First Century Judaism Seminar
Pope John Paul II wanted to “reconvene the theological dialogue that was broken off in 70 AD” (George Weigel, God’s Choice, p. 47). This theological dialogue is rooted in Israel’s expectation of the Messiah: could the Suffering Servant described in Isaiah be the Messiah of Israel? Early in the first century, the people of Israel expected a triumphant Messiah from the Tribe of Judah to inherit the Throne of David and re-unite the Kingdom of Israel; and He would not be the Suffering Servant in Isaiah.
But the Apostles all proclaimed with authority – in union with Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture – that, surprisingly, the Suffering Servant is the Davidic King who reigns over the restored universal Kingdom of Israel. This is the heart of “the theological dialogue that was broken off in 70 AD.”
Our key to reconvening this theological dialogue is in the Remnant of Israel foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures. Paul of Tarsus wrote to the Romans shortly before 70 AD: “Only a Remnant will be saved,” and “even now, there is a Remnant being saved.”
Beginning with the Acts of the Apostles, we will launch our continuing First-Century Judaism Seminar April 28. A second Seminar on Acts is scheduled for September of this year; then, we will continue to hold Seminars twice a year.
Saturday, April 28, 2007, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the University of Dallas
Click the links below to view the presentations from the seminar:
Moderator: Dr. William Frank
Presenter: Stephen Pimentel, author of Witnesses of the Messiah and Envoy of the Messiah, Emmaus Road Publishing.
(Background on Stephen can be found at his website: stephenpimentel.com.)
Respondent: Mark Drogin, President of Remnant of Israel.
There is no charge to attend this Seminar. Registration is required. Space is limited to first 50 registrants. Lunch will be provided at no charge to participants.
Dinner: Saturday evening 6 pm. $15 per person, reservations required.
Seminar Schedule for April 28:
9:00 AM Introduction: Reconvening the Theological Dialogue (Mark Drogin)
The Suffering of the Remnant: Hellenism and the Maccabean Revolt
• Seleucid Persecution
• Revolt of the Maccabees
• The Sadducees
• The Essenes
9:40 Response: Mark Drogin
10:00 Defining the Remnant: Holiness as Separation, Holiness as Charity
• The Pharisees
• Cleansing and Forgiveness of Sins
• Table-Fellowship and the Ministry of Jesus
• Table-Fellowship and Luke 15
10:40 Response: Mark Drogin
12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 The Life of the Remnant: the Spirit and the Law
• Law Written on the Heart (Jer 31)
• Gift of the Spirit (Ezek 36)
• Pentecost and Prophecy (Acts 2, Is 11)
• New Covenant (2 Cor 3)
2:40 Response: Mark Drogin
3:00 Opening the Remnant: the Abolition of Separation (Acts 10-11)
• Cleansing the World
• Fellowship with Gentiles
• The Good News
• The Sovereign Spirit
3:40 Response: Mark Drogin
Remnant of Israel, PO Box 142633, Irving, TX 75014-2633
Phone: (214) 886-8971