FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find our responses to the questions we hear most frequently regarding our faith in Jesus as Jewish people. If you have questions about Jews for Jesus, visit our About page to find out more about what we do as an organization.

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How can you be both Jewish and Christian?

Can I be a Jewish Christian? What makes someone Jewish? What’s the difference between a Christian and a gentile and a Jew for Jesus? All these answers and more, right here!

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What proof do you have that Jesus is the Messiah?

The Scriptures tell us specific credentials to help us identify the Messiah. We believe the evidence speaks for itself. Find out for yourself!

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Why do most Jews not believe in Jesus?

While there are Messianic Jews who do follow him, the majority of Jews still do not recognize Jesus as Messiah or as God. Read about the common cultural, historical and religious reasons here.

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Who are Messianic Jews?

Though the term Messianic Jew is relatively new, the movement of Jews following Jesus began nearly 2,000 years ago with the first followers of Jesus.

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Why Aren’t Messianic Jews Accepted by the Jewish Community?

For 2,000 years, Jewish community leaders have continued this tradition of exclusion. Despite the celebrated pluralism of today’s Jewish community, there remain tens of thousands of men and women, born of Jewish parents, who are being excluded from the rest.

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Do you just want to convert Jews to Christianity?

There’s no lure, no bait, no trap. Just Jews talking with Jews about the Messiah God sent to our people 2,000 years ago.

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Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah or to be God?

What did Yeshua (Jesus) claim to be – Messiah, as powerful as God, God Himself, atonement? What didn’t he claim to be, and what decision do we all need to make?

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Did Jesus fulfill the Messianic Prophecies?

If Jesus is not the Messiah described in the Jewish Scriptures, then it would be wrong for anyone, including Christians, to accept him as anything more than a first-century moral teacher. If he is the promised Messiah, then he is the promised redeemer for all peoples.

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What is 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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Does the Bible Actually Say When the Messiah Would Come?

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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Is Isaiah 53 About Jesus?

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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"Jesus can’t be the Messiah. He didn’t bring peace!"

The Jewish understanding and expectation of the Messiah comes from hundreds of messianic prophesies found in the Tanach. These prophecies have been generally sorted into two categories: some passages describe a man rejected and humble, suffering quietly (Isaiah 52:13-53:12 being the most prominent), while others describe a victorious king, justly ruling over a world transformed by the universal knowledge of God (i.e. Isaiah 11:1-9).

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Why did Jesus need to “die for our sins”?

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.

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Do Jews believe in sin?

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

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Is there proof that Jesus rose from the dead?

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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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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Don’t Christians believe in three Gods?

It’s a very common misrepresentation that while Jews believe in one God, Christians believe in three. The fact is, Christianity is as firmly monotheistic as Judaism is.

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Is the Trinity found in the Hebrew Scriptures?

There is a continuous body of teaching in both the Old and New Testaments relating to the tri-unity of God.

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Is the Bible trustworthy?

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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Is the New Testament anti-Semitic?

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

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"Who Killed Jesus?"

Unfortunately, one of the most common phrases a Jewish person can hear is this: “The Jews killed Jesus.” This needs to stop.

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Is Christianity anti-Semitic?

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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How can you have faith after 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.

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Even if Jesus is the Messiah, what does it matter?

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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