I found the following books to help in my search for the understanding of certain Biblical passages and how to live and express the Jewishness of this belief.
The Complete Jewish Bible
- by David Stern. The only Messianic Bible in print. May not be the best translation available, but it has a very nice Jewish flavour and perspective. Dr. Stern's background includes a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and graduate work at the University of Judaism. He was a professor of economics at UCLA and taught the first course in 'Judaism and Christianity' at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Israel.
- another excellent book by David Stern. Explains the Messianic Judaism history, concepts, practices and its future.
Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus
- by David Bivin. David Bivin is a member of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research founded by David Flusser and Robert L. Lindsey. The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research claims to hold to two methodological assumptions:
[1.] Language: Hebrew was a living language in Yeshua's day.
[2.] Culture: Yeshua' teachings must be interpreted within the context of Second Temple-period Judaism.
Explains many of Yeshua's words from the perspective of Hebraic idioms found in the Jewish literature from that era.
New Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus
- another excellent book by David Bivin. It builds on his last one and it has more context.
A History of the Jews
- by Paul Johnson. From Avarahm to the 1980s four millennia of Jewish history. Covers prophets, philosophers, artists, politicians, scientists, philanthropists and visionaries, because the Jews stand right at the center of the perennial attempt to give human life the dignity of a purpose. The Jewish vision became the prototype for many similar grand designs for humanity, both divine and man-made.
The best Jewish history ever written must read if you want to know about Spinoza, Kafka, Emile Zola, Chagall and Jabotinsky among many, many others, Ghetto, Holocaust and Zion.
Holy Cow! - Does God care about what we eat?
- by Hope Eagan. The answer to the above question is a resounding, Yes! It was about time someone wrote a book on this topic. The clean vs. unclean debate finally put to rest. God wants us to be holy in everything that we do, including eating, especially if we want to be a credible witness to the Jewish people. A must read.