Defending the divine Messiah Yeshua: answering the claims of anti-missionaries

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Is Yeshua the Messiah? What about the Jewish objections to Jesus, do they have any merit?

And what about this controversial idea held by Yeshua’s disciples and the early Yeshua community: that Messiah was both Lord and God, God manifest on earth?

If you’ve asked these questions yourself, you might be interested in this J.K. McKee’s new book, Confronting Yeshua’s Divinity and Messiahship.

In the book, McKee, himself a longtime Messianic apologist and defender of our faith, addresses through Scripture and scholarship the frequently-avoided questions about Yeshua, his messiaship, his divinity. Check it out here for free.

He shows that Yeshua is both divine — God entering the world — and messiah: the promised king of Israel who will institute the Kingdom of God on earth, save Jerusalem, and usher in the restoration of all things.

Read the book for free here.

  • Bill Patton

    Thanks for the post, Judah. I was unfamiliar with McKee, and I must say answering the objections of anti-missionaries should ne a top concern for us messianics.

    I haven’t read the complete book in detail, but I do note a couple of areas that I wanted to expand on. McKee, in answering objections to the genealogies of Yeshua, seems to take a circuitous route. Roth in the AENT footnotes this well, showing there is no genealogical inconsistency in Aramaic. McKee makes a pretty good case for the primacy of the Greek LXX versus the modern Tanakh, but he seems to give little credence to the Aramaic.

    McKee in page 56 says, “It is very true that with Yeshua’s  arrival  and  sacrifice,  things  regarding  the Levitical priesthood and animal sacrifices have changed (Hebrews 7:12), capital punishment has largely been
    nullified (Colossians 2:14),” I must say, I do not agree with his assessment of validity of Torah for the present time. Neither did Rav Shaul, who brought sacrifices to the Temple. I do not think McKee is properly citing the Colossians verse, “He wiped away the bill of charges against us. Because of the regulations, it stood as a testimony against us; but he removed it by nailing it to the execution-stake.” I do not see this as some kind of blanket prohibition of capital punishment, but instead explains the atonement for sins.

    All in all, I think it is a good book, but a bit left of center regarding Torah IMHO. It certainly gives some good ammunition to use with anti-missionaries.

  • Judah Himango

    Yeah, I hear you. Overall, McKee is very pro-Torah, though he may differ with you and I on a few smaller issues.

    McKee might be arguing that punishment for capital crimes in the Torah — e.g. death for sabbath breaking — are not in effect in the post-Messiah era.

    My understanding is that McKee is for the priesthood and sacrifices should the Temple be rebuilt. I’ll check with him.