A Radical Reading of Yeshua’s Parables

Book Review: Short Stories by Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine Amy-Jill Levine thinks we’ve got it all wrong when it comes to Yeshua’s parables, and she has the credentials to make such a claim. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament,… Continue reading A Radical Reading of Yeshua’s Parables


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

A New Look at the New Covenant

In my last blog on Mark Kinzer’s recent book, Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People, and the Identity of the Church (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015), I discussed his treatment of the concept of One New Man (Eph. 2:15). Mark provides a fresh perspective on a phrase that has become part of the religious… Continue reading A New Look at the New Covenant

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