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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Michael Brown's work in the area of Jewish apologetics is the most thorough and penetrating I have seen. There is no doubt in my mind that this work will make a major contribution to the ongoing discussion and will, in fact, set the standard in the field -- Richard Averbeck, associate professor, Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Michael Browns thinking is incisive and to the point. His ability to explain so that anyone can understand is amazing. He will surely be acclaimed as the new expert in Jewish Christian apologetics. I would be happy to recommend his much needed book to anyone -- Moishe Rosen, founder, Jews for Jesus
Michael Browns work in the area of Jewish apologetics is the most thorough and penetrating I have seen. There is no doubt in my mind that this work will make a major contribution to the ongoing discussion and will, in fact, set the standard in the field -- Richard Averbeck, associate professor, Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
We desperately need this book! -- Sid Roth, founder and president, Messianic Vision
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It's hard to know where to start praising this book and where to leave off. The power of this book is its author's knowledge of the Jewish tradition, its writings, his mastery of the Old and New Testaments, and his mastery of debate. The book throughout is written in a debate style: A more-or-less trenchant opposition to a particular facet of Christianity is given and the author then gives his "absolutely devastating" rebuttal.
1. For example, "The origins of anti-Semitism can be traced to the pages of the New Testament. From the negative depictions of the Pharisees to the charge of deicide, anti-Semitism is a Christian plague" (p. 145).
The author's rebuttal? "The first thing you need to realize is that anti-Semitism is not a Christian phenomenon (p. 145).... [T]here is no denying the fact that anti-Semitism was known long before Jesus came into the world, and it exists today in countries that are anti-Christian (p. 146)... The earliest recorded example of anti-Semitism is found in our very own Scriptures, in the Book of Esther.... It is simply not accurate, therefore, to say that the New Testament is the main cause and main carrier of anti-Semitism around the world (p. 147). You should also consider that anti-Semites have drawn from the pages of the Hebrew Scriptures as much as they have drawn from the New Testament.Read more ›
Dr. Brown is the leading expert on responding to objections to Jesus and Christian theology raised by knowledgeable Orthodox Jews. He has a doctorate in Semitic languages, the books are well-researched and well-written and he covers the material in detail, going into Talmudic interpretations, Rashi, Maimonedes, etc. Although such Jewish theologians are unfamiliar to most Christians, their names are as familiar to knowledgeable Jews as Moody and Scofield are to Christians.
Although most purchasers are gentile evangelists, material is arranged essentially as dialogues between an Orthodox Jew and a responding Messianic.
Unfortunately, the books are rather pointless. Why? See Evangelism Explosion. If a person is not open to the gospel, no amount of arguments will matter. You can see similar debates in Internet newsgroups between Protestants and Catholics, Protestants and Mormons, Messianics and non-messianic Jews, etc.
I recently took Brown's course on Messianic Apologetics. He started by having two Messianic Jews try evangelizing him and he responded as an Orthodox would, with arguments from his books. One of the evangelists is an Israeli graduate of the Jewish Studies program at Christ for the Nations experienced at Jewish evangelism.
Responding like a non-messianic Orthodox, Brown "wiped the floor" with both of them, with things like "Are you Jewish?" "Is your mother Jewish?" "Is HER mother Jewish?" "Do you keep kosher?" (Contrary to the Bible, the Israeli Supreme Court says a person only is Jewish if their mother is Jewish. Hence, if the mother's mother wasn't Jewish, the mother isn't Jewish, so he's not Jewish, etc.)
It then moved on to, "Numbers 23 says, 'God is not a man'.Read more ›
1. deals with a wide range of objections of Jews against the Christian belief and the Messiah Jesus Christ
2. it is written by a Jew who believes in Christ and is therefore especially sensitive to both traditional Jewish concerns as well as issues of importance to the church
3. it is addressed, by and large, to the Jewish person who does not yet believe in Christ as opposed to merely supplying information to the interested Christian/Messianic Jewsih reader, although such readers will easily benefit from the material compiled, and
4. it seeks to be faithful to both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, while using the best tools in Biblical and Semitic scholarship as well as incorporating the Rabbinic writings where it is relevant
This volume has two parts. Part 1 is about general objections. They contain broad generalizations and sweeping statements. It shows how Jews in general think: Jesus is not for Jews. The author is answering these objections as a matter of correcting misconceptions as well as getting people to think about the emotional and sometimes irrational nature of what they are saying.
Part 2 is about historical Objections. They tend to be more substantial and deal with the very purpose of the Messiah or the alleged failure of the church. Jesus, the Jews in general believe, cannot be the Messiah, because we are obviously not in the messianic age. The author is providing a biblical picture of the Messiah, showing that Jesus was indeed fitting all the Biblical proof.
I found this book astonishingly balanced. The author is never polemical or insulting. He has a very broad knowledge of Judaism and Christianity.Read more ›
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This entire series (5 now) is probably one of the most valuable tools you could provide for Jewish friends that are asking questions about Yeshua. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Audi Ron
A great tool to have if you are discussing Jesus with a Jewish personPublished 3 months ago by Christian Heeb
Great perspective on understanding why those of the Jewish faith believe what they do and why Christians believe differentlyPublished 4 months ago by Carmen
It is a strenuous but rather empty attempt to explain the life of Jesus (Joshua in Aramaic), the Jewish itinerant preacher that two ambitious Jews - Saul of Tarsus, later... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jaysonrex
I've heard him in person, and the person is better than the book IMO. Good info, and worth reading, just not outstanding.Published 6 months ago by Robin S. Smith
This book enlightened me on the chasm that separates orthodox Jews from believers in Yeshua. A must read for all those who desire to grow in Christ.Published 6 months ago by Stephen Blaine
Everyone who calls himself or herself "Christian" should be educated by this book and the others in the series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Swen Nater