In The Christian Bible?
As Hebrew-Christians, individuals seeking to know and do
the will of the Almighty, you are confronted with a
significant question: is the New Testament really the Word
of G-d? Your leaders have assured you that the answer is
"yes;" perhaps you have even had some emotional experiences
which seem to validate your leaders' assurances. As you
know, though, true faith is based neither upon trust in men
(Ps, 146:3), nor even upon occurrences of the supernatural
(Deut. 13). And so, the question remains, your eternal
salvation contingent upon the answer.
Following is a short Biblical study, offered in an
attempt to help you find the answer. We ask that you
complete this study in a spirit of earnestness and prayer,
asking G-d to reveal to you His truth in the quietness of
your own heart. As you do so, remember that you are a member
of a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Ex.19:6),
described in the Scriptures as the "apple of G-d's eye"
(Zech.2:8) and participants in an "everlasting covenant"
(Gen. 17:7). As such, rest assured that G-d will indeed heed
your request as you sincerely seek to discover His truth.
ITEM 1: Stephen's capsule summary of Jewish History,
ostensibly written under the influence of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 7:55, 6:10), and an early expression of that
anti-Jewish tendency which would later come to characterize
the Christian Scriptures (see, e.g., 1 Thes. 2:15, Jn.
8:39-47, Matt. 23:34- 35).
*Acts 7:4--Stephen tells us that Abraham
departed from Haran "after his father died." Had he studied
the Book of Genesis (11:26,32; 12:4), he would have realized
his error: Abraham departed from Haran at age 75, at a time
when his father Terah was 145; since Terah lived for 205
years, he still had another 60 years of life remaining.
*Acts 7:14--Stephen related that 75 of Joseph's relatives
were called by him to come to Egypt. Moses saw it
differently: see Deut. 10:22, Gen 46:27, Ex. 1:5 (And all
the persons who came from the loins of Jacob were 70 in
*Acts 7:16--Stephen informs us that Jacob was buried in
Shechem, and that the tomb was purchased by Abraham from
Genesis, again tells a different story. At the death of
Sarah his wife, Abraham purchases the Cave of Machpelah,
which is in Hebron, as a burial place. The cave is purchased
from Ephron the Hittite, contrary to what Steven says in
Acts. (Gen.23) It is here that Jacob is buried, as outlined
in Genesis 50:13. It was Jacob who purchased a parcel of
land in Shechem from Hamor, but it was purchased as a place
to pitch his tent and as a place to erect an altar.
ITEM 2: Did Judas take the silver pieces from the priests
and acquire a fieldwiththem(Acts 1:18), or did he return the
silver pieces and then hang himself (Matt.27:5)?
ITEM 3: Where in Jeremiah's prophecies does he speak of
30 pieces of silver, as Matthew claims (27:9)? Was not
Matthew in fact confusing Jeremiah with Zechariah (see Zech.
ITEM 4: Jesus himself seems to have been confused by
Zechariah. In Matt. 23:25, he informs us that Zechariah, the
son of Berechiah, was murdered between the Temple and the
altar. Our Scriptures, however, tell a different story: it
was Zechariah, the son of Jehoida, who was slain by the
altar (2 Chron. 24:20-21), this in the days of the Judean
king Joash. There is no indication that the prophet
Zechariah, son of Berechiah (Zech. 1:1), was similarly
ITEM 5: Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder (Matt.
26:17-20, Mk. 14:12,Lk.22:7) or--rather--the day of
preparation for the Passover (Jn. 19:14)?
ITEM 6: Was John the Baptist Elijah, as Jesus claimed
(Matt. 11:14)? if so, why did John himself deny it (Jn.
1:21)? Would "Elijah" have been so unsure of Jesus'
messianic identity (lk. 7:19-20)? And where in our
Scriptures is it written that Elijah would be mistreated, as
Jesus claimed (Mk. 9:13)? Don't our Scriptures indicate, to
the contrary, that Elijah will be successful in his mission
of restoring harmony among the people (Mal.4:5-6)?
ITEM 7: Was Abiathar the High Priest when David ate the
consecrated bread, as Jesus claimed in justifying his
followers' violation of the Sabbath (Mk. 2:25-26)? Why do
our Scriptures say that the high priest at the time was
Ahimelech (1 Sam. 21:1), the father of Abiathar (1 Sam.
ITEM 8: Regarding Jesus' step-father, was he Joseph son
of Jacob son of Mattan son of Eliezer (Matt. 1:15-16) or
Joseph son of Eli son of Mattat son of Levi (Lk. 3:23-24)?
And how can both sets of genealogical tables validly include
Shealtiel and Zerubabbel (Matt. 1:12, Lk. 3:27), given that
both of these men are descendants of Jeconiah (1 Chron.
3:16-19), of whom G-d has said, "no man of his seed shall
prosper, sitting on the throne of David or ruling any more
in Judah" (Jer. 22-30)?
ITEM 9: Given the new Testament statement that "if Christ
has not been raised, your faith is worthless" (1 Cor.
15:17), see if you can possibly reconcile the conflicting
accounts of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances. To cite
just one example, did Jesus, upon arising and reveal himself
(a) in Galilee to the eleven remaining disciples (Judas, of
course, being absent)--Matt. 26:16,Mk 16:7,14; (b)in
Jerusalem to the eleven--Lk.24:33,36; (c) in Jerusalem to
the ten, Thomas being absent--Jn.20;10,19,24; or (d) to
Peter and then to the twelve--1 Cor.15:5? (Paul's version,
choice (d), obviously presents a problem: who were the
twelve, since Judas was already dead (Matt. 27:5) and his
successor had not yet been chosen (Acts 1:26)?
My friends, there are Jews who are finding healing,
wholeness, joy, community and a vibrant relationship with
G-d through a dynamic attachment to our Bible-based Jewish
heritage. We beg of you: Don't throw away that heritage
until you've at least tasted it. discover anew why it is
that so many generations of the forefathers have so
steadfastly clung to that heritage, even at the cost of
their lives. THERE IS A WAY OUT.
YOUR LIFE CAN BE BETTER THAN IT IS NOW.
If we may assist you in any way, please feel free to call
or write. May G-d bless you abundantly as you open yourself
up to His truth and His Spirit.