TRADITION ABOVE TESTAMENT—In Judaism, authority lay in this required Law, in the rabbinic “tradition” which interpreted the Old Testament.… For Jews, the New Testament is not and cannot be a literature sacred to us.—SAMUEL SANDMEL, A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament, Hebrew Union College Press, 1956, pp. 310, 321.

NO NEED OF SALVATION—Man is not born with taint of sin. He is endowed with potentialities for good or for evil. He need not be “saved,” for he is not “damned.” He can indeed lift himself toward God through his deeds. The Jew’s purpose in life is not to seek salvation but to do mitzvot, good deeds. His life is the response not to the question “How may I be saved?” but “How may I serve?”—ABRAHAM J. KARP, The Jewish Way of Life, Prentice-Hall, 1962, p. 187.

IGNORING CHRIST’S APOSTLES—No Jew could possibly admit these claims, which involve: (1) his right to abrogate the Divine Law; (2) his power to forgive sins; (3) the efficacy of his vicarious atonement; and (4) his ability to reveal God, the Father of man, to whomsoever he will.—GERALD FRIEDLANDER, The Jewish Sources of the Sermon on the Mount, Block, 1911, p. 265.

JEWRY AND MESSIAH—Orthodox Jews, of course, believe in the coming of a Messiah, but only in the form of a man—not a God—who will serve as the “anointed one”—the king of Israel—to lead his people as the “light of the nations.” The Messiah, they believe, will not come until Israel is restored to its place as the Messiah-people, to become a moral example to the world of the teachings of the Lord. Until the Messiah comes, Jews surely must remain Jews! Indeed, they contend, he will not come until all Jews become better Jews—until they scrupulously observe the Law, thus becoming worthy of their special ...

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