Connecting Our Christian Faith to Its Jewish Roots: An Interview with Susan Perlman

Episode #828
November 21, 2023
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Thom welcomes Susan Perlman, Chief Partnership Officer and one of the founders of Jews for Jesus. In this episode, they discuss how The Chronological Life Application Study Bible, created in partnership with Jews for Jesus, helps connect our Christian faith to its Jewish roots.

    • The Chronological Life Application Study Bible has been out for a few years. How is this one different?
    • How did your team get involved in the update of this Bible?
    • Why do you feel it’s important for people who are reading the Bible to better understand the Jewish roots?
    • What are some of the most common misconceptions about the Bible’s relationship to Jewish culture?
    • Why do you think it’s important for pastors and church leaders to have an understanding of the Jewish heritage of the Bible?
    • Sometimes the church can seem anti-Jewish or readings of the Bible in churches can be anti-Jewish. Can you describe what this might look like and how can churches avoid it?


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