The ten days between Rosh HaShana (the Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur are often called the ten “Days of Awe”. Jewish people often take Yom Kippur seriously as a time when they can get right with God. Many may fast, go to the synagogue, and truly hope for a clean slate. But since the temple was destroyed, there can be no sacrifices. Is there forgiveness without a sacrifice? At this contemplative time of year, some come to the conclusion that something big is missing. Something that cannot be fixed by missing a couple of meals… Click the picture to watch Ari’s story below!
“I realized I was as far away from God as the moon is from me, and I had no way of being able to get back together with God, of having atonement…”
As we come up to Yom Kippur this Friday night, we would love it if you would join us in praying for the Jewish people to meet their Messiah at this time. If you want to hear of more Jewish people who have come to faith at Yom Kippur, you can read some stories here.
STAFF IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DR DAVID MISHKIN
Dr. David Mishkin is a professor with us at Israel College of the Bible, and he teaches both on campus and some online courses. Last week he was teaching an intensive course to the students in our Year in Israel Program: “The Jewish Jesus of the New Testament”. He says he’s happy to play checkers if anyone wants a game, but his expertise is really in ping pong. David has a PhD in Biblical and Religious Studies with the University of Pretoria, with a focus on Jewish Christian Relations. He has published several scholarly articles and books, including The Wisdom of Alfred Edersheim, and another called Rabbi and Redeemer: Discovering Yeshua in the Gospel of John.
Today we are excited to announce that his latest book about Jewish scholarship on the resurrection of Yeshua has now also been published and is available to buy either on Amazon, or if you go directly to the publisher’s website, you can find it for $5 less!
“Mishkin takes up a controversial topic and deals with it intelligently and delicately. In a thorough and nuanced study, he covers and recovers the surprising twists and turns in the various Jewish approaches to the resurrection of Jesus. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the plurality of voices on this intriguing topic.”
Study and live in the Land of the Bible with us for a year! Explore the land of the Bible, not in a classroom with maps, but with a pair of hiking shoes. Learn about the Feasts of the Lord not only with books, but by experiencing them for yourself. Now is a great time to think about applying for the next academic year, 2018/19. Find out more here!
And if you would prefer to study from the comfort of your own home, we have a special price for the Biblical holidays on all of our online courses until the end of October.
YESHUA IN YOM KIPPUR
There are many ways in which the Biblical ordinance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, foreshadows the greatest atonement of all: the sacrifice of the Messiah himself. God’s lists of seemingly strange and even barbaric commands about blood sacrifice in the Law can be bewildering to us in the twenty-first century. But when we look carefully at the detailed instructions and what is behind them, it can be overwhelming to see the beauty and depth of God’s wisdom and prophetic plans.Continue reading…
THE DOUBLE MEANING OF THE HEBREW WORD FOR “SAND”
Sometimes Israel experiences severe sandstorms, which can even result in fatalities as breathing becomes more of a challenge. Dense, yellow fog of sand particles can hang in the air for days, creating a surreal and unpleasant environment until the air clears and the skies become blue again. A few years ago we had a sandstorm during the ‘Ten Days of Awe’ between the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) and the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, and here are some reflections on sand in relation to our own lives.Continue reading…