Rabbinic Objections to Jesus

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Written by Dr. Michael Brown Whether you are a religious Jewish person or not, it is clear that all modern forms of Judaism, from Orthodox to Reform, are based upon the idea that two Torahs were given on Mount Sinai-one written and the other oral. Eventually, the oral Torah was written down, codified, commented upon […]

The Promise of Forgiveness Fulfilled in Messiah

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Forgiveness. What more comforting word could there be, especially when we know how much we are in need of it? Forgiveness is at the heart of the Gospel message. The sinful woman who bathed Jesus’ feet with the tears accumulated over the course of a lifetime understood. And her love for Him overflowed to such […]

The Evil and Good Inclinations in Judaism

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Written by Alan Shore Judaism does not have a single, unified theory about the origin of good and evil. The Kabbalists (Jewish mystics) understood the brokenness of the universe to be the result of shattered vessels that had proven too weak to hold the primordial light present in the act of creation, and believe that […]

The Days of Awe and Repentance in Judaism

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Written by Alan Shore Cultures all over the world keep track of time – from seconds to millennia. The New Year is often seen as a time to mark the turning of a new leaf, and in this respect Judaism is no different. For Judaism, however, the New Year is also accompanied by deep reflection […]

A Jewish View of John 3

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Written by Scott N. While Jesus was in Jerusalem observing the Passover, many began to follow Him, seeing the miraculous signs he performed (John 2:23). The crowds following Jesus and His purification of the Temple courtyard caused quite a commotion and piqued the curiosity of Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees and a member of […]

In What Ways Did Jesus Live as a Jew?

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Written by David Sedaca We can assess the Jewishness of Jesus by His relationship to the people of His day, by His relationship to the Jewish religion, and by His relationship with His followers. His own Jewishness stands out when we consider the audience of most of His teachings. He spoke to the common folk: […]

Jesus and the Rabbis

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Written by Daniel Nessim “Totally unacceptable!” That was the basic response of a respected friend in Seattle, upon considering the claims of scholars that everything Yeshua (Jesus) taught can be paralleled in ancient Jewish literature. I can understand my friend’s sentiment. After all, we who believe He is the Messiah want to honor Yeshua in […]