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

Hannah Paul

One difference between Christian and Jewish theology that surprised me was that Jews believe that Paul rejected Jewish law and started a new religion. I never knew that piece of their theology. For Christians, we believe that Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it or contradict it, and we see that all throughout the New Testament. We see Paul’s conversion as God’s grace and forgiveness, that no sin is too terrible for the blood of Christ. I also found it really interesting that both theologies have a group that is more traditional/conservative and one more progressive/modern. Another difference I found interesting is that Jewish theology believes that the Old Testament never predicts that the Messiah will be God. As a Christian, we believe that there are numerous prophecies and predictions that point to the Messiah being God. I really appreciate learning about Judaism, not just for my own understanding of our roots, but to be able to understand the Jewish people more.