About a month ago I spoke at a conference at Narkis Church in Jerusalem. I posted a link to my talk called Jesus’ Bold Messianic Claims on an earlier blog, but many of the talks there will be of interest to those who like to learn about Christianity in its historical, Judaic context.
The title “Christ” or “Messiah” refers to God’s “anointed one.” Overall, the prophetic imagery is that of a king, although prophets and priests were anointed too. (For more, see What does “Christ” Actually Mean?) In our modern world it’s hard to grasp what awe and worship kings inspired, and why Israel desired one so much. […]
One of the most confusing and misunderstood topics in Scripture is the “kingdom of heaven.” And yet Jesus says that it is the reason for his entire mission: “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.” (Luke 4:43) What does this mean?