Posts Tagged ‘The First Church’

Good News According To Martin Buber and Shlomo Riskin

July 12, 2010

Martin Buber, Judaism and Christianity were variations on the same theme of messianism. Buber made this theme the basis of a famous definition of the tension between Judaism and Christianity:

Pre-messianically, our destinies are divided. Now to the Christian, the Jew is the incomprehensibly obdurate man who declines to see what has happened; and to the Jew, the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring man who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished. This is a gulf which no human power can bridge.[6]

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s article and phrase “living a salvific expression of the covenant” raises the question – what’s the difference between Mosaic/Jewish and Messianic/Christian salvation?

In my opinion perhaps its how personal and world peace is fulfilled, which the Scriptures say a Messiah will bring.
Also, perhaps considering how Christianity became a different religion provides a key…
Jewish Christians continued to worship in synagogues for centuries. During the Jewish-Roman wars, in 136 AD, Jewish Christians hailed Jesus as the Messiah and did not support Bar Kokhba (who some Jews claimed as a Messiah), yet the Jewish-Christians were barred from Jerusalem along with the rest of the Jews. The war and its aftermath helped differentiate Christianity as a religion distinct from Judaism.
Also, this article has a good summary of the various views of salvation.

JC Ryle – “If the Jew thought too exclusively of a Christ reigning, has not the Gentile thought to exclusively of Christ suffering?” or “If the Jew ignored the cross, has not the Gentile ignored the crown?”. Well said Spryle (quoted in the book Future Israel).


Good news according to Japanese Christians – Abraham Teshima, Makuya founder and Yeremiyahu Norio Kado

May 19, 2009

Amazing story.

The Makuyas stress “a return to the dynamic faith of the original Gospel of early Hebraic Christianity, as opposed to the dogmatic, institutionalized, European-dominated churches.” In their view, when biblical religion was introduced to the Hellenistic world, its lively spirit was interpreted within Greek logic and eventually replaced by a set of theological creeds. The Makuyas, thus, seek to restore this original spirit by returning to its Hebrew roots, and learning the Bible accordingly.

Who are the Makuya? The word is the Japanese translation of the Hebrew phrase “mishkan” – the tabernacle of meeting between God and man in the wilderness. The organization formed in 1948 when Abraham Ikuro Teshima, a successful Christian businessman, concluded that for the Japanese, a return to the original dynamic faith of the early Hebrew Christians was necessary.

Where far east loves  middle east and a world intent on endlessly criticizing Israel, the Japanese Makuya are something else…

“The Makuya came because we love Israel,” said Yeremiyahu Norio Kado, who lives in Jerusalem as the groups permanent representative in Israel…

Good News According To Gamaliel II

April 17, 2009

Gamaliel created a curse against Jewish followers of Jesus creating the first split or break between Jews and the church.

Good news for the people of Israel because Gamaliel helped the suffering community after the destruction of the Temple.

Bad news for the Jewish followers of Jesus because Gamaliel forced them to choose between Jesus and being part of the Jewish community. Jewish followers of Jesus believed Jesus predicted the fall of the Second Temple and was replaced by his body, turning  the Passover sacrifice into a commemoration and their salvation.

In an anecdote regarding a suit which Gamaliel was prosecuting before a Christian judge, a converted Jew, he appeals to the Gospel and to the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:17 (Sabb. 116 a, b).

 “Noẓeri,” which was the usual term for ‘Christian’… On the invitation of Gamaliel II., Samuel ha-Ḳaṭan composed a prayer against the minim which was inserted in the “Eighteen Benedictions“; it is called “Birkat ha-Minim” and forms the twelfth benediction

Good News According To Marc Chagall

April 17, 2009

great artist.


Good News According To Andrew

March 31, 2009

Andrew was an apostle and a Jewish believer in Jesus.

Andrew helped start the Orthodox church in Istanbul (Constantinople).

The New Testament records that St Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter, by which it is inferred that he was likewise a son of Jonah, or John, (Matthew 16:17; John 1:42). He was born in Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee (John 1:44). Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade, hence the tradition that Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that He will make them “fishers of men

Is the word “church” really in the original Bible scriptures? IschurchintheBible

Good News According To Mark

March 28, 2009

Mark was a Jewish Christian trained by Peter, who wrote the Gospel According To Mark and started the Egyptian church.

According to tradition the Coptic Orthodox Church is the Church of Alexandria which was established by Saint Mark the apostle and evangelist in the middle of the 1st century (approximately AD 42).

The Egyptian Church, which is now more than nineteen centuries old, regards itself as the subject of many prophecies in the Old Testament. Isaiah the prophet, in Chapter 19, Verse 19 says “In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.”

The first Christians in Egypt were mainly Alexandrian Jews such as Theophilus,[citation needed] whom Saint Luke the Evangelist addresses in the introductory chapter of his gospel.

Good News According To Peter

March 26, 2009

Peter is considered the founder of the Catholic Church headquartered in Rome (although he grew up in Israel).

Saint Peter was one of Twelve Apostles, chosen by Jesus from his first disciples. He was a Jewish fisherman assigned a leadership role by Jesus (Matthew 16:18).

Peter was from “Beth saida”, this means home of the fisherman.

Several letters in the New Testament bear his name and he discipled Mark. The Gospel According to Mark was influenced by Peter.

See 1 Peter, 2 Peter and the Gospel According to Mark.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

1 Peter 3:15-16