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Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus Paperback – March 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0977193721 ISBN-10: 0977193721 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Black White and Read Publishing; Revised edition (March 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977193721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977193721
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Obviously, I disagree with Asher Norman's interpretation of the facts that feature in this book, but he has worked hard to get the facts right, and as far as I can tell, his facts are correct. --The Reverend Doctor John Goldingay, (David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Author: Old Testament Theology, Walk On, Men Behaving Badly, To The Usual Suspects.

This book is the definitive Jewish answer to why Jews don't believe in Jesus. It is readable, well organized, and sometimes quite surprising. The author is candid yet very polite in his polemics. I have found that "Twenty-Six Reasons" shines the light of Torah and truth on the theological issues. The author has found a creative way to present otherwise complex material in a simple manner that allows even a beginner to answer missionary challenges to Judaism. --Rabbi Aaron Parry, Author: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding The Talmud, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding The Hebrew Scriptures.

This is an essential, intense and remarkably powerful work. I would not have become involved in so-called messianic Judaism for ten years (1985-95), even eventually leading my own congregation, had I read only its first pages (had it been available). Thank God my journey has led me to truth, and I am now a Torah observant Jew. --Pesach H. Goodley M. D., Former leader of a messianic congregation.

About the Author

Author Asher Norman is an attorney, an Orthodox Jew, and a recognized expert in Jewish-Christian polemics. He has lectured nationally on this subject for several years. His book is the result of thousands of hours of meticulous research. He utilized his legal training to put faith claims about Jesus "on trial."

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Written in a clear and concise linear fashion.
Donald P. Jane
Before any Jew even considers discussing religion with a Christian, he is strongly advised to read this book first.
BROOM
This is a facinating book and informative read.
Karen Schaffer Meldrum

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By E. Balogh on March 1, 2007
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Asher Norman has meticulously researched and documented every point he presents in this extraordinarily powerful book. It is, quite simply put, THE definitive book on the topic of the historicity of Jesus, the development of the Christian Faith, and Jewish / Christian polemics. Mr. Norman has total command of all aspects of this complex subject yet uses his vast knowledge to make his points in an engagingly written and therefore easily understandable way. It is clear that he has enormous respect for the tremendous role that Christians (and in particular American Christianity) has played in helping to civilize the world. Nevertheless, this book is aimed at Jews who, through the dumbing-down of their faith and the creeping secularism rampant in American culture have lost touch with the core values of their faith - consequently making them ripe targets for the deceptive tactics of so-called "Messianic Jews". Any Jew who has been approached by a "Messianic Jew" should memorize this wonderful book. Even if that hasn't happened, though, it is just a fascinating read - a book you may not be able to put down. If this is an area of interest for you, I strongly urge you to buy it and to buy copies for your friends, as well. You will be glad you did!!!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By BROOM on January 7, 2008
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Here is a book that is absolutely required reading by all Jews, and also by all Christians. Before any Jew even considers discussing religion with a Christian, he is strongly advised to read this book first. It is clear, easy to read, and devastating in its implications. If all Jews read this book, the entire "Jews for Jesus" movement would disappear overnight. And if all Christians read this book, one wouldn't be surprised if many would reconsider their own religious beliefs.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Paul McClain on October 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the best book written on the subject, thus far. It is more than just an anti-missionary work, it is also excellent in contrasting the differences between Judaism, and Christanity. Athough it is written from the orthadox viewpoint, it is very useful to all streams of Judaism in understanding where we historically stand. The book is highly readable, and enjoyable, yet scholarly written. I have already passed my copy on to a friend.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A.T. on August 6, 2010
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Asher Norman's book 'Twenty Six Reasons' is a clear, comprehensive, presentation of why the Jewish people do not accept Jesus as the messiah and as g-d. I'm a non-Jew, who discovered this book while searching for an easy, but informative read that explains the reasons for the Jewish people's rejection of Jesus. Having corresponded with the author prior to and after purchasing his book I highly recommend 'Twenty Six Reasons' to anyone (especially Christians) looking for a trustworthy source on the topic.

Asher Norman's book definitely challenges many traditional Protestant/Catholic views about the apostle Paul, the claim that Jesus lived a sinless life, and he also offers his own perspective of some of the socio-historical factors of Jesus' life to explain Jesus' behavior which I've found to be intriguing. Some of Asher's claims make sense, others (due to my lack of familiarity with the content) I have yet to accept or reject.

The frustration I have with any Christian rebuttal or apologetic response to any anti-missionary work, including `Twenty Six Reasons', is that most Christians argue with the presumption that what the Christian Bible claims is irrefutably true i.e., that Jesus was, in fact, born of a virgin, that Jesus was sinless, that Jesus is the messiah and g-d incarnate, etc; and that these claims are adequately supported by the Tanakh.

Unfortunately, most Christians are primarily introduced to and taught to view the Hebrew Scriptures through the lens of Christian oral tradition or through the interpretation/interpolation of the proof-texts contained within the Christian Bible. The problem with this approach is that neither Christian oral traditions nor the Christian Bible are preeminent in matters of theology and correct faith for the Jew.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TR on October 27, 2008
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I have gained clarity and insight into the Jewish perspective. Being knowledgeable in Christian Missionary works, I am astounded by the intellect and deep knowledge represented by this book.

The comment by vladimir998 made me smile. Yes, it is difficult to accept that this book may contain some really potent (and even unwelcome) truths. His comment revealed an extremely superficial reading, easily refuted by an amateur. For the knowledgeable student of Christian theology, this book will be an intriging (if slightly unpleasant) surprise.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Menashe Walsh on August 8, 2009
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Got this book delivered just before Shabbat I read the entire book in one day. Most theological areas are addressed in this book. The point of the whole discussion is that the "old" testament itself is sufficient to answer / refute the Christian Missionary claims whilst reminding the reader of the fundamental understandings of Judaism. The analysis of the new testament writings and Paul especially was a revelation!! A good reference guide but it could be much more effective if there was a scripture reference section so that passages can be quickly located. The let's get biblical booklet combined with this book provides a solid basis for refuting missionaries. What is missing is how to approach the psychological/emotional trap that believers in Jesus are caught in and how to get them out! On numerous occasions I have encountered people with these biblical verses to refute claims and I have found that despite objective evidence placed before people they are essentially "brainwashed" into belief in Jesus.
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