VIDEOS

Does a Divine Messiah Fit Within Judaism?
Messianic Jewish and Traditional Jewish Scholars Discuss

Traditional Jewish scholar, Dr. Zev Garber and Messianic Jewish scholar, Dr. Mark Kinzer participate in a discussion on whether a divine Messiah fits within Judaism and how Messianic Judaism's view of Jesus's incarnation affects its relationship to the broader Jewish world. This discussion took place at the 2020 Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting to interact with the ideas presented in Dr. Kenneth Hanson’s and Dr. Zev Garber’s book, Judaism and Jesus, a book analyzing the historical Jesus and Messianic Judaism.

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The Borough Park Symposium (BPS) is a gathering of Jewish people who explore issues related to Yeshua, the Messiah, Messianic Judaism, Israel, etc.

February 2020 marked our fifth symposium, and was unique in that, the dialogue included Jewish academics who do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah, but have written and published on our topic: Jesus and the New Testament from a Jewish perspective.

Dr. Kinzer spoke on the topic of "A Messianic Jewish Perspective on Luke-Acts" from the context of the exegesis he did in preparing his book Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen.

In his book and this talk, he attempts to provide the perspective of the author/final editor of Luke and Acts in the years after the destruction of Jerusalem. He offers a reading of Luke and Acts which highlights the Lukan eschatological message and its concern for the City of Jerusalem and the Jewish People, first from a Messianic Jewish reading and then contrasted by the traditional Christian construal. 

Dr. A.J. Levine provided a Jewish response to Kinzer's talk in which she relays areas of agreement and areas of "discussion." This is followed by a question and answer period.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S). She is also Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge, England. Dr. Levine has held grants from the Mellon Foundation, NEH, and ACLS, and she has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. She served as Alexander Robertson Fellow (University of Glasgow), and the Catholic Biblical Association Scholar to the Philippines. In Spring 2019, she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. She has given more than 500 lectures on the Bible, Christian-Jewish relations, and religion, gender, and sexuality across the globe. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (with Warren Carter); and The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III; the first full-length biblical commentary co-authored by a Jew and an Evangelical).

 

 

Witness to God's Eternal Faithfulness: Israel according to Jakob Jocz

A lecture delivered by Dr. Kinzer at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada in the Spring of 2019. Jakob Jocz was a third generation Hebrew Christian. He became associated with the Church Mission to Jews. Jocz ministered in Poland after completing his ordination. He received a PhD and DLitt from Edinburgh University. He served several parishes in England. He lost numerous family members in the holocaust. In 1956 Jocz came to Canada, with his wife Joan to be the superintendent of the Nathanael Institute in Toronto. This placement did not last long and in 1960 he became the professor of Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College. He spent 16 years at Wycliffe. While at Wycliffe Jocz wrote numerous books about Israel and the Canadian Church. He was also a columnist for the Canadian Churchman. Jocz died in 1983.

 

Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen

A Five Part Series of Israel Bible Center Interviews with Rabbi Dr. Mark S. Kinzer

Israel Bible Center Round Table Talk

Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser of the Israel Bible Center conducted a 5 part interview with Kinzer regarding his new book, "Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen."  The Israel Bible Center is an Israeli educational institution designed for Christians who desire to discover the Jewish background and culture of their faith. Dr. Schaser works there as Professor of Hebrew Bible. He is also an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Macalester College and the Adjunct Instructor of the New Testament at Bethel Seminary (both in St. Paul, Minnesota). Professor Schaser’s research interests include rabbinic literature and the Jewishness of the New Testament, with particular focus on Midrash and the Gospel of Matthew. 

 

In November 2017,

Rabbi Dr. Mark S. Kinzer spoke at 

"A New Vision for a New Generation," a Messianic Jewish Conference 

held at Congregation Ruach Israel in Needham, Massachusetts.

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Session 1

  • Opening Lecture, Bilateral Ecclesiology & the History of Messianic Judaism: This lecture will introduce the series by describing the current period of transition in the Messianic Jewish movement, and urging the next generation of leaders to draw creatively upon the wisdom of the past as they address the challenges of the future. That wisdom includes bilateral ecclesiology. This lecture will define bilateral ecclesiology, set its emergence in the context of the history of the Messianic Jewish movement, and suggest that this insight has the potential to provide essential guidance for the future. 

 

Session 2

  • Bilateral Ecclesiology & the New Jewish Landscape: This lecture will look at some of the dramatic changes that are occurring in the Jewish world, and propose future directions for the Messianic Jewish movement that draw from the wisdom of bilateral ecclesiology and take account of those changes.

 

Session 3

  • Bilateral Ecclesiology & the New Christian Landscape: This lecture will look at some of the dramatic changes that are occurring in the Christian world, and propose future directions for the Messianic Jewish movement that draw from the wisdom of bilateral ecclesiology and take account of those changes.

 

Session 4

  • Bilateral Ecclesiology & the New Secular Landscape: This lecture will look at some of the dramatic changes that are occurring in secular society, and propose future directions for the Messianic Jewish movement that draw from the wisdom of bilateral ecclesiology and take account of those changes.

 

Session 5

  • Bilateral Ecclesiology & the Future of Messianic Judaism: This final session will summarize what has already been presented, and advance the discussion by describing several models of Messianic Jewish life that need further attention and development in the coming decades.