Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Review on "Countering Rabbinic Judaism" by Louis Ruggiero

by D. Adams
Louis Ruggiero explains the common misconceptions that counter-missionaries use to support their case against Christ as being the fulfillment of the Messiah.
One point the author makes is that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53. Isaiah 7:14 speaks of the Messiah's virgin birth that is clearly being taught. One point the author makes is the historical significance outlined in Isaiah chapter 7. The second main point is the Hebrew definition of the word “almah”. The author then draws a solid conclusion based upon the context of “almah” as being a young woman—who is a virgin.
Another concept is the about the Messiah's Deity. Part three of the book outlines the Messiah's Deity (The Shema). The author goes on to describe how the Messiah is God in the flesh—within the Old Testament scriptures. The author also answers the common objections raised by the Rabbinical Jews against the Messiah's Deity. The one eternal king is described in the book of Zechariah, and the book of Ezekiel. The author builds a solid case for the eternal king as being fulfilled with Jesus, based upon scriptures in the OT. Chapter 14 of the book is dedicated to answering the most common objections against Christ's Deity.
A final important point is how Christ fulfills the prophecy in the book of Isaiah, and how the case is built around this prophecy coming to light (progressive revelation). Part three of the book also describes how the trinity is clearly articulated within the New Testament scriptures. Chapter 15 outlines the understanding of the Trinity in six steps, and finishes with confirming the person of the Holy Ghost. The chapter closes with a final summary by the author on the importance of reaching out to others that may be struggling with the concept of the trinity.
In conclusion, "Countering Rabbinic Judaism" by Louis Ruggiero discusses the incorrect positions of the Rabbinic Judaism community who are often called Counter-Missionaries. The author has spent many years in answering their arguments, and their haphazard use of scripture. The counter-arguments (against counter-missionaries) the author makes are clear, concise, and put the scriptures in proper context as the Biblical authors intended. My opinion of the book is that the author has spent a great deal of time in his research, and he has a vast knowledge of scripture. Many valuable resources are utilized within the book, and the book is very well outlined from start to finish. I found the book easy to read, and it heightened my awareness to the counter-missionary movement. If you are countering Rabbinic Judaism, or even a skeptic for that matter, I highly recommend adding this book to your shelf as a valuable reference tool. The book distinctly covers how Jesus was the fulfillment of the Messiah in the OT prophecy.