Chosen? An expanded review

Here's an expanded and upgraded version of my review from January 23, which is used by permission of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism, where it will appear in its next issue. Special thanks to Kesher book review editor Yahnatan Lasko. Chosen? Reading the Bible amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Walter Brueggemann When I first… Continue reading Chosen? An expanded review


Boycott the Checkpoint?

Our UMJC rabbis were discussing whether it was a good idea for Messianic Jewish leaders to attend the recent "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference, which was clearly anti-Zionist and anti-Israel in its orientation. I posted this response, which I'd like to share here: My view is that some may be genuinely called to attend, being… Continue reading Boycott the Checkpoint?

Another Palestinian perspective

Amazing timing: “Christ at the Checkpoint” ended two days ago and tonight I met a Palestinian Christian leader who supports Israel and completely rejects the replacement theology that undergirded that whole CatC conference. Steven Khoury grew up in a Christian family in Jerusalem and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers as a kid during the first Intifada.… Continue reading Another Palestinian perspective

Resurgent replacement theology

As I’ve been speaking and writing lately against the new wave of replacement theology (the idea that the church replaces or supersedes Israel in God’s purposes), a few people have asked me why I think this old doctrine seems to be making a comeback today. I’ve referred to this comeback in passing in several of… Continue reading Resurgent replacement theology

Matthew 18 and “Christ at the Checkpoint”

Since my last blog, the UMJC joined with other international Messianic Jewish organizations to issue another statement on the controversial "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference. You can read it, and an article on the same topic by an Israeli colleague, under "Community News" at For now I'll just respond to one complaint raised by… Continue reading Matthew 18 and “Christ at the Checkpoint”

Christ at the Checkpoint?

I haven't been blogging much lately, partly because I've been involved in drafting a couple of important public affairs statements that you can see under "Community News" at One of them has to do with "Christ at the Checkpoint," a controversial conference hosted by Palestinian Christians next month in Bethlehem. I mention it in… Continue reading Christ at the Checkpoint?

The Jewish Annotated NT

For Hanukkah this year my lovely wife gave me a copy of The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (and author of the highly acclaimed The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus) and Marc Zvi Brettler, Professor of Biblical Studies… Continue reading The Jewish Annotated NT