is used by scripture to differentiate between the unregenerate sinner, and the regenerated saint. It is the difference between their individual relationship to the Torah.

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Jewish Conversion

Many people ask how to convert to Judaism through the Jewish sect of HaDerech, also known as The Way, or Messianic Judaism.

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Two House Theology is a Distraction

This is a comment on Two House theology, otherwise known as the Ephraimite movement. Being a comment, it’s not going to address the totality of Two House theology, but it will address its most serious consequence in its thinking. I will address what I see is its most important flaw, and that is: its belief […]

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Messianic Jewish Reading List

A peer-reviewed summary of recommended references, books, and other reading materials for those interested in Messianic Judaism, HaDerech, and Judaism in general.

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