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on 9 February 2015
I do not think there is another resource like this series. Although Dr. Brown speaks a lot of later Judaism and his views are influenced by further development of Christianity I would say his books take readers back to the first century when Christians (many of them Jews themselves) had to figure out how to explain their faith to their neighbours and friends. He backs up everything he says and is very careful when it comes to original resources.

Not too many objections are particularly Jewish. The author deals with questions many Christians and even non-Christians have and sometimes struggle with. I am not a Jew and do not claim be an expert on Judaism. Nevertheless, when I shared some of Michael's thoughts with my Jewish friends they found them really amazing. Should I point out a single issue it would be the way the Trinity is explained (esp- Vol. II, Chapters 3.1 - 2). Other books are full of philosophical stuff and the best you get is a bunch of rather complex terminology that boils down to 3 WHOs and 1 WHAT as Dr. White puts it in The forgotten Trinity. But Dr. Brown shows how the faith in a divine Messiah flows naturally from Tanakh (a.k.a. Old Testament) and Jewish faith. No need to worry about hypostases, consubstantional persons and things most apostles (Paul being possibly the sole exception) had no idea about.

So to sum it up, this series could have a subtitle - Understanding Your Own Bible.
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on 9 December 2012
This is written by an evangelical and Messianic Jew and is the fourth of five volumes each taking different sorts of objections.

It can be a bit hard-going and, unless you are Jewish (and so, in the know), you have to take some of his comments etc on trust. It is written more for Jewish readers than Gentiles.

However, it is a useful book though, but I did not agree with every conclusion.
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on 18 January 2012
For an academic book for which the footnotes provide the undergirding evidence for each assertion, it is an egregious omission to fail to include the footnotes in the kindle edition.
Once the version is updated with notes I'd strongly recommend it.
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on 2 November 2008
This is a fantastic set of books. I have got volumes 1 to 4 and am eagerly waiting for volume 5 to be published. Dr. Michael Brown is a very knowledgeable and very intelligent Messianic Jew who is active in Jewish evangelism. He debates Orthodox rabbis on radio, TV, and college campuses across the world. He is a published Old Testament and Semitic scholar, holding a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. These books certainly do answer the objections that Orthodox Jews have regarding Jesus as the promised Messiah and I highly recommend them. Dr. Michael Brown also has a DVD series of these books which I also recommend.
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