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Recorded 09/03/2016

What if spiritual growth was automatic and godliness was simply a habitual behavior? What does it mean to have the Torah written on our hearts? This teaching for the forty days of Elul about aquiring three new habits to launch 5777, a year of transformation. This teaching challenges the listener along with the community of Beth Immanuel to learn to use the power of habitual behavior to good use for personal growth.

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Recorded 08/25/2015

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. What does the Torah have to say about the decision? This teaching offers a kingdom-perspective on the controversy with a discussion on Parashat Shoftim, the establishment of courts of law and a judicial system, and the authority of the government.

Recorded 08/25/2014
Number 7 in the series Romans

What does it mean to be "under the law"? Conventional teaching understands Paul's use of the terminology, "under the law," to mean legalism. This teaching from Romans 6 takes a completely different perspective.

Recorded 09/07/2016
Number 21 in the series Apocalypse of John

Are you ready for the coming tribulation? It's already here, and it has been underway for the last two thousand years. The four horsemen of the apocalypse have already ridden out; five of the seven seals on the scroll with seven seals have already been opened, and we are just about to see the opening of the sixth seal. Take a quick look at the first seven chapters of Revelation with this  season one recap of the Apocalypse of John.

And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."  (Revelation 7:1)

Recorded 12/14/2016
Number 29 in the series Apocalypse of John

The vision of Revelation 12 involving a woman pursued by a seven-headed red dragon has inspired many different interpretations, but how would a first-century Jewish reader have understood the vision? Where is the place in the wilderness prepared for the woman? What is the flood that pours forth from the dragon's mouth? This teaching places Revelation 12 back in its context, explaining the symbolism.

Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea. (Revelation 12:17)

Recorded 08/19/2015
Number 5 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Was Jesus a false prophet? Reason number six of the anti-missionary book Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus alleges that Jesus was a false prophet because not all of his predictions came to pass. This class considers the sign of Jonah passage about the Son of Man spending three days and three nights in the earth, the troubling curse of Jeconiah, predictions that "this generation will not pass away untill all is accomplished" and "some of those standing here will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming.

Number 7 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Reason number eight of the book Twenty Six Reasons Jews Don't Believe in Jesus raises solid objections to our claims that Yeshua is the Messiah. Especially troubling is the criteria that the Messiah must be a Son of David. If Yeshua is conceived of the Holy Spirit, how can he be considered a Son of David? And how do we reconcile the conflicting genealogies of Matthew 1 and Luke 3?

Recorded 04/28/2010
Number 20 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Was Jesus crucified for being an anti-Roman zealot who was agitating against Rome? Does the Torah provide an avenue of personal salvation, thereby rendering the atonement of Jesus unnecessary? This anti-climactic lesson concludes our study of Asher Norman's book, Twenty-Six Reasons Jews Don't Believe in Jesus by briefly considering the closing arguments of reasons number twenty-five and twenty-six, including another tedious tour of duty through the wild-eyed claims of junk scholars. 

Number 6 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Was Jesus fallible? Reason number seven of the anti-missionary book Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus alleges that Jesus "was not a perfect being who never sinned, and his teachings and behavior were morally problematic." This class examines seeming mistakes of the Master and sayings and actions which might be misconstrued as beneath the dignity of a tzadik (righteous person). Why did Yeshua call Gentiles "dogs," curse a fig tree, speak so harshly to the sages, and wrongly identify Zechariah son of Berechiah as Zechariah son of Iddo? These and many more questions are explored.

Recorded 02/03/2010
Number 12 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Was Paul an apostate to Judaism and a traitor to the Jewish people? Reason Sixteen in the book Twenty-Six Reasons Jews Don't Believe in Jesus states that "Paul was the Source of Christian Opposition to the Jewish Law," but the allegations against Paul go much further, accusing him of being a Gentile, of being a closet Sadduccee and of collusion with Rome. This teaching challenges the pseudo-scholarship of popular anti-Paul writers.

Recorded 03/16/2017
Number 38 in the series Apocalypse of John

At the end of days, when King Messiah comes, there will be two sets of dinner invitations issued. You will want to RSVP for the right event, and make sure you aren't at the wrong one. This teaching on Revelation 19 issues an invitation to the wedding supper of the Lamb, takes us through the second coming of Messiah, and the exciting to conclusion to the first battle of Gog and Magog.

Recorded 07/28/2014
Number 3 in the series Romans

What advantage is there to being Jewish? Paul lists lots of advantages, but exemption from judgment is not one of them.

This important study on the first three chapters of Romans makes sense of Paul's discussion about the Law, the Jewish people, the Nations, and how we all stand under God's judgment and in need of atonement and salvation. The discussion reverses several common assumptions about Romans 1-3 by clearly explaining the sequence of Paul's argument, the rhetorical devices he employs, and the specialized terminology he uses such as "under the law" and "the circumcision."

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Recorded 11/17/2014
Number 11 in the series Romans

If Gentile believers receive the a share in the kingdom and the world to come and also enjoy the blessings promised to Abraham, what advantage does a Jewish believer have? What's the point of being a Jew at all? Does the inclusion of the Gentiles negate Jewish identity and priority? These are the questions that the Apostle Paul takes up in the much-misunderstood and often-misinterpreted ninth chapter of the book of Romans. 

What advantage has the Jew? What is the value of circumcsion? Much in every way. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Torah, the worship, and the promises. (Romans 3:1; 9:4)

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Recorded 11/09/2016

The New Testament talks about being "saved," and in fact, our Master's name is connected to the concept of salvation. But "salvation" in its Jewish and biblical context is somewhat different from its use in Protestant Christianity. Find out how in this teaching from our Wednesday night Plugged In service with guest speaker Aaron Eby.

Recorded 11/30/2015
Number 13 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Was the New Testament written by eye-witnesses, or was it written generations after the life of Jesus? Reason Numbers 17 of Asher Norman’s book Twenty-Six Reasons Jews do not believe in Jesus states, “The Epistles and the Gospels were not written by the actual witnesses to the events they describe.” The argument attempts to prove a late date for the composition of the gospels, more than one hundred years after the events they purport to describe.

This teaching tells the story of the origin of the Gospels the origin of the New Testament cannon. Learn why critical scholars are so critical, and learn why the Gospel of John sounds different than the Synoptic Gospels.

Recorded 03/24/2010
Number 17 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Reason 22 of Twenty-Six Reasons Jews Don't believe in Jesus states, "The resurrection accounts in the Gospels are deeply conflicted." This teaching explores those conflicts to determine if discrepencies between the gospel narratives damages the credibility of their testimony. This teaching addresses the problem of the passion chronology, the last words of Yeshua from the cross, and other difficulties while also addressing the mysterious resurrection of the pious in Matthew 27:51.

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