We had a wonderful debate between Dr. Michael Brown, one of the foremost apologists in the Messianic movement, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a well known counter-missionary. Originally, we had planned to have the debate on the campus at Boston University, but as the time for the debate approached, authorities yielded to pressure and we had to find another venue. The Harvard Club, just blocks away, ended up being a perfect alternative. The room seats 450 people and was pretty much crowded to full capacity. Though the majority were probably believers, we were stunned by the number of Jewish people who attended, including many students. There was an amazing excitement and energy in the room.
Dr. Brown was articulate and well-reasoned, with a gentle and winsome disposition. Rabbi Boteach did not seem as well prepared, and tried to hit on the emotional arguments extensively. In speaking with some of the Orthodox Jewish students afterwards, we found they were very impressed with Dr. Brown’s reasoned arguments, and a bit disappointed with Rabbi Boteach’s emotionalism. Many stayed and interacted with Michael Brown. This event was clearly covered in prayer from our local contingents. We hope you, our larger body of Jews for Jesus friends, will pray for continued fruit from this event.