Tag Archives: Ryan White

Yom Kippur in the Ancient Near East

Yom Kippur is a day where the entire nation of Israel seeks repentance for willful, rebellious sins.  Have you wondered how this ritual was understood in the ancient Near East?  How did ancient Israel understand sin and what were the affects of sin?  What about forgiveness? Did forgiveness mean the same thing to them as it does to us today? …

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Haftarah Mishpatim

Torah Portion Mishpatim Exodus 21:1 - 24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26   Shalom! This is the eighteenth portion in the Haftarah cycle where we will be discussing the establishing of justice and righteousness by means of covenant, oath, and blood ratification and the implications for going back on one's oath to YHWH.  This year we will be spending approximately one hour …

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Haftarah VaYigash

Torah Portion VaYigash Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 Ezekiel 37:15-28   Shalom! This is the eleventh portion in the Haftarah cycle where we will be discussing who the house of Judah and the house of Joseph are and  the importance of the word echad found in this passage with relation to these two houses.  This year we will be spending approximately one …

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Haftarah VaYishlach

Torah Portion VaYishlach Genesis 32:3 - 36:43 Obadiah 1:1-21   Shalom! This is the eighth portion in the Haftarah cycle where we will be discussing Obadiah's prophecies against Edom.  This year we will be spending approximately one hour on each of the Haftarah portions and investigating them from their historical setting and their ancient Near Eastern context as well as …

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Gospel of the Suffering Servant – Complete Series

Isaiah 53 is one of the most important prophecies in the Hebrew Bible for followers of Yeshua and has been the subject of countless debates between followers of Yeshua and those in the system of Judaism. Many of the debates have focused entirely around the identity of the suffering servant and whether or not this passage details the death and …

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Marriage on the Rocks (Live Teaching)

A huge problem facing the Messianic/Hebrew Roots movement is marriage troubles and divorce. In this teaching, we will use the principles of the honor & shame culture of the Scriptures in order to better understand what causes strife in relationships and how we can use honor status reversals to repair and enhance our marriages. My normal audio source failed to …

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Torah Portion Chukat – TTRT

This week Barry Phillips, Daniel McGirr, and I discuss the significance of the Red Heifer, the striking of the rock by Mosheh, the death of Miriam and Aharon, and finally the bronze serpent in Torah Portion Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)   Torah Portion Chukat 2014:

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The Weightier Matters of Torah

In Matthew 23:23, Yeshua criticizes the scribes and Pharisees because of their focus on the minutia of the law while neglecting the weightier matters of Torah: justice, mercy, and faith.  What exactly did Yeshua mean by this?  In this 4 hour teaching, we will take an in depth look at both the Greek words behind Matthew as well as the …

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The Leper Messiah (Live Teaching)

Have you ever wondered what the ritual in Leviticus 14 for the cleansing of one cured from skin-disease is all about? Why such an elaborate ritual? Did you know that in Judaism, there is a figure known as the Leper Messiah or Leper Scholar and that Leviticus 13 & 14 were understood as allusions to the Messiah? In this teaching, …

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Part 2 – Weightier Matters of Torah (Live)

In this follow up to the Weightier Matters of Torah, we discussed the Biblical definition of the word most often translated as "righteousness/righteous" and show how its original concrete meaning is somewhat different from what it has come to mean today in the system of Christianity. Afterwards, we delve into the concepts of retributive justice vs. restorative justice and begin …

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