I have a copy of a book "The Disputation" (1972, Scholarly Publications) which is described in its Amazon page like this:

This book is one of the finest books around to use in refuting Hebrew Christian (& Messianic) missionary claims (regular Christian claims as well). It is based upon the Medieval 12th Century debate forced upon the great Rabbinical Jewish Mystical Scholar & Poet Moses ben Nachman a/k/a Nachmanides (RAMBAN) in 1263.

Does anyone know whether this is a reliable book?

  • If this helps, it is among the counter missionary literature of this site: xmessianic.co.il/?CategoryID=224 Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 0:52
  • I bought and read it. For those who are curious about the Jewish response to Xtianity, I found it very informative. He is also strong on debunking evolutionary theory. I'm still curious about the anonymous authorship, and hope that I'll find out who he is/was. Rumor has it, that it was written by Rabbi Avigdor Miller z"l, however I have no proof to support that rumor. Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 0:52
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    Faith Strengthened - Jews for Judaism PDFJews For Judaism › uploads › 2013/09 this is very good ,and it's free google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://…
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    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 1:00

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(Nitpick -- if it was 1263, that would be the 13 Century.)

Depends on what you mean by "reliable." Ramban did write a "book of disputation" describing his debate (at least from his perspective); it's available in his collected writings (in Hebrew and English).

I don't know anything about this particular English translation; as for whether it's "among the finest book for refuting" other beliefs today ... I'd suspect something from the past hundred years may be a little more relevant to today's disputes. (Perhaps The Real Messiah, a compilation of essays including R. Aryeh Kaplan's.)

  • This doesn’t answer the question; he asks specifically about this translation, not which ones you’d recommend, and you admit you know nothing about this translation.
    – DonielF
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 17:04

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