The Prophet Ezekiel followed his people east into exile to Babylon where the Great Jewish Diaspora began. We are based in that diaspora, in modern-day Babylon, as it were.
Operation Ezekiel sends forth the same message that Ezekiel did—the promise of renewal, of “a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26).
We deliver this message through four areas of outreach:
Operation Ezekiel enriches the souls and the spirits of Jesus-faith believers by helping them rediscover the Jewish roots of their faith and the contributions of the Jewish people to their personal lives and to the world at large. This is the aim of the book series and curriculum Engaging the Jewish World: Find Your Part in God's Story of the Jewish People and the World, available in the spring of 2022.
Operation Ezekiel publishes books that equip the body of Messiah to meaningfully engage with the Jewish world about the Jewish Messiah, namely: the Engaging the Jewish World curriculum and book series (mentioned above). The founder of Operation Ezekiel, Bill Bjoraker, has co-authored The Return of Oral Hermeneutics (mentioned below) as well as many articles in the field of Messianic studies.
As an instructor at SimplytheStory.org, Bill teaches a delightful method of teaching and deeply understanding the Bible—the method Socrates, Jesus, and the rabbis used. In his classes, participants learn how to orally present and deeply discuss Bible stories through storytelling, learning in small groups, and asking good questions.
An important contribution to the field of storytelling is the book Bill co-authored, entitled: The Return of Oral Hermeneutics: As Good Today as It Was for the Hebrew Bible and First-Century Christianity.
In addition to leading classes on storytelling and on Engaging the Jewish World, Bill also teaches a variety of classes in his specialty of Messianic Jewish studies and the Hebrew Bible at seminaries, colleges, and churches. Course titles include National Israel and the Kingdom of God; Jewish Thought; Literature, Mysticism, Philosophy; Jewish Worldview in Cultural Perspective; The Hebrew Prophets and Yeshua; Messianic Prophecy; Israel’s Divine Healer; Theology of the Missio Dei; Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Communication; and An Overview of Post-Modern, Post-Christian Western Culture.
Bill holds a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies and teaches graduate/seminary courses in Messianic Jewish studies and the Hebrew Bible. He has taught at the King’s University Messianic Jewish Studies Program, Dallas, TX, at Denver Seminary, and for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute’s Kadima Program, training leaders of the Lemba Jewish believers’ movement in Zimbabwe, and he is an affiliate professor at William Carey International University.
About Bill Bjoraker
Bill founded Operation Ezekiel, Inc. to address the great need to equip more workers for the Jewish harvest, to help fulfill the church’s mandate to the Jewish people, winning them to salvation through their own Messiah (Romans 11).
Rev. William (Bill) Bjoraker is an Assemblies of God U.S. missionary to Jewish people and a specialist in Jewish studies. He and his wife Diana have been engaging the Jewish world for nearly 40 years. They met and married in Israel, serving eight years in the 1980s in pastoral and teaching ministries at Beit Immanuel in Tel Aviv. There, he became fluent in modern Hebrew while living in Israel.
Today, Bill and Diana live in sunny southern California and enjoy spending time with their three adult sons.
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