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The Jewish Trinity

Author:  Yoel Natan

Aventine Press, 2003 - Fiction - 368 pages

Conventional wisdom states that the Hebrew Scriptures only hint that there are persons of Yahveh. This book shows that Moses and other Bible writers wrote strikingly and often, both about the Trinity and the deity of the Messiah. The Old Testament is as explicit about the Trinity and the deity of the Messiah as is the New Testament. The reader of this book will come to know the Trinitarianism in the Hebrew Scriptures that Yahvists knew. The reader of this book will come to read the Bible the same way the inspired writers intended it to be read-as Trinitarian.


2.   Full Circle

Author: Raymond Robert Fischer

The Church returns to its true Jewish heritage as it discovers Yeshua and Christianity in ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Important New Discoveries Revealed by the author:

    The Jewish Roots of the Christian Church are Nazarene Essene
    There are many clear references to Yeshua (Jesus) in the Dead Sea Scrolls
    The Triune Godhead is a well documented Ancient Jewish Understanding
    The callings of God upon Jewish and Gentile Believers are distinctly different
    False teachers have arisen in Israel and throughout the world who are polluting the Church with salvation threatening apostasy and dangerous heresy.

Bob Fischer and his wife, Donna, have lived in Tiberias, Israel since they made Alianh in 1992. Bob is a Messianic Jew; Donna is married into the covenant. Bob is a graduate of the University of Rochester, BA (1956) and Faith Seminary (MA, 1994, LHD, 2003). Bob is the author of three scholarly books: The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church, The Children of God, Full Circle and an accredited DVD course, all of which are widely used as texts to teach the Jewish Roots of Christianity at seminary, bible college, church, and home levels. The Door Where it Began. is his first novel. As an adjunct professor, Bob periodically teaches a course on Jewish Original of Christianity at Faith Seminary.


3.   Rays of Messiahs Glory

Author: David Baron

How the Old Testament proves Christ to be in the light of the Gentiles and the Glory of Israel. More than an aid for Bible study, but an unforgettable reading experience for anyone interested in the Old Testament prophecies pertaining to the Messiah.


4.   In search of Messiah

Authors: Mark Eastman, Chuck, Jr. Smith

Examine Powerful New Evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the beliefs of the ancient Rabbis and discover the identity of the true Messiah!


5.   The Messiah Texts

Author: Raphael Patai

Article written by Rich Robinson

The Messiah Texts by Raphael Patai, (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989 reprint), $19.95 paperback

Everyone knows that through the ages, the sum and substance of Jewish thinking about the Messiah has been reflected in that one statement: When Messiah comes, there will be peace." Right?

Wrong! The Messiah Texts, by Jewish scholar Raphael Patai, explodes this popular conception. Drawing from 4000 years of Biblical and Rabbinic writings, Patai assembles a veritable "Everyman's Guide to the Messiah." In highly readable form, this is the story of what Jews have believed about the Messiah from the days of the prophets till the 20th Century. Presenting mostly Aggadic (non-legal) material, Patai recounts the hopes, aspirations, and sometimes disillusionments of our people as we looked for the One who was to come and redeem us.

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6.   The Doctrines of Messianic Faith

Author: Joseph Samuel Fry

The man known today as the "Father of modern Jewish mission" was born in 1771 to an orthodox Jewish family.  His father, Samuel Levi was a Moreh Tsedek.   Joseph had a traditional education, studying the Bible in Hebrew in his younger years, and then the Talmud and Jewish sources.  He became a teacher, and then a schochet and a cantor in a synagogue.  His contact with the Christian faith came by chance, when he met a young man who introduced him to the idea that now that Messiah had come, and that  he no longer needed to keep all the rabbinical law in order to be saved.  This book has been published in both English and Hebrew (Keren Ahvah Meshihit, Jerusalem.)


