Zeal For God Not According to Knowledge:  A Refutation of Judaism's Arguments Against Christianity, Second Edition

By Eric V. Snow

 Are the Jewish arguments against Christianity any good?  Is Jesus Christ the promised Messiah?  Were early Christian doctrines derived from paganism?  Were ancient Roman mystery religions or Gnosticism the source of Christian doctrines or ceremonies?  Is the New Testament historically reliable?  Do the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah apply to Jesus?  Was Jesus God?  Does Christianity make salvation too easy?


The book, A Zeal For God Not According to Knowledge (iUniverse, Inc., 715 pp.), refutes all standard Jewish arguments against Christianity.  This book specifically replies against such critics of Christianity as Samuel Levine, Michoel Drazin, Tovia Singer, and Hyam Maccoby.  All those influenced by the reasoning of Darrell Conder, formerly of Commonwealth Publishing, should read this book.


The new second edition (March 2005) includes a comprehensive table of contents, the careful citation of sources through footnotes, a standard bibliography, and (new!) improved index.  The author has an M.A. and B.A. in history, and a B.A. in philosophy, which helps to ensure quality scholarship and careful writing.

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For more information about this book, click on the following links: 

Book Overview.doc

Book Overview.htm

Book Overview.pdf

Table of Contents.doc

Table of Contents.htm



Competition (compared to other books).doc

Competition (compared to other books).htm

Competition (compared to other books).pdf

Gnosticism influence issue (chapter summarization)  Journal article.doc

Gnosticism influence issue (chapter summarization)  Journal article.htm

Paganism influence issue (chapter summarization).doc

Paganism influence issue (chapter summarization).htm 

Query Letter.pdf


Free essays on the general subject of refuting Rabbnical Jewish arguments against Christianity, such as those of Darrell Conder, can be found below.  Much of the material in this book is also found in the two major essays rebutting his reasoning.  Links to them are supplied below:

Are the Jews right?  Is the New Testament a historical fraud?  Was Jesus a false prophet?  Was first-century Christianity a (Roman-Greek) pagan mystery religion?  These are conservative Christian rebuttals to an apostate Christian elder who advocated (effectively) conversion to Judaism.  The historical evidence on the pagan mystery religions of the Roman Empire and the Biblical evidence for Jesus being the Old Testament's prophesied Messiah are examined in detail:

Is Christianity a Fraud?  vs. Conder Round 1 .doc

Is Christianity a Fraud?  vs. Conder Round 1 .htm

Is Christianity a Fraud?  vs. Conder Round 1 .pdf

Is Christianity a Fraud?  vs. Conder Round 2  .doc

Is Christianity a Fraud?  vs. Conder Round 2  .htm

Is Christianity a Fraud?  vs. Conder  Round 2  .pdf

Is Jesus the Old Testament Messiah?  vs Conder  .doc

Is Jesus the Old Testament Messiah?  vs Conder  .htm

Is Jesus the OT Messiah  vs Conder  .pdf


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 "Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth."  (Ephesians 5:14) 



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