On this episode of the Bellator Christi Podcast, we talk to Dr. Amy Downey, the founder of Tzedakah Ministries, about the ancient Jewish sect known as the Essenes. The Essenes are known for being the caretakers of what later become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Were some of the early Christians linked to the Essene community? What impact did Jesus’ message hold for those in the Essene community? What were the theological beliefs of the Essenes and how did they differ from the Pharisees? On the second half of the show, Amy discusses how Christians can minister to Jewish Millennials. How do Jewish Millennials differ from Jewish Gen-Xers and Boomers? Find out this and much more on this edition of the Bellator Christi Podcast.
About Our Guest
Dr. Amy Downey holds the distinction of being the first female graduate of the Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. In addition to her doctorate, she holds a Masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Theology, as well as other degrees from SWBTS, East Texas Baptist University, and Jacksonville College. Downey formerly worked with Chosen People Ministries. Now, she serves as the founder and Missionary Director of Tzedakah Ministries, found at tzedakahministries.org located in Waxahachie, Texas. Tzedakah Ministries strives to equip God’s church to reach his people. Contact Amy or Tzedakah Ministries to set up a session at your local church.
About the Host
Brian Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is currently in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Brian is full member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics and the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Brian has been in the ministry for over 14 years and serves as the pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina.
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