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Brown delivers a much-needed resource to Christians. He offers well-researched, thoughtful, biblical responses to difficult questions that arise when Christians share Yeshua (Jesus) with Jews.... Brown doesn't shy away from challenging subjects such as anti-missionary efforts and the Holocaust. As a result, the material is engaging and convicting. This soul-winning tool is written with a perfect blend of passion, wisdom, and revelation. It's ideal for readers wanting to reach Jewish family members, friends, or coworkers. It's also a must-have for anyone interested in understanding Christianity's Jewish roots. Highly recommend it. -- CBA Marketplace, January 2000

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

About the Author

Michael L. Brown (Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New York University) is president of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Florida. He has also served as a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary.
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  • Series: Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106063X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801060632
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keith A. Wells DC on March 1, 2000
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For any serious Christian who interacts with Jewish persons, this book is a must read. Michael Brown is a fascinating Jewish Christian scholar whose depth of research into the tough questions about Christianity and Jewry leaves the reader feeling educated and prepared. The author's style is interesting; he writes as though he is dialoguing with a Jewish skeptic of Jesus. The Gentile reader may feel a little left out or in the dark at first, but the insightful reader will eventually feel he or she is sitting in on a debate of the utmost importance. A Christian who knows little about Jewish people will be at times shocked and saddened over the treatment Jews have received over the centuries by so called "Christians", and at the same time fascinated by insight the author offers into how these issues may be heard and answered. This is the first of three volumes due to be released in the year 2000; this volume deals with general and historical objections to Jesus and Christianity. I cannot imagine reading the first without reading the others!
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An old friend of mine, a frequent lecturer at ecumenical events, once told me, "John, if you want to understand Christianity, you have to read the Messianic Jews. THEY know their scriptures, they're woven into their very flesh, and the case they make for Christianity is absolutely devastating." That observation prompted me to buy this book by Michael L. Brown, and this book is a good example.

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.
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This is a planned four-volume set.
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'.
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This book is outstanding in that it
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.
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