Posts Tagged ‘jewish apologetics’

What about Numbers 23 that says “God is not a man”? Did anybody see God in the Tanakh (i.e. Hebrew scriptures)? What happened in Exodus 24? “Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel.”

Do you realise that the NT supports what most Jews think on this topic in 1 John 4:12 & John 1:18? – “No one has ever seen God”. How do we make sense of this then?

What about “the Trinity” & the Shema? What about the “10 Sefirot”, the Memra, Shekhinah & Ruach HaKodesh? Clearly there has been efforts to express an understanding of God’s essential nature, but how do those square up with the ‘picture’ God gives of Himself in the scriptures?

Part 1 – 13min :

Part 2 – 7min (“you saw no form” … or did they?) :

Part 3 – 7min (10 Sefirot, Isaiah 9) :

Part 4 – 10min (Memra, the ‘personified Word’ – link to Jewish Encyclopedia) :

Part 5 – 15min (Introduction to second segment) :

Part 6 – 4min (Midrash – How could the tabernacle contain God’s glory?) :

Listen to full audio here.

See also: God “has no form” because of the “13 principles of faith”? …and what of numbers 12:8 etc?

The challenge “the Jewish set of verses will pass any criteria that you set up & the Christian set of verses will not…”.

True? How well do you know Jewish traditional & Talmudic interpretations? Let’s test the challenge…

Line of Fire Radio (12:21-24:00). Listen to full audio here.

Line of Fire Radio

…notice the hatred (or something bordering close to it) in the comments below…

Response from commentator:
“I really don’t see how you could even remotely infer that there is hatred in the above written words”

… the hatred isn’t necessarily towards me (the author), but there is clear hatred towards the Word of God in the written & human form (John 1).

Incidentally, if “the Word as a person” sounds heretical I refer you to the Jewish Encyclopedia’s article (e.g. the section “Personification of the Word”) on the Memra.