Of Samaritans, Sadducees and Plato
April 1, 2009

While debating a Reform rabbi on a popular radio talk show, I stated that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was the most compelling evidence that He is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. I expected the rabbi to argue that Jesus had not actually risen from the dead, but he surprised…

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How Jewish Was Paul?
May 4, 2000

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 Pharisees: Bad Guys or…?
January 2, 1989

It is human nature to want to neatly categorize and label ideas–as well as people! It’s not that we mean any harm by such an exercise; it just seems to make things more manageable, at least in theory, if not in reality. This desire to identify and categorize often results in a “hero and villain”…

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Jesus the Pharisee book

Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus
January 1, 1989

Book Title: Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus Author: Harvey Falk Date Published: August 19, 2003 Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub Genre: 1. History2. Judaism3. Old Testament ISBN: 978-1592443130 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Jesus the Pharisee by Harvey Falk sets a high water mark for ecumenism, having been written by…

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