Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and dean of World Journalism Institute. He joined WORLD in 1992 and has also been a university professor and provost. He has written more than 20 books, including Reforming Journalism. Marvin resides with his wife, Susan, in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

Great escapes

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/02/02, 12:00 am

Throughout the centuries some Jews, rebelling against constant Talmudic and occasional Messianic excitement, explored an almost unspeakable alternative: becoming a Christian. Ironically, pressure to "convert" from church, government, or mob made true conversion more difficult-for what honest person would make for material reasons a decision about the most important spiritual question? Nevertheless, some Jews over the years responded to Christ as did early Jews like Peter the apostle: "You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

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Messianic disappointment

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/02/02, 12:00 am

Two other ways of staying alive amid persecution also emerged. Hope for a Messiah sprang eternal. The Messiah would not be the "suffering servant" Isaiah described and Christians embraced. (Rabbis interpreted the suffering servant as Israel itself.) No, the Messiah would be a political and military leader, and many hoped to fill that spot. They all failed, leaving most of their followers frustrated and disenchanted, and some suspecting that the Messiah already had come, in the person of Jesus.

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Searching for the afikomen

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/02/02, 12:00 am

In both Jewish and Christian families at Passover and Easter time, children search for either Easter eggs or the afikomen, a piece of matzoh (unleavened bread) broken from the middle of three larger matzohs and hidden by the father.

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