Is the New Testament Jewish?

A look at the Jewishness of the authors, focus, language, and content of the New Testament.

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The Jewishness of the New Testament
Author: Avi Brickner

Can Jewish people read the New Testament? Discover why the New Testament draws from Hebrew Scripture, the Jewish Bible. Read about why a rabbi who considered the New Testament to be anti-Semitic changed his mind.

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A Persian Jew’s Series of Fortunate Events
Author: Miriam Koenig

We don’t always recognize the significance of events as they happen in our lives until we look back and see how everything fits together.

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Running from the Truth
Author: Louis Goldberg

Below the surface were the unanswered questions, “Who am I? Can I know God? What follows death? Can I have the positive assurance that my sins are forgiven?”

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The Mysterious Us and Them

He asked if I wanted to pray. I replied, “Sure, where’s the prayer book?” “You don’t need one,” he explained. “Just talk to God from your heart.” I folded my arms across my chest, looked upwards, and said, “God, I don’t know who You are. But I’m tired of doing it by myself, so You have a go.”

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Jesus’ References to Old Testament Scriptures
May 16, 2017
Author: Rich Robinson

The Torah is foundational to Judaism. That is why this article lists many references to the Old Testament found on the lips of Jesus in the Gospels.

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Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein and the Discarded New Testament
Author: Matt Sieger

As a young rabbi, Isaac Lichtenstein (1825–1908) reprimanded a young man for showing him a Bible containing a New Testament, took the book from him, and put it on a corner shelf. Thirty years later Lichtenstein opened the book… and it changed his life.

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Saturday the Rabbi Read the New Testament
Author: Rich Robinson

The New Testament should resonate with us Jews, not least because it reflects Jewish core values that are part of Jewish life to this day.

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Here Comes the New Wave
Author: Rich Robinson

The Latest Generation of Jewish Scholars Gives Us Its Take on Jesus The past several years have seen a “new wave” of Jewish publications about Jesus and the New Testament. In 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament (JANT) was published, the first time the...

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Here Comes the New Wave
Author: Jews for Jesus

The Latest Generation of Jewish Scholars Give Us Their Take on Jesus and Jewishness If you could go back a few centuries to a shtetl in Eastern Europe—or even to the early 1900s in the Lower East Side of New York City—and ask, Who do you think Jesus is?, you might...

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Six Questions for Amy-Jill Levine
Author: Jews for Jesus

HAVURAH: The Jewish Annotated New Testament has made quite a splash in some circles. What were your expectations as co-editor in terms of its reception and impact among Jews and Christians? Have those expectations been met so far? AMY-JILL LEVINE: Rather than thinking...

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The New Testament: Contradictory or Consistent?
Author: Rich Robinson

Some efforts to resolve various difficulties the Bible presents have been simplistic, naive or sometimes even seemingly desperate.

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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...

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Paul’s Personality: Deceptive or Deferential?
January 1, 2000
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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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....

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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...

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Jesus as Messiah in the Gospels
Author: David Brickner

An answer to the allegation that Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah.

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Book Excerpt from Jehiel Lichtenstein’s Hebrew Commentary on the New Testament by One of His Students
September 1, 1993
Author: Rich Robinson

(in German; Leipzig, 1895). Out of print, but available at some large libraries or through inter-library loan. One of the most intriguing eras in Messianic Jewish history is the 19th century, and one of its more fascinating characters was Jehiel Lichtenstein...

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Middle Judaism: Jewish Thought, 300 B.C.E. to 200 C.E.
March 1, 1993
Author: Mark Kinzer

Book Title: Middle Judaism: Jewish Thought, 300 B.C.E. to 200 C.E. Author: Gabriele Boccaccini Date Published: September 1991 Publisher: Fortress Pr; First Edition edition Genre: 1. History2. Judaism ISBN: 978-0800624934 Reviewer: Mark Kinzer Review Date: March 1,...

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Grace Upon Grace
May 1, 1991
Author: Ellen Zaretsky

If you said to the average Christian, Isn’t it wonderful how God extends his grace to people in the New Testament?” you would probably get an immediate affirmation of, “Yes, it is!” But if you said to the same person, “Isn’t it...

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