Posted by: L. E. Barnes | September 22, 2010

New Testament Burning(!)

A pastor’s plans (eventually aborted) to burn copies of the Quran made headlines in the US recently. However, the burning of hundreds of copies of the New Testament in an Israeli town doesn’t seem to have attracted nearly as much attention. According to an Associated Press report,

Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material.

After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it.

“The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue,” he said.

The newspaper Maariv reported Tuesday that hundreds of yeshiva students took part in the book-burning. But Aharon told The Associated Press that only a few students were present, and that he was not there when the books were torched.

“Not all of the New Testaments that were collected were burned, but hundreds were,” he said.

He said he regretted the burning of the books, but called it a commandment to burn materials that urge Jews to convert.

You can read the full article here.

He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
(Jn. 1: 10-11)

 

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  1. I can’t figure out why some Jews are so violent about the subject of conversion. You would think somebody is asking them to commit suicide.

    • On one hand, I know many Jews are bitter toward Christians for all the centuries of persecution they endured at the hands of Christians–or so-called Christians, anyway. However, a number of Jews in Israel today seem to have become extremely militant about these kinds of things. One fellow I met who lived in Israel for a while said some of the Orthodox Jews had essentially formed a “religious mafia” to deal with Christians and Jews who convert. Sad…

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  4. This is unbelievably sad.


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