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Top 40 Most Helpful Messianic Prophecies
January 15, 2015
Author: Jews for Jesus

Jews for Jesus has curated approximately 40 of the most helpful messianic prophecies along with their New Testament fulfillments.

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What your mother never told you about Jews for Jesus
May 19, 2014
Author: Matt Sieger

12 Questions and Answers from Jews for Jesus We have compiled a dozen frequently asked spiritual questions for Jewish seekers. Number 5, “What proof do you have that Jesus was the messiah,” has some of the highest traffic from our whole website. Note: These twelve questions are from our booklet, Questions & Answers from Jews […]

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Isaiah 53
August 2, 2013
Author: Jews for Jesus
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How can God become a man?
June 30, 2011
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Immanuel—God With Us by Ruth Rosen An Angel You Ought to Know by Loren Jacobs Yeshua …Why That Name? by Stuart Dauermann

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How can someone die for someone else’s sins?
Topics: theology
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Whatever Happened to the Substitute Atonement of the Torah? by Louis Goldberg Is there any place in the Hebrew Scriptures or Jewish tradition for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person? Atonement: Questions and answers by Karol Joseph Akedah by Rich Robinson The Akedah in Jewish tradition The kapparah […]

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Why do you talk so much about “sin”?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Sin …Yours, Mine and Ours by David Mishkin What Is Man… by Louis Goldberg

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Why do you say that Jews (and non-Jews) need a “middleman” in order to approach God?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Do We Need a Mediator? The Yom Kippur Dilemma by Rich Robinson The Role of the Mediator: Who Can Stand for Us? by Efraim Goldstein Yeshua the Tzaddik: But Even More! by Louis Goldberg

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Jews have the Shema; do Christians believe in three gods?
Topics: theology
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Don’t Christians Believe in Three Gods? The Trinity: Questions and Answers by Karol Joseph An Angel You Ought to Know by Loren Jacobs Jewishness and the Trinity by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum A Look at the Trinity From a Messianic Jewish Perspective by Richard Harvey Offsite Links The Trinity Testing the Trinitarian “Hypothesis”…in the Old […]

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Since most Jews are sincere people and happy with their own religion, why isn’t that enough?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles I’m basically a good person and I’m very happy with my own religion, so why should I believe in Jesus?

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How is faith in God, or in Jesus, possible after the Holocaust?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Is Faith Possible Today? In the Midst of Sorrow by Kresha Richman-Warnock The Holocaust Within by Moishe Rosen Am Yisrael Chai by Moishe Rosen The Holocaust Where was God When the Six Million Died? by Steffi Geiser-Rubin See also our collection of Survivor Stories of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust Who Believe in Jesus

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How does following Jesus lead some non-Jews to support the Jewish people and fight anti-Semitism?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Why I, a Gentile, Love the Jewish People by Catherine Damato Things We Couldn’t Say by David Brickner You can also read our collection of Personal Stories of Jews Who Believe in Jesus.

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How does following Jesus lead some non-Jews to support the Jewish people and fight anti-Semitism?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Why I, a Gentile, Love the Jewish People by Catherine Damato Things We Couldn’t Say by David Brickner You can also read our collection of Personal Stories of Jews Who Believe in Jesus.

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Doesn’t the problem of “Christian anti-Semitism” show the real nature of what faith in Jesus is all about?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Christian Anti-Semitism? by Barry Leventhal Christians Persecute Jews Anti-Semitism in the New Testament? by Stephen Pacht

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How do Jews who follow Jesus identify as Jews?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Our Roots: A Question of Jewish Allegiance by Avi Brickner My Jewish Family Album by Leah Brickner Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah—What Could It Mean to a Jewish Believer? by Jhan Moskowitz Portrait of a Messianic Jewish Wedding by Melissa Moskowitz My Identity as a Jew: An Interview with Jodee Steiner My Name Change by […]

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Is the New Testament anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Anti-Semitism in the New Testament? by Stephen Pacht How can you believe in the New Testament? Isn’t it full of anti-Semitism and lies?

