They seem like simple questions. Who is Jewish? Who is Israeli? How many Jewish people are there in the world? Pretty easy to answer, right? Welllll…
As Ezra points out the old Jewish saying, “Where you have two Jewish people, you’ll have three opinions,” you see that some answers aren’t as simple as you’d expect. (And that’s what makes this podcast so awesome; we take the time to explain all that stuff in a way you can grasp it!)
This episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss is the third of a three-part series unpacking the depths of meaning behind the little word “Israel.” If you haven’t listened to Parts 1 and 2, you’ll want to hear those too. Part 1 provides an excellent, introductory overview of the series, and Part 2 dives into the subjects of the Land of Israel and the State of Israel.
In Part 3, along with the “not-as-simple-as-you-think questions” mentioned above, Carly challenges Ezra with additional inquiries, such as:
With Ezra’s answers, you’ll also learn some pretty interesting things about:
Ezra also answers a listener who says: “I’m learning all this information about the importance of Israel and the Jewish people; what action can I take to be supportive?”
Words you might learn in this episode
Zehra, kippah, yarmulke, Shabbat, Yeshua, rabbinically Jewish, aliyah, the Law of Return
Scriptures referenced in this episode
1 Corinthians 15:3–4, Acts 4:12, Genesis 22:17, 2 Peter 3:9
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Pentecost? Is that the thing in Acts chapter 2 with the rushing wind, the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues? Well, they’re not going to debate the subject of speaking in tongues, but they are revealing some pretty cool things about how the day of Pentecost – when God gave the Holy Spirit – relates to the Jewish Feast of Shavuot. Whether you’re Jewish or Gentile, there are things in today’s episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss that you probably didn’t know. They cover: What the word Pentecost means Why Pentecost is undercelebrated What Shavuot is and how it’s observed today How Pentecost and the Jewish Feast of Shavuot are related Thoughts about Christians celebrating Shavuot Along the way, you’ll learn other tidbits like: Carly’s memories of Pentecost growing up How Ezra and his wife observe Shavuot The agricultural side of Shavuot What Shavuot has to do with Mount Sinai The difference the Temple – or lack thereof – has made on Shavuot observance Fascinating parallels found between Shavuot and Christianity Invitation vs. obligation ...
Welcome back to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss! We’re excited to begin Season 2 of conversations between Ezra and Carly – a Jew and a Gentile who both believe in Jesus. And now you can also watch A Jew and A Gentile Discuss on YouTube! Season 2 begins with our co-hosts pulling out some interesting data from the recent Pew Survey about American Jews. They discover some basic statistics that bring up a lot of curious questions. Join them as they talk about: The number of Jewish people in America You’re Jewish, but what religion do you identify with? Did God give the Land of Israel to the Jewish people? Is observing the Law part of being Jewish? Can a Jew believe in Jesus? What the survey means by “Jewish background” The percentage of Jewish people in mixed marriages What “Jewish affinity” means in Pew language Along the Way You’ll also get interesting insight into things like: A survey result that surprised Carly but not Ezra 3 things about Judaism and how they affect survey stats What twice as many evangelical Christians say about Israel as compared to Jewish people A negative statistic with positive undertones (Ezra wants to dance) What Scripture says about Jewish identity that the Pew Survey doesn’t Who are the millions “not Jewish enough” to be counted What should you do as a Christian if you have friends of a Jewish background An appeal to Jewish listeners: Ponder this challenging question An appeal to Christian listeners: Consider this aspect of individuals’ unique faith stories Words You Might Learn in This Episode Rabbinic authorities, secular, Jewish background, Jewish affinity Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Romans 11:29, Deuteronomy 18:15 Previous Episodes Recommended EP025 – Let’s Call It Ezra’s Story EP022 – I’m a Christian with a Jewish Background – Now What? EP003 ...
Here we all are, just trying to love God, study the Bible and understand His Word, right? Then – bam – people come up with vastly different interpretations about what it says. Some disagreements may be over small matters. Then others, well, they can have a huge impact on our understanding of really significant things. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra take a look at three key Scriptures that are often taken out of context to support the incorrect idea of Replacement Theology: Matthew 21:43, which says that the kingdom of Heaven will be taken away from those who don’t bear fruit and given to those who do Romans 1:16, about the Gospel being “to the Jew first,” which some say reflects nothing more than Paul’s preaching schedule Luke 21:24, which speaks of Jerusalem being trampled by the Gentiles By digging into the fuller context of these verses, you’ll see why Replacement Theology is actually not biblical. Along the way Intermingled throughout the conversation, you’ll also learn: A refresher of what Replacement Theology is The different God-ordained roles of Jewish Believers and Christians How Replacement Theology plays out today Encouragement concerning what to do if you hear Replacement Theology from your church The importance of context when studying Scripture ...