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“… out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”
(Isaiah 2:3)
Jew and Gentile (Synagogue and Church), one in Messiah. (Ephesians 2:14)
“For He is our peace, Who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, …”

If your life is not in jeopardy for what you believe, you’re probably on the wrong side!
“Indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” (2Tim 3:12)
It is what you actually believe that determines how you walk out your faith, “but avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” (Titus 3:9)

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Much of the information on this website has been gleaned from the publications on this list. They contain excellent information of great value to anyone truly interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the great teachings of the Bible. I have provided links to titles and authors in the hope that you will be motivated to obtain and study these works. Please note: just because I may have quoted a particular author or source does not mean that I agree with that author or source.

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Pro-Bible Perspective The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with CommentaryAlter, Robert. The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary. A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration. From the family frictions of Genesis and King David’s flawed humanity to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Job’s incendiary questioning of God’s ways, these magnificent works of world literature resonate with a startling immediacy. Featuring Alter’s generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.
   
 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective Take HoldBerkowitz, Ariel & Dvorah. Take Hold: Embracing Our Divine Inheritance in Israel. First Fruits of Zion, 1998. Take Hold reveals the profound equality in the relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish believers in the body of Messiah. The resulting unity bring together His holy bride—the ancient People of the Book and those grafted in from among the nations. Take Hold describes the inheritance that non-Jewish believers have in the covenants of Israel. Learn how the Prophets of old foretold of this time—a time when men from every nation would look to the God of Israel seeking out His ancient paths.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Torah RediscoveredBerkowitz, Ariel & Dvorah. Torah Rediscovered: Challenging Centuries of Misinterpretation and Neglect. Torah Rediscovered lovingly challenges readers, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, to take an honest new look at the true nature of the first five books of the Bible (the Torah). Torah Rediscovered reveals the beauty and depth of God’s divine covenantal revelation. In doing so, Torah Rediscovered attempts to demonstrate to all who seek to understand it how its divinely inspired pages can help them to learn in greater depth what it means to be new creations in Messiah. Though this valuable book was out of print for several years, it has been reprinted in English and is once again available for purchase.
 
Hebrew Roots Perspective Mishnah and the Words of JesusBlizzard, Roy B. Mishnah and the Words of Jesus (p. 8-9). Austin, TX: Bible Scholars, Inc., 2013. In Mishnah and the Words of Jesus, Dr. Roy B. Blizzard presents comparisons between the words of Jesus and the words of rabbis prior to, contemporary with, and following Jesus, recorded for us in the "Mishnah", "Order Nezikin", Tractate "Avot", or the "Chapters of the Fathers" ("Pirkei Avot").    Probably anyone who has ever focused on the teachings of Jesus in any depth is aware that he was a product of the religious milieu that emerged in the 1st century of this present era. The four gospels preserve for us the largest and the best corpus of material relating to the ideas and methods of teaching of the rabbis of that period. As we compare the words of Jesus with the other rabbis of his day, we can begin to understand where some of the ideas originated, the way they were thinking, and the themes upon which they were teaching.
   In the teachings of Jesus, there is one underlying and overriding theme, a theme on which Jesus consistently dwells, a theme that serves as the foundation upon which biblical faith is built. That foundational theme is summed up in the Hebrew word "tzedakah", the word frequently translated into English as righteousness. "Tzedakah" is the outstanding, overriding, and yet simple, theme of Jesus.
   Biblical faith is not so much man always directing his attention upward toward God but, rather, through acts of "tzedakah", reaching out to others, meeting them at the point of their need and assisting in making them whole. Principles of biblical faith are not directed upward. It is not something one does for God. It is directed outward toward one's fellow man, but in so doing, at one and the same time, one performs the will of the Father.
   Throughout Mishnah and the Words of Jesus, Dr. Blizzard points out how the Sages echo one another and how it all harmonizes completely with the words of Jesus.
 
Why You Should Believe In the TrinityBowman, Robert M. Jr. Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Jehovah's Witnesses. Baker Book House, 1989. This is not an exhaustive study of the doctrine of the Trinity. It is rather a simple and clearly-written explanation of the biblical basis for faith in a triune God.
 
  Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & FableBrewer, Ebenezer Cobham. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend. Nowhere else could the histories of the guillotine and Guinness stout sit so comfortably alongside the KGB and the Keystone Kops. Brewer's is a catalogue of curiosities and absurdities that, over almost 150 years in print, has acquired near-mythical status.
   Edited by Susie Dent, this new edition includes a brand new Collection of Curious Words and many new and updated entries. Its pages brim with esoteric and entertaining oddities - everything from curious customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear - all seen through the distinctive Brewer lens.
   This twentieth edition of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark.
   Whether you're a committed Brewerphile or a newcomer to its pages of fascinating entries, this edition will draw you in and keep you glued to its rich mix of eccentric nuggets.
   As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer's "is unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere."
 
Hebrew Roots Perspective Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, vol 1Brown, Michael L. Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections, Vol. 1. An honest, fair, and thorough discussion of the issues raised in Jewish Christian apologetics, covering thirty-five objections on general and historical themes.
Reviews: Brown delivers a much-needed resource to Christians. He offers well-researched, thoughtful, biblical responses to difficult questions that arise when Christians share Yeshua (Jesus) with Jews.... Brown doesn't shy away from challenging subjects such as anti-missionary efforts and the Holocaust. As a result, the material is engaging and convicting. This soul-winning tool is written with a perfect blend of passion, wisdom, and revelation. It's ideal for readers wanting to reach Jewish family members, friends, or coworkers. It's also a must-have for anyone interested in understanding Christianity's Jewish roots. Highly recommend it. -- CBA Marketplace, January 2000
Michael Brown's work in the area of Jewish apologetics is the most thorough and penetrating I have seen. There is no doubt in my mind that this work will make a major contribution to the ongoing discussion and will, in fact, set the standard in the field -- Richard Averbeck, associate professor, Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Michael Browns thinking is incisive and to the point. His ability to explain so that anyone can understand is amazing. He will surely be acclaimed as the new expert in Jewish Christian apologetics. I would be happy to recommend his much needed book to anyone -- Moishe Rosen, founder, Jews for Jesus
Michael Browns work in the area of Jewish apologetics is the most thorough and penetrating I have seen. There is no doubt in my mind that this work will make a major contribution to the ongoing discussion and will, in fact, set the standard in the field -- Richard Averbeck, associate professor, Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
We desperately need this book! -- Sid Roth, founder and president, Messianic Vision
About the Author: Michael L. Brown (PhD, New York University) is founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina, and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at seven seminaries. He hosts the nationally syndicated daily talk radio show The Line of Fire and has written more than 40 books. Learn more at www.askdrbrown.org.
 
