Yom Kippur and Jesus’ Sacrifice

Some have wondered why, if Jesus’ life was a perfect sacrifice, Jesus didn’t die on Yom Kippur instead of Passover. During the first decades after the resurrection, when the early Christian community was primarily Jewish, believers continued to participate in Yom Kippur and the rest of the yearly festival cycle, though their understanding of those […]

“His Name is John”

These were the words and testimony of Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, at his son’s circumcision (Lk 1:63). Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were devout Jews, childless and well-advanced in years, living in the time of Herod, king of Judea. Both were descendants of Aaron, of priestly family, and Zechariah served as priest before God, […]

Excerpt from Forgiveness Brochure

  Since 2013, Caspari Center’s Israel Director Alec Goldberg has been producing weekly programs in the Russian language that are broadcast by Haifa-based online TV ministry Oasis-Media. One of the teaching series from the past year, entitled “Forgiving Our Debtors”, featured a detailed exposition of the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matt. 18:1-35). At a […]

Messiah Walks on Water

A deacon friend of mine was studying the book of Daniel with some Orthodox rabbis. In the midst of all the reading and the discussing that one might expect at such a bible study, one rabbi pointed to a particular passage in Daniel and claimed that it was messianic in context. He stated that that […]

Once a Slave

Some years ago, when video tapes were still in use, I watched a message given at a conference by an American minister. Unassuming, simple, and dead serious about his work, the way he related to his own personal story impressed me deeply. The man’s parents had had a dysfunctional marriage. As a family, they had […]

The Time of God’s Favor

What does it mean when we say “the time of God’s favor”? It is a phrase (et ratzon) found in the Hebrew Bible which has made its way into Modern Hebrew, though today it is used to signify “the right time”. In ministry, I have witnessed specific times and events when God is at work […]

A Time to Study

  At the Caspari Center, we encourage people to come and study in the land of the Bible. We love to help facilitate such endeavors through our library, contacts, and proficient instruction.   This fall, Pastor Jan Bygstad, from cold and rainy Bergen on the west coast of Norway, did just that. He took a […]

Dominus Flevit: A Reminder

On the Mount of Olives, there is a small chapel built as a memorial to the time when Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). The chapel is called Dominus Flevit. It was built by the Italian architect Baluzzi. It is shaped like a teardrop to symbolize the tears Jesus shed over Jerusalem. On each corner […]

The Battles of Arad

Arad is one of the many Israeli cities that is both ancient and modern. This ancient city is mentioned in the Bible. Numbers 21:1 tells of the king of the southern Canaanite city of Arad who attacked Israelites making their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, and captured some of them. In all likelihood, […]

Treasures in the Story

The Story of the Bible, God’s Master Story, consists of many individual stories and some non-narrative material, as well. About 75 percent of the Bible is in story form, with approximately 15 percent poetry, and 10 percent propositional form. The stories in the Bible are stories of life, of families and individuals, spanning centuries and […]