Jesus and the Jewish Covenant

Posted on May 23, 2023
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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a nation producing the fruit of it. (Matthew 21:43) Did Jesus…

Did Jesus Reject the Temple?

Posted on April 6, 2023
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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. He who swears by the temple swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. (Matthew 23:21) It has been something of a Christian consensus that Jesus rejected the temple…

Jesus and Jerusalem

Posted on March 31, 2023
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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city. (Matthew 4:5) As I have written in previous posts in this series, it was only a few decades ago that I started to…

Jesus and the Jewish Commission

Posted on March 24, 2023
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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. Jesus sent off the Twelve after commanding them, saying, “Don’t take the road for the Gentiles and the city of the Samaritans. Keep on going instead to the lost sheep of…

Jesus and Leviticus

Posted on March 16, 2023
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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. Go and show yourself to the priest and bring the offering which Moses commanded (Matthew 8:4, alluding to Leviticus 14:21). In a previous article, I wrote that Leviticus is the book most…

Grief in the Psalms

Posted on March 9, 2023
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How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1). Psalm 13 captures the heavy heart of Lent in this somber passage. Alone with his grief, the Psalmist cries out to be seen by God. Similarly, Psalm 22 begins, “My God, My God, why have…

Jesus and the Jewish Sects

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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. The scribes and the Pharisees have been sitting on Moses’ seat. Therefore practice and protect everything they tell you, but don’t practice their works (Matthew 23:2-3). Most Anglicans know that there…

Did Jesus Wear Tassels?

Posted on March 1, 2023
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The men of that region recognized him and sent out to all the country nearby and brought to him all those who were sick. They begged him that they might touch merely the tassels of his garment. And all those who touched it were healed (Matthew 14:35-36). Why would Gentiles in what is now Jordan…

Did Jesus Reject the Jewish law?

Posted on February 15, 2023
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This article is part of a series on Jesus the Jewish Messiah by Gerald McDermott. Click here to view other articles in this series. I have not come to abolish but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17). In his 1526 lectures on Jonah, Martin Luther taught that Jesus attacked Judaism and “abolished the Law through His Holy…

The Apocrypha: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on September 12, 2018
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Many people coming into the Anglican tradition have been told that the Apocrypha is bad, that its books are pure mythology, or that they distract from the aim of Scripture. Yet, upon closer examination, there seems to be a place for the Apocrypha. The New Testament contains allusions to the Apocrypha, and these writings enjoyed…