Hebrew Roots Perspective Our Hands are Stained With BloodBrown, Michael L. Our Hands Are Stained With Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People. From the first "Christian" persecutions of the Jews in the fourth century to the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust, from Israel-bashing in today's press to anti-Semitism in today's pulpits, this shocking and painful book tells the tragic story of the "Church" and the Jewish people. It is a story every Christian must hear.
   No one can be the same toward the Jewish people … after reading Our Hands Are Stained With Blood. —From the Foreword by Pastor Don Wilkerson, Times Square Church
   Words are tragically inadequate to express the pain, the horror, the unbelief, the shame I felt in reading this work. It is conceivable that this book will be the catalyst God uses to awaken followers of Christ to recognize their legacy from the Jews, and Jews to appreciate the identification followers of Christ feel with the Old Testament faith, as well as helping both Christians and Jews understand the meaning of love as Christ lived it. —Rev. Richard Halverson, Chaplain of the Senate
   Though strongly disagreeing with the book theologically, I was deeply moved as I read it. I pray that Dr. Brown's message penetrate the souls of Christians everywhere. If his words are absorbed "like showers on young grass, like droplets on the grass," glory will indeed be given to God (Deut 32:2-3).—Rabbi William Berman, formerly instructor of Bible, Jewish Theological Seminary
   I was pained, provoked and profited as I read this book. It left me with scars—and with tears. Every true believer needs to read this vital work!—Leonard Ravenhill, Author, Why Revival Tarries
 
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Pro-Bible Perspective The Return of the GodsCahn, Jonathan. The Return of the Gods. NEW YORK TIMES Best Seller.

From the author that brought you 6 New York Times best-selling books including The Harbinger, The Book of Mysteries, The Oracle, and The Harbinger II

Is it possible that behind what is taking place in America and the world lies a mystery that goes back to the gods of the ancient world … and that they now have returned?

The Return of the Gods is the most explosive book Jonathan Cahn has ever written. It is so explosive and so revealing that no description here could do it justice. Jonathan Cahn is known for revealing the stunning mysteries, many from ancient times, that lie behind and are playing out in the events of our times. But with The Return of the Gods, Cahn takes this to an entirely new level and dimension.

In The Return of the Gods, Cahn takes the reader on a journey from an ancient parable, the ancient inscriptions in Sumer, Assyria, and Babylonia that become the puzzle pieces behind what is taking place in our world to this day, specifically in America. The mystery involves the gods. Who are they? What are they? And is it possible that these beings, whose origins are from ancient times, are the unseen catalysts of modern culture?

Is it possible that these gods lie behind the most pivotal events, forces, and movements taking place in our nation and around the world at this very moment? Are the gods at this very moment transforming our culture, our children, our lives, and America itself?

Could this mystery have even determined the exact days on which Supreme Court decisions had to be handed down?

What is the Dark Trinity?

Is it possible that what we in the modern world take as nothing more than ancient mythology could actually possess a reality beyond our fathoming?

Who is the Possessor? The Enchanter? The Destroyer? And the Sorceress?

Could a sign that has appeared all over America and the world be linked to the gods of Mesopotamia? And if so, what does it actually mean?

Could the gods have returned to New York City and an ancient mythology played out on the streets in real time?

Is it possible that the gods lie behind everything from what appears on our computer monitors, our televisions and movie screens; to the lessons given in our classrooms; to the breakdown of the family; to wokism; to the occult; to our addictions; to the Supreme Court; to cancel culture; to children’s cartoons; to every force and factor that has transformed the parameters of gender; to that which appears in our stores, on our T-shirts, and on our coffee mugs—to that which is, at this very moment, transforming America and much of the world? Is it possible that behind all these things are ancient mysteries that go back to the Middle East and ancient Mesopotamia? This and so much more, most of which we can’t even reveal in this description, will be uncovered.

Is it possible that the gods are even affecting your life right now? How can you recognize it? And what can you do about it?

The Return of the Gods is not only one of the most explosive books you’ll ever read but also one of the most profound. It will reveal the most stunning secrets and truths behind what is happening before your eyes in America and the nations. You will see things, even in your world, in a whole new light. With such chapters as “The House of Spirits,” “The Avatar,” “The Masters,” “The Deep Magic,” and “The Day of the Goddess,” The Return of the Gods will take readers on a fascinating, unforgettable, and mind-blowing journey that will leave them stunned and with the ability to see the world as they never have before.

Be prepared to be blown away as you open up Jonathan Cahn’s most explosive book ever, The Return of the Gods!

