A major tenet of the Jewish faith is the expectation of the Messiah, who is destined to usher in the blissful Messianic Era. Thus far, the Jews insist, he has not come.
Christians, however, claim that in the first century C.E. there lived a Jew who was this anointed Messiah. Thus, he was given the title "Christ," a derivative of the Greek word "Christos," meaning "the anointed."
In the New Testament, the events of Jesus' life and death are associated with various passages in the Hebrew Bible, creating the impression of prophecy and fulfillment. It is generally assumed that the veracity of these accounts must be a matter of faith. Indeed, for centuries the Church forbade its followers to even read the Hebrew Bible. However, faith is justifiable only when something cannot be determined by knowledge. And since the authenticity of Christianity rests primarily on existing records, a comprehensive study program can feasibly be undertaken to ascertain its validity.
This endeavor must include: a) an examination of the Hebrew Bible verses quoted in the New Testament or used traditionally by missionaries to see if they are indeed Messianic prophecies, and if so, whether they were fulfilled by Jesus; b) an in-depth analysis of the New Testament; and c) a comparison of the New Testament to other first-century religions. Hence, the contents of this anthology.
First edition 1990 (Gefen Publishing House, Ltd.) | Second & Third editions 1993,1995 (Feldheim Publishers) | Typeset by Targum Press | ISBN 965--229--070--X