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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volume 3: Messianic Prophecy Objections

Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volume 3: Messianic Prophecy Objections

Michael L. Brown

| Baker | 2003

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“The Torah doesn’t speak of Jesus at all.” “You’re completely misinterpreting Isaiah. This verse has absolutely nothing to do with your Jesus. It’s not even a messianic prophecy.” “As for the real messianic prophecies, Jesus fulfilled none of them.” These are some objections raised by Jews regarding Jesus as the Messiah. Using the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic texts, and the New Testament, Dr. Brown provides thorough answers to nearly forty such objections. This volume looks specifically at questions raised about messianic prophecies in Isaiah, Daniel, Psalms, Haggai, and Zechariah. It’s an invaluable resource for seekers and for anyone wanting to point students of the Torah to Jesus.

To answer objections based on messianic prophecy it is necessary to look at the Hebrew Scriptures and discover that the Messiah’s mission was both priestly, which involves atonement for sins, and kingly. Scripture points to a two-fold coming of the Messiah. The first arrival was to be accomplished before the Second Temple was destroyed (which happened in AD 70). This involved Jesus’ priestly arrival, when He would be the sacrificial Lamb. Scripture also points to a royal or kingly Messiahship, which Jesus will fulfill when He returns again to establish His sovereignty on a new heaven and earth.

Author Bio

Michael L. Brown (1955–) holds a PhD in Near Eastern languages and literature from New York University. He has taught at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary, and Regent University School of Divinity. Brown is the author of 25 books and a leading Messianic Jewish apologist, the founder and president of the FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, NC, and the director of the Coalition of Conscience. He is also the host of The Line of Fire, a nationally syndicated, daily talk show.