<a href="https://biblicalmissiology.org/author/adam/" target="_self">Adam Simnowitz</a>

Adam Simnowitz

Adam Simnowitz is a minister with the Assemblies of God. He lives in Dearborn, MI. He holds a M.A. from Columbia International University from their College of Intercultural Studies. His thesis is available on this website: "Muslim Idiom Translation: Assessing So-Called Scripture Translation For Muslim Audiences With A Look Into Its Origins In Eugene A. Nida's Theories Of Dynamic Equivalence And Cultural Anthropology: https://biblicalmissiology.org/2016/03/21/muslim-idiom-translation-assessing-so-called-scripture-translation-for-muslim-audiences-with-a-look-into-its-origins-in-eugene-a-nidas-theories-of-dynamic-equivalence-and-cultural-anthro/


  1. Kamran Ali

    According to Islam, Jesus is not the son of the Allah (God) but a beloved prophet. Reference from the Quran is Surah e Ikhlaas. Thanks!!!!

  2. derek taylor

    What l would like to know is what does the old testament say about the brith of Christ


    Messianic Prophesy 700 years before Jesus’ birth
    Isaiah 52:14, 53:3, 7-8 (Actually all of Isaiah 53 is known as a forbidden chapter in traditional Judaism as more Jews accept Jesus as Savior due to it. )

    Just as many were astonished and appalled at you, My people (The Jews), so His appearance was disfigured more than any man and His form [marred] more than the sons of men… He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised… He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself]; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, so He did not open His mouth. After oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who [among them] concerned himself with the fact that He was cut off from the land of the living [by His death] for the transgression of My people, to whom the stroke [of death] was due?

    Messiah Foreshadowed 1000 years before Jesus’ birth
    Psalm 22:1, 16-18

    My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?…
    They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.

  4. Adam Simnowitz

    Karyn, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Did you mean to write “allusions” instead of “illusions”? (because there is a great difference in meaning.) For the sake of the rest of my response, I will assume that you meant to write “allusions.” First, the main point of this article is that the Old Testament prepares the reader/hearer to recognize that there is an eternally divine Son who is one with the Creator and thus worthy of worship. Second, the belief in the coming Messiah among the Jews is well known and precedes Jesus coming to earth by many, many years. Third, Jesus stated that the Scriptures (what is commonly known as the “Old Testament”) DO indeed point to Himself: John 5:39-47; Luke 24:25-27, 32, 44-47. See also: Acts 17:2-3, 10-12; 18:24-28; Rom 1:1-4; 16:25-26; 1 Cor 15:1-4; 2 Tim 3:14-15. As for “Jesus” (which is the same name as “Joshua” in Hebrew) never being mentioned in the Old Testament by name, this is not exactly correct. The announced name of “Jesus” (i.e. “Joshua) in Luke 1:31 and Matthew 1:21 should bring to remembrance the renaming of Hoshea to Joshua (Num 13:16) who is alluded to in John 1:17. Even as Moses, the law-giver could not bring the Israelites into the Promised Land, Joshua (YH saves) did, how much more is the Law impotent to save anyone yet the grace of Joshua Messiah (or, Jesus Christ) does indeed provide salvation for those who believe in Him. The naming of Jesus should also bring to remembrance one of the last prophecies of the Messiah given in the Old Testament – Zechariah 3. This most amazing chapter of how Jesus would bear our sins and provide cleansing for them is illustrated by the then high priest whose name just happened to be Joshua, of whom God explicitly stated that he and those with him were a “sign” for the coming “Branch” which is one of the key words in the prophets for the Messiah. See also Zech 6:11-15 in which Joshua the high priest is crowned pointing to the fact that the coming “Branch” would not only be high priest but king (something impossible under the Old Covenant) but realized in Jesus Christ. The letter to the Hebrews has multiple references to Jesus Christ being our high priest and sets forth in greater detail what these prophecies of Zechariah mean.

  5. karyn tirrell

    Jesus was never mentioned in the old testament. Only vague illusions to a possible Mesiah.

  6. sohail john

    it is complete understanding that makes Jesus known to everyone as the only choice to be followed and praised.

  7. Adam Simnowitz

    Thanks for your comment. Both 2 Sam 7:14 and 1 Chr 17:13 contain the quote found in Heb 1:5. I appreciate you mentioning this cross-reference as it provides another related passage.

  8. B Green

    1 Chronicles 17:11-14 is a better reference for Hebrews 1:5 than 2 Samuel 7:14 used here.


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