Dr. David Harold Stern
is an Israel-based Messianic Jewish
theologian. He is the third son of Harold Stern and Marion Levi Stern.
Stern's major work is the Complete Jewish Bible
, his English translation of the Tanakh
and New Testament
(to which Messianics refer by the Hebrew
phrase from the book of the prophet Jeremiah
/Yirmeyahu chapter 31, "B'rit Chadashah," New Covenant
). One of the ways in which he treats the issue is to leave most of the proper nouns in their transliterated form, and for the New Testament to replace Greek proper nouns with transliterated Hebrew or words. He calls this the 'cosmetic' treatment. Other decisions include translating Greek phrases about 'the law' as having to do with 'Torah-legalism' instead. More explanation is found in his Messianic Jewish Manifesto
(now out of print) and his Messianic Judaism: A Modern Movement With an Ancient Past
(a revision of 'Messianic Jewish Manifesto'). He is also known for introducing the Olive Tree Theological
view of the relationship between Israel and the Church.
Dr. Stern's background includes a Master of Divinity
degree from Fuller Theological Seminary
, graduate work at the University of Judaism
(now the American Jewish University
), and a Ph.D.
in economics from Princeton University
. He taught the first course in 'Judaism and Christianity' at Fuller Theological Seminary and at UCLA
he was a professor.
Stern lives in Jerusalem and is active in Israel's Messianic Jewish... Read More