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Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus Revised Edition

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 61 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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23 of 26 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CTLK on October 8, 2011
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The book is a 10! Someone posted that the author didn't give one reason why Jews shouldn't believe in Jesus. The author gave 26 reasons why Jews don't believe in Jesus, but the Torah & the Prophets give a thousand reasons why the Jews should NEVER believe in Jesus (see below). Jews have been commanded to ONLY serve and love ONE GOD.

Exodus 20:2-3 -- The first of the Ten Commandments
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, and of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. (see also Deuteronomy 5:7)

Deuteronomy 4:11-12
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no image; there was only a voice.

Deuteronomy 4:35
You are the ones who have been shown, so that you will know that God is the Supreme Being, and there is none other besides Him!

Deuteronomy 4:39
Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other!

Deuteronomy 6:14
You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you!

Deuteronomy 32:39
See, now, that I, I am He -- and no god is with Me . . . .

I Samuel 2:2
There is none holy as the Lord. There is none beside Thee; neither is there any Rock like our God.

I Kings 8:27
For will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house that I have built?

I Kings 8:60
So that all the nations of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other!
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36 of 45 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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