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Reply To: Did any of the similarities or differences between Christian and Jewish theology surprise you? If so, which/why?

Patrick Bereit

Clay, you definitely brought up great points and I particularly like the questions you think we ought to ask. I had never heard of the progressive Jewish view of the Messiah as an age and not a person, so this led me to thinking how this could be supported Biblically. One question I would ask is when you say most Christians may think we should abolish the Torah. Perhaps it’s just the community and Faith tradition I’ve grown up in, but I’ve never seen that. Unlike what this course explained about 1930s Germany abolishing the Old Testament in services, I see American Christianity as heavily emphasizing the Old Testament (and thus the first five books/Torah) and it’s vital role as establishing and prefiguring what takes place in the New Testament.