Two Christians & a Jew

The last six months have been crazy at our house. I’m guessing you feel the same way.

Life during Covid with an autistic son who lost his structure while dealing with surging hormones has meant that I’ve had to re-prioritize and re-balance almost everything. Blogging was something that had to be set aside for awhile, but I’ve missed you.

As things began to settle a bit when school started up part-time in August, I started thinking about writing again. Honestly, though, I didn’t know what to say. I felt empty. Tired. I simply didn’t feel like I had anything left to give anyone. But God . . .

In this season, I’ve avoided social media. For some “unknown” reason, though, one day out of the blue I decided to check Twitter. It was the first time in months. As I scrolled, I saw some friends having a conversation about a possible new podcast geared towards helping Christians better understand the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures, especially from a Jewish perspective. What fun! I told them I’d definitely give it a listen, thinking it would give me something interesting to listen to while doing the dishes or continuing to unpack from our move. But God . . .

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but God had other plans. I’m now co-hosting this podcast with another Christian and an Orthodox Jew. We’re digging into the biblical text, considering the different ways we read and interpret it, and discussing how these texts matter for our lives today.

Not only does this project give me something fun and life-giving right now, it has started giving me food for thought and, hopefully, something to share with you here. My plan in the coming months is to talk about some of my personal reactions to what we learn and explore on this podcast with you. Maybe I’m feeling empty, but God is using others to fill me up, teaching me more about himself, his people, and about his word in this season. Maybe I feel done, but God is showing me that he isn’t.

Below is a link to our first episode. It’s also available on Stitcher, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Our website is http://twochristiansandajew.com/. I’d love to hear what you think or if you have any particular texts or topics you’d like us to cover! I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

#2 "What is Torah?" with Traci Rhoades Two Christians and a Jew

Traci Rhoades joins Two Christians and a Jew for a discussion of what Torah is. Traci is the author of Not All Who Wander (Spiritually) Are Lost https://www.amazon.com/Not-All-Wander-Spiritually-Lost/dp/1640652795, in which she discusses her experiences seeking God in different church communities. Check out her blog https://www.tracesoffaith.com/ and follow her on Twitter @tracesoffaith. We discuss the Written Torah and the Oral Torah, the nature of the Oral Torah and interpretation, the branching off into Christian denominations and Jewish 'movements', and music. If you've ever wondered what Jews include in the Bible, what the Torah is, what Tanakh is, what the Mishnah (or Mishna), Talmud, and Gemara are, etc., we made this for you. We also discuss how the organic structure of the Torah, both in terms of its paragraphs and its music. That's right: the Torah is a song. In this episode, the main sources are Exodus 19:3-9, Exodus 24:2-7, and Deuteronomy 31: 16-30. Be sure to check out the show notes on our site TwoChristiansAndAJew.com because there are loads of links there with resources for your musical and intellectual enjoyment. Please share the show generously, hashtag us with #TwoChristiansAndAJew or #2c1j, and check out our website where we have a source sheet for each episode and a glossary of Torah terms (updates for this episode may take a couple of days). If you have the means, we are full of thanks to all who support our work with a portion of your tithes patreon.com/2c1j – we have some great special gifts planned for our supporters. We’re on Twitter @MeirSimchah, @Paceaux (Frank), @JenBrownJones; you can find us on Facebook facebook.com/TwoChristiansAndAJew; and we’ve even got email, meir@2c1j.com, frank@2c1j.com, jen@2c1j.com. Our theme music was arranged and performed by David Frankel https://classicalguitarisrael.com/. The cover art for this episode comes from Roy Lindman – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12602399 Support this podcast
  1. #2 "What is Torah?" with Traci Rhoades
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8 thoughts on “Two Christians & a Jew

  1. Reblogged this on Meghan E White and commented:
    Please check out this brand new podcast called, Two Christians & A Jew. One of the Christian’s is fellow blogger, Jennifer Brown Jones. Jennifer is a Professor of Old Testament with a PhD in Christian Theology. She is smart, and very down to Earth. The co-hosts are wonderful as well. One is a Christian and the other is an Orthodox Jew. If you are like me, and want to learn more about Hebrew scripture from a fresh new perspective go to the link and give their first podcast a listen. It’s honest, interesting, and very informative. You just might learn something new.

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      1. If you have any topics that you’d find particularly interesting, let me know! Most episodes will have a guest, which will direct the discussion quite a bit. (Traci Rhoades @tracesoffaith is our first guest!) But interest in particular topics may drive some of our guest choices. 🙂

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