Rich Robinson | San Francisco

Scholar in Residence, Missionary

Rich has been on staff since 1978. He has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He is now at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the senior researcher. He is author of the books Christ in the Sabbath and The Day Jesus Did Tikkun Olam: Jewish Values and the New Testament, and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.

First Fruits in the Bible: What Does it Have to Do with Resurrection from the Dead?
March 1, 1997
Author: Rich Robinson

Explore the literal, spritual and prophetic aspects of “first fruits” in the Bible, as well as how this concept can apply to your faith today.

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Old Testament Word Study on Humility (Chart)
March 1, 1996
Author: Rich Robinson

[They] cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:10b,11 ‘ani ‘anav shaphel kana’ Describes...

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Old Testament Word Study on Humility
Author: Rich Robinson

Three main words or word groups are used to describe humility: First, the related words ‘ani and ‘anav; second, the word shaphel; third, the word kana’. 1. The most common group uses the related words ‘ani and ‘anav. ‘Ani usually...

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The Tallit and Tzitzit
January 1, 1994
Author: Rich Robinson

Learn about the history, significance and traditions of the Jewish prayer shawl.

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The Message of the Mezuzah
Author: Rich Robinson

Visit the home of an observant Jew, and as you enter, you will notice a small rectangular box attached to the outer doorpost. This object is a meZUzah (plural, mezuZOTE). Though it is small, it carries a big message. The Word Mezuzah In Bible times, mezuzah was simply...

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Book Excerpt from Jehiel Lichtenstein’s Hebrew Commentary on the New Testament by One of His Students
September 1, 1993
Author: Rich Robinson

(in German; Leipzig, 1895). Out of print, but available at some large libraries or through inter-library loan. One of the most intriguing eras in Messianic Jewish history is the 19th century, and one of its more fascinating characters was Jehiel Lichtenstein...

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The Mission of Israel in the Old Testament
June 1, 1991
Author: Rich Robinson

God destined Israel to be a nation with a mission, to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3). For Israel to fulfill that mission, she had to: Repudiate all that was contrary to God’s truth; Remember that she had embarked on a new life...

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Hanukkah in Tradition, Worship, and the Ministry of Jesus
November 1, 1990
Author: Rich Robinson

  Date Begins on the 25th of Kislev (falling in November or December). Duration Lasts for eight days. Meaning of Name Feast of Dedication. Other Name Festival of Lights. Important sources of information First and Second Maccabees; Josephs, Antiquities 12:7; John...

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Monotheism of the Ancient Hebrews: Evolved, Invented, Stolen or Revealed?
Author: Rich Robinson

Whatever else may be in question, we all agree that in the Jewish religion there is only one God. Yet there is disagreement as to the origin of Jewish monotheism.

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Akedah
Author: Rich Robinson

In the painting of The Sacrifice of Isaac, Marc Chagall draws a parallel between the story of Isaac and that of Yeshua. In doing so, he is going back to the biblical account which has occupied a substantial place in Jewish thought: the Akedah, or Binding of Isaac. In...

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The Yom Kippur Dilemma
Author: Rich Robinson

If you journeyed back in time 3,500 years and saw Jewish life as our forefathers lived it, you would be astounded at how vastly it differed from today’s practices. Instead of synagogues and Jewish community centers, you would witness a tent-like tabernacle, or...

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Passover: Why is this night different since Yeshua observed it?
Author: Rich Robinson

Just as the Israelites were redeemed from Egyptian slavery by an unblemished lamb, now men could be freed from slavery to sin by the Messiah, the Lamb of God.

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