Description of our teaching, along with audio links.
Introduction to Messianic teaching
Chavurah Shalom's Introduction to Messianic teaching: Go back with us to your Hebrew roots and heritage to hear how they relate to your everyday
walk with the Lord. "Messianic 101" lessons are a series of teaching that explains in detail the tenants of Messianic faith. As you listen to the
various lesson's you'll, hear us use the Hebrew form of many words along with the English translation.
Teaching on the Torah
Torah, which means "instruction," begins with the first book of the Bible, Genesis. The Hebrew word is B'reisheet, which sounds like your saying
"Bear-a-sheet." The four other books are: Exodus (Sh'mot) - sounds like "She-moat," Leviticus (Vayikra) - sounds like "Vi-eek-ra," Numbers
(B'midbar) - sounds like "Ba-mid-bar" and, Deuteronomy (D'varim) - sounds like "Dev-a-reem." Torah, are the books of instruction on how to live
in covenant relationship with God. God gave the words to Moses, who in turn gave them to the "mixed multitude" at Mt. Sinai. Gods instructions
were written in the Torah by Moses. Further explanation of the beauty and depth of Torah would fill many books. We invite you to join other
believers all over the world as we study God's Word together.
Teaching on the Prophets - Nevi'im
Prophets, the term "prophets" in the Torah stems from the Hebrew word "nabi" meaning a person who serves as an instrument of communication between people and God and vice
versa. The Former Prophets in the Hebrew Scripture recorded the life of the nation in the light of the covenant. They are Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. The Latter
Prophets are identified as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the 12 Minor Prophets. The Minor Prophets are so-called due to their relatively short length. They were the
ones calling Israel back to Covenant Faithfulness. In the Former Prophets, the word is used as the preferred title for people who were considered legitimate communication
links between people and God as a means for God to communicate with and reach out to his people in a perceivable manner, in Hebrew, "tongue." Where in the Latter Prophets
, the term is used less frequently and often refers to "prophetic figures" as narrators of visions. In this current teaching collection of the prophetic books are Joshua
(Y'hoshua), Isaiah (Yesha'yahu), Ezekiel (Yechezk'el), Hosea (Hoshea), Amos (Amos), Jonah (Yonah), Zechariah (Z'kharyah), and Malachi (Mal'akhi).
Teaching on the Writings
The term "writings" stem from the Hebrew word "Ketuvim" which encompass all the remaining books in the Tenach which includes the Five Scrolls or Megillot, that are read at the
Festivals. The Five Scrolls are Ruth, Song of Songs, Qohelet (Ecclesiastes), Lamentations, and Esther. The rest of the Ketuvim includes Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Daniel, Ezra,
Nehemiah, and Chronicles. In this current teaching collection of the Writings are Psalms (Tehillim), Job (Iyov), Ruth (Rut), and Daniel (Dani'el).
Teaching on the Apostolic Writings
The twenty-seven books of the apostolic writings were written in the first century A.D. The first four books are commonly referred to as the Gospels which is the "good news" of
Yeshua's first coming. The Gospels are followed by Acts (Acts of the Apostles) giving us the history of the early Messianic Community (that was the early church) from about
30 A.D. to 65 A.D. The rest of the apostolic writings are made up of the letters and the final book of the Torah, "Revelation." The first thirteen letters are attributed to
Rabbi Sha'ul (Paul) of which the first nine deal with issues of behavior and belief in Messianic Congregation in Rome, Greece, and Turkey. The remaining four are more pastoral
in nature and are written to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Next is a letter to a group of Messianic Jews, otherwise known as "Hebrews," with its authorship being uncertain.
Then there are the letters from James the brother of Yeshua, Peter, and John addressing general matters of faith and practice. Finally, the book of Revelation often referred
to as "The Apocalypse" which draws upon the Tanach more than any other book of the apostolic writings. This is the book that collects the prophecies of the Second Coming of
Yeshua from the Tanach, which is the vision revealed to Yochanan (John).