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Introduction

Would God
Become a Man?

Is God One, or
Three-in-One?

Was Messiah
Supposed
to Be God?

Why Didn’t Jesus
Bring in the
Messianic Age?

If God Walked
on Earth,
What Would
He Be Like?

The Two
Servants
of Isaiah

Who is the
Servant of
Isaiah 53?

Is Lamo the
Smoking Gun
of Isaiah 53?

Who Crucified
Jesus?

The Leader
of Isaiah’s
New Exodus

Tragedy in Stone:
The Second
Temple

The Champion
of Israel

Did Matthew
Murder the
Jewish
Scriptures?

Did Jesus
Fulfill the
Messianic
Prophecies?

The Mystic
Meaning
of Jacob’s
Ladder




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INTRODUCTION


To the Reader:

Some years ago I came across an ad for Rabbi Tovia Singer’s “Let’s Get Biblical” tapes -- “fifteen explosive programs on the Jewish response to Christian missionaries.” (These lectures are currently posted on the rabbi’s website Outreach Judaism.) I sent for the series right away and found myself challenged to re-examine the Jewish Scriptures to see whether they supported the claim that Jesus was the Messiah. Aware that even Christian scholars question the New Testament’s use of the “Old Testament,” I began a study of the debated texts in context, using the original Hebrew.

God has given many gifts to the world through the Jewish people -- the law, the Bible, their genius in religion, the arts, science, and business. Whether they like it or not, they gave us Jesus. No one ever lived a life that matches His. Was He God or a false prophet? Is it possible to find Him in the Jewish Scriptures? Was Messiah supposed to be God? Was he supposed to die? These and other questions drove me in my search for truth.

In common with the rabbi, I have a conservative view of the inspiration of the Bible. Like him I believe that Moses wrote the Pentateuch and Isaiah wrote Isaiah. (I use the term “Second-Isaiah” simply to refer to chapters 40 to 55.) I respect his love for God and his desire to be faithful to the truth. I believe with him that our eternal destiny depends on our fidelity to God and His Word. I welcome his “Let’s Get Biblical!” approach -- to prove everything by Scripture. I believe that the same God who inspired the Scriptures is able to enlighten our attempts to interpret them.

While I am not a specialist in biblical studies, I have studied, taught, and written on biblical subjects on three continents for many years. The articles in this series are the results of the rabbi’s challenge to me to re-examine my faith in Jesus as Messiah. I join Rabbi Singer and you in the search for truth. “Let’s Get Biblical!”

Beatrice S. Neall, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Religion
Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska





Explanations:

Several Bible translations have been used, mostly:

• The Revised Standard Version (RSV)
• The Authorized (King James) Version (AV or KJB)
• The New English Bible (NEB)
• The New International Version (NIV)
These are not usually identified unless there is some significance to the translation.

For the convenience of those who are not familiar with Scripture, books of the Bible are spelled out in full at the first occurrence in each article, and abbreviated thereafter. The numbers following the book indicate chapter and verse. A verse is abbreviated as v. and verses as vv. In a reference, ff means the following verses; cf. means compare. Italics in quotations from the Bible are mine.

Chapters and verses were not introduced into the Bible until hundreds of years after the Bible books were compiled. Occasionally the Hebrew and English versification vary by a few verses. To find the Hebrew equivalent it may be necessary to look back or ahead. The verse numbers I use are mostly from the English except where the Hebrew is specified.

In quotations from the Bible, the word LORD always indicates the divine name Yahweh, whereas Lord indicates the Hebrew Adonai.

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