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The Difference Between Jewish and Christian Worship | Episode 47

Worship styles – there are a ton of them out there in Christian churches alone, aren’t there? So, what about Jewish worship? What does that look like? What are the differences and similarities between Jewish and Christian worship? And what constitutes worship anyway? These are the things Ezra and Carly address in this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss. They look at the origins and heart of worship and explore the Jewish and Christian perspectives of worshiping God. They cover:

  • What worship is and where it is introduced in the Bible
  • Hebrew words relating to worship
  • A brief history of worship from a Christian context
  • Jewish worship and bowing in prayer
  • When Christian worship began and how it relates to Jewish worship
  • Jewish worship without a Temple
  • Differences and commonality between Jewish and Christian worship

Along the way

During the conversation, Carly and Ezra venture into:

  • Posture in worship
  • Where the Jewish name “Zimmerman” actually came from
  • Keeping Christian worship more about God than about ourselves
  • The Jewish custom of “davening” when praying and where it comes from
  • Jewish worship is about collective redemption rather than individual
  • The Jewish context of blood sacrifice and how it points to Jesus
  • Three things in Jewish worship that replace the sacrificial system in post-Temple Judaism
  • The “hope” of Jewish worship and the confidence of Christian worship
  • A key point at which there is no difference between Jew and Gentile worshipers

Words you might learn in this episode

Shachah, zamar, mizmor, ecclesia, Yiddish, daven, Tetragrammaton, Yod Hey Vav Hey, siddur, B’Seder, shema, Torah, Messianic Jews, Yeshua, yeshuah, mitzvot, mitzvah, bar mitzvah, Johannan, Shavuot

Scriptures referenced in this episode

Genesis 4:13–14, Judges 5:3, 2 Samuel 22:50, 1 Chronicles 16:9, Exodus 3:14, 1 Timothy 6:16, Genesis 33:12–23, Psalm 40:2, John 9:25, Romans 11:26, Acts 9:18, Galatians 4:4, Zechariah 14, Revelation 7:9–10, Deuteronomy 18:18, Hebrews 9:22, Leviticus 17:11, Exodus 29:18, Hebrews 9:10–14, Hebrews 10:1–4, Isaiah 53, Isaiah 53:5, Nehemiah 1:9, John 1:29, Ephesians 2:13, Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 3:16, John 4:22–24

Other episodes mentioned

#36 – Problems with the Church Replacing Israel

#37 – Does the Bible Say the Church Has Replaced Israel?


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