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In what way is the New Testament a Jewish book?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles The Jewishness of The New Testament by Avi Brickner Is the New Testament Jewish? by Catherine Damato The Talmud and the Gospels What Happened When I Read a Forbidden Book by Stuart Dauermann

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What are some reasons to trust the Bible as true to history and to our experience?
Author: Jews for Jesus

What are some reasons to trust the Bible as true to history and to our experience? Articles Skeptics and the Bible A Bible Prophecy Fulfilled That Takes No Codes to Discover Offsite Links Ten Reasons to Believe in the Bible Are the Biblical Documents Reliable? by Jimmy Williams Authority of the Bible by Patrick Zukeran […]

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Were Paul’s ethics questionable?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Paul’s Personality: Deceptive or Deferential? Was Paul a Deceiver?

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Did Paul invent a new religion based on paganism?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Was Paul the Founder of Christianity? by Avi Snyder Blame It On Paul Paul’s Big Idea Offsite Links Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religions? by Ronald Nash Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Philosophy? by Ronald Nash Were the New Testament Authors Influenced by Pagan Legends? by Glenn M. Miller Was […]

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Even if it’s true, so what?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles Truth Hurts by Ruth Rosen Offsite Links What Was the Use of Christ’s Death? Dr. Alan Scholes

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Was Jesus’ death a violation of the commandment against human sacrifice?
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

Links Was Jesus’ Death a Violation of the Commandment Against Human Sacrifice?

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What is the evidence that Jesus rose from the dead?
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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Do the genealogies of Jesus in the New Testament show that he can’t be the Messiah?
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

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
Author: Jews for 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
Author: Jews for Jesus

“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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The Jewish Community
Author: Jews for Jesus

Maybe it was okay for Jews to believe in Jesus in the first century, some declare. But now we’ve had two thousand years of history behind us – and it isn’t pretty. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust – all was fanned by flames of Christian anti-Semitism, rooted right in the New Testament. But that’s […]

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Prophecies of the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible
Author: Jews for Jesus

The (Jewish) writers of the New Testament asserted that the Old Testament spoke of a coming Messiah and quoted from it extensively to prove their point. Even Jesus himself – whom many Jewish people will declare to be a good rabbi and teacher – said to those who sat under his teaching, “How foolish you […]

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Did Jesus even exist?
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles “…there is no real evidence that he ever existed” Offsite Links Extrabiblical, Non-Christian Witnesses to Jesus before 200 A.D.

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What are some reasons for believing Jesus is the Messiah?
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

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.)?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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?
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

Some Jewish Views of Jesus Jesus in Jewish Art by Rich Robinson

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How can Jesus be the Messiah when he didn’t bring peace?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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What is Jewish about the apostle Paul?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Articles How Jewish Was Paul? Priority of Jewishness

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Does the New Testament mistranslate and misuse the Hebrew Bible when it quotes the prophecies?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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About Anti-Missionaries
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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Does baptism have a Jewish origin?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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

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Is Jesus the Messiah?

Jesus
June 29, 2011
Topics: jesus
Author: Jews for Jesus

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
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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The kapparah ceremony in Judaism
Topics: theology
Author: Jews for Jesus

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
Author: Jews for Jesus

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
Author: Jews for Jesus

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
Author: Jews for Jesus

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
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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Is there any place in the Hebrew Scriptures or Jewish tradition for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person?
Author: Jews for Jesus

One of the popular myths about Judaism is that there is no place in Jewish thought for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person Yet both the Bible and Jewish tradition have much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness. Biblical Passages In the Hebrew Bible, normally […]

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In Psalm 2:12, is Kiss the Son a mistranslation by the Christians?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Some claim that translating the word bar” (in Psalm 2:12) as “son” rather than as “purity” is a distortion of the Hebrew text in order to make the verse apply to Jesus. It is also claimed that this is not a Jewish interpretation of the verse. And finally, it is said that the word “bar” […]

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In Psalm 22:16 is they pierced a Christian mistranslation?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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?
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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Don’t Christians Believe in Three Gods?
Author: Jews for Jesus

