defending the First Amendment against the Christian right ...

Jews On First!

... because if Jews don't speak out, they'll think we don't mind


The Christian Zionist's Bible: A Jewish Perspective

An important new video from JewsOnFirst.org

How do Christian Zionists read their Bible -- and why does it matter to Jews and Israel? In a newly released video, Hebrew Union College Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures Michael J. Cook answers these questions and more in a three-part conversation with Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak of JewsOnFirst.org.

Available now on DVD, The Christian Zionist's Bible is ideal for adult discussion groups, confirmation classes and individual use. To supplement the DVD, there is a study guide, a course outline, and our reader's guide, which begins below the video preview. Click here to order.

A discount is available to all clergy and religious educators who are members of their respective professional organizations.

Preview The Christian Zionist's Bible

Click here to order The Christian Zionist's Bible

Additional Resources to Enhance Your Viewing Experience

Study Guide for The Christian Zionist's Bible. The study guide's key questions for each part of the conversations with Dr. Cook will spark productive discussion. The guide also contains definitions of terms used by Dr. Cook. Click here.

Teaching Notes by Rabbi Don Weber of Temple Rodeph Torah in Marlboro, New Jersey, for an adult education course on Dr. Cook's book, Modern Jews Engage the New Testament. Click here.

Viewer's Guide to The Christian Zionist's Bible: a Jewish Perspective

New JewsOnFirst video conversations with Hebrew Union College professor Rabbi Michael J. Cook for study groups and individuals

By Robin Podolsky

Image loading

JewsOnFirst.org is proud to announce The Christian Zionist's Bible, a three-part video conversation Rabbi Michael J. Cook, PhD., author of Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment (Jewish Lights Publishing). Dr. Cook, Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, is interviewed by Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak of JewsOnFirst.org.

Their discussion will be useful for any Jewish person who wants to understand what the New Testament says about Jews and Judaism or who has been interested to learn more about the Bible of their Christian neighbors but is unsure of how to begin; for any Christian person who wants to understand the New Testament from a Jewish perspective; for clergypersons, teachers and individuals.

The Christian Zionist's Bible can be ordered on DVD from JewsOnFirst. Click here to order.

Rapture, dispensation explained respectfully by a modern rabbi
Have you ever wondered if the New Testament really is anti-Jewish? Have you wanted to understand the theology of Christians who believe that it is their religious duty to be active Zionists and what that has to do with the belief in the Millennium? Do all such people believe the same things? (Of course, the answer is 'no,' and the conversation with Dr. Cook makes clear why.) As the conversations progress, terms as "rapture," "tribulation," "dispensation," and "Armageddon war" are defined systematically and respectfully by a modern rabbi who wishes to engage his Christian neighbors in honest and caring dialogue.

Continue reading



 
 
Essay on the Park51 Muslim Community Center
Videos by JewsOnFirst.org
image loading Martha Schaerr, Stealth School Board Candidate in Montogomery County, Maryland. Schaerr is not telling voters she was a leader in the Christian right's fight to block the school district's new sex education curriculum -- primarily because it teaches acceptance of homosexuality. Go.

image loading Video in the Radio Talk Show Studio - Part Two of our on-the-air interview with Dan Gaffney, morning talk show host on WGMD-FM on Delaware's Eastern Shore. Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak of JewsOnFirst debates concepts including "absolute truth" and the relevance of Jesus with Gaffney and his callers. Go.

image loading Video in the Radio Talk Show Studio - Part One of our interview with Dan Gaffney, morning talk show host on WGMD-FM on Delaware's Eastern Shore. JewsOnFirst went to Delaware's Eastern Shore to report on the settlement of two Jewish families' lawsuit against the school district for sponsoring religion. Go.

image loading The Christian Zionist's Bible: A Jewish Perspective. Our new educational video on a challenging topic -- how some on the Christian right read "the Jews" into the New Testament -- features Dr. Michael J. Cook of Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati in conversation with Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak of JewsOnFirst.org. Go.

image loading An Enduring Passion: Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer. On their 37th anniversary, Meyer and Raphael married in California. The political activism that has been a constant of their life together dates back to the founding of the gay liberation movement and it continues in their opposition to Proposition 8. Go.

Pastor John Hagee's Fixation on Iran: A Self-fulfilling Prophecy? We examine how the Christian Zionist leader's belief in the end times drives his hard-line political position on Iran, and ask: Is Hagee's Iran policy about Jewish safety? Or Christian Apocalypse? Go.

Pastor John Hagee's Preoccupation with the Jews. With narration by Ed Asner, our video shows a number of instances in which Christian Zionist leader Hagee's understanding of Jews and Judaism should give Jewish organizations that support him cause for concern. Go.

Campus Jewish group sponsors trailblazing forum on Christian Zionism. The complete recording of Christians, America, and the Holy Land -- Examining Christian Support for Israel, sponsored by the Chicago Friends of Israel at the University of Chicago. Go.

Iran and the End Times at Pastor John Hagee's 2008 Washington Summit. When John Hagee's organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) held its July 2008 summit at the Washington DC Convention Center, JewsOnFirst.org reporters were inside and outside. This video shows some of what we saw and heard, despite CUFI's extraordinary efforts to shield the meeting from public scrutiny. Go.
Buy Rabbi Michael Cook's book, featured in our video The Christian Zionist's Bible, from Jewish Lights Publishing. Click here.