The Jerusalem Institute of Biblical Polemics was founded in 1981 by Shmuel Golding, who claims to have formerly been a missionary before discovering his Jewish roots and converting to Judaism. Golding claimed to have been a Baptist minister, again, as is so common with these kinds of ex-Christian-cum-Orthodox-Jewish-anti-missionaries, the corroborative evidence is pretty hard to find.
UPDATE, we have received unconfirmed news that Shmuel Golding has died.
He famously offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who could find “he shall be called a Nazarene” in the Tanach, amongst other questions. He also made this ‘moderate’ claim: “Any Jew who can pay homage to the New Testament or allow himself to believe in it, is, in my opinion in the same category as a Jew who tries to justify Hitler’s Mein Kampf or, as one who covers up for the deeds of the Nazis.” Quoted from Golding’s online article Antisemitism in the New Testament, http://www.messianicracism.mcmail.com/ca/antisem/g2.htm, which is now no longer online.
Such then is the venom of a convert to a new idea to the old ideas he once held so dear! I guess we can’t expect any less radicalism from someone who reportedly nearly joined a terrorist organisation.
One version of his conversion to Orthodox Judaism is found on the Kosherjudaism web site:
“Samuel (Shmuel) Golding was born to Jewish parents in pre-war Europe. At an early age, he was rescued from the terrors of the nazi Holocaust. He can recall the horrors of black booted men forcing innocent Jews to dig holes; he clearly remembers the sounds of the gunfire. These frightful images haunted young Samuel’s childhood dreams. Because his parents were killed in the Holocaust, Samuel was sent to live with foster parents in the United Kingdom. These foster parents were related to him, but had intermarried, and were, subsequently, Christians. Thus, young Samuel was raised in a Christian home.
After a troubled youth (including scrapes with the law, and almost getting drawn into the Irish Republican Army), Samuel discovered religion. He attended a Christian seminary, and was eventually ordained as a Christian minister, after years of doctrinal studies on vast topics such as sacrifices, atonement, and sin. When Samuel brought seemingly simplistic and minor objections before his church officials, he was told that the prophecies of the “Old Testament” were not translated literally, but were interpreted in a way as to make them appear to be speaking about Jesus. Examples like Isaiah 7:14 (“virgin” vs. “young woman”) and Isaiah 9:6 (“Jesus” vs. “King Hezekiah”) were verses that Samuel asked about; yet, the answers he received were highly simplistic. Many of the theologians Samuel met knew the answers being received were simply not adequate, however, they kept quiet their findings for the good of the Church. So Samuel did just that, as well. [anyone reading Protestant Liberal theologians for the last generation know that the last thing they have done is keep quiet for the good of the Church]
Soon after, Samuel became an avid missionary, working hard to rescue children in Southeast Asia. But, after hearing his foster parents were ailing, he returned to Europe. It was there he met a Jewish relative (on his maternal side) who alerted him of his Jewish heritage. The man explained that Samuel was the grandson of the rabbi of his home village, and other Holocaust survivors from his mother’s family wanted him to inherit the mantle of his illustrious grandfather.
This was an unknown world to Golding. It contradicted just about every doctrine ever relayed to him. In time, Samuel not only researched his mother’s shtetl (Jewish town), but he began to critique Christian Church history, Christian doctrine, and the Christian Bible. What Samuel found was a startling conglomeration of problems, contradictions, textual errors, and inconsistencies throughout. [Nothing new here, Bible colleges do nothing but critique Christian Church history, Christian doctrine, and the Christian Bible!]
After studying with a rabbi in Istanbul, the birth town of his biological father, Samuel became certain of his beliefs, and eventually made aliyah to Israel. He started an organization, in 1981, dedicated to refuting Christian missionary claims to assure that no born-Jew would have to go through what he went through.” [Family members took him in when he had nowhere else to go as a child and now he is complaining! In the end he does not seem to have inherited the mantle of his illustrious grandfather in Istanbul, oh well, once a missionary always a missionary…]