Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections
Brickner, David, International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections.
By Michael L. Brown. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2000. Pp. xxvii, 270. Paperback $15.99.
The history of disputation literature between Judaism and Christianity is a checkered and sordid one. Christian polemics have added much heat and little light to the disagreements that stand between these two great faiths.
Into this sensitive territory comes this breakthrough book from Michael L. Brown, the first of three volumes planned on the subject. Unlike much of the literature of the past, this book is both irenic and persuasive. Brown, a Jewish believer in Jesus, is able to address controversial issues as one who is an insider, a member of the Jewish community, yet as one who is thoroughly conversant with Christian theology. His scholarship is well documented and his style is personable and conversational, which makes the book accessible to a wide audience.
In the first section Brown handles objections like "A person is either Jewish or Christian . . . belief in Jesus and Jewishness in any form are incompatible. …