First Fruits of Zion Staff

First Fruits of Zion Staff
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First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity. We do this by publishing books, ebooks, magazines, journals, study programs, audio and audio-visual resources, and presenting new material through seminars, conferences, and guided Israel tours. First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity. We do this by publishing books, ebooks, magazines, journals, study programs, audio and audio-visual resources, and presenting new material through seminars, conferences, and guided Israel tours.

Upon this rock

What did Yeshua mean when he said that Peter was the rock upon which he would build his assembly?

Who do people say that I am?

The disciples hoped from the outset that they had found the Messiah, but Yeshua Himself had never confirmed their hopes. Instead, He seemed to confound every messianic expectation.

Pentecost didn’t happen in an upper room

Tradition says that the apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost in an upper room, but is that really what the Bible says? Or does it indicate a different location?

The Messiah’s spittle

"Miraculous powers and divine healing are one thing, but did you really have to spit in my eye? What's up with the spittle?"

The deaf hear and the mute speak

"In a similarly miraculous manner, the Master endowed His disciples with articulation to communicate the gospel of the kingdom."

Nine ungrateful lepers

"Outside of the Jewish context, one might misunderstand the story of the ten lepers to infer that Jews are particularly ungrateful."

Yeshua and the ten lepers

"Yeshua told the ten lepers to go show themselves to the priests even before they had experienced the miraculous healing."

The empty tomb that wasn’t empty

"The open tomb and absence of the guards seemed to imply that the authorities had moved the body to some undisclosed location. The women decided to investigate."

The last temptation of Messiah

"When “the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time” (Luke 4:13). The opportune time came in Gethsemane."

Hospitality for the apostles

"Looking for a powerful blessing and reward on your home? Provide hospitality for a prophet, a righteous man, or a disciple of Yeshua."