 
Systematic Theology (4 Volume Set)
4 Volume Set
Shafer Systematic Theology 8 volume set
8 Volume Set
Chafer, Lewis Sperry Systematic Theology (4 Volume Set) Lewis Sperry Chafer's complete and unabridged Systematic Theology is back! Warm, practical, often devotional, and entirely Christ-centered, Chafer's work is a detailed discussion of the dispensational premillennial system of theology. This 4-volume edition contains the complete text and indexes of the original 8-volume set. This extensive treatise on the topic of Systematic Theology provides the theological foudation of a great number of Evangelical seminaries in America, and was the primary text that I both studied and taught during my years at seminary. “Though scholarly in the true sense of the word, this work can also be read and understood by those not formally trained in theology." — Charles C. Ryrie (The original 8-volume set is here.)
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Born A Jew ... Die A JewChernoff, Yohanna, Born a Jew-Die a Jew: The Story of Martin Chernoff: A Pioneer in Messianic Judiasm. McDougal Publishing, 1996. Born into an Orthodox Jewish family, Martin Chernoff was destined to be a man of vision. His three important visions, the first in 1948, the second in 1963, and the third in 1970, encouraged him to become one of the key pioneers in establishing the modern-day movement of Messianic Judaism — the end-time revival of God's Chosen People. Born Jew...Die Jew is the thrilling story, step by step, from the pen of his widow Yohanna.
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective Everyman's TalmudCohen, Abraham. Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages. New York: Schocken; Revised ed. edition (February 7, 1995) “To some readers of this book, the Talmud represents little more than a famous Jewish book. But people want to know about a book that, they are told, defines Judaism. Everyman's Talmud is the right place to begin not only to learn about Judaism in general but to meet the substance of the Talmud in particular … In time to come, Cohen's book will find its companion - though I do not anticipate it will ever require a successor for what it accomplishes with elegance and intelligence: a systematic theology of the Talmud's Judaism." — From the Foreword by Jacob Neusner.
   Long regarded as the classic introduction to the teachings of the Talmud, this comprehensive and masterly distillation summarizes the wisdom of the rabbinic sages on the dominant themes of Judaism: the doctrine of God; God and the universe; the soul and its destiny; prophesy and revelation; physical life; moral life and social living; law, ethics, and jurisprudence; legends and folk traditions; the Messiah and the world to come.
 
Pro-Bible Perspective What Would Jesus Eat?Colbert, Don M.D. What Would Jesus Eat?: The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great, and Living Longer. In What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great, and Living Longer, Don Colbert, M.D. makes a compelling case for Christians to use the blueprint of this appetizing spin on traditional faith-based diet books to develop a healthier lifestyle using foods available today. "If you truly want to follow Jesus in every area of your life, you cannot ignore your eating habits," postulates Colbert. He examines America's alarming addiction to fast food, explores Old Testament Jewish dietary laws, and takes a comprehensive look at foods mentioned in the Bible, from herbs to bread to meat. To this information Colbert adds a healthy serving of Scripture references, mixes in a few anecdotes, and finishes the book with an easy-to-follow weekly eating guide. Colbert also tackles the subject of drinking red wine as part of a healthy lifestyle, something often ignored in Christian-based health books. Readers looking for spiritual reasons to make dietary changes will discover excellent justification here to take the plunge.
 
Pro-Bible Perspective What Would Jesus Eat CookbookColbert, Don M.D. The What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook. Thomas Nelson, 2002. In this book, you'll discover an enormously effective - and delicious - way of eating based on biblical principles. You'll find that you can lose weight , prevent disease, enjoy more balanced meals, and attain vibrant health by changing the way you eat. A companion to the bestselling What Would Jesus Eat?, this cookbook offers inspired ideas for good eating and good living.
 
Why I Preach that the Bible is Literally TrueCriswell, Wally Amos. Why I Preach That the Bible is Literally True. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1969. "We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally, and in identifying one of the greatest human beings with the most decisive leap forward every discernible in the human story!" 
 
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Dake's Annotated Reference Bible - KJV Dake, Finis Jennings. Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, Lawrenceville GA: Dake Bible Sales, Inc., 1963. Dakes’ approach and interpretation appears to be “hyper-Pentecostal” so I approach his commentary with considerable caution; but I doubt that you will find a more extensive and exhaustive resource for sheer statistics about the Bible.
 
Pictorial Introduction to the BibleDeal, William S. Pictorial Introduction to the Bible. Eugene: Harvest House, 1997. A profusely illustrated, non-technical source of information on who wrote each book of the Bible, when it was written, to whom it was written, and the particular circumstances surrounding its writing. Deal offers a basic introduction to Scripture that's easy to understand. Supporting his research with black & white photos and illustrations of ancient lands, artifacts, and more, Deal covers the author, audience, time period, and purpose of all 66 books of the Bible. Includes commentary that highlights key stories in each book.
 
The Illustrated Bible DictionaryDouglas, J.D. et al. The Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1980. (3 volumes) Customer review: “This is a great resource for anyone wanting to get a bit more info on Biblical times! I have referred to these volumes many times. They have really helped me add to the context of the scripture I'm reading but I often find myself just getting lost in the pages. It is a great set!!”
   
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Messianic Jewish Perspective Holy Cow!: Does God Really Care About What We Eat?Egan, Hope. Holy Cow! Does God Care about What We Eat? First Fruits of Zion, 2020. Join best-selling author Hope Egan on her personal journey through what the Bible says about eating meat. With the help of author and Bible teacher D. Thomas Lancaster, Hope helps you see how science and Scripture brilliantly intertwine. Promoting neither legalism nor vegetarianism, Holy Cow! gently challenges followers of Jesus to take a fresh look at how they live out their faith and what Christian obedience looks like.
 
Evangelical Dictionary of TheologyElwell, Walter A. (ed), Daniel J. Treier (Ed) Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Ada, MI: Baker Academic, 2017. This bestselling reference tool has been a trusted resource for more than 25 years with over 165,000 copies sold. Now thoroughly updated and substantially revised to meet the needs of today's students and classrooms, it offers cutting-edge overviews of key theological topics. Readable and reliable, this work features new articles on topics of contemporary relevance to world Christianity and freshened articles on enduring theological subjects, providing comprehensive A-Z coverage for today's theology students. The author base reflects the increasing diversity of evangelical scholars. Advisory editors include D. Jeffrey Bingham, Cheryl Bridges Johns, John G. Stackhouse Jr., Tite Tiénou, and Kevin J. Vanhoozer.
 
