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What is the evidence that Jesus rose from the dead?
June 30, 2011
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Articles Did He Or Didn’t He? Jewish Views of the Resurrection of Jesus by David Mishkin Offsite Links Easter: Myth, Hallucination, or History? by Edwin M. Yamauchi Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh McDowell Ten Reasons to Believe Christ Rose From the Dead The Historicity of the Empty Tomb of Jesus by William Lane Craig

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Is the idea that Jesus is “coming again” just something Christians made up because he didn’t “get it done” the first time around?
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Articles Two Pictures of Messiah First Things First by Larry Brandt

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Do the genealogies of Jesus in the New Testament show that he can’t be the Messiah?
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Articles The Genealogy of the Messiah by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum The Problem of the Curse on Jeconiah in Relation to the Genealogy of Jesus Offsite Links Problems in the Genealogies of Jesus

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Some Jewish Views of Jesus

I couldn’t help writing on Jesus. Since I first met him he has held my mind and heart. I grew up, you know, on the border of Poland and Russia, which was not exactly the finest place in the world for a Jew to sit down and write a life of Jesus Christ. Yet even…

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Theological Issues

“We believe in one God – you believe in three gods!” “A man can’t become God – that’s idolatry!” “Atonement for sin? That happens through repentance, charity, and fasting.” “We Jews don’t need a middleman!” These are some typical responses we Jewish people have given to what Christians believe. They are verbal walls meant to…

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What is Jewish about the apostle Paul?

Articles How Jewish Was Paul? Priority of Jewishness

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Does baptism have a Jewish origin?

Articles Baptism—Pagan or Jewish? by Ceil Rosen Taking the Plunge by Stephen Katz

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What are some reasons for believing Jesus is the Messiah?
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The following are recommended articles and resources provided by Jews for Jesus. What proof do you have that Jesus was the Messiah? Letter to the Editor of ISSUES, and The Editor’s Response by Susan Perlman Yeshua—Let’s Clear Things Up by Susan Perlman » Issues on Messianic Prophecies A look at one of the predictions of…

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Is the story of Jesus a rehash of pagan ideas (virgin births, dying gods, etc.)?

Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions?
Were the New Testament Authors Influenced by Pagan Legends?
Was Jesus Christ Just a Copycat Savior Myth?

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What have some Jewish people said about Jesus?
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Some Jewish Views of Jesus Jesus in Jewish Art by Rich Robinson

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Does the New Testament mistranslate and misuse the Hebrew Bible when it quotes the prophecies?

Offsite Links Did the Messianic Jewish Believers Use the Old Testament Deceitfully or Ignorantly in the New Testament? Three “Weird” Fulfillments in Matthew

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How can Jesus be the Messiah when he didn’t bring peace?

Articles Is There Hope for Peace? by Susan Perlman Marching for Peace by Melissa Moskowitz Piecing it Together: A New York Jew Finds Peace by Melissa Moskowitz A Study on Biblical Concepts of Peace in the Old and New Testaments by Efraim Goldstein The Sulha: Reconciliation in the Middle East by Ilan Zamir When Messiah…

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About Anti-Missionaries

Some have made a career of telling our Jewish people to say “no” to the idea that Yeshua could be the Messiah. Follow the links to learn more. Articles Anti-Missionary Mischief by Mitch Glaser When Opposition Knocks by Rich Robinson Opposition and Response Book and Audio Tape Reviews: Let’s Get Biblical: Presenting Fifteen Explosive Programs…

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Is Jesus the Messiah?

June 29, 2011
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Popular Topics “He was a good rabbi. He taught everyone to be nice to one another.” “He was a good Jew, but Paul made him into a god for the Gentiles.” “He got in trouble with the authorities and became a political martyr.” One thing is certain; after two thousand years, Jesus of Nazareth is…

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Does almah mean young woman or virgin?
January 1, 2006

A common argument raised against the virgin birth” and against the New Testament’s reference to Isaiah 7:14, is that the Hebrew word “almah” does not mean virgin, and Jews do not believe in such a thing as a virgin birth. Archaeological findings show that the Hebrew word “almah” refers to a virgin. The possibility of…

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In Psalm 22:16 is they pierced a Christian mistranslation?
January 1, 2005

Psalm 22:16 is one verse where the standard Jewish translations differ from the translations most Christians use. Here’s why. In Hebrew, the phrase they have pierced” is kaaru while “like a lion” is kaari. The words are identical except that “pierced” ends with the Hebrew letter vav and “lion” with yod. Vav and yod are…

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Are the “messianic prophecies” in the past tense, so not about a future Messiah at all?

Hebrew Tenses Sometimes it is claimed that the messianic prophecies cited by Christians are in the past tense. Therefore, it is said, they cannot refer to a future, coming Messiah. This is an invalid argument. There is no such thing as tense” in biblical Hebrew. (Modern Hebrew, on the other hand, does have tenses.) Biblical…

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Atonement: Questions and Answers
Author: Karol Joseph

Note: Elaine the correspondent is fictional, but Karol Joseph is real and serves on the staff of Jews for Jesus. She can be reached

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Christians Persecute Jews

Persecution in the name of Jesus is the most emotionally charged strand of the net of objections. More than anything else, many people point to Christian anti-Semitism” as a reason to dismiss Jesus. When Jewish people find themselves questioning whether Jesus might be the Messiah, thoughts of the Crusades and the Holocaust quickly rush to…

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The kapparah ceremony in Judaism
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There is a ceremony in Judaism known as Kapparah, in which a rooster or hen is put to death on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, as a vicarious sacrifice for sin. Once widely observed, it is nearly obsolete in modern times. The atoning nature of the ceremony is described in the…

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The Holocaust

People often describe the Holocaust as the climax of 2,000 years of Christian mistreatment of Jews. Some invoke the Shoah as the ultimate reason for Jews not to believe in Jesus. Jewish believer Moishe Rosen challenges that view: The phrase ‘2,000 years of history leading up to the Holocaust’ is more than a reference to…

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The Akedah in Jewish tradition

Jewish tradition has much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness. This page focuses on Jewish traditions about the Akedah. The Hebrew word akedah” means “binding” and refers to the well-known story in Genesis 22, in which God commands Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham…

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Jewish Messianic Interpretations of Zechariah 12:10

Some say that Zechariah 12:10 refers to the Gentile nations who mourn because of the Jewish martyrs (or a particular unknown martyr) they have killed. Yet that is not the universal Jewish understanding. According to the views of some rabbis, two Messiahs would make their appearance: Messiah ben Joseph who would be slain in battle,…

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Bonheur futur de Jérusalem ayant retrouvé grâce devant Dieu (Isaïe, LXII, 1 5) by Marc Chagall

Jewish Messianic Interpretations of Isaiah 53

It’s commonly maintained that Isaiah 53 was never considered messianic by rabbis and Jewish sages. Sometimes the statement is phrased as, “Judaism teaches” that Isaiah 53 refers to the nation of Israel. The fact is that Isaiah 53 (more precisely, 52:13 to 53:12) has been interpreted in messianic terms by a wide variety of Jewish…

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