Messiah Journal, PDF # 128, Fall 2017 / 5778

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Through the pages of 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.

CONTENTS

Director’s Letter: Shalom Bayit

Boaz Michael opens this issue with thoughts about building strong marriages and peaceful relationships. He also introduces FFOZ's newest book, Adam Loves Eve.

Reader Feedback

Read some of the very interesting and encouraging stories shared by many of our readers from around the globe.

You Shall Love Your Wife as Yourself

One of the most important commandments in the Bible is to love our neighbors as ourselves. A man's closest neighbor is his wife. Boaz Michael shares about how this commandment is inextricably linked to the ability to love God.

The Two Shall become One Flesh: The Beginning and the End of Marriage

Rabbi Dr. Russ Resnik presented a paper at the 2015 Hashivenu Conference that detailed what the marriage relationship should look like for believers in Yeshua. We are pleased to present the entire text of this in-depth article in this issue of Messiah Journal.

The Intimate Union of Messiah and His People

Boaz Michael also presented a paper at the Hashivenu Conference 2015 in response to Dr. Russ Resnik’s paper, “The Two Shall Become One Flesh: The Beginning and End of Marriage.” He explores more thoroughly three topics—the laws of niddah, singleness, and developing a Messiah-like character.

Gay Marriage and Sexual Ethics in the Kingdom

In this article, D. Thomas Lancaster offers a Messianic Jewish perspective on the 2015 US Supreme Court decision to sanction same-sex marriage.

Polygamy: Does the Bible Allow for Multiple Wives?

If the Torah was not canceled, does that imply that marrying multiple wives is an option for disciples? Toby Janicki explores this topic thoroughly from a historical and scriptural base, connecting the dots all the way to Yeshua's halachah on the subject.

Moving Mountains

The Bible isn't the only ancient literature that broaches the subject of marriage. D. Thomas Lancaster opens the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas, which may contain sayings of Yeshua on this issue that the authors of the Canonical Gospels chose to leave out.

The Remarkable Story of Rabbi Daniel Zion

This article is Part 15 in our series of Abram Poljak's writings.

Fall Reading

FFOZ reviews two new titles.

  1. Converging Destinies: Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God - by Stuart Dauermann
  2. Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism - by Mark D. Nanos

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