Image result for bishop's staff clipart  Eusebius: The Church HistoryEusebius (Author), Paul L. Maier (Translator) The Church History. Often called the "Father of Church History," Eusebius was the first to trace the rise of Christianity during its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine. Our principal resource for earliest Chrisitianity, The Church History presents a panorama of apostles, church fathers, emperors, bishops, heroes, heretics, confessors, and martyrs.
   This paperback edition includes Paul L. Maier's clear and precise translation, historical commentary on each book in The Church History, and numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs. Coupled with helpful indexes and the Loeb numbering system, these features promise to liberate Eusebius from previous outdated and stilted works, creating a new standard primary resource for readers interested in the early history of Christianity.
 
The Great Doctrines of the BibleEvans, William. Great Doctrines of the Bible. Chicago: Moody Press, 1912, 1949. This study is a good coverage of the Biblical basis of Christian theology, covering everything from the nature of the Trinity to the Resurrection of the Dead. William Evans outlines ten Biblical doctrines. His work is well organized and touches on most of the points people have questions on. He provides plenty of Bible verses as references to lead the serious reader into a deeper study of each subject.
 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective The Enduring ParadoxFischer, John (ed.), The Enduring Paradox: Exploratory Essays in Messianic Judaism. Baltimore: Messianic Jewish Publishers. Yeshua and his Jewish followers began a new movement--Messianic Judaism--2000 years ago. In the twentieth century, it was reborn, and now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it is maturing. The Enduring Paradox is a collection of essays from some of the top contributors to the theology of this vital movement of God. Whether you are a Messianic Jew, a non-Messianic Jew involved or merely interested in Messianic Judaism, this book will challenge your thinking, guide your practices, and clarify any misconceptions you may have. You will find that Messianic Judaism is not a paradox after all.
 
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Light: A Hanukkah AnthologyFirst Fruits of Zion. Light: A Hanukkah Anthology. Rededication, Miracles, Enlightenment, Celebration! A Hanukkah Anthology. (Revised and newly formatted edition, handy new size: 5.5" x 8.5", this popular book was originally published under the title Light in the Darkness).    Light provides in-depth, biblical understanding while demonstrating why the celebration of Hanukkah is relevant and important for all believers. You will be surprised to see how the events of the Hanukkah revolution are spelled out in the prophecies of Daniel, and will be encouraged to realize that the celebration of Hanukkah is relevant for every follower of Yeshua.    Light takes believers, step by step, through the traditional celebration of Hanukkah while revealing new messianic meanings in the ancient festival.
  • The Hanukkah Story with excerpts from the book of Maccabees
  • A prophetic Bible study on Daniel and the Abomination of Desolation
  • Step by step instructions for the traditional celebration of Hanukkah
  • Ideas on how to make Hanukkah fun for the whole family, with games, recipes and craft ideas
  • An anthology of Hanukkah articles for each night of the festival with guidelines for discussions, questions and prayer.
   Light reminds us that we are locked in an age-old struggle with world powers of darkness that seek to snuff out the light of Torah. Yet each night of Hanukkah, our light grows brighter and brighter.
 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective The Hem Of His GarmentGarr, John D. The Hem of His Garment: Touching the Power in God's Word. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2000. Dr. Garr provides a comprehensive study of the biblical tallith tradition — the four-cornered garment with tzitziyot (fringes) on each point as a means of calling both wearers and observers to remember the commandments. You'll be amazed at the continuing impact Hebraic dress has upon Jewish people and its importance for our understanding of Jesus.

bishop's staff clipart  Plain Talk About the Protestantism of To-DayGaston A. de Ségur, Louis. Plain Talk About the Protestantism of To-Day. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.
   This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.

bishop's staff clipart  The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic DoctrineGeiermann, Peter. The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine. A facsimile reprint of the 1930 edition, containing the often quoted questions and answers regarding the change of the solemnity of the seventh-day Sabbath to Sunday.
 
A General Introduction to the BibleGeisler, Norman L. and William E. Nix. A General Introduction to the Bible. Chicago: Moody, 1968. The evangelical Christian classic covering the inspiration, canonicity, text, and translation of the Bible. Your starting point for Bible study is right here. All your "beginning" questions are answered: Who wrote the Bible? Which books belong in it? Has it been accurately preserved and translated? This edition includes new sections on the inerrancy of the Bible, recent trends in textual criticism, a review of modern English translations, and more. The standard work in its field; required reading for first-year students in nearly every evangelical Bible school and seminary in the United States.
 
Dinosaurs by DesignGish, Duane T. Dinosaurs by Design. New Leaf Press (master Books), 1993. Here's a valuable tool if you want to give your kids accurate information on their favorite subject. (Homeschoolers have used it for years!) Gish outlines God’s divine design for dinosaurs and provides you with biblical evidence to combat today's pervasive evolutionary theories. 88 pages, hardcover from Master Books.
 
Evolution? The Fossils Say No!Gish, Duane T.  Evolution: The Fossils Say No! San Diego: Creation-Life Publishers, 1969. This book constitutes one of the most devastating critiques of the evolutionary philosophy one could find. It goes right to the stronghold of the supposed scientific evidence for evolution and demolishes its central bastion.
 
Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!Gish, Duane T. Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! New Leaf Press (master Books), 1995. Tired of hearing, reading, and seeing the biased interpretations of evolutionism? Dr. Gish tells you what they will not. Must you give up on your biblical understandings? NO! The evidence is clearly not set "set in stone" as Evolutionists would have you believe. In fact, Dr. Gish exposes the degree of faith they must have in order to believe as they do. This book is excellent if you're looking for answers to what the fossil record actually shows, and what is fact and what is speculation put forth as fact by the biased reasoning of secular educators. After reading this book, one can see that just "because it says so" in an evolutionist's textbook is not necessarily the way things are.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective The Fall Feasts of IsraelGlaser, Mitch and Zhava. The Fall Feasts of Israel. Understanding the purpose and traditions of the Jewish feasts will give you a deeper appreciation for your God, your heritage, and the gift of redemption provided by the sacrificial death of Christ. The Fall Feasts of Israel will help you understand three of Israel's most significant festivals: Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. A complete examination of each feast includes a look at its biblical institution, its celebration in the time of Christ, and its observances by Jews today. "The feasts and laws of the Lord were a tutor to lead the Israelites to the Savior … the festivals find their fulfillment in Christ and His New Covenant." This book will give you insight into what God originally intended for the sacrificial offerings.
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek JesusGordon, Nehemia. The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus. An astonishing realization has recently gripped the Christian world: “Jesus Christ” was not a blond-haired, blue-eyed Gentile. Yeshua of Nazareth was raised in an observant Jewish family in a culture where the Torah (five books of Moses) was the National Constitution. Yeshua’s teachings, which supposedly form the basis for Western Christianity, are now filtered through 2000 years of traditions born in ignorance of the land, language, and culture of the Bible. The issues over which Yeshua wrestled with the Pharisees are simply not understood by modern Christians; nor are his most important instructions followed by those who claim to be his disciples.
   Karaite and former Pharisee, Nehemia Gordon, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Semitic language expert, explores the ancient Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew from manuscripts long hidden away in the archives of Jewish scribes. Gordon’s research reveals that the more “modern” Greek text of Matthew, from which the Western world’s versions were translated, depicts “another Jesus” from the Yeshua portrayed in the ancient Hebrew version of Matthew. Gordon explains the life-and-death conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees as they schemed to grab the reins of Judaism in the first century, and brings that conflict into perspective for both Jew and Christian alike.
   About Nehemia Gordon: Nehemia Gordon holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nehemia has worked as a translator on the Dead Sea Scrolls and as a researcher deciphering ancient Hebrew manuscripts. He has been invited to speak in synagogues and churches around the world and has led groups of pilgrims and visitors on tours of biblical sites. A native of Chicago, Nehemia has made his home in Jerusalem, Israel since 1993.
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence Gordon, Nehemiah. Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence. One man’s search for answers leads him to uncover an age-old conspiracy of silence surrounding the Priestly Blessing. In the Book of Numbers, God taught the Sons of Aaron a three-line blessing to proclaim over His people. At the end of this blessing, God promised, “they shall place My name on the children of Israel and I will bless them” (Numbers 6:27). Generations of scribes, rabbis, and priests colluded to keep a key part of the Priestly Blessing secret. Centuries of religious agendas and tradition obscured its meaning. Join maverick Bible scholar Nehemia Gordon as he leaves no stone un-turned in search of the truth. The clues take him from the peak of Mount Sinai to the battlefields of the Yom Kippur War. Find out what he discovered on 9/11 and venture with him down into the literal pit of hell.
 
The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times Gower, Ralph The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times, Revised and Updated. Moody, 2005. We know that John the Baptist ate locusts, but were they insects or sweet beans? Why did a fish swallow a coin that Jesus later used to pay the temple tax? How could walking beside a donkey have made Joseph a laughingstock?
   Good handling of biblical passages demands a working knowledge of the historical and cultural context in which they were written. This bestselling reference book contains colorful photography, artwork, maps, diagrams, and charts to lend knowledge of context. Additionally, there are Scripture and topical indexes for quick fact-checking.
   Students and teachers of the Bible will benefit from and be fascinated by the helpful features of The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Greenberg, Jeremiah. Messianic Shabbat Siddur. Tampa: Messianic Liturgical Resources. This Shabbat prayer book contains an Erev Shabbat and Shabbat Morning order of service, an Additional Worship section, and a portion on “Celebrating Shabbat in the Home.” Hebrew, English, and transliteration are provided on facing pages, and there are introductory and “how-to” notes on most of the prayers. The two available CD’s provide all the Hebrew portions of the Siddur chanted in simple easy to follow tunes, in sequence, by page number, by track. This set is excellent for Synagogue services, celebrating Shabbat in the home, learning traditional and messianic prayers and songs, and for studying Hebrew. Available in English and Spanish.
 
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Harris, R Laird (ed.), Gleason Archer (ed.), Bruce Waltke (ed.). Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. For busy yet serious students of the Old Testament.
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament   This extensive scholarly work includes discussions of every Hebrew word of theological significance in the Old Testament, plus brief definitions of all other words found in the Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) Hebrew Lexicon. Keyed to Strong’s Concordance, the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament has been a longtime favorite of serious students of the Bible—pastors and laypeople alike. The busy pastor or earnest Christian worker who has neither the time nor the background for detailed technical study, yet desires to understand important terms, will enjoy this practical resource.
  There are more than 1,400 articles written by 43 Old Testament scholars, plus some 400 sub-entries giving definitions only. The articles focus on theological meanings of importance and do not include lengthy, technical, linguistic discussions. Virtually exhaustive bibliographies of published material relating to the words discussed are also included, as is a special section of Aramaic words used in the Old Testament.
  The new edition of this monumental reference work combines two volumes into one, now making it even easier to use.
 
Principles of Biblical HermeneuticsHartill, J. Edwin. Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1947. Dr. S. Franklin Logsdon, Bible teacher and evangelist, says of this book: "These principles of Bible study by Dr. J. Edwin Hartill have been tested and proved in his own personal teaching for many years. They are succinct, pointed, practical, original, understandable -- simple keys to unlock the storehouse of Scripture to things both old and new. This publication makes a distinct contribution to Bible lovers in their search for increased knowledge of divine truth. It is a privilege and an honor to commend it to God's people." Using a graphic combination of text, charts, and outlines, Dr. Hartill states, "I trust that as you study these principles, your understanding of the Word and your love for its truth may deepen, so that you may more ably pass it on to others."
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective FellowHeirs: Jews & Gentiles Together in the Family of GodHegg, Tim. FellowHeirs: Jews & Gentiles Together in the Family of God. FellowHeirs is an investigation of the Scriptures in order to answer the question of “belonging.” If the King has proclaimed a Festival, who is on His guest list? Who has the legitimate right to join the journey and find his place at the banquet table of the King? Is the Festival just for descendants of Jacob, Israel—or are others invited too? And if others are invited, do they come as guests or as family? Will there be two tables or one? The clear answer from God’s Word is that there is one people and one table. Everyone the King invites is family, and should be treated as family. That means that the mass of people, even though distinguished by a clear diversity of personal characteristics and heritage, have a singular identity as the children of the King. I hope to show from the words of Scripture that this is true. And in doing so, to give a solid foundation for our “belonging.” It is when we understand who we are within the family of God that we are both enabled and emboldened to live in accordance with our identity as God’s children and the embrace the Torah, not as belonging to someone else, but as the King’s gift to all of His children.
 
