Hanukkah Stories

Many great children’s books are written for Hanukkah. A nice tradition for families is to read one such Hanukkah book each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. Not everyone has the finances or the budget this year to purchase eight Hanukkah books, so below are some...
Hanukkah: Celebrating the Light of Messiah

Hanukkah: Celebrating the Light of Messiah

It was winter when Yeshua (Jesus) appeared in Jerusalem and responded to questions with statements intended to reveal himself as Messiah (John 10:22-30). The occasion was Hanukkah, and though not a holiday found in the Hebrew Bible, it is nonetheless noteworthy on the...
Hanukkah in Israel

Hanukkah in Israel

Hanukkah, the 8-day Jewish festival of lights that celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the victory of the Maccabees over the Greco-Syrians in 167 BCE, is celebrated on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev. This usually falls in the month of...
Hanukkah 5781

Hanukkah 5781

On Thursday evening, December 10th, all around the world, the first light of Hanukkah will be lit. Three brachot (blessings) are said when lighting the first candle. The first bracha honors the lighting of the Hanukkah lights, the second acknowledges the miracles of...
2020 Board of Directors Update

2020 Board of Directors Update

The Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) held its annual Board of Directors meeting online for the first time, November 2020. MJTI offers online Master of Jewish Studies degrees and Master of Rabbinic Studies degrees, as well as Certificate Tracks in various...
Gilgamesh, the Flood, and the Garden

Gilgamesh, the Flood, and the Garden

Much has been written comparing the Flood in Genesis to the Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh. It seems reasonable, considering that the ancient world likely heard the story from their ancestors through an oral epic poem so that it would be easily remembered. So it is...

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