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  • A MESSIANIC MISSION PUBLICATION ROMANS 1:16 EDITION I- 2010

    THE

    M E N O R A H L I G H T hrwnm rw) Proclaiming Messiah Yeshua/Jesus

    THE MENORAH LIGHT Web EDITION I - 2010 Page 1 of 9

    - Web Edition -

    Pastor Reuben Drebenstedt, Director

    Shalom friends,

    Very often I am asked questions in person and or via our resource web page www.menorah.org section QUESTIONS? AND ANSWERS ! Questions are welcome from ALL at ALL levels and Forums, from everyone. Questions of general interest are considered for inclusions in this web column. There are hundreds although so far I have chosen not to feature very many. Those of a more personal nature are kept confidential. Many times this format on the web in particular is used by those who seek to somehow injure our ministry, but we always answer in love and Biblical truth.

    I thought that you might appreciate some of these that we classify in the following categories. If you have further interest, please let me know.

    BIBLE

    Was the New Testament (Brit Chadashah) written in Hebrew? Kevin from Cleveland asks:

    Dear Pastor Reuben,

    I have heard that it is now thought that the New testament was writ-ten not only in Greek but, also Hebrew. Possibly Hebrew first. Is this true?

    Pastor Reuben's Answer:

    Dear Kevin, shalom,

    Many scholars in Israel are now convinced that the spoken and written language of the Jews in the Land of Israel at the time of Jesus was indeed Hebrew; and that the Synoptic Gospels

    Continued on p. 2

    WHO IS THE JEWISH MESSIAH?

    The common 20th century view of Messiah amongst religiously oriented Jews is someone who will usher in the coveted peace on Continued on p.3

    It is really nice to believe that all relig-ions are true. At the University of Texas back in 1982, a friendly person was helping others. You could give him all your money, and he would give you a white robe and instruction, and you could

    walk around like Jesus. Such a deal! The most amazing thing was not that he tried to pull off this scam, but that supposedly intelligent university students believed him. Continued on p. 4

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    ... p. 8

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    Praise God for the many unique ways God opens doors for True Believers to share His Gospel message to a lost and dying world! May we all remain faithful to this Call on our lives! Praise God for the many Christians he sends each week for fel-

    lowship, prayer and encouragement! Many come by to pick up literature that helps in their witness! 1. Pray for Tony from China who stopped because I said Hello to Him! We had fun exchanging cultural type stories which opened doors to the Gospel. He was open to this message he had never heard before. He seemed happy to take our Chinese Gospel tract and the Gospel of John.

    2. Pray for Joel, who is Jewish. He was friendly when he stopped to pick up literature about who we were and what we be-lieved. He was on his way to class so our conversation was brief and to the point. May he honestly seek God. Jeremiah 29:13

    3. Pray for Nancy who received more information than she asked for. She was on her way to her Jews on the Move Class. She did not know that what her professor was teaching about the Jew-ish Diasporas was right out of the Bible. I was able to briefly show her in Scripture and about the prophesied return to their land Israel and the eternal restoration promised by M E N O R A H h r w n m E-mail: menorah@menorah.org

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    TO ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • (Matthew, Mark, Luke) were derived from original He-brew sources.

    These scholars, fluent in both Greek and Hebrew, have

    proposed impressive solutions to major problems of New Testa-ment interpretation. Important discoveries which they have made serve to illuminate the very Hebrew style of speech used by Jesus and his first followers, and to make possible a more accurate trans-lation of the Gospels. With a new understanding of the language Jesus spoke, they are now able to correct numerous mistransla-tions in the English text of the New Testament.

    Professor David Flusser of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the world's leading Jewish authority on the New Testament and early Christianity, holds strongly to the view that the life of Jesus was originally composed in Hebrew. Dr. Moshe Bar-Asher, also of Hebrew University and their foremost Aramaic scholar, agrees. He thinks the Synoptic Gospels go back to a Greek translation of an original Hebrew (not Aramaic!) document.

    Outstanding scholars from outside Israel also have arrived at this conclusion. Harris Birkeland, a Norwegian, states, "The Language of the common people in Palestine in the time of Jesus was He-brew." Also does William Sanford LaSor, professor emeritus at Fuller theological Seminary (an outstanding Semitic scholar) has said, "With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it now seems highly probable that the language Jesus spoke was Hebrew and not Aramaic."

    An impressive amount of evidence points to the use of Hebrew in first-century Israel: the testimony of the church fathers, the Dead Sea Scrolls, coins, and inscriptions from the first centuries B.C.-A.D., the writings of Josephus, and Rabbinic Literature. Further reference: 1. Jewish New Testament by David Stern ISBN 965-359-006-5 2. The Messiah in the New Testament in the light of Rabbinical Writings by Risto Santala ISBN 965-447-010-1

    JESUS/YESHUA The angel of the Lord is Jesus? Dear Pastor Reuben,

    In the Old Testament, 'the angel of the Lord' is often referred to, and in most versions I have seen in the margin it will write 'or An-gel' and I have often heard people say that the reference here is to the Son of God, this would seemingly offer support to the doctrine of some that Jesus was an angel who later passed to glory and was crowned next to God. In an attempt to keep things short I think that you know the confusion that this can present.. do you have anything on this that can help, perhaps the original Hebrew can help...perhaps you can help me....? Thanks, Graham

    Pastor Reuben's Answer:

    Shalom Graham, Jesus is not nor never has been an angel. Scripture clearly says He has always since the beginning existed with God, and is God. (John 1 and countless other references which are available to your Biblical study and search.) Also look at these to see that the phrase Biblically = God in the majority of the cases: Exodus 3:2, Genesis 31:11,13; 22:11, Judges 13:20. Some falsely and without Biblical evidence, teach that Jesus was mere man or an angel who was exalted for his service and faithfulness. Like the Jehovah Wit-nesses, who are mislead and on a route of destruction; much like

    those referred to in my answered question #8.

    JEWISH EVANGELISM

    A Jewish objection to Jesus as the Messiah ...tribal affiliation is conferred through the birth father only!? Dear Pastor Reuben,

    Hello, I'm very confused regarding a Jewish objection to Jesus as the Messiah which goes like this: "The Bible says that the Messiah would be of the tribe of Judah and a descendant of David. Ac-cording to Christians, Jesus was born of a virgin. However, tribal affiliation is conferred through the birth father only (Numbers 34:14, Numbers 1:18-44, Leviticus 24:10). The mother's tribal affiliation was considered irrelevant to what her children's tribal affiliation was and tribal affiliation/genealogy could not be inher-ited though a stepfather; only property could be inherited. Be-cause Christians believe that Jesus had no human father, he would have had no tribal affiliation and would be eliminated from messi-anic consideration." This Jewish anti-missionary site has an arti-cle entitled "Jesus Failed To Fulfill Any of The Six Authentic Jew-ish Messianic Criteria" which makes the above objection. How can this claim be answered or refuted?

    Thanks in advance. In Christ, Dylan

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    God. Of course The Gospel was inter-woven into the conversation and she stayed interested the whole time. She took our literature to learn more.

    4. Pray for Jacks heart to remain touched by God We had a long discussion on the Israeli/Palestinian problem which led to talk on the End Times and the Gospel. I could tell he was being touched by God and challenged to rethink a lot of issues in his life. Pray that the good information he left with will continue to provoke him toward the Lord Jesus!

    5. Mitch told