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Two Messianic Jewish graduate students wrestle with the many questions and objections Messianic Jews commonly hear. We focus on those coming from other Jews, Hebrew Roots/One Law groups, and Christians. These questions include: Is there evidence that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah? Are Gentiles obligated to keep kosher, Shabbat, and the feasts? Didn't Christianity replace Judaism? And many more! We hope to be thoughtful conversation partners with you as we explore these questions. Subscribe if you would like to join us!

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Two Messianic Jewish graduate students wrestle with the many questions and objections Messianic Jews commonly hear. We focus on those coming from other Jews, Hebrew Roots/One Law groups, and Christians. These questions include: Is there evidence that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah? Are Gentiles obligated to keep kosher, Shabbat, and the feasts? Didn't Christianity replace Judaism? And many more! We hope to be thoughtful conversation partners with you as we explore these questions. Subscribe if you would like to join us!

    What Did Paul Say About Jesus? Responding to Rabbi Michael Skobac

    What Did Paul Say About Jesus? Responding to Rabbi Michael Skobac

    Rabbi Michael Skobac claims Paul did not mention "literally anything  whatsoever" about the life and teachings of Jesus. If true, this casts  doubt on whether Paul knew anything about Jesus's life and teachings.  For some (not Rabbi Skobac), they make this claim to support an argument  that Jesus did not exist! Erik explores Paul's letters to show that  Paul does mention Jesus's life and frequently echoes, alludes to, and  even quotes Jesus's teachings.  

    00:00 - Introduction
    00:59 - Rabbi Skobac's Objection
    5:00 - Where Rabbi Skobac was right
    5:36 - Why doesn't Paul tell us more about Jesus?
    7:36 - What does Paul tell us about Jesus's life?
    12:54 - Why doesn't Paul quote Jesus more?
    17:02 - Does Paul mention the Sermon on the Mount?
    19:25 - Does Paul mention Jesus's parables?
    21:44 - Does Paul ever quote Jesus?   

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    Some other echoes and allusions to Jesus's teachings in Paul:  
    1 Corinthians 7:10-11 cf. Mark 10:9-12; Matt. 5:32
    1 Corinthians 9:14 cf. Luke 10:7; Matt. 10:10
    1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 cf. Matt. 24:30-31  

    Some resources saying Paul talked about Jesus:  

    James Dunn, "Jesus Tradition in Paul," in Studying the Historical Jesus:  Evaluations of the State of Current Research, ed. Bruce Chilton and  Craig Evans.  
    Paul Eddy and Gregory Boyd, "The 'Silence' of Paul," in The Jesus  Legend.  
    Seyoon Kim, "Jesus, Sayings of," in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.   

    Some resources saying Paul did not talk about Jesus:  


    E. Doherty, The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ?   
    G. A. Wells, The Historical Evidence for Jesus.   

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    • 25 min
    200 YouTube Subscribers! Future Plans and How to Support

    200 YouTube Subscribers! Future Plans and How to Support

    We are thrilled to reach 200 YouTube subscribers! Thank you to those who have subscribed! This channel started during  the summer and it is amazing to see the impact that it is having. Check out the video to hear some exciting updates!  

    0:00 –  Thank you! 

    0:39 - Feedback we have received 

    1:46 – How you can support us 

    2:19 – Plans for the future 

    4:05 – Who can benefit from this channel? 

    5:09 – We want to hear your feedback! 

    7:02 - Conclusion   

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    • 8 min
    Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? | Rabbi Tovia Singer vs. Orthodox Jewish scholar

    Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? | Rabbi Tovia Singer vs. Orthodox Jewish scholar

    Did Jesus rise from the dead? Rabbi Tovia Singer says "absolutely not." He argues that there is no evidence this event took place. In this video, Jonathan asks the question - how would an Orthodox Jewish scholar who affirms that Jesus rose from the dead respond to Rabbi Singer? He presents the arguments from the late Dr. Pinchas Lapide and puts them up against Rabbi Singer's!  

    Rabbi Tovia Singer and Reverend Jim Cantelon Debate clip - 1:04:32  

    0:00 - Introduction 

    0:34 - Rabbi Tovia Singer’s objection  

    4:46 – Problems with Rabbi Singer's approach to the New Testament  

    5:22 – Jewish scholarship on the New Testament  (Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Dr. Marc Brettler, Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum, and Dr. Daniel Boyarin)  

    8:29 – Dr. Pinchas Lapide’s perspective on the resurrection of Jesus        

    9:32 – evidence for the empty tomb      

    15:49 – evidence for the disciples’ experiences of seeing the risen Jesus      

    19:06 – Were the disciples experiencing hallucinations?       

