To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16 esv)

Organized around the biblical mandate in Romans 1:16, To the Jew First is a comprehensive look at the biblical, theological, historical, and practical basis for Jewish evangelism. Featuring the scholarship of leading North American theologians—representing a range of theological views—it stands to become a widely used ...

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Overview

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16 esv)

Organized around the biblical mandate in Romans 1:16, To the Jew First is a comprehensive look at the biblical, theological, historical, and practical basis for Jewish evangelism. Featuring the scholarship of leading North American theologians—representing a range of theological views—it stands to become a widely used textbook and definitive resource for pastors, missionaries, and evangelists.

Contributors

Richard A. Averbeck
Craig A. Blaising
Darrell L. Bock
J. Lanier Burns
Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
Mitch Glaser
Arthur F. Glasser
Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
Kai Kjaer-Hansen
Barry R. Leventhal
Richard L. Pratt Jr.
Michael Rydelnik
Mark A. Seifrid
David L. Turner

Topics Discussed

Part I, Bible, explores the meaning of Paul’s phrase “to the Jew first,” the role of Israel in God’s overarching plan of salvation, Jewish evangelism in the book of Acts, the relationship between evangelism and Jesus’ arguments with Jewish leaders, the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelism, and more.

Part II, Theology,examines the future of Israel, the church’s stance toward Jewish evangelism in a post-Holocaust world, the gospel for the Jews from both a Dispensational and Reformed perspective, the theological implications of “to the Jew first,” and more.

Part III, Mission, first looks at the history of Jewish missions in the past century; it then treats the missiological dimensions and importance of Jewish evangelism, as well as the gospel’s ramifications for both Jew and Gentile.

Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is the author of numerous works in New Testament studies, including notable commentaries on Luke and Acts.

Mitch Glaser (Ph.D., Fuller Seminary) is the president of Chosen People Ministries. Mitch studied with the esteemed Charles Feinberg at Talbot School of Theology. A Messianic Jew, he has labored for more than thirty years in ministry among the Jewish people. His doctorate is in intercultural studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825436581
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 2/29/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,434,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell L. Bock is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is the author of the best-selling Breaking the Da Vinci Code and numerous works in New Testament studies, including Jesus According to Scripture.

Mitch Glaser is the president of Chosen People Ministries. Mitch and his wife, Zhava, are Jewish believers in Jesus and have each labored for more than twenty years in ministry among the Jewish people. Mitch holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Walter C. Kaiser Jr.     7
Contributors     9
Introduction   Mitch Glaser     11
Bible     21
"For the Jew First": Paul's Nota Bene for His Gentile Readers   Mark A. Seifrid     24
Jewish Evangelism in the New Millennium in Light of Israel's Future (Romans 9-11)   Walter C. Kaiser Jr.     40
The Book of Acts and Jewish Evangelism: Three Approaches and One Common Thread   Darrell L. Bock     53
Jesus' Denunciation of the Jewish Leaders in Matthew 23, and Witness to Religious Jews Today   David L. Turner     66
The Message of the Prophets and Jewish Evangelism   Richard E. Averbeck     78
Theology     99
The Future of Israel as a Theological Question   Craig A. Blaising     102
The Holocaust and the Sacred Romance: A Return to the Divine Reality (Implications for Jewish Evangelism)   Barry R. Leventhal     122
The Chosen People and Jewish Evangelism   J. Lanier Burns     155
To the Jew First: A Reformed Perspective   Richard L. Pratt Jr.     168
To the Jew First in the New Millennium: A Dispensational Perspective   Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum     189
Mission     217
Lessons in Jewish Evangelism from the Past Century   Mitch Glaser     220
Jewish Evangelism in the New Millennium: The Missiological Dimension   Arthur F. Glasser     241
The Ongoing Importance of Messianic Prophecy for Jewish Evangelism in the New Millennium   Michael Rydelnik     261
One Way for Jews and Gentiles in the New Millennium   Kai Kjoer-Hansen     292
Notes     312
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