On Messianic Judaism follows the amazing history of Messianic Judaism from the days of Ezra to modern times. Additional episodes treat the Theology and Philosophy of Messianic Judaism, as well as featured interviews of leading Messianic Jewish thinkers.
15: What They Said: Christian Writings and the Nascent Messianic Jewish Movement
In this episode we look at attitudes and prejudices apparent in Christian writings mainly between the Second Jewish War and the Council of Nicaea. As we take a look at the key authors in particular, we will see a continued hardening of Christian attitudes towards Jews, an increasingly strident supersessionism, and the increasingly difficult theologies and attitudes that Jewish disciples in Yeshua would have to deal with if they were to have any dealings with the majority church.
In particular, we will look at Ignatius, Barnabas, Justin Martyr, Tertullian. This episode might seem to record the doom of the Messianic Jewish Movement, but have no fear. Future episodes will document their perseverance from other sources.
14: The Second Jewish War and the Birkat Haminim!
In this episode, we ask questions about the Second Jewish War, its "messiah" Bar Koziba, and its rabbi, Akiva.
What made the revolt so inevitable?What made it such a milestone in Jewish, including Messianic Jewish, history?Did this war really cause a parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism?What happened to the Messianic Jews who lived at that time – the Nazarenes, Ebionites, and others?And – were the Messianic Jews really singled out as heretics in the curse on the “minim”?
13: Ebionites, Nazarenes, and More
In this episode we explore the lives and situations of Yeshua's Jewish followers in the period between the two great Jewish Wars, which ended in 70 and 135 CE respectively. We ask and answer:
Where did Jewish disciples of Yeshua live?Did they interact with other Jews? With Gentiles?Did they have communities of their own? And what were these communities like?What distinguished their beliefs and way of life from other Jews and Gentile Christians?What was the reaction of the Jewish and Gentile Christian worlds to them? This is a critical period in the history of the Nascent Messianic Jewish Movement, and one that is vastly under-reported in both Jewish and Christian histories. You will enjoy quotations from both Jewish and Secular sources of the day, however, which tell us that this Movement was far from insignificant!
12: Messianic Judaism and the First Jewish Revolt
Don't mention the war!
As Jews we have to mention the war. In this episode we take a look at the reasons for, and the inevitability of the First Jewish Revolt, given the inadequacies of Roman governance both in Judea and in Rome itself. We also explore the various types of responses to the revolt and how the nascent Messianic Jewish movement fit into the series of events. It truly was a tragic time, and we have to cover the tragic response of the greater non-Jewish church that made the tragedy the cause célèbre for its wholesale pivot to replacement theology, the fruits of which continue to be born even today.
11: The First Messianic Jewish Establishment: From 45 to 67 CE
In this longer episode, we explore the mostly unexplored, the presence of Jewish disciples of Yeshua around the Jewish world between the time when Jacob (James) the brother of John and the outbreak of the first Jewish revolt when the disciples fled to Pella, east of the Jordan. In this episode we see the development of Messianic Jewish networks and communities in the homeland of the Jewish people, to the north towards Antioch, to the East towards Babylon, and to the South beyond Alexandria and into Africa. We note the travels of the twelve Shlichim (Apostles) throughout and beyond the Jewish world, but always to the Jew first. Furthermore, we not a couple of the factors that began to separate Jewish and Gentile disciples.
10: Torah from Zion: Passionate Proclamation
We are now in the years 37–44 CE, after Stephen’s death and up to the beheading of Jacob (James), the Elder, the brother of John, one of the sons of Zebedee. In a few years, the new movement was becoming known not only in Jerusalem, but more and more, far afield. We have a problem of sources developing, in that it is hard to find much information on this period outside of the New Testament, but there is enough to corroborate and extend what we know from that account. Also, as we read the New Testament account, we are not looking at it as a history of early Christianity – Luke might have been aghast at what developed out of these early days. Rather, we are watching a movement develop that is fully expected to be under the guidance and teaching of the community in Jerusalem, in conjunction with Jewish teaching in general.
Very informative! Especially for Christians who want to learn more about a truly Messianic faith. History is only about Yeshuah . He is the centre of All.