No! It’s a very common misrepresentation that while Jews believe in one God, Christians believe in three. The fact is that Christianity is as firmly monotheistic as Judaism. What Christians believe is that this one God exists, in a way finite man can never fully understand, in three persons or personalities. This belief is not […]

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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
Author: Jews for Jesus

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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How Jewish Was Paul?
May 4, 2000
Author: Jews for Jesus

A person is either Jewish or not Jewish, and few actually believe that Paul was not. Hyam Maccoby is virtually alone in his opinion that Paul was a gentile. 1 However, if we can speak of the extent to which one demonstrates Jewish identity as that person’s Jewishness,” perhaps it is Paul’s Jewishness that people […]

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The Trinity: Questions and Answers
January 1, 2000
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 by e-mail. Dear Karol, I wanted to write to you concerning an area that has been particularly troubling for me. The area has to do with The Trinity. I know you […]

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Priority of Jewishness
Topics: apostle paul
Author: Jews for Jesus

In his letter to the Romans, Paul described his anguish over the disbelief of many fellow Jews: I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Romans 9:2,3) The Book of Romans was written […]

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Paul’s Personality: Deceptive or Deferential?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Paul has been charged with deceit as he proclaimed the message of Yeshua. In 1 Corinthians 9:20-22, he wrote: To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those […]

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Paul’s Big Idea
Author: Jews for Jesus

Detractors most commonly ascribe doctrines such as the deity of Jesus, the resurrection, sacramental meals and baptism to pagan origins. Again, if you’ll investigate the sources, you’ll see each of these doctrines or events is recorded in the first four books of the New Testament, not written by Paul. Two of the four writers were […]

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I’m basically a good person and I’m very happy with my own religion, so why should I believe in Jesus?
Author: Jews for Jesus

To tell you the truth, if everyone were good in God’s sight, nobody would need Jesus and we wouldn’t be spending our efforts making web sites like this one. The psalmist long ago said that there is no one that does good, not even one.”1 Oh, to be sure, most of us aren’t murderers or […]

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Did Jesus teach his disciples to hate their parents?
Author: Rich Robinson

Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mother and father. If true, that would obviously make Jesus an immoral and unethical teacher, since one of the Ten Commandments is to honor one’s parents. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” the Torah says in Exodus 20:12.

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Blame It On Paul
Author: Jews for Jesus

First, let us consider the idea that Christianity was invented by Jesus’ followers (particularly by the Apostle Paul). Paul has been accused of intentionally distorting the teachings of Jesus in order to make Christianity more appealing to the gentiles. What information exists to prove or disprove this theory? It seems fair to presume that one […]

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How can you believe in the New Testament? Isn’t it full of anti-Semitism and lies?
Author: Jews for Jesus

The New Testament–which simply means New Covenant–needs to be accepted for what it is, a Jewish book written almost entirely by Jewish people. Most of the concepts in the New Testament cannot be understood apart from their background in the Hebrew Bible. It was fashionable a few years ago to claim that the New Testament […]

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Was Paul a Deceiver?
Author: Jews for Jesus

The popular myth that Paul was deceptive is expressed by writers such as Gerald Sigal, Michoel Drazin, and Beth Moshe: In his overriding desire to convert the masses to his beliefs, Paul is guided by the dubious assumption that the end justifies the means…The use of deception, by himself or others, in order to bring […]

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Unless the Lord Had Been Our Help…
November 1, 1998

It’s June of ’92, and our Jews for Jesus team of 20 board the British Airways plane from London to Israel. Our faces show a mixture of excitement and apprehension. We are about to spend two months on a moshav (a farm/hotel) outside of Jerusalem. From this base we will do evangelism and take courses […]

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Jewish Resistance to the Gospel
November 20, 1997
Author: David Brickner

November 20, 1997 Paper presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society Santa Clara CA, November 20-22, 1997 Copyright © 1997 by David N. Brickner INTRODUCTION An oft told joke within the Jewish community opens with four Russian Jews on a train. It seems that each one has converted to Christianity. The first says that he changed […]

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