The Existence of GodHick, John. The Existence of God (Problems of Philosophy). New York: The Macmillan Company, 1964. The principal philosophical arguments on the existence of God are brought together here. From the ancient Greeks an Anselm to the present-day and Bertrand Russell, both sides are represented. First come the contributions of Western philosophers to the five arguments traditionally used to prove that God exists; then come the basic challenges to them; and finally the recent writings that probe what it means to assert that God exists.
 
From Goo to You By Way of the ZooHill, Harold. From Goo to You By Way of the Zoo. Plainfield: Logos Publications, 1976. A sometimes tongue-in-cheek, always delightfully entertaining refutation of the theory of evolution from an evangelical Christian perspective.
 
The Two BabylonsHislop, Alexander. The Two Babylons [subtitle: Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife]. Neptune, New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers, 1916, 1943, 1959. “Dr. Hislop has proven conclusively that all the idolatrous systems of the nations had their origin in what was founded by that mighty Rebel, the beginning of whose kingdom was Babel (Gen. 10:10).”—A. W. Pink, The Antichrist (1923) [Several earlier editions are also available]
 
Systematic Theology by Charles HodgeHodge, Charles. Systematic Theology. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers (2003), pg. 446. ISBN 1-56563-459-4 (also available abridged by Edward N. Gross, ISBN 0-87552-224-6)] Charles Hodge (1797-1878) was the chief theologian of Old Princeton, and is still revered today as one of greatest American theologies in the Presbyterian tradition. His Systematic Theology remains a standard work in the Reformed tradition. Systematic Theology addresses some of the most important theological questions of both his and our current times! This monumental work includes four large volumes, the first of which begins with an introduction and the study of God. The second and third examines the study of Man and his salvation. The fourth discusses the study of end times. This meticulous work is truly a valuable resource!
 
Hebrew Gospel of MatthewHoward, George. Hebrew Gospel of Matthew. For centuries the Jewish community in Europe possessed a copy of Matthew in the Hebrew language. The Jews’ use of this document during the Middle Ages is imperfectly known. Occasionally excerpts from it appeared in the polemic writings against Christianity. By the end of the fourteenth century, however, the entire Hebrew Gospel of Matthew appeared in the polemical treatise Even Bohan, by the Spanish Jewish apologist Shem-Tov ben-Isaac ben Shaprut.
   The present book is a revised of The Hebrew Gospel of Matthew According to a Primative Text (1995) in which the Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew as it appeared in Even Bohan is printed, accompanied by an English translation and an expanded and thorough revision of Howard’s critical analysis.
   Shem Tov’s Hebrew Gospel of Matthew is the oldest extant Hebrew version of the Gospel of Matthew. It was included in the 14th-century work Eben Boḥan (The Touchstone) by the Spanish Jewish Rabbi Shem-Tov ben Isaac ben Shaprut. George Howard has argued that Shem Tov’s Matthew comes from a much earlier Hebrew text that was later translated into Greek and other languages. A characteristic feature of this Hebrew gospel is the appearance in 20 places of השם (HaShem, “the Name”), in the abbreviated form ה״, where the Gospel of Matthew has Κύριος (“the Lord”).
   Shem-Tov ben Isaac Ibn Shaprut was the author of an anti-Christian religious treatise, The Touchstone, completed in 1380 and revised in 1385 and 1400. Often referred to as “The Logic of Shem Tov,” it argues against the belief that Jesus is God. It also argues against attributing the role of Messiah to Jesus. For this reason Shem Tov’s Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, which is included in this work, is considered the oldest surviving text of a New Testament book in Hebrew. In 1987, George Howard said (pp. vii, 234) that the translation of the Gospel of Matthew in Shem Tov’s work long predates the 14th century and may better represent the original text. His view was rejected by W.L. Petersen and Petri Luomanen. A refutation of the theory that Shem Tov’s Hebrew version of Matthew represents the original Hebrew source behind the Gospel of Matthew, using Matt. 5:18 as a test case, is presented on Jerusalem Perspective in David Bivin’s, “Has a Gospel in Hebrew Been Found?
 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective Israel, the Church & the Last DaysIntrater, Keith and Dan Juster, Israel, the Church & the Last Days. Destiny Image Publishers, 2005. As the last days approach, Dan Juster and Keith Intrater present an optimistic view for believers around the world. A restoration of the Body of Christ is beginning to take place as the church asserts her unity, power, gifts and begins to establish the five fold ministry as found in the example of the first century church. What is the key element for the Church in these last days as she asserts her power? Establishing a saved remnant of Israel. How does one help establish a saved remnant, especially a saved Jewish remnant?
 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective The Way of LifeJanicki, Toby. The Way of Life. The Rediscovered Teachings of the Twelve Jewish Apostles to the Gentiles. Didache: A New Translation and Messianic Jewish Commentary.
   While there have been a plethora of commentaries on the Didache from Christian and even Jewish points of view, this is the first major work from a Messianic Jewish perspective. The Way of Life will benefit both Messianic Jews and Gentiles who desire to study the priorities and life of the earliest believers in Yeshua.
   The Didache, also known as The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, is a brief anonymous early treatise, dated by most modern scholars to the first century. It provides a window into the faith and practice of the earliest Gentiles disciples and the instructions they received from the Jewish apostles.
   The Didache was considered an early discipleship manual for those coming to faith—its wisdom and simplicity are still relevant for us today.
   The Way of Life is a new complete translation of the text, with an extensive Messianic Jewish verse-by-verse commentary. It exposes a historic and authentic Messianic Jewish faith expression for Gentiles that accepted the yoke of the Messiah.
   In 1880 Greek Orthodox archbishop Philotheos Bryennios rediscovered the Didache in a monastery in Istanbul. The Didache enjoyed wide circulation in the early church and some even considered it canonical. Numerous church writers mention the text but somewhere around the fifth century the work disappeared. So when Bishop Bryennios found the book in 1880, the Didache had been missing for about 1400 years.
   The Didache picks up right where the Apostolic Decree leaves off, teaching and clarifying for Gentiles their relationship to the Torah and place in Messianic Judaism. It was written by the early Jewish believers in Yeshua and contains teaching that claims to have its origin with the twelve apostles.
   Some scholars feel its earliest version might have been written as early as 50 CE, which places it within the first generation of disciples of Yeshua. It may even contain material older than many of Paul’s epistles and the Gospel of John. It also contains teachings of Yeshua that are not found in the canonical Gospels.
   The Didache offers us an incredible window into the daily life of believers at a time when Christianity still functioned as a sect within Judaism and not a separate religion. It shows us practical life in early Messianic Judaism.
   The Way of Life features:
   • Casebound hardcover, 600 pages
   • The Didache, a new parallel Greek/English translation
   • Comprehensive verse-by-verse commentary on the text of the Didache
   • Extensive notes and cross-references to scriptural and Jewish sources
   • Numerous practical instructions for modern believers based on the text
 
