Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tovia Singer Providing Audio of "Let's Get Biblical" Series on His Website

Anti-missionary Tovia Singer, of Outreach Judaism, released his well-known series of responses on the Internet for free. I'm appreciative of that, since I don't feel like paying for it.

Now, I did a once-over of the tapes. I would surmise that I've heard a lot of these arguments before, even in the comments sections of this blog. The Psalm 110 lecture struck me, because I remember someone commenting about that section in the July/August timeframe. I'm under the impression they were repeating anti-missionary arguments they heard.

I would assume that there isn't anything in here that isn't addressed in Dr. Michael Brown's excellent books.

However, I'm going to try and find the time to sit down and listen to some of these and maybe create a few posts from this.

I may concentrate on Tovia Singer's lectures on the Resurrection, since that is an area of apologetics I know a good bit about. And I would direct you all to the aforementioned books by Dr. Brown.

Jews for Jesus also had an article concerning the tape series which can be found here.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Did Jesus Falsely Predict His Return?

A common argument against belief in Jesus within Jewish circles is the following: Jesus predicted his return within the lifetime of his original followers. Therefore, he was a false prophet.

The pertinent section of Scripture where this can be found is called the Olivet Discourse.

I'm reading through Dr. Michael L. Brown's "Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: New Testament Objections", which is quite excellent. It includes a good answer to the posed problem. However, I would recommend R.C. Sproul's work on the question. He wrote a book called "the Last Days According to Jesus." Sproul takes the partial-preterist view.

He is currently broadcasting a radio series by the same name. You can find it online here. If this is an issue for you or if you love digging into Scripture, I highly recommend it.

I especially love the parallels between prophecies in the Tanakh and Y'shua's predictions that Sproul points out.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Jews for Judaism Gives an Example of Alleged Deception

Kravitz outlined what he considers to be deceptive tactics of Messianic Christian organizations such as Jews for Jesus and Chosen People Ministries, who claim Jews can believe in Jesus as the Messiah and remain Jewish.

He said Jews are concerned about Christians who misquote Jewish texts...

Ok, that's at least more of a specific statement. So which texts do we knowingly misquote. I guess they are referring to Isaiah 7:14 and Psalm 22.

In regards to Isaiah 7:14, I would highly recommend Dr. Michael Brown's Answering Jewish Objections, Vol. 3. For Psalm 22, I would recommend this article by Jews for Jesus. Glenn Miller's Christian Thinktank has a very good article about this as well. I posted the link on the comments section of the Jews for Jesus article.

I'm curious if they have these in mind or others. If not, I fail to see how this is deception and not disagreement. I can understand if you challenge someone's foundational belief about who is and is not Jewish and that person confuses that with deception. But I don't understand how a disagreement over a text can be deception.