7.   Complete works of Josephus

This renowned reference book has served scholars, pastors, students, and those interested in the background of the New Testament for years. The insight given into the Essene community, the destruction of Jerusalem and the interpretations and traditions of the Old Testament in first century Judaism is invaluable. The outlook of Josephus, a late first century Pharisee and historian, on Jesus and the New Testament documents is enlightening and provocative. As an original reference, The Works of Josephus is essential to a full understanding of the first century, the time of Christ and the New Testament.

Complete and unabridged, this is the best one-volume edition of the classic translation of JosephusÂ’ works. The entire text has been reset in modern, easy-to-read type; numbering corresponding to that used in the Loeb edition has been added to the text; and citations and cross-references have been updated from Roman numerals to Arabic numbers.


8.   The Life and Times of Yeshua the Messiah - Alfred Edersheim

Author: Alfred Edersheim

One of the best known and most important references on the life of Christ ever written, Alfred Edersheim's The Life and Times of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is a storehouse of information on the background of the New Testament. This classic work successfully portrays the streets, marketplaces, religious conflicts, the people, and places of Yeshua (Jesus)' earthly ministry.

Eternity magazine says:

'The most remarkable and eloquent narrative and interpretation of the life of Christ both for the general reader and the most advanced student... unequalled.'

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9.  Sketches from Jewish Life

: Alfred Edersheim

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10.  The Temple

Author: Alfred Edersheim

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11.  Messianic Jewish Manifesto

Author: David H. Stern

Paperback - 312 pages (May 1988)
Jewish New Testament Pubns
ISBN: 9653590022

Book Description: "Messianic Jewish Manifesto" offers an ideology, theology, and program for Messianic Judaism.

* A challenge to both Jews and Gentiles who honor Yeshua (Jesus) as Israel's Messiah and others involved with the movement catch the vision for its destiny, which is to heal the split between the Church and the Jewish people.

* Simultaneously 100% Messianic and 100% Jewish, we reject the "either-or" demanded by many Christians and Jews. Messianic Judaism is right, a radical solution, an idea whose time has come.

* A call to action for Messianic Jews and a source of information for others, whether in favor, opposed, or just curious.

About the Author: David H. Stern, born in Los Angeles in 1935, is the great-grandson of two of the city's first twenty Jews. He earned a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University and was a professor at UCLA. In 1972 he came to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. He then received a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, did graduate work at the University of Judaism, and was active in the Messianic Jewish movement. In 1979 the Stern family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel); they now live in Jerusalem. Dr. Stern authored the "Messianic Jewish Manifesto". His highly acclaimed English translation, the "Jewish New Testament," restores the New Testament's Jewishness. His "Jewish New Testament Commentary" discusses the many Jewish issues found in the New Testament. His fresh translation, the "Complete Jewish Bible", expresses the unity of the Tanakh ("Old Testament") and the B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament"). This outstanding, scholarly work offers Bible readers a thorough, biblically Jewish version of God's word.


12.  Restoring the Jewsiness of the Gospel

Author: David H. Stern

Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel offers a challenge to conventional Christian ideas. David H. Stern’s message is one of clear thinking about neglected questions such as: What central truth, ignored for 1800 years, must be restored if the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission? How are both the Jews and the Church God’s people? Is there a difference between Jew and Gentile in the body of the Messiah? Will God fulfill all of his promises to Israel? Does the Law of Moses remain in force today? Is the Church anti-Semitic? If so, what can you do about it? Should the Church evangelize Jews today? If so, how? Surprising answers to these and other crucial questions, along with suggestions for godly action, are given in this exciting and insightful book by an Israeli Messianic Jew, a Jew who trusts Yeshua (Jesus). Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel introduces Christians to the Jewish roots of their faith and reveals important truths for Jews and the Church today.


13.  The Case for Israel

Author: Alan Dershowitz

The Case for Israel is an ardent defense of Israel's rights, supported by indisputable evidence.

