What Mel Gibson missed in The Passion of the Christ! In this timely, eye-opening, and important new book, Drs. John and Patrice Fischer respond to ancient questions being raised once again, due to the release of the popular film, The Passion of the Christ. "The Jews killed Jesus; they rejected their own Messiah." "Jews just don't believe in Jesus, and never have!" These statements, although common, are not true! The Distortion exposes how these misunderstandings began, how they continued through the last two millennia, what it has cost, not only the Jewish people, but also the Church.
The Distortion covers a number of pertinent topics, including the reliability of the Gospels, their supposed anti-Semitism, the prevalence of anti-Semitism in the church, a modern script for the passion story, cinematic choices that could lead to anti-Semitic conclusions, and whether or not the Jewish people have responded to God’s plan. The Distortion reveals how the facts of the New Testament gradually got distorted in the minds of people, and shows what can be done to rectify something that has led to travesty and tragedy for 2000 years.
...biblically sound, historically accurate, and deeply relevant.
—Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible Institute
...words that can bring healing between Christians and Jews, and Jews and Messiah.
—Russell Resnik, Exec. Dir., Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations
...a credible, objective view on a subject dark with misunderstanding.
—Dr. Ruth Fleischer, Chair, Union of British Messianic Jewish Congregations
...turns the traditional Christian perspective on its head; suggests ways to put it right side up.
—Elliot Klayman, Exec. Dir., Messianic Literature Outreach
Patrice Fischer D. Min., teaches Old Testament and Hebrew at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary and is adjunct professor of linguistics at the University of South Florida. She has a BA in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern and an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Born in Budapest, John Fischer has doctorates in biblical and historical studies. He is rabbi of Congregation Ohr Chadash in Clearwater, Florida; Director of Menorah Ministries; VP for Academic Affairs at St. Petersburg Theological Seminary; and head of Netzer David Intl. Yeshiva. He is the author of numerous books and articles and served as the editor for The Enduring Paradox.
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