Rich Robinson | San Francisco

Scholar in Residence, Missionary

On staff since 1978, Rich has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He now works at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the scholar-in-residence. He is author of the book Christ in the Sabbath and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in biblical studies and hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary.

If Madison Can Be the Name of a Pitcher, Why Can’t Jesus be the Name of the Messiah?
October 31, 2014
Author: Rich Robinson

If Madison can be the name of a pitcher, why can’t Jesus be the name of the Messiah? Check out our World Series blog and leave us your comments.

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Insights into giving thanks
October 1, 2014
Author: Rich Robinson

This chart takes a look at thanksgiving from the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and in Jewish tradition.

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A Kosher Christmas?
Author: Rich Robinson

If Jesus is the Messiah, maybe instead of Chinese food and comedy, we should think about celebrating his birth in Jewish style.

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Saturday the Rabbi Read the New Testament
Author: Rich Robinson

The New Testament should resonate with us Jews, not least because it reflects Jewish core values that are part of Jewish life to this day.

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Jews for Jesus Senior Staff Member Reveals: “I Used to Be An Ostrich!”
December 10, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

It’s not that I grew up as a bird and somehow claimed my humanity later on. I’m thinking instead of this passage in the Hebrew Bible, from the book of Job: “The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but they cannot compare with the pinions and feathers...

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Yeshuacare Has Arrived
October 1, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

The United States government has now shut down. One reason is the intractable debate over Obamacare. Jews for Jesus doesn’t take a position on the president’s health plan, but we do have something to say about God’s health plan. Here to guide you is...

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You: Part Six
September 4, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Six Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Jewish Core Value Redeeming Captives — Pidyon Shvuyim (rhymes with “mid-phone, blue team”). According to this core value, it is worth it to pay a ransom for the...

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Five
May 30, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

Redeeming Captives — Pidyon Shvuyim (rhymes with “mid-phone, blue team”). According to this core value, it is worth it to pay a ransom for the life of a hostage.

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How Do I Love the Omer? … Let Me Count the Ways
April 11, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

Currently, the Jewish community is in the midst of the 49-day period known as “counting the omer.” This tradition originates from two verses in Leviticus: From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven...

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Jewish Deli

If St. Patrick Had Been Jewish…
March 13, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

People would be standing in line for corned beef and cabbage on rye.
The national flag of Israel would have been white and green…

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Wailing Wall with a dove

So Why’d You Switch Teams?
Author: Rich Robinson

I’m Jewish and I believe in Jesus. So I’ve often been asked: So … why’d you switch teams? You belonged to the Jewish people, you had a great thing going for you — why did you go over to the “other side”? The side of the Christians,...

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You Part Four
January 31, 2013
Author: Rich Robinson

Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Four Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Jewish Core Value Honor of parents, called kibud av va’em (“honor of father and mother”) Old Testament Basis The commandment to honor* one’s...

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Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Three
August 7, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Jewish Core Values, Jesus and You, Part Three Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Jewish Core Value Do not oppress the stranger, orphan, and widow. Or phrased more positively, to extend help to the vulnerable of society. In Traditional Jewish Life...

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When Opposites Go Bad
July 3, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

It is said that opposites attract, which seems to be a good thing in marriage. It’s certainly good for magnetism, which may have been the origin of the metaphor in the context of personal relationships. But not all opposites are created equal. In recent days, a...

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On Mike Wallace (1918–2012) and Yeshua
April 23, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Many were saddened at the passing on April 7 of Mike Wallace, veteran reporter for 60 Minutes. Jewish, outspoken, hard-hitting, and no stranger to personal tragedy — Mike Wallace epitomized the no-holds-barred style of journalism that stops at nothing to get at the...

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A Passover Reflection on the Four Questions
April 3, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

At every Passover seder, one of the more dramatic moments is when the family recites the Ten Plagues that God sent against Egypt. Together everybody names each plague and pours out a drop from the aptly-named Cup of Plagues, the second cup of the evening. The idea is...

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: How Well Do You Know the Jewish Bible?
March 6, 2011
Author: Rich Robinson

Overview of the Minor Prophets: How Well Do You Know the Jewish Bible? or click here for major prophets chart Minor Prophets* dates of ministry 1 Number of chapters Theme Points of Interest New Testament Connection Hosea 760-722 B.C. 14 God’s love for Israel in the...

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Biblical Locales, Then and Now
January 1, 2011
Author: Rich Robinson

Biblical Locales, Then and Now Facts Then Today Words and Incidents Nazareth Facts: Located in a high valley with a mild climate. Name may derive from natzerat, watchtower” or netzer, “branch.” Not mentioned in the Old Testament or anywhere outside of the New...

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Shavuot Among Ashkenazi and Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews
May 1, 2010
Author: Rich Robinson

Shavuot Among Ashkenazi and Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews Ashkenazi Jews* Sephardic/Mizrahi* Jews (often varies country to country). For convenience, both are referred to here as Sephardic. Pronunciation of the holiday Shavuos (to rhyme with “ya knew us”) Shavuot (to rhyme...

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Random Thoughts on Chesing a Make
April 21, 2010
Topics: valentines day
Author: Rich Robinson

Groundhog Day has its groundhog, Thanksgiving has its turkeys, and Valentine’s Day has its Valentinus (or Valentine). It was on this day in the year 270 that

…according to tradition, Valentine, a priest in Rome during the reign of Claudius II, is beheaded along the Flaminian Way. One explanation for Valentine’s subsequent relationship to the romantic holiday is this: Claudius, seeking to more easily recruit soldiers, removed family ties by forbidding marriage. Valentine ignored the order and performed secret marriages—an act that led to his arrest and execution.

The romantic associations may have even come later:

The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

Translation: For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird comes there to choose his mate.

It’s not clear who is responsible, but some of the ideas surrounding Valentine’s Day are a tad bit odd.

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