CategoryAsher Norman

The Messianic Programme

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The view of Asher Norman which we find in our article Six tasks of the Messiah sees the Messiah as a Reigning King who will restore Israel and bring peace to the world.  To remind us again of what he says, these are the six tasks which the Messiah has to accomplish: Have the correct genealogy by being descended from King David and King Solomon. Be anointed King of Israel. Return the Jewish people...

Three or One or Three in One?

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‘God is one, He is alone and there is no god besides Him.  If God is really ‘three’, part of a trinity why didn’t He clearly say so?  The reader is invited to consider what God could have said to make a clearer statement of His oneness and aloneness than these statements: ‘Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth...

What is Messiah’s job description

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In his book ‘26 Reasons why Jews don’t believe in Jesus’ Asher Norman says this is the job description of the Messiah: Have the correct genealogy by being descended from King David and King Solomon.   Be anointed King of Israel. Return the Jewish people to Israel.   Rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.   Bring peace to the world and end all war.   Bring knowledge of God to the world. He says no faith...

Did Jesus exist?

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The historicity of Jesus Asher Norman questions whether Jesus actually existed and says that if he did exist he was a minor first century anti-Roman zealot about whom very little was really known.  Christianity invented a mythical Jesus figure in the 2nd century and somehow the Christians managed to persuade a sceptical and hostile Roman world to believe in their creation.   Basically his thesis...

The Trial of Jesus in the Gospels Lacks Credibility

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Asher Norman brings the following accusations against the Gospel accounts of the trial of Jesus. The Gospels of Matthew and Mark contradict John.  They speak of a Jewish trial of Jesus whereas John does not. Before the Sanhedrin the accusation against Jesus was blasphemy whereas before the Romans the accusation was sedition – claiming to be King, and telling the Jews not to pay taxes to the...

Betrayal of Jesus by Judas

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The Gospel Stories of the Betrayal of Jesus by Judas are not Consistent In this chapter Asher Norman makes four main points to attack the Gospel record on Judas Iscariot: He compares the betrayal of Jesus by Judas as portrayed in the Gospels to ‘the betrayal of a demigod’ which he says is ‘a common theme among mystery-cult pagan religions at the time of Jesus.’   He also says that the fact that...

Psalm 22 – Is it Messianic?

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A number of verses from this Psalm are quoted in the New Testament account of the crucifixion, notably the first verse ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ which Jesus cries from the cross.  We also have a reference to verse 8 of the Psalm  He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!” in Matthew 27.43 and a quote from verse 18 in John 19.24...

Crucifixion accounts

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Messiah dying for our sins is a ‘non-Jewish idea.’ In Reason 14 of his book Asher Norman rejects the idea of the Messiah dying for sin as a ‘non-Jewish idea.’  He says that the Jewish Messiah ben David is not supposed to die before fulfilling his mission.    This is not the whole truth on this matter.  There is a view within Judaism of two Messiahs, one known as Messiah ben Joseph, who suffers...

Resurrection accounts

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Asher Norman lists 24 alleged discrepancies in the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  There is a definite similarity between his objections to the resurrection accounts and those found on an anti-Christian atheist website ‘Jesus never existed.’  Asher Norman does not include of course what that website says about Judaism:  ‘Much of the mythology of Christianity is a...

Was Jesus a false prophet?

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Asher Norman correctly says that the New Testament describes Jesus as a prophet (often this is actually seen as other people’s assessment of him).  He quotes Matthew 14.5: ‘They (the multitudes) counted him as a prophet’, and John 4.4: ‘A prophet has no honour in his own country.’   There are a number of other references in the New Testament to Jesus as a prophet, including Matthew 21.11: ‘This...