Jewish people are not an easy group of people to identify by belief or practice. What is accepted as bedrock truth in one segment of Jewish society is seen as backwards and wrong by another. As it is said, “Two Jews, three opinions.” Consequently, any quality attempt to address the thoughts, beliefs, and practices of Jewish people must be a multifaceted approach.

For A Secular Jewish Audience

According to the landmark 2013 Pew survey of American Jewish households, being Jewish is more about culture and ancestry than religion. A significant majority – 62% – see it that way. Think about that for a moment. These Jewish people are not speaking the language of religion – the Bible, their rabbis’ teachings, the requirements of the Oral and Written Torahs – they are speaking the language of Woody Allen, Sarah Silverman, and Adam Sandler. Any approach to share the Gospel with these kinds of Jewish people cannot:

  • Quote the New or Old Testaments as a shared source of authority (it’s not truth to them)
  • Appeal to Jesus as our common rabbi (who needs a rabbi for anything but weddings and funerals?)
  • Speak of sin, judgment, heaven, or righteousness (who knows if any of those actually exist?)

To reach secular Jewish people, we need a different approach. It is like they live in another universe right next to us, and we need to bridge that gap. In order to reach this significant segment of Jewish society, we need to address the questions and objections they have to faith, on their terms. That means addressing:

Atheism and agnosticism
Creation and evolution
Faith and science
Postmodernism
Materialism
Scientism

In other words, the same issues used against believing in Jesus by the general culture are present in this segment of Jewish society. There are many brilliant Christian apologists who discuss these issues and make powerful cases for believing in Jesus. However, while secular Jewish people have similar objections as the wider society, they are still culturally, historically, and even in a residual way, religiously Jewish. As such, there is still a need for a Messianic apologetics ministry to take the best that the Christian apologetics world has to offer, and “make it kosher!”

For A Traditional Jewish Audience

Up to 20% of the Jewish population self-identifies as “religious” or “Orthodox” or “Torah Jews” as opposed to the more liberal Reform or secular Jewish population.

These kinds of Jewish people have a completely different worldview than their non-Orthodox brothers and sisters. For traditional Jewish people, community is everything, Torah is everything, and the study and practice of venerated texts, commentaries, and traditions are the essence of Jewish life.

Traditional Jewish people share much in common with believers in Yeshua. We both believe the Hebrew Scriptures are the Word of God, that God speaks through prophets, that a personal Messiah will one day repair the world, that preserving the wisdom of the past is important, that the day of resurrection is coming, and that we should study the meaning of the Scriptures in order to know God better.

However, traditional Jewish people are also united in their belief that Yeshua was a false prophet, that the New Testament is better left unread, that rabbis are the gatekeepers of religious truth, that the Trinity is an idolatrous belief, and that the Oral Law must be understood before interpreting the Bible.

Because of their relatively low numbers and their tendency to keep to themselves in a handful of urban communities (in Brooklyn, for instance), there is very little being done to reach traditional Jewish people with the Gospel in a way that addresses their particular perspective and unique objections. Chosen People Answers seeks to change that.

The Chosen People Answers Primers

In order to address these two broad segments of Jewish society, which have very little in common, Chosen People Answers has two apologetics “Primers,” one for a more modern Jewish audience, and one for a traditional Jewish audience.

These Primers are intended to be a comprehensive apologetics presentation that both addresses objections against belief in Yeshua (defensive apologetics) and makes a positive case for why Yeshua is the Messiah (offensive apologetics).

The Modern Jewish Primer

The Primer for a secular or modern Jewish audience has eleven categories, corresponding to major areas of discussion. These include:

  1. Introductory Matters
  2. Justice and Morality
  3. The Morality of the Bible
  4. God / Atheism / Agnosticism
  5. The Supernatural and Science
  6. Historical Theory
  7. The New Testament
  8. Yeshua
  9. Messianic Prophecy
  10. The Resurrection of Yeshua
  11. The Good News of Messiah

Each of these categories contains a series of articles. Some of the articles in the Modern Primer are:

  • Religious Pluralism and Truth
  • Is Christianity Antisemitic?
  • Evidence for the Existence of God
  • The Case for Miracles
  • Did Jesus Exist?
  • Which Books Made it into the New Testament and Why?

The Traditional Jewish Primer

The Primer for traditional Jewish people has ten categories, including:

  1. Introductory Matters
  2. Antisemitism and Christianity
  3. Historical Theory
  4. Rabbinic Authority and Oral Law
  5. The Torah
  6. The New Testament
  7. Yeshua
  8. Messianic Prophecy
  9. The Resurrection of Yeshua
  10. The Good News of Messiah

Some of the articles unique to the traditional Primer include:

  • Rabbinic Authority and the Historical Record
  • The Mitzvot: A Statistical Analysis of the 613
  • The Temple’s Destruction and God’s Purposes
  • The Impossible Mitzvot
  • Insufficient Methods of Atonement
  • Early Jewish Trinitarian Thought

In all, as of Fall 2019, we have completed

400,000 words 

of apologetics content for Chosen People Answers, with many more yet to come.

The Sky is the Limit

Chosen People Answers will shine a spotlight on the Primers, directing users to read these articles first and foremost. The site’s achievement system (see the next page) will reward users for completing Primer articles and interacting with the community. However, anyone can read these articles at any time in any order, and the site will not be limited to these Primers alone.

The site will also include a growing body of articles outside of the Primers, addressing any subject that relates to showing how Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. History, philosophy, politics, archaeology, sociology – you name it, we want to address it.

All of these articles will be cross-referenced with the Biblical and non-biblical texts that are referenced within them, enabling users to easily click on a reference to a verse in the Bible or a section in the Talmud to read the original context.

In addition to written content, we plan to launch a YouTube channel with videos and screencasts, as well as an apologetics podcast for audio listening.

Chosen People Answers is a platform for an ever-increasing explanation for why Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel.

A Paradigm Shift in Messianic Apologetics

Many Christians and Jewish people who have argued about Yeshua over the last two millennia have concluded that there is nothing new under the sun. The same old arguments and the same old defenses keep rearing their heads. Tragically, this has led many to conclude that there is nothing new to say, and that believers in Yeshua should just leave Jewish people alone.

At Chosen People Answers, we have a very different philosophy. Building on the renaissance of Christian apologetics and philosophy from the last 50 years, as well as utilizing state-of-the-art digital research tools, and integrating Hebrew language and Jewish history studies, we believe that there is much more to be said. Chosen People Answers will not host the same old arguments, but rather seeks to provide a fresh outlook with new ways of defending our faith in Yeshua.

Be prepared to grow in your own confidence in your faith in Yeshua while spending time on Chosen People Answers. Also, look forward to inviting Jewish people to an online destination where the debate about Yeshua will be shifted in unexpected ways.