A Zeal for God Not According to Knowledge: A Refutation of Judaism's Arguments Against Christianity, 2nd Edition

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iUniverse, 2005 - Religion - 688 pages
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Are the Jewish arguments against belief in Jesus as mankind's Savior any good? Is Jesus Christ the promised Messiah of the Old Testament's prophecies? Is Christianity derived from ancient Roman or Greek pagan mystery religions? Is the New Testament historically reliable? Was Jesus of Nazareth God according to the New Testament? Did Gnosticism influence Christianity? Since some 185,000 Americans have converted to Judaism according to a 1990 survey, the arguments of such groups as Jews for Judaism against Christianity can't be dismissed lightly.

Using solid scholarship and rigorous logic, A Zeal For God Not According to Knowledge defends Christianity against the arguments of its Jewish critics, such as Samuel Levine, Michoel Drazin, Tovia Singer, and Hyam Maccoby. This book demonstrates that the New Testament is historically reliable, denies that Christian doctrines and sacraments can be derived from pagan beliefs and practices, shows that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah based on the Old Testament's prophecies, and proves that the New Testament teaches the Deity of Christ. This book is intended for both Christians perplexed by the arguments of Jewish friends, coworkers, and relatives, and Jews interested in objectively considering the claims of Christianity while searching for spiritual truth about whether Jesus is their Messiah also.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Bibliographical Test
16
Major Parts of the New Testament Are in Manuscripts Older
31
The Variations in the New Testaments Text
38
Oral Transmission in Jewish Culture
44
Ancient People Knew the Difference Between Truth and Fables
52
Could Average People in Judea Have Spoken Greek?
58
How the Semitic Constructions of the Gospels Greek Indicate
65
What Kind of Salvation Did Osiris Bring His Devotees?
272
Were the Beliefs of Christianity and the Cult of Attis Alike?
278
Was Gnosticism the Source of Christian Teaching?
323
The Messianic Texts Revisited
369
Could the Old Testament Stand Alone Permanently
377
The Duality Principle of Interpreting Scripture Defended
383
The Literal and Eternal Preexistence of the Messiah Shows
389
the Original Hebrew Have
396

the Catholic Churchs Hierarchy Determine
72
How External Historical Information Confirms the New Testament
78
The Internal Evidence Test Applied to the New Testament
145
Paganism Influence Early Christianity?
207
The Limitations of the Ancient Primary Sources about
225
How Frazers Thesis and Terminology Forces Parallels
231
Differences Outweigh Similarities
237
the Eucharist Come from the Cults ofMithra
245
the Eucharist Originate in the Orgiastic Rites of Dionysus?
251
How Dionysuss and Jesus Deaths Differed
264
Will Jerusalems Inhabitants One
403
What Does the Word Translated
409
13 Was Jehovah Worth Thirty Shekels?
417
Judaism versus Christianity
457
Is the New Testaments Portrayal of FirstCentury Judaism Accurate?
517
Was Jesus God?
544
A Comparison of Jewish and Christian Translations of Key Messianic Texts
601
Selected Bibliography
605
Index of Names and Subjects
633
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