Most believers have been taught an obligation to give a tenth of their income to their home church, but is this really what the Bible requires? First Fruits of Zion teacher Toby Janicki attempts to answer this question and more as he takes you on a fascinating biblical and historical study of the obligation of tithing. What does the LORD require of you?
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Through the pages of the new Messiah Journal we hope to continue to help shape the minds of the people of God, encourage the disciples of the Master, and instruct all believers in the life of Torah.
In Elementary Principles, D. Thomas Lancaster takes readers back to first-century Messianic Judaism to explore what he calls “an apostolic catechism,” the foundational basics of discipleship to Jesus of Nazareth. Think you know it all already? Get ready to rethink your religion. This book of “basics” challenges common Christian assumptions while laying out clear, biblical definitions for all followers of Jesus.
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The Concealed Light is an inspiring book that introduces the reader into the rich background and meaning behind the names of the Messiah. In the Bible and other Jewish sources, the Mashiach is deliberately assigned various eye-opening and specific names. Each of these assignations offers deep insights into the attributes and expected roles of the person of Messiah—far beyond the watered-down concept of the Messiah that modern culture offers us.
Christian theology of Israel has changed more in the past hundred years than at any other time in the past eighteen hundred. The rise of dispensationalism, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the renewal of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the post-Holocaust era have all informed a modern movement of Christians who are supportive of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
In Israel Matters, the author of Yeshua Matters takes a theology centered on Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth one step further. Once we realize we are following a practitioner of Judaism, the King of Israel, and the promised Savior of the Jewish people, what happens to our theology of Israel?
We see depictions of him in movies, paintings, and stained-glass windows. We hear about him from the pulpit and the stage. We read about him in the Gospels. As his disciples, we follow him; we revere him; we glorify him. But how well do we really know him?
Yeshua Matters is the story of a pastor who discovers that Jesus Christ was not just a Jewish person, but a practicing Jew, a teacher of Judaism—a rabbi, known during his earthly ministry as Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth.
The Tent of David is our lost vision. It is the apostles’ dream of a unified expression of faith in which Jew and Gentile worship the God of Abraham together and serve him in the redemption of the world.
Historians, scholars, and theologians agree that first-century Christianity was a sect of Judaism, but where does that information place first-century Gentile Christians? What did it mean to be a Gentile who practiced Judaism in the days of the apostles?
Christian anti-Semitism built the road that led to Auschwitz. In the Holocaust, two thousand years of anti-Jewish replacement theology culminated in genocide. European Christianity sat as if bewitched in the cold darkness of indifference just outside a fiery circle of doom while the ovens roared and the smoke of six million innocent Jewish lives filled the skies over Europe. This book is about remembering what happened in the past, understanding how we contributed to the nightmare, and learning from those mistakes to change the future.
A Messianic Jewish Perspective on Kashrut. Revealing the Biblical Sources of Dietary Laws in Judaism
There is much more to the Bible’s food laws than saying, "Hold the bacon." Learn what the Bible, ancient Rabbis, and the Apostles teach about eating. Did Jesus put ham, shrimp, and snails back on the table? See how a Messianic Jewish perspective provides important cultural context and uncovers the true meaning of New Testament passages about eating. Find out what it really means to eat biblically.
The biblical education of Jewish children begins with Leviticus, a book largely about the sacrificial system. The animal sacrifices, however, are especially repugnant to modern Christians who see them as a temporary provision until Messiah's final atonement for sin. By studying the sacrifices we gain insight into God's instructions for approaching him in worship, and a better understanding of Yeshua's work on our behalf.
Twelve Gates examines the Ephraimite/Two-House theology to help solve the identity crisis that exists in the Hebrew Roots Movement.
Is the mitzvah of binding the commandments to hand and head to be understood literally? Should believers wear tefillin? Did Yeshua wear them? Learn about the history and symbolism of the sacred commandment of tefillin. Janicki examines the Master's perspective on the subject and looks into the origin of the practice. An eye-opening, in-depth introduction to one of the most sacred rituals in Judaism and a thorough study of the subject from a Messianic perspective.
The Torah commands us to sanctify God's Name, but our English versions of the Bible go so far as to conceal his Name. Cut through the condemnation, misinformation, and superstition regarding the Sacred Name. Understand the historical, linguistic, and theological implications of keeping God's Name holy. Hallowed Be Your Name is an insightful and gracious look into one of the most vexing arguments in the Messianic Jewish movement.
The re-establishment of the land of Israel is a continuing miracle in our days that causes us to think about God’s faithfulness to his covenant. As a result, we can thank the Lord through celebrating Tu Bishvat with all Israel.
Perhaps you have never heard of Tu Bishvat, and have no idea about how to celebrate it. That’s okay! First Fruits of Zion has a great resource for you. In "PLANT" you will learn all about the holiday of Tu Bishvat.
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