Evangelism to the Jew is a sensitive subject. There are, sadly, evangelicals who appear to believe that Jews are saved qua Jews—in direct contradiction to the clear message of Jesus in the New Testament that no one comes to the Father but through personal belief in Jesus himself. And the maltreatment of Jews by institutional Christianity across the centuries has made contemporary witness exceedingly difficult. The nation-state of Israel, whilst granting citizenship to virtually any one of proven Jewish ancestry by way of the Law of the Return denies the application of that law to “Messianic Jews”—those Jews who have accepted Jesus as their Savior.
The Global Journal editor has often maintained that the New Testament witness “to the Jew first” is particularly assisted by the argument that accepting Jesus as the Divine Messiah offers the Jew a double advantage: (1) fulfillment soteriologically (Messiah has come, so salvation is an assured reality) and (2) fulfillment epistemologically (though, unlike the New Testament, the inerrancy of the Old Testament cannot be demonstrated through sufficiently early historical documents, the entire revelational authority of the Old Testament is established once one accepts Jesus’—i.e., the Incarnate God’s—full confidence in the Old Testament records).
The next issue of the Global Journal will be featuring two scholarly articles on Jewish-Christian issues: Alan Shore’s “Maimonides Against the Trinity: Implications for Contemporary Dialogue with Jewish Religious Thought” and Amy Downey’s “Modern Jewish History and the Making of the Messianic Identity.”
Grab a Kosher corned beef sandwich at New York’s wondrous Second Avenue Deli—or your local equivalent—and enjoy!