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Were Jews Expecting a Suffering Messiah?

Were Jews Expecting a Suffering Messiah?

Episode 47 • Truth Isn't Afraid of Questions

What did ancient Jews believe about the mission of their Messiah? Were they expecting a kind of warrior king who would defeat the Gentiles and reign as king over all the earth, or one who would atone for sin through his own sacrificial death? On this episode, Shane discusses these questions as he interacts with a variety of texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls and other sources that give us insight into the way Jews before and after the time of Jesus attempted to interpret some of the messianic prophecies recorded in the pages of the Old Testament.

To download a PDF copy of the lecture slides for this presentation, use the link below:
The Messiah's Mission
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Related Books

Holman Quicksource Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Craig Evans
A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, Craig Evans
A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Gospels, Craig Evans
Josephus, Jewish War Vol. III, (This edition includes some Slavonic material)
Josephus’ Jewish War and its Slavonic Version, Henry & Kate Leeming
The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, Darrell Bock & others
The Jewish Gospels, Daniel Boyarin
The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Daniel Boyarin & others
“Son of Man” in Early Jewish Literature, Richard Bauckham
The Jewish Targums & John’s Logos Theology, John Ronning
The Angel of the Lord. Doug Van Dorn & Matt Foreman
The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy, Rydelnik & Blum
The Life & Times of Jesus The Messiah, Alfred Edersheim
Proof of the Gospel, Eusebius of Caesarea

Related Audio
Jewish Views of the Messiah, with Daniel Boyarin
What Did the Earliest Christians Believe?, Humble Skeptic #25
The Earliest Gospel, Humble Skeptic #45
Were Jews Expecting a Divine Messiah?, WHI 1243 with Craig Evans
The Gospel Creed, Humble Skeptic #9
Locating Golgotha, Humble Skeptic #17
What Child Is This?, a bonus episode of the Humble Skeptic

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Shane Rosenthal was raised in a Jewish home but became an atheist at a very early age. Some years later, however, he ended up losing faith in atheism and converted to Christianity. On this podcast, he talks with people from a wide variety of worldviews and perspectives in order to explore the beliefs and ideas that shape our lives.