I like to read books, actual books on paper.
If you are like me, therefore, I will try to recommend, by rotation, some books that I found to be helpful in my search for the understanding of certain Biblical passages and showed me how to live and express the Jewishness of this belief.
|— The Complete Jewish Bible
- by David Stern. A translation that has a very nice Jewish flavor as might have been on the first century, Jewish names, Jewish customs, and Jewish perspective on the Hebrew idioms of that time. 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.
|— Messianic Judaism
- also 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 1980’s – 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.
|— Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church
- by Ron Moseley. Yeshua was the Jewish Messiah promised to the Jewish nation. Dr. Moseley takes us back to the time when the belief in Yeshua was part of the Judaism of that time as a Jewish sect, not called yet, Christianity.
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