What do you do when the “Facts in the Ground” don’t align with your understanding of the Biblical Text?
Traditions have a funny way of morphing over time. Sometimes, the original meanings get lost or adapted to fit new circumstances. They end up taking on a life of their own. Such is the case with the Christmas story.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the most impact. It’s the thing you least expect that touches you in a way you never imagined.
Semester #1 is in the books. Classes are done; papers submitted; and finals taken–for better or for worse. It has been an amazing experience.
A few weeks ago, I had a very rare opportunity. I was able to go inside the Dome of the Rock to see the place where the Holy of Holies of the Temple once stood. For those not familiar with the background, let me provide a very brief (and incomplete) background. If you know the …
All incoming students at JUC are required to take “Physical Settings of the Bible.” This is classified as a geography course, yet the content is much richer than simply studying the geography of the land of Israel. The course covers the features of the of the land of the Bible with an emphasis on how …
Throughout history, God has called His people to be different; to live in a way contrary to what the world thinks is normal.
Yesterday capped the end of the High Holy Days celebrations. As one of my professors said, “The Holidays were great, but it’s great that they were!” (it sounds better in Hebrew). After the 8-day festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), comes Simchat Torah–“The Joy of the Torah.” The Torah (first five books of the Old …
In Judaism, full forgiveness on Yom Kippur only comes after one has sought forgiveness from those they have wronged. Jesus establishes the same standard for his discples.
The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. Each of these quarters has a unique vibe and personality. On top of that, each of them has their own holy site.
I am trying to get around to each of them to shoot a short video.
Here is my first attempt. This is probably the least recognized of all four holy sites in Jerusalem: the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle.