Spring is a lovely time of year in Israel – the flowers are blooming, and the weather is pleasant before the intense heat of summer. It was great to get out of the classroom with our students to explore the land of Israel together.
Sitting in an amphitheater that was likely standing in the time of Yeshua, quite close to his home town of Nazareth, the students learned about local history, archaeology and also enjoyed some teaching on the Gospel of Mark from Dr Seth Postell, our Academic Dean.
Now we just have one more week of studies before the Passover holiday next week!
10 MILLION VIEWS: “JEWISH MAN TURNS TO JESUS AND EXPLAINS WHY IN A WAY YOU NEVER HEARD BEFORE!”
Eitan explains how it all started: “A simple partnership that turned into perhaps the most effective tool to ever exist in reaching the Jewish people with the message of the Gospel, and blessing many gentiles as a blessed side effect!” Continue reading…
We would like to introduce you to Varya, who heads up our Online Studies department. Varya has a background in linguistics and is fluent in three languages, but for her Masters degree she studied the subject of her passion: Land of Israel Studies.
She studied Israel’s history along with the land itself with all its beautiful nature at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, considered one of the best for subjects pertaining to Israel, the Jewish scriptures and heritage.
Varya loves to be in nature, and goes hiking all around the land of Israel at every opportunity, but when she has to be in her office, she brings as much of nature inside to join her as she can! She loves to help people learn about Israel, the Bible, and the history of the Jewish people and is always excited to see people signing up for online courses.
DID YOU KNOW SPRING CLEANING IS COMMANDED IN THE BIBLE?!
Changes are happening in Israeli supermarkets – cleaning products are on special offer, and sections of “Kosher for Pesach” goods are appearing with no traces of yeast in them. At this time of year, everyone gets busy spring cleaning, as the Festival of Unleavened Bread approaches, and the Bible commands that all leaven must be removed from the house.
In Passover tradition, leaven represents sin, and we remember the miracle of the Angel of Death passing over the Hebrew houses that were protected by the blood of a lamb. Isn’t it funny that about this time of year, Yeshua also gave the House of God a good spring clean?Continue reading…
SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE PASSOVER?
Whether or not a Christian celebrates Passover is a matter of personal conscience. Like all other Jewish Feasts, it is a foreshadowing of Yeshua… Passover speaks of his atoning work as the Lamb of God. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us that we should “let no one judge us in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths…” Christians are no longer bound to observe the Passover Feast the way the Jewish people were commanded to, but it is very interesting and beneficial to dig into the symbolism nonetheless. Continue reading…