The Fascinating History of the First Jewish Believers, by Ron Cantor


How big was the early Jewish church and what happened to them?

What was the response of “tradtional” Judaism when faced with the increasing numbers of  Jews believing in Jesus?  
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Excerpt from “The Fascinating History of the First Jewish Believers”, by Ron Cantor.

We know from Scripture that the Messianic Community in Jerusalem was thriving in the first decades after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. When Paul comes back to Jerusalem to greet the apostles, they report to him:

 On hearing it, they praised God; but they also said to him, “You see, brother, how many tens of thousands of believers there are among the Judeans, and they are all zealous for the Torah.” (Acts 21:20 CJB)

 There are two interesting points worth noting. First, they are Torah-honoring Jewish believers. This does not mean that they necessarily followed all the traditions of Pharisaical Judaism, but that they suddenly found deep meaning in the commands and feasts that they previously only kept out of religious guilt or soulish zeal. This is reported to Paul as a good thing. There is no hint that they are moving away from Torah or their Jewishness, but closer.

For the rest of the article see part 1 here:

http://messiahsmandate.org/the-fascinating-history-of-the-first-jewish-believers-part-1/#sthash.5mFmI4u7.dpbs

Link to part two is provided at the end of part 1.

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