Messiah Seminar –Another Jewish View By Robert Gorelik
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Today, Jews are taught that Yeshua (Jesus) is not the Messiah, and in fact could not have been. It is said that Jews have never believed that the Messiah will suffer and die, or that he will have a divine nature - a manifestation of God's glory in human form. It is said that Yeshua never claimed to be the Messiah. It is said that Jews who accept the messianic claims of Yeshua are Christians. The material in this Workbook was compiled to demonstrate that what the early Jewish disciples (Apostles) believed about Yeshua was thoroughly Jewish. It can be substantiated not only on the basis of what the Hebrew Bible teaches, but on the basis of what our ancient sages taught.
The theology and rationale for the beliefs of Yeshua's first Disciples, and his many followers up until the 4th century of the common era, was not born out of the rejection of traditional Judaism, or the creation of a "new" religion. Yeshua's movement was an integral part of the religious streams, or "sects" of Judaism of the Second Temple Period. Unfortunately, when these issues are debated in the Jewish community, the first-century Jewish view is not represented—and what the early followers of Yeshua believed is seriously distorted.
This Workbook represents the beginning of an effort to present, analyze and critique the arguments advanced in two books on the subject; "Jews and Jewish Christianity"; and "You Take Jesus: I'll Take God". The study provides a thorough investigation of the religious, historical and cultural landscape of first century Israel and of the variety of religious movements of the time period. Whether in person or in print, anti-missionaries try to explain why Jews ought not to believe that Yeshua is the Messiah. Whether a Jew believes or does not believe, the topic deserves to be debated within the context of Jewish history from the second Temple period and with intellectual honesty rather than rhetoric.
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