In this second of five volumes of Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Brown takes up twenty-eight of the most weighty objections raised against Jesus. These are real questions and real answers, formed by years of dialogue with rabbis and religious Jews. Some objections include:
- Jews don't believe in the Trinity. We believe in one God, not three.
- God doesn't have a son.
- The Christian concept of salvation is contrary to the Hebrew Bible and Jewish tradition. Jews don't need saving.
- Jews don't believe in a suffering Messiah.
Brown shows how New Testament teaching on the nature of God and the divinity of the Messiah is in harmony with the Hebrew Scriptures, how blood sacrifices joined with repentance were the heart and soul of the Torah's system of atonement, and how Yeshua fulfilled a lofty Jewish concept, bringing atonement to the world through his death.
As with Brown's earlier volume, this rich resource comes thoroughly referenced with notes and includes a glossary, subject index, and index of Scripture and other ancient writings. It is a necessity for anyone involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue or apologetics.
About the Author
Michael L. Brown is a Jewish believer in Jesus and has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the president of the FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina and has served as a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written over fifteen books and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion.
Michael Brown's thinking is incisive and to the point. His ability to explain so that anyone can understand is amazing. He will surely be acclaimed as the new expert in Jewish Christian apologetics. I would be happy to recommend his much needed book to anyone.
We desperately need this book!
Michael Brown's work in the area of Jewish apologetics is the most thorough and penetrating I have seen. There is no doubt in my mind that this work will make a major contribution to the ongoing discussion and will, in fact, set the standard in the field.
Michael Brown excels as a true scholar as well as an apologist; his answers to objections are carefully thought out, honest, and well-researched. His work provides a useful model for how to do apologetics, not only in dialogue with the traditional Jewish community but for all who are interested in articulating and defending the Christian faith.