If you’re Jewish and hear a plea to “convert,” you’re undoubtedly offended. If you’re a Christian, chances are you don’t understand why that would be the case. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly open the doors wide on this little-spoken-of misunderstanding, uncovering some truly helpful and clarifying points you should know – whether you’re Gentile or Jewish.
Along the Way
Along the way, you’ll glean some significant knowledge, like:
Words You Might Learn in This Episode
Kishkes, teshuva, ecclesia
Scriptures Referenced in This Episode
John 14:6, Matthew 15:24, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 2:13, Genesis 12:3, Genesis 3:15, John 1:29, Hebrews 3:1, Acts 15:3, Acts 3:19, Romans 11:11–24
Previous Episodes Mentioned
S3 E6 – How Judaism and Christianity Parted Ways
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