A Jewish View of the Trinity Based on the Hebrew Scriptures

During my Bible study I came across this Interesting article on the Trinity.
Long but worth reading.🍃

There is clear evidence that three personalities are referred to as divine and as being God.

It is an all-too-common assumption that the concept of the Trinity is a purely Christian idea. But the idea of a God being a three-in-one unity actually has its roots in foundational Judaism and in the Hebrew Scriptures. Even the concept of the Holy Spirit, the Ruach Ha-kodesh, originates in the Hebrew Scriptures—as early as Genesis 1.

Yet, modern Judaism has reached an overwhelming consensus that one cannot believe in the Trinity and be Jewish. Rabbi Stanley Greenberg argues that “Hebrew Scriptures are clear and unequivocal on the oneness of God.… Monotheism, an uncompromising belief in one God, is the hallmark of the Hebrew Bible, the unwavering affirmation of Judaism and the unshakable faith of the Jew.” He continues, “Under no circumstances can a concept of a plurality of the Godhead or a trinity of the Godhead ever be based upon the Hebrew Bible.” Even if what Christians believe is monotheistic, it does not seem to be monotheistic enough to qualify as true Jewishness.

Many Jewish people do believe in the Trinity.

But if we are to examine this line of thinking, it is best to begin with the very source of Jewish theology and the only means of testing it—the Hebrew Scriptures. We should be open to exploring and understanding the nuances of the Jewish roots of the Trinity because many Jewish people do believe in the Trinity! If we go back to the Scriptures, the case is clear, and this article will walk you through that case. Our understanding hinges on the Hebrew language, so to the Hebrew first we shall turn.

God is Plural: The Possibility of a Jewish Understanding of the Trinity Through Language

[Continue reading…https://jewsforjesus.org/publications/issues/issues-v01-n08/a-jewish-view-of-the-trinity-based-on-the-hebrew-scriptures/ ]

29 thoughts on “A Jewish View of the Trinity Based on the Hebrew Scriptures

  1. That you for posting this, Crissy. Growing up Jewish, we were never taught about the Trinity, and it was greatly frowned upon. But as Scripture tells us, their is a veil over the eye of the Jewish people that they cannot see Jesus, their true Messiah (2 Corinthians 3:14-15, Romans 11:25-26). I praise God He lifted the veil off of my eyes, and pray He will do so for more and more off my Jewish brothers and sisters.

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  2. Interesting discussion! These thoughts serve to strengthen our own faith in the Holy Trinity. As Christians, we view Christ as both the Son of God and Son of Man. His advocate, the Holy Spirit, comes forth through the Father and the Son. Blessings to you Crissy.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this interesting article, Crissy! Indeed, it is evident in the Old Testament. And as David pointed out, it is veiled. We can only pray that more and more Jews will accept JESUS as the Messiah they long for.

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  4. Thanks for the interesting article, Crissy! Yes, so many references to the plurality of the Triune God in the Old Testament, but Jews will not acknowledge them just as they disavow the clear references to Jesus the Suffering Messiah. The Holy Spirit illuminates Scripture that unregenerated minds cannot comprehend.

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      1. There are many blessings of scripture that are written in the Old Testament. To me, a Christ believing Gentile, I can not ignore the presence of God in the plural sense. In the Ryrie Study Bible (Charles C. Ryrie, Th. D., Ph. D.) Genesis 1:1, God, “Elohim,” the form of the word is plural, indicating plentitue or power and majesty, and allowing for the NT revelation of the triunity of the Godhead. In Genesis 2:4, “the Lord,” Lit. YHWH (probably pronounced “Yahweh”) the most significant name for God in the OT.

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