- Hardcover: 311 pages
- Publisher: Ktav Pub Inc; First Edition edition (June 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870688863
- ISBN-13: 978-0870688867
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jew and the Christian Missionary: A Jewish Response to Missionary Christianity First Edition Edition
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He wrote in the Introduction to this 1981 book, "Few Jews are equipped with sufficient knowledge of their own Bible, let alone with that of Christian theology, to be able to discriminate between correct and incorrect interpretations of a biblical verse... To meet these needs, this book is designed to analyze, from a Jewish standpoint, the way the Hebrew Bible is used, and misused, by today's missionary movement... to demonstrate that the scriptural evidence does not substantiate the missionary claim that Christianity is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"The phrase 'her seed' (in Gen 3:15) has nothing to do with the determination of the Messiah's lineage... Since God was not addressing a man... (it would not) have been grammatically correct for Him to have said, 'I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and HIS seed.'" (Pg. 3)
"It is a Christian missionary claim that the Temple was destroyed and the sacrificial system abolished only after Jesus offered himself as the supreme sacrifice. If that is so, what of the generations living in Babylonia during the first exile? Did God write them off... with no means of atonement and forgiveness?" (Pg. 13)
"There is nothing in this verse (Isa 7:14) which indicates that 'the young woman,' if she is assumed to be a virgin, is going to give birth while in that physical state." (Pg. 22-23)
"Christian missionaries who believe that the Septuagint's translation of the word 'almah' as 'parthenos' ('virgin') conclusively proves that an untouched virgin is spoken of, will have great difficulty explaining ... Genesis 34:3 ... (Dinah) was definitely not a virgin, yet the Greek word for 'virgin' ('parthenos') is used." (Pg. 24)
"The question is not whether God could bring about a virgin birth, but rather ... Would God have sexual relations with a betrothed woman, thereby causing her to violate one of His commandments...?" (Pg. 27)
"The two most crucial New Testament witnesses of the final disposition of the body, Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus (the latter only mentioned by John) are never mentioned again once the initial burial was complete." (Pg. 246)
Basically the 5 star ratings were from Jews and the 1 stars are from Christian reviewers of this book. Despite the pull I also feel to try to "vote my belief" by rating the book a certain way, I gave this book 4 stars only because of how watered down it is (even though I know it was the author's intent). He seems to hold back in only giving the tip of the iceberg for each topic when there is so much more to go into to include more of the original Hebrew vs. Greek texts, historical refutations, etc. That being the case, I found the book to be little more than a quick reference that can spark research in-depth for those interested, or for building a foundation of anti-missionary refutations.
Also, Christians have revised a lot of their arguments and have adapted their approach in proselytizing Jews and so in some of these instances the book may be a bit dated. The core data of the topics within however are still valid, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic.
All good things,
Though he brings with him with a healthy dose of righteous indignation at the way Christian missionaries have expropriated and distorted Jewish symbols and concepts, Sigal writes with great warmth and considerable wit.
All in all, this is the best book in English on the subject