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People have a lot of questions for us. Our hope is to not only provide answers, but to promote open and honest conversation around the Jewishness and Messiahship of Jesus.

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Is Replacement Theology Biblical?

If you’re Jewish, maybe you’ve heard that some Christians believe your covenant with God is no longer valid. Where did these claims come from? 

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Does Jews for Jesus "Just Want to Lure Jews and Convert Them to Christianity?"

An accusation we sometimes hear is that we deceptively try to attract Jewish people and "white wash" them into losing their identity and faith. This couldn't be further from the truth.

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Faith after the Holocaust

People often describe the Holocaust as the climax of 2,000 years of Christian mistreatment of Jews. Some invoke the Shoah as the ultimate reason for Jews not to believe in Jesus.

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Is Christianity Antisemitic?

For a professing Christian to side with the antisemite is to side not only against the Jewish Apostles who penned the Christian New Testament, but against the Jewish Messiah.

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Why Did Jesus Need to “Die for Our Sins?”

One of the popular myths about Judaism is that there is no place in Jewish thought for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person, yet both the Bible and Jewish tradition have much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness.

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Don't Christians Believe in Three Gods?

It’s a very common misrepresentation that while Jews believe in one God, Christians believe in three. The fact is that Christianity is as firmly monotheistic as Judaism.

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“Jesus can’t be the Messiah. He didn’t bring peace!”

The Jewish understanding and expectation of the Messiah comes from hundreds of messianic prophesies found in the Tanach. These prophecies have been generally sorted into two categories: some passages describe a man rejected and humble, suffering quietly (Isaiah 52:13-53:12 being the most prominent), while others describe a victorious king, justly ruling over a world transformed by the universal knowledge of God (i.e. Isaiah 11:1-9).

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How can someone die for someone else’s sins?

Articles Whatever Happened to the Substitute Atonement of the Torah? by Louis Goldberg Atonement: Questions and answers by Karol J.…

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Some Jewish Views of Jesus

I couldn't help writing on Jesus. Since I first met him he has held my mind and heart. I grew…

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What are some passages in the Hebrew Bible that talk about the Messiah?

The (Jewish) writers of the New Testament asserted that the Old Testament spoke of a coming Messiah and quoted from…

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Does Almah Mean Young Woman or Virgin?

A common argument raised against the virgin birth and against the New Testament's reference to Isaiah 7:14, is that the…

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The Problem of the Curse on Jeconiah in Relation to the Genealogy of Jesus

The problem can be laid out in this way: According to the genealogy in Matthew 1:12, Jesus is a descendant…

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Jewish Messianic Interpretations of Zechariah 12:10

Some say that Zechariah 12:10 refers to the Gentile nations who mourn because of the Jewish martyrs (or a particular…

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Jewish Messianic Interpretations of Isaiah 53

It's commonly maintained that Isaiah 53 was never considered messianic by rabbis and Jewish sages. Sometimes the statement is phrased…

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Is Psalm 2 considered messianic by the rabbis and Jewish sages?

Though some say that Psalm 2 is not considered messianic by the rabbis or Jewish sages, the Jewish messianic understanding…

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In Psalm 2:12, is Kiss the Son a mistranslation by the Christians?

Some claim that translating the word bar" (in Psalm 2:12) as "son" rather than as "purity" is a distortion of…

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In Psalm 22:16 is they pierced a Christian mistranslation?

Psalm 22:16 is one verse where the standard Jewish translations differ from the translations most Christians use. Here's why. In…

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Are the “Messianic Prophecies” in the Past Tense, So Not About a Future Messiah at All?

Hebrew Tenses Sometimes it is claimed that the messianic prophecies cited by Christians are in the past tense. Therefore, it…

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Atonement: Questions and Answers

Note: Elaine the correspondent is fictional, but Karol J. is real and serves on the staff of Jews for Jesus.  …

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How Jewish Was Paul?

A person is either Jewish or not Jewish, and few actually believe that Paul was not. Hyam Maccoby is virtually…

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