Respectful, thoroughly documented answers to twenty-eight of the weightiest theological objections progressively reveal how belief in Jesus is deeply rooted in Jewish concepts and teaching.
"God doesn't have a son."
"Jews don't believe in a suffering Messiah."
In Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, volume 2, Michael Brown provides real answers to twenty-eight theological objections. He treats these objections seriously and fairly, building answers from the often surprising teachings in Rabbinic literature and the Hebrew Scriptures. As Brown's answers progressively reveal, belief in Yeshua-Jesus-is not something alien to Jewish tradition but is profoundly rooted in that tradition, fulfilling its purpose.
"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." -Moishe Rosen, founder, Jews for Jesus
"We desperately need this book!" -Sid Roth, founder and president, Messianic Vision
"Michael Brown's work in the area of Jewish apologetics is the most thorough and penetrating I have seen. . . . This work will make a major contribution to the ongoing discussion and will, in fact, set the standard in the field." -Richard Averbeck, associate professor, Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"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." -Craig Keener, professor of New Testament, Eastern Seminary
Dr. Brown is the leading expert on responding to objections to Jesus and Christian theology raised by knowledgeable Orthodox Jews. He has a doctorate in Semitic languages, the books are well-researched and well-written and he covers the material in detail, going into Talmudic interpretations, Rashi, Maimonedes, etc. Although such Jewish theologians are unfamiliar to most Christians, their names are as familiar to knowledgeable Jews as Moody and Scofield are to Christians.
Although most purchasers are gentile evangelists, material is arranged essentially as dialogues between an Orthodox Jew and a responding Messianic.
Unfortunately, the books are rather pointless. Why? See Evangelism Explosion. If a person is not open to the gospel, no amount of arguments will matter. You can see similar debates in Internet newsgroups between Protestants and Catholics, Protestants and Mormons, Messianics and non-messianic Jews, etc.
I recently took Brown's course on Messianic Apologetics. He started by having two Messianic Jews try evangelizing him and he responded as an Orthodox would, with arguments from his books. One of the evangelists is an Israeli graduate of the Jewish Studies program at Christ for the Nations experienced at Jewish evangelism.
Responding like a non-messianic Orthodox, Brown "wiped the floor" with both of them, with things like "Are you Jewish?" "Is your mother Jewish?" "Is HER mother Jewish?" "Do you keep kosher?" (Contrary to the Bible, the Israeli Supreme Court says a person only is Jewish if their mother is Jewish. Hence, if the mother's mother wasn't Jewish, the mother isn't Jewish, so he's not Jewish, etc.)
It then moved on to, "Numbers 23 says, 'God is not a man'.Read more ›
I feel that Michael Brown does an excellent job in tackling many of the issues that have historically plagued believers in their defense of Jesus being the promised Messiah. He has articulated truth in such a way that those who DON'T believe Jesus is the Messiah have reacted maliciously and with venom. That is exactly the response that Jesus received from the very ones that He came to save and deliver. It is my prayer that those who read this manuscript will do so with an open heart, praying that the God of Israel will give them the grace to embrace truth.
If you are ready to be challenged with TRUTH, written by someone who has a heart to see his own people saved, I encourage you to get this book -- it could possibly be one of the most important decisions that you'll ever make.
In my opinion, the first section, titled "Jews don't believe in the Trinity. We believe in one G-d, not three" is the most valuable discussion in the book. It is the most thorough and honest look at the nature of G-d that I have read, and will clear up gross misunderstandings of who it is that Christians worship. The book is a valuable resource.
1. Brown claims Jews are wrong in that Jews have won every theological debate with a christian. He conveniently failed to mention the fact that even when christians "won", it was because Jews were severely handicapped in their debates during the middle ages. Jewish anti-missionaries couldn't properly defend themselves because the RCC wouldn't tolerate any Jewish criticism of their beliefs, which they found to be offensive - punishable by penalty of death.
2. SACRIFICES. Brown claims no difference between intentional and unintentional sins, with regard to sacrifice. Numbers 15 proves otherwise. He claims the Yom Kippur sacrifice, once a year, atoned for all Israel's sins. BROWN IS NO BIBLE EXPERT.
a. The Yom Kippur sacrifice was clearly one for purity of the sanctuary - not for Jews' sins.
b. Sins against other people are NOT atoneable from any Yom Kippur sacrifice or confession. One MUST first seek repentance from the person he/she wronged, THEN G-d forgives. Yom Kippur doesn't do it all for you.
c. The scapegoat, which did purify Israel - was NOT a sacrifice.
3. In regards to Isaiah 53, Brown chooses to follow other deceptive missionaries in pulling out Rabbinic sources which seem to show partiality towards the christian view. However, being the deceptive NON-EXPERT Brown is, he fails to show the Rabbinic quotes in their context while also failing to discuss the allegorical ways in which the Rabbinic Talmud is written in. He fails to mention that Isaiah 53, according to Rabbis in one of the passages he quotes from, alludes to MOSES of all people.Read more ›