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Shema Israel – Jewish Problems with the Trinity | Episode 43

Get ready for an exciting, eye-opening episode! Carly and Ezra talk with Rabbi Troy Wallace, Vice President of Congregation and Leadership Development at Jewish Voice Ministries. They discuss some fascinating expressions of the Trinity found throughout the entire Bible. Troy shares loads of Scriptures, so you’ll want to be sure to look them all up to see how amazing the God of Israel is as He reveals Himself.

In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, the three discuss:

  • What “the Trinity” means
  • Why the Trinity is a fundamental problem for Jewish people
  • How Jewish people understand the Spirit of God mentioned in the Creation story
  • Appearances of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Tips for discussing the Trinity with Jewish friends and family

Along the way

Additional things you’ll learn, highlights, things discussed:

  • How the Hebrew word echad often means a “compound unity” rather than a single item
  • That the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible
  • How the problem Jewish people have with the Trinity is a by-product of the false division that arose between Judaism and Christianity early on
  • That New Testament writers speak of each member of the Trinity while also driving home the point of one God
  • Many examples of Israel’s forefathers experiencing God in the form of a man
  • The fascinating account of Abraham’s visit with God
  • The religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought they were obeying the Torah when they picked up stones against Him
  • Encouragement to Jewish listeners to set aside one assumption and Christian listeners to set aside another. There’s a lot more going on in the Scriptures that’s there to see

Words you might learn in this episode

Shema Israel, echad, Malach Adonai, Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey (YHWH, or Yahweh), ruach/Ruach, devar, synoptic gospels, vay yerah Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, adam (man)

Scriptures referenced in this episode

Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:2, Exodus 3:2, Genesis 18:1–33, Galatians 1:1, 2 Peter 1:17, 1 Corinthians 8:6, James 2:19, John 1:14, John 1:18, Genesis 3:8, Joshua 5:13–15, Judges 13:2–25, John 8:56–59, 1 Samuel 3, Psalm 33:4, Jeremiah 1:13, Colossians 1:15, John 17, John 19:26–27, Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1, Deuteronomy 13:1–5, John 11:49–50, Revelation 13:8, 2 Timothy 3:5, Acts 26:9–18, Ephesians 4:6, Acts 2, Ezekiel 1:26–28




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