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Michael J. Alter

Michael J. Alter was a teacher for over forty years in Miami, Florida. As an established author he has published a number of books, including Why the Torah Begins with the Letter Beit (Jason Aronson, 1998) and What Is the Purpose of Creation: A Jewish Anthology (Jason Aronson, 1991). Both were chosen as the main selection of The Jewish Book News. In addition, Alter has assisted in editing several books in the field of Judaica. His research interests include the Resurrection, the Trinity, Jesus' supposed divinity, Isaiah 53, the Virgin Birth (or conception), the historical Jesus and the Gospels, various facets of Christian apologetics and evangelization, Jewish spirituality, Kabbalah, and the development, structure, and a PaRDeS analysis of the Siddur. He can be reached at his WordPress blog.

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Interview with Michael J. Alter

Check out Edouard Tahmizian’s interview with Michael J. Alter, author of What is the Purpose of Creation? (1991), The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry (2015), and A Thematic Access-Oriented Bibliography of Jesus’s Resurrection (2020), among other things. In this roughly hour-long discussion, after recommending a number of must-have works on the Resurrection and noting key points addressed in his forthcoming Global Center for Religious Research book (due May 2022), Alter explains why whether the Resurrection actually occurred is important to everyone, but especially important to Christians. Of particular interest is his explanation of why Jews and Muslims reject the Christian reading of 1 Corinthians 15 (which maintains that if there is no Resurrection, then you are still born of sin and pitiful). Who wrote the Gospels? When were they written? Where did Jesus’ disciples go after his crucifixion, and when exactly did it take place? There is little agreement among scholars on any of these questions due to various New Testament contradictions and omissions and the lack of multiple attestation (if Luke copies Matthew, and Matthew in turn copies Mark, then there is no independent testimony corroborating anything). Tune in to this fascinating interview with a world-class scholar who really knows his New Testament scholarship!