The Signature of God (Revised Edition)Jeffrey, Grant R. The Signature of God (Revised Edition). Random House, 2002. Well-documented scientific evidence that proves that the Bible is the inspired Word of God beyond a shadow of a doubt. The author argues that God has indeed written His Signature on the pages of the Scriptures through a staggering number of divine proofs that its words are both inspired and authoritative. This new and expanded and completely documented edition contains additional research and remarkable new computer discoveries from the Bible Codes reveal astonishing details about the September 11 Islamic terrorist attack on America that were encoded in the Hebrew text thousands of years ago.
 
Hebrew Roots Perspective His Hallowed Name Revealed AgainJohnson, Keith. His Hallowed Name Revealed Again. “Hallowed be Thy Name” is an action-packed phrase from a powerful prayer, taught by arguably the most influential person who ever walked the earth! Unfortunately, if you pose the following question to the millions of people who pray this familiar prayer on a regular basis, you probably will not get an acceptable answer: “What is the name of our Heavenly Father that is to be hallowed?” His Hallowed Name Revealed Again answers this thought-provoking question through an engaging and challenging presentation. Prepare to take a journey that will lead you to a life-changing revelation about the name that has been concealed for too long, and now has been revealed again! This book also includes a 7-track instructional CD with 80 different names and descriptions of our heavenly Father found in the Hebrew Bible. The book and CD combination is a powerful tool for those interested in learning about the name that is to be hallowed. For information about other teachings by Keith Johnson, please visit the BFAInternational website.
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective  Josephus: Complete WorksJosephus, Flavius, translation by William Whiston, Commentary by Paul L. Maier. The New Complete Works of Josephus. [Several other editions are available] You want to go deeper, understand, and immerse yourself in the Jewish history, culture, and community of Jesus. Let Josephus: The Complete Works open your eyes. Flavius Josephus—first-century Pharisee, Jewish historian, Roman consultant, and writer, documented aspects of life during the time of Christ, giving us extensive writings on ancient Jewish history in existence. By studying Josephus’ works, readers gain a behind-the-scenes look at biblical figures including Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, and James the brother of Jesus, plus insights into the Dead Sea Scrolls community, Sadducees and Pharisees, the War of the Jews, and beyond.    Features include:
  • The War of the Jews — an account of the Jewish revolt against Rome up to the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem
  • The Antiquities of the Jews — a history of the Jews from Creation to the Roman occupation of Palestine
  • The Life of Flavius Josephus — the autobiography of Josephus, who fought against Rome and later served the empire
  • Against Apion — a defense of the origin of Judaism in the face of Greco-Roman slanders
  • Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades — a text Whiston attributed to Josephus
  • Index of parallels between Josephus’s Antiquities and the Old Testament including the Apocrypha
About Flavius Josephus: Josephus was a first-century Pharisee, soldier, informant to the Romans, and writer. He left behind the most extensive writings on ancient Jewish history still in existence.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Jewish Roots: Understanding Your Jewish FaithJuster, Daniel. Jewish Roots: Understanding Your Jewish Faith (Revised Edition) Jewish Roots presents the fundamentals regarding biblical theology, Israel and the Church, the Jewish people, the Messianic Jewish community, and much more. Important matters are discussed such as the relationship of law and grace, the role of the Spirit, and an approach to Judaism. This new edition considers recent biblical scholarship and evaluates the progress of the Messianic Jewish community — a pulsating grass roots movement among Jewish and non-Jewish followers of Jesus of Nazareth who recognize and identify with their Jewishness. Messianic Judaism and Messianic Jewish biblical theol­ogy are significant not only to those who are part of Messianic Jewish congregations — indeed, because the destiny of Israel and the Church is bound together, Messianic Jewish theology has implications of great importance for all people worldwide.
   
