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Choose Life: A Counter-Missionary (Study Guide)

Why Should Jews Learn the Response to Missionaries’ Claims? Most Jews, at one time or another, will be confronted by missionaries, whether in person or through their literature. The Choose Judaism Booklet provides an overview of the relevant issues.

Did Jesus Fulfill the Law (the Torah)?

QUESTION: Did Jesus Fulfill the Law (the Torah)?   ANSWER: The Law (the Torah) is considered by the New Testament to have been completely fulfilled by Jesus (Matthew 5:17-18). Complete fulfillment could only occur at the moment of Jesus’ death (John 19:30). That death is considered the culmination of the Law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:24-25; [Read More]

Did Jesus possess the Melchizedek priesthood?

It is true that Jesus did not have the Aaronic priesthood, but didn’t he posses the Melchizedek priesthood and thereby could offer up himself as a sacrifice? Answer: The claim that Jesus held a priesthood “according to the order of Melchizedek” is made in Hebrews 6:20. This claim is irrelevant to any discussion of sacrifice [Read More]

Did rabbinic Judaism substitute a non-biblical atonement

Following the Temple destruction in 70 C.E. did rabbinic Judaism substitute a non-biblical atonement system? Answer: Biblically, the optimum means for attaining atonement consists of both animal sacrifices and sincere confessionary repentant prayer used in conjunction with each other. Traditional Judaism looks forward to the restoration of the dual system working simultaneously–animal sacrifice and contrite [Read More]

Jesus = perfect sacrifice?

Didn’t Jesus’ death mark the culmination of his perfect observance of the Mosaic Law and the institution of the perfect and continuous sacrifice for all time? The claim that one person’s perfect observance of the Mosaic Law makes it unnecessary for others to observe it is not found in the Jewish Scriptures. The notion of [Read More]

Jesus’ death = remission of sin?

Did Jesus’ manner of death satisfy the animal atonement sacrifice provisions for remission of sin of the Hebrew Scriptures? Answer: According to the Hebrew Scriptures, the only animals permitted for sacrificial purposes are those that have split hooves and chew their cud. The carcass of an unclean animal deFILEs (Leviticus 11:26). On these grounds alone, [Read More]