    20:19 – Dr. Lapide’s conclusion  

    20:44 – Conclusion

    Document with the quotations and citations

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    Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? | Rabbi Tovia Singer vs. Orthodox Jewish scholar

    • 23 min
    What Do Jews Think of Messianic Jews?

    What Do Jews Think of Messianic Jews?

    Jews do not all speak with one voice on their views of Messianic Jews. Some view Messianic Jews as Christians masquerading as Jews, trying to convert Jews to Christianity. There are perceptions that are neutral, positive, and everything in between. While some view Messianic Jews as members of the Jewish community, others do not. In this video, Erik and Jonathan go over these perceptions and conclude by offering some takeaway messages for what the Messianic community should react to them.

    0:00 - Introduction  
    3:32 - Negative Perceptions       
    3:32 - Deceptive       
    7:25 - Not Jews       
    12:15 - Un-Jewish Beliefs
    15:46 - Experiences of Messianic Jews
    19:37 - Highly Negative Perceptions    
    23:04 - Violence
    26:28 - Neutral Perceptions
    29:52 - Positive Perceptions 

    40:32 - Erik's Takeaways (on the negative)
    48:11 - Jonathan's Takeaways (on the positive)

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    Resources from the Episode:
    Document with the quotations

    The footage of Dr. Amy-Jill Levine's comments come from the following video - Chosen People Ministries. "Topic 9: A Response To 'A Messianic Jewish Perspective on Luke-Acts' AJ Levine, Q&A with Mark Kinzer," Youtube.com, February 18, 2020

    YouTube Video: "Israelis: What do you think of Messianic Jews?"

    YouTube Video: "12 Guidelines for Tough Conversations"

    • 1 hr
    Does the Resurrection Prove Jesus is the Messiah? A Jewish Response to a Jewish Objection

    Does the Resurrection Prove Jesus is the Messiah? A Jewish Response to a Jewish Objection

    Can an Orthodox Jew believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Even if this event happened, does Deuteronomy 13 show that this would just be God testing Israel? Do miracles prove anything? These are the kinds of questions Jonathan addresses in this video. He presents Jewish responses to Jesus's resurrection from Orthodox rabbis, counter-missionaries, and even Ben Shapiro. Jonathan also provides his own Jewish response to this epic event.  

    The argument for his response comes from his article "The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective." This will be published in the upcoming summer/fall issue of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism.  

    0:13 - Objection: Jews don't believe that Jesus rose from the dead

    1:04 - Objection: God raised Jesus from the dead, but that does not mean he is the Messiah

    7:26 - God raised Jesus from the dead to show Israel that Jesus is the Messiah

    29:26 - Objection: Even if God resurrected Jesus, it would just be to test Israel 

    33:47 - Objection: A Messiah who frees Israel from the responsibility to follow the Torah is not the Messiah 

    37:08 - Objection: Jesus is not the Messiah because he did not fulfill all the messianic prophecies when he arrived

    39:04 - Conclusion


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    Resources:


    Link to subscribe to Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism: https://www.kesherjournal.com

    Primary sources referenced in the video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J8GFF2RaOcMI1P_6Zqe8kAfajOv6wQiu/view?usp=sharing  

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    Does the Resurrection Prove Jesus is the Messiah? A Jewish Response to a Jewish Objection

    • 40 min
    12 Guidelines for Tough Conversations: Abridged (Live at Congregation Sha'arei Shalom)

    12 Guidelines for Tough Conversations: Abridged (Live at Congregation Sha'arei Shalom)

    This is the abridged version of our 12 guidelines for tough conversations we presented live at Sha'arei Shalom on July 4, 2020.  

    Here is the list:  

    1. Pursuing truth is a greater goal than merely proving your point. 

    2. “Assume that the person you are listening to knows something you don't." - Dr. Jordan Peterson 

    3. Seek to understand before being understood.  

    4. Understand that feeling uncomfortable is often a good sign.  

    5. Know that you can passionately hold to an opinion while still listening,  understanding, and being open to the contrary. 

    6. Do not assume anything about your conversation partner’s moral character or intellectual position based on hearsay or stereotypes. Listen to the individual, it's nearly guaranteed they do not fully live up to their stereotype. 

    7. Recognize that everyone has biases and pointing out their bias does not make them wrong. 

    8. Remember that talking is thinking. 

    9. Understand how easy it is to be wrong. 

    10. Know that admitting you are wrong is not a display of weakness, but of courage. 

    11. State what you believe as precisely as possible. 

    12. Communicate what you believe to be true in love.  



    Original video - 12 Guidelines for Tough Conversations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJU2s... 

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    12 Guidelines for Tough Conversations: Abridged

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