    Presents a passionate look at what Israel's accusers and detractors are saying about this war-torn country.
    Dershowitz accuses those who attack Israel of international bigotry and backs up his argument with hard facts.
    Widely respected as a civil libertarian, legal educator, and defense attorney extraordinaire, Alan Dershowitz has also been a passionate though not uncritical supporter of Israel


14.  The Secret War Against the Jews

How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People

Authors:  John Loftus and Mark Aarons

A hugely controversial work that exposes a series of scandals from Oliver North to the British royal family, The Secret War Against the Jews reveals as much about political corruption inside Western intelligence as it does about Israel. Using thousands of previously top-secret documents and interviews with hundreds of current and former spies, Loftus and Aarons, both veteran investigators, Nazi-hunters, and authors, present a compelling narrative.

The authors demonstrate that numerous Western countries, especially the United States and Great Britain, have conducted repeated and willful spying missions on Palestine and later Israel over many decades. While on the surface these two countries and others profess to be ardent allies of Israel, they work, in fact, through their intelligence services to betray Israel's secrets to the Arabs. Their motive: oil and multinational profits, which must be attained at any price through international covert policies.

The pageant of characters appearing in this narrative is vast and shocking. This is not only a compelling work of history, but also a volume whose grave allegations will be debated for years to come.


15.  Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus

Author: Dr. Michael L. Brown

Baker Book House

Michael L. Brown (Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New York University) is a Jewish believer in Jesus who has done both believers in Jesus and skeptics a service by producing three erudite, yet accessible books that more than adequately address common and not-so-common Jewish objections to Jesus' messiahship. Volume one focuses on general and historical objections, such as, If Jesus is the Messiah, why isn't there peace on earth?" The second volume is geared towards answering theological objections like, "Jews believe in one God, not three" and "God doesn't have a son." The third volume looks at Messianic prophecies, such as Isaiah 53 and Zechariah 12:10 and how they point to Jesus.

Dr. Brown draws on linguistic, historic and Talmudic sources such as Rashi and Maimonides in order to seriously and thoroughly explore various approaches to a wide array of questions. He shows a keen understanding of how these questions interrelate, so the reader gets a holistic view of the issues, even though the books are broken up into several individual questions. The material is arranged in a question-and-answer form that presumes a Jewish readership, though many non-Jews have found these books helpful. Any honest seeker will find the claims in these three books challenging and hearty food for thought. A fourth volume is in the works.

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16.  Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

Author: Marvin R. Wilson

Although the roots of Christianity run deep into Hebrew soil, many Christians are regrettably uninformed about the rich Hebrew heritage of the church. This volume delineates the link between Judaism and Christianity, between the Old and the New Testament, and calls Christians to reexamine their Hebrew roots so as to effect a more authentically biblical lifestyle.As an introduction to the world of Hebrew thought, Our Father Abraham is biblical, historical, and cultural in nature. At the same time, the writing is personal and passionate, reflecting Marvin Wilson's own spiritual pilgrimage and his extensive dialogue with Jews. The book develops a historical perspective on the Jewish origins of the church, sets forth the importance and nature of Hebrew thought, discusses how the church can become more attuned to the Hebraic mind-set of Scripture, and offers practical suggestions for interaction between Jews and Christians.

The study questions at the end of each chapter enhance the book's usefulness as a text and also make it suitable for Bible-study and discussion groups. All Christians and Jews too will profit from Wilson's sensible treatments of biblical texts, his thorough understanding of both the Christian and the Jewish faith, and his honest historical analysis of the general failure of the Christian church to acknowledge and understand its relation to Judaism.


17.  A Modern Movement With An Ancient Past (Formerly Messianic Jewish Manifesto)

Author: Dr. David H Stern

In the first century of the Common Era, tens of thousands of Jewish people followed Yeshua (Jesus), believing him to be the promised Messiah of Israel. They didn't renounce their heritage, their customs, nor their people. They remained Jews.

Two thousand years later, hundreds of thousands of Jewish people follow Yeshua, also believing that he is the Messiah. They, too, have not renounced their heritage, customs, nor their people.

