CategoryAsher Norman

When were Gospels written?

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Introduction. Were the Gospels written 100 years and more after the event? Or does the internal evidence and the witness of history point to a date before the destruction of the Temple (70 CE) as the most likely date for writing the Gospels?   Eye witness evidence for the Gospels.   Impossible to make up details at a later date.   Witness of the early church and the manuscripts to an early date...

Contradiction in birth stories?

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‘Matthew and Luke’s birth and infancy accounts are contradictory.’ Asher Norman alleges the birth and infancy accounts in Matthew and Luke contradict each other.  He says that Matthew and Luke are the only Gospels that contain birth and infancy accounts of Jesus’ life, which is correct.  He claims that ‘Mark’s Gospel was obviously written before the Gospels of Matthew and Luke because they copied...

Performing signs & wonders?

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According to the Gospels Jesus performed miracles of healing, deliverance from evil spirits, raised the dead, calmed the storm, walked on water, turned water into wine, fed 5000 with supernatural food, as well as rising from the dead after He had been crucified.  The New Testament teaches that these miracles were the sign of His divine nature (i.e. He was the Son of God). Basically there are...

The six tasks of the Messiah

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Asher Norman, in his book ‘26 Reasons why Jews don’t believe in Jesus,’ states that there are 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 to Israel. Rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. Bring peace to the world and end all war. Bring knowledge of God to the world. He...

The Seven Laws of Noah

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Questions: Does God judge the Gentiles by the seven laws of Noah? If so what are they and who is going to tell us about them? What about world religions today which break these laws? The New Covenant as the way to bring salvation to Jews and Gentiles. The seven laws of Noah According to Asher Norman, ‘God judges Gentiles by the 7 laws of Noah’.   Nowhere in the Bible do we find listed ‘7 laws of...

Who keeps the Torah today?

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Questions: Is the Torah a ‘permanent instruction manual for an ethical and holy life’? Who keeps the 613 commandments today? Aspects of the Torah which no one keeps today. The replacement of the sacrificial system by the New Covenant. The significance of Hosea 3.4:  ‘For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or...

Moses the Mediator

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Questions: Did God speak to the entire Jewish people at Sinai? Why did the Israelites say, ‘Speak to us and we will hear, but let not God speak with us lest we die’? God wrote the 10 Commandments. Moses told them to the Israelites. Moses stood between the Israelites  and the Lord to receive the words of the Lord and then passed them on to them.  Moses interceded for Israel after the Golden Calf...

Was Jesus elected God in 325 CE ?

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Asher Norman says: The idea of the Trinity was made up by the Catholic Church, a status Jesus was elected to at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. This was done on the orders of the Emperor Constantine who wished to make Christianity the new state religion of the Roman Empire.   This ‘son of god’ status being given to Jesus was a follow on from pagan ideas of ‘god men’ such as Mithras and Dionysus...

Did Jesus make mistakes?

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Asher Norman lists a number of alleged errors and contradictions in the teachingof Jesus which he says show that Jesus was not sinless and perfect.  We will examinethese in this section. These are the issues: 1.  Jesus or the Gospel writers made mistakes, therefore He was not omniscient.   (clickthis title for relevant section) Giving Zechariah the wrong father (Berechiah in Matthew 23.35)...

Genealogies of Jesus – do they add up?

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Questions: Why were genealogies kept? Why the difference between Matthew and Luke? Who was Joseph’s father? The curse of Jehoiakim. The Virgin Birth and the genealogies. Why are there more names in Luke than Matthew? The problem of Zerubbabel. The Genealogies of Jesus. There are several genealogies in the Bible.  Genesis 5, 10, 11.10-32, 36, 46.8-27,Numbers 1-4, 1 Chronicles 1-9, Ezra 7.  In New...