Issues

If you’re Jewish and want to figure out how Jesus relates to Jewish concerns, this is the publication for you. Also helpful for Jewish believers to read and give to family and friends. If you have a Jewish friend, roommate, co-worker, doctor, or poet laureate (okay, the last one may be a bit unlikely) who is curious and would like to hear from us, you can share our subscription link, or get ISSUES for yourself: click here to subscribe to ISSUES.

Will I Still Be Jewish If I Follow Jesus?
September 27, 2018
Author: Samuel Rood

God made you Jewish on purpose. What if faith in Jesus enables you to discover the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the One who has the final say on what being Jewish means?

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Was Jesus the Founder of Christianity?
September 7, 2018
Author: Rich Robinson

Scholars and theologians debate the particular kind of Judaism Jesus represented, but it was Judaism nonetheless. There was, as yet, nothing called “Christianity.”

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Jewish Father. Catholic Mother. Protestant Wife. My Cure for Spiritual Confusion
August 28, 2018

I had a semblance of Jewish education and a strong sense of Jewish identity. But since my home was a home without God – and since the Christians and the Jews I knew did not seem to truly believe – I assumed that God must be present elsewhere.

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What is Shalom: the True Meaning
August 27, 2018
Author: Susan Perlman

What is that very elusive quality we call shalom? For it means different things to different people. The ancient Hebrew concept of peace, is rooted in the word “shalom,” meant wholeness, completeness, soundness, health, safety and prosperity, carrying with it the implication of permanence.

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I Applied the Scientific Method to the New Testament
August 13, 2018

I know that I am still Jewish. I don’t use the word “converted” because it implies that I’ve left something behind. I do not feel I have left anything.

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Is Jesus a Rabbi?
July 23, 2018

Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

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A Tale of Two Rabbis
Author: Rich Robinson

Like other rabbis, Jesus taught the importance of Jewish core values. One such value is kibud av va’em, honor of parents.

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Hell on Earth
June 29, 2018
Author: Matt Sieger

I am as guilty as the next guy in labeling things “hell” too glibly. By contrast, there are some truly horrendous experiences that you or those close to you may have had to endure, for which hell may be an apt metaphor.

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Holden Caulfield Was Right: We Are All Phonies
June 27, 2018
Author: Matt Sieger

Holden would like to save all the children before the world robs them of their innocence. He recognizes that we are all eventually stained by this world. We are polluted not only from without, but we soon discover that we are impure within. We are infected with a disease we inherited from the first to lose their innocence: Adam and Eve.

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Happy Birthday Israel: Many Jewish Views
May 2, 2018
Author: Matt Sieger

Whether it is the threat of nuclear attack or terrorist bombs, it is no wonder that many Israelis and Jews in the Diaspora question if there is any hope for peace in the Middle East or survival at all.

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This Orthodox Jewish Psychotherapist Couldn’t Believe His Eyes…
April 26, 2018

Hans handed Rich the Bible. “In that millisecond,” Rich recalls, “my life was shattered. The name that I saw at the top of the page was Isaiah! Hans had been reading to me from MY Bible, from my Hebrew Scriptures, and I felt as though someone had taken a sword and cut me to pieces.”

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What Religion Was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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Truth Hurts
April 25, 2018
Author: Ruth Rosen

Hearing the truth can hurt. We admit it jestingly, but the old axiom has more meaning than most people want to know. When the truth hurts, one must choose either to endure pain or avoid truth—a distressing choice. What does this mean when we apply it to a spiritual reality?

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Do Jews Believe in Sin?
Author: David M.

What does Judaism say about sin? Is sin relevant to Jewish life? Read here.

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Is Christianity Anti-Semitic?
April 24, 2018

For a professing Christian to side with the anti-Semite is to side not only against the Jewish Apostles who penned the Christian New Testament, but against the Jewish Messiah.

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Jewishness and the Trinity
April 23, 2018

Some claim that Jesus taught his followers to hate their mothers and fathesr. 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 upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” the Torah says in Exodus 20:12 NKJV.

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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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True, Trustworthy and Relevant: Does the Bible Prove Itself?

The Bible is not only interesting, helpful and relevant: it is true. Keep reading to see the proof – historical, geological, and more!

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Who’s the Subject of Isaiah 53? You Decide!
April 20, 2018

Explore the passage of Jewish Scripture that the rabbis deemed too dangerous to keep in the regular synagogue calendar readings. Get the whole scoop on Isaiah 53.

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Did He Or Didn’t He? Jewish Views of the Resurrection of Jesus
Author: David M.

Jewish scholars have paid more attention to the person of Yeshua (Jesus) in the last hundred years than they have in the previous nineteen hundred.

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The Genealogy of the Messiah

The genealogies in Matthew and Luke present a portrait of the Messiah through four titles: Son of David, Son of Abraham, Son of Adam and Son of God.

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The Messianic Time Table According to Daniel the Prophet

More than any other book of the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of the prophet Daniel confront us with evidence of the time of Messiah’s coming.

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Lisa’s Story
April 18, 2018

I started being nagged with the idea of Jesus being the Jewish Messiah and the only way to know God. It wasn’t so much that it was a problem for me because I was Jewish and didn’t want to believe in Jesus. It was more that I didn’t want to close myself into what I thought was a narrow way of thinking.

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Jeff’s Story

I was happy for Lisa, and I’m certain that I already believed intellectually that Jesus was who he said he was. But I wasn’t ready to follow him.

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The Healing: Jeff and Lisa’s Story

The doctor had already come in that morning to tell me about the cancer. I got emotional and cried. But I was already prepared by the time Jeff came in. Then Jeff told me that he had received Jesus as his Messiah, and that God told him I was going to be okay. And I felt pretty confident that I would be.

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Healing, Health and the Ultimate Hope
Author: Rich Robinson

God brought us Messiah to restore things to the way they were meant to be. The time is coming when disease will no longer exist and all will be made new.

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