Christmas – A festival of Jewish Origin? by the Rev Dr. Alfred Edersheim

Originally published in The Leisure Hour, London, England, No. 1147, December 20, 1873, pp. 810-812. CHRISTMAS–A FESTIVAL OF JEWISH ORIGIN? WHY DO WE KEEP IT ON THE 25TH DECEMBER, AND WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ITS OBSERVANCE? Of the various questions debated in church history, scarcely one has been discussed with more partisan keenness, or […]

Ishmael and Isaac – born of the flesh, born of the Spirit

If the strife between Arab and Jew began with Ishmael and Isaac, then reconciliation begins there too. Scripture speaks of the brothers’ separation but also mentions their reunion at Abraham’s grave. “And Abraham expired and died in a good old age, old and satisfied. And he was gathered to his people. And his sons Isaac […]

Are the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ resurrection deeply conflicted?

Asher Norman’s twenty-second reason for rejecting Jesus as Messiah[1] is that “the resurrection accounts are deeply conflicted.” Norman concludes: “Amazingly virtually every detail of the resurrection accounts in each Gospel is directly contradicted by at least one other Gospel. Christianity literally stands or falls on the veracity of the resurrection. If Jesus was not resurrected, […]

ARGUMENTS FOR THE RESURRECTION: Encounter on a train

The year was 1939. I was travelling by train from Cernauti to Bucharest, and on the seat opposite sat a renowned rabbi from Cernauti. When he saw me reading the Bible, he asked me who I was. “A Christian Jew,” I told him. He was highly astonished. “If you are a Jew, why did you […]

The Ten Commandments and the New Covenant

In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt – on the very day – they came to the desert of Sinai (Exodus 19:1). The first Passover celebration when the Israelites were delivered from their slavery in Egypt was on the fourteenth day of the first month [of the Hebrew calendar] (Exodus 12:2). The Law […]

The Passover – no foreigner may eat of it

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.  Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any […]

What the Rabbis say… concerning Adam’s sin

What consequence did Adam’s sin have for the human race?  Did our relationship with God change fundamentally, as a result? If so, can we ever return to our original condition, or reverse the consequence through our own efforts? Judaism and Christianity give different answers to these questions. Most rabbis today teach that Adam’s sin brought […]

To fulfil what was spoken – the virgin is with child

“Hear now, O house of David? Is it too little for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold, the maiden conceives and bears a son, and she shall call his name Immanuel. Curds and honey shall he eat, that he may […]

Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38)

The story of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37 to 50) is interrupted in Genesis chapter 38 by a record of the origins of the tribe of Judah. Joseph prefigured Messiah in many details of his life, i.e. as the chosen son, whom his brothers despised and rejected, but later bowed down to,[1] but Joseph was not […]

The Torah of Messiah

“Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from […]