Messianic Judaism is the modern movement that is bringing it all together, for Jews and non-Jews. This book answers the following questions and more.

    What happened in the past 2000 years?
    Is Messianic Judaism a prophetic movement?
    What do Messianic Jews believe?
    Did the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, become null and void?
    What are the challenges for the future of this movement?


18.   Jewish New Testament Commentary: A Companion Volume to the Jewish New Testament Paperback

Author: Dr. David H Stern

Drawing on years of research, Dr. Stern relates the New Testament text to the "Tanakh" ("Old Testament"), to the historical setting, to rabbinic materials and to Christian theology. He answers questions Jewish people have about Yeshua, the New Testament and Christianity; questions Christians have about Judaism and the Jewish roots of their faith; and questions Messianic Jews have about being both Jewish and Messianic.

He demonstrates that the New Testament upholds Jewish values and verities, such as the oneness of God, the chosennesss of Israel, the sanctity of the Torah, and the importance of works along with faith. He also shows how the New Testament speaks to modern issues like assimilation, intermarriage, missionizing and antisemitism. Finally, int terms of the Greek and Hebrew languages, Judaism and fir-century culture, he explains controversial "Jewish New Testament" renderings.

The "Jewish New Testament" and "Jewish New Testament Commentary" challenge Christians to rediscover their Jewish connection, and Jews to discover their Jewish Messiah. These two books belong on the shelf of everyone who wants to understand the Bible better. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


 19. Complete Jewish Bible

Author: Dr. David H Stern

The Complete Jewish Bible expresses the "original and essential Jewishness" of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.

The Complete Jewish Bible expresses the "original and essential Jewishness" of the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. Without making the text difficult to read, translator David H. Stern incorporates many transliterated Hebrew proper names and key words. His intention is to render the message of the New Testament not from the linguistic, cultural, and theological perspective of the Gentiles, but from that of the Jews, out from whom Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, was born and to whom, primarily, He ministered before His death and resurrection. For Jews, this translation affords an opportunity to see how the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah are all fulfilled in the New Testament in the person and work of Christ. At the same time, the translation helps Christians appreciate the foundational nature of the Old Testament in relationship to the New Testament.


 20. The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ

Author: Daniel Boyarin

New York: The New Press, 2012

Reviewed by Alan M. Shore

Beginning in the early 19th century, Jewish scholars began to write the history of the Jewish people as modern historians. When they considered the first century CE, they viewed Jesus not as the Christian Redeemer, but as a Jewish man in a Jewish world whose teaching could be weighed alongside his contemporaries and those who came before him. Using the tools of emerging biblical criticism and modern historiography, plus their considerable knowledge of ancient Judaism, they painted a portrait of a Jewish Jesus that was detached from Christian doctrinal confession.

Among the most prominent of the early Jewish historians was Abraham Geiger, one of the early leaders of Reform Judaism. Over the next decades, other Jewish historians and theologians such as Heinrich Graetz, C.J. Montefiore and Joseph Klausner followed in Geiger's steps. Two common threads bind the work of these scholars. One is the unambiguous assertion that the life of Jesus and the genesis of Christianity must be viewed in the context of first-century Judaism. The other is that the most authentic and worthwhile teachings of Jesus could already be found in Judaism.

Another prominent feature of their teaching, which has persisted to this day, is that Jesus of Nazareth and the Christian Savior are not the same person. That is, the belief that the Christological claims about Jesus made by his followers, mainly through the activity of Paul, gained a foothold only later and as a result of an impure mixture with non-Jewish influences. Jesus himself, therefore, though perhaps an admirable yet tragic figure, was not responsible for the doctrines of Christianity that followed him, for they were not to be found in the Jewish world he inhabited.

Now, Daniel Boyarin has set out in his most recent book, The Jewish Gospels, to make the case that these shibboleths of earlier Jewish scholarship — and some from the Christian world as well — must be discarded.

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