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Messianic Jewish Perspective God’s Appointed CustomsKasdan, Barney. God’s Appointed Customs: A Messianic Jewish Guide to the Biblical Lifecycle and Lifestyle. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1998. Are the Hebrew traditions described in Scripture just for Jews? Since Jesus himself observed them, learn how God's Appointed Customs can be part of any believer's lifestyle! Messianic congregation leader Barney Kasdan offers fascinating historical background on traditional Jewish observances, demonstrates how they relate to New Testament teaching, and provides a practical guide for Christians wishing to observe these customs within the context of a biblical lifestyle.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective God's Appointed TimesKasdan, Barney. God’s Appointed Times: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays. Messianic Jewish Publishers, 1993. The biblical holy days are not just for Jews. Christians, too, can receive the blessing of these glorious days, the greatest object lessons in the Bible. In this book, Barney Kasdan, leader of Kehilat Ariel in San Diego, one of the largest messianic congregations in the world, explains every holy day described in Scripture. He teaches about the major and minor holy days, ever mindful that he is writing to both Jews and Christians. Beginning with the Sabbath, he writes about Passover, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles, Hanukkah - the Festival of Dedication, and Purim. Each chapter features historical background, traditional Jewish observance, relevance to the New Testament, prophetic significance, and a practical guide for believers, including recipes, songs, and crafts.
 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective Lancaster, Daniel Thomas. Here is a link to hundreds of hours of teaching from Lancaster, who is probably one of the most prolific authors in the Messianic Restoration Movement, and certainly one of the best Messianic theologians.
 
King of the Jews: Resurrecting the Jewish JesusLancaster, Daniel Thomas. King of the Jews: Resurrecting the Jewish Jesus. Is it possible to have the wrong Jesus? Bible critics and scholars are talking about the difference between the Jesus Christ of Christianity and the historical Jesus. But who is the historical Jesus? It turns out that Jesus is not a one-size-fits-all mystic. He wasn’t a Christian either. Jesus was a Jew.    While stripping back centuries of cultural misinterpretations, Lancaster reveals the historical, Jewish Jesus in vivid new strokes and colors that fire the heart and deepen devotion to Him. King of the Jews digs into the history and literature of early Judaism to demonstrate the authenticity of the Gospels and to dispel today’s errant re-interpretations grafter in of Jesus.    Not just another book about Jesus, this thought provoking, fun-to-read journey into the world of the Bible is guaranteed to change how you think about Jesus while affirming the historical basis for faith in the King of the Jews.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Grafted In: Israel, Gentiles, & the Mystery of the GospelLancaster, Daniel Thomas. Grafted In: Israel, Gentiles, and the Mystery of the Gospel. First Fruits of Zion, 2004. Originally published under the title The Mystery of the Gospel, this completely revised and updated edition contains a new introduction by the author and two new appendices: “We Were in a Synagogue” and “To Pray as a Gentile.”

   What does it mean to be “grafted in” to Israel, and where did Paul get that idea in the first place? Grafted In explores the Jewish theology behind the Pauline inclusion of the Gentiles and considers what it means to be a “Messianic Gentile.” Easy to read and inspiring, this book is an important correction for the Messianic identity crisis and an encouragement for Jewish and Gentile believers both.

   From where does Paul derive his conclusions, and what does being “grafted in” mean? Grafted In is a book for Christians exploring their Hebrew Roots, for Gentiles in Messianic Judaism, and for Jewish believers seeking answers about Paul.

 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Lancaster, Daniel Thomas. The Holy Days: Returning the Biblical Festivals to the Disciples of Jesus. Marshfield, MO: First Fruits of Zion, 2021. God has set dates for meeting with his people. The Holy Days explores the relationship between Jesus, his followers, and the Jewish observance of the biblical festivals. Discover how the LORD’s appointed times point to the Messiah and God’s plan of redemption. More than just theology and eschatology, Lancaster offers practical guidance and explanations for both Messianic Jews and Gentile disciples as they incorporate the celebration and observance of the biblical calendar into practical discipleship.

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed festivals. ― Leviticus 23:1

Why would disciples of Jesus keep the Jewish holy days? In a previous book in this series titled From Sabbath to Sabbath: Returning the Holy Sabbath to the Disciples of Jesus, Lancaster made the argument for a Christian observance of the weekly Sabbath. The same argument applies to the rest of the Bible’s holy days: Passover, Pentecost, the Festival of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Festival of Booths, and the Eighth Day. This book builds on the premises established in the earlier book, extending the same logic to cover all the Bible’s festivals or appointed times. The holy days have their own merit and rewards. The Jewish people regard them as sanctuaries in time, opportunities to engage in the spiritual world, enter holy time, and receive blessing from the Almighty. They are days of elevated holiness, set aside for prayer, study, and worship. They create an annual cycle of sanctification that keeps us on track with God, growing and maturing in Messiah from year to year. For disciples of Jesus, the Bible’s holy days offer opportunities for connecting with our Master and holy Savior, the living Son of the Almighty.

 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Restoration: Returning the Torah of God to the DisciplesLancaster, Daniel Thomas. Restoration: Returning the Torah of God to the Disciples. First Fruits of Zion, 2005. From the author of Torah Club Volumes 4 & 5 comes the book you have been waiting for, a powerful introduction to Torah, presented in simple and easy to understand terms. Ideal for those who are new to the message of the restoration of God’s law, or those who wish to share this message with their Christian brothers and sisters.  

   Biblical Christianity was originally a sect of Judaism that believed in Jesus and revered the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) as the core of her Scriptures. Restoration is a riveting argument for a return to that original, biblical expression of faith in Jesus.

   Discover for yourself the profound beauty of Torah life, the celebration of the biblical Sabbath and the appreciation of G-d’s Holy Feast Days. Your eyes will be opened to another dimension of the faith that is beginning to re-emerge among Christians worldwide.

   Lancaster answers common theological objections to the Torah, while demonstrating that Christians are already keeping more of G-d’s Law than they realize. This thought provoking, theological boat-rocker is a fun-to-read, inspiring journey into the world of the Bible.

 
Larson's Book of CultsLarson, Bob. Larson's Book of Cults. Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1983. This book covers the beliefs of all the major pseudo-Christian cults.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Messianic Judaism: Life from the DeadLash, Neil and Jamie. Messianic Judaism: Life from the Dead. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Jewish Jewels, 2000. [If the link is broken, download the pamphlet here.]
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective The Jewish Annotated New TestamentLevine, Amy-Jill; Marc Zvi Brettler. The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Oxford University Press. First published in 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament was a groundbreaking work, bringing the New Testament's Jewish background to the attention of students, clergy, and general readers. In this new edition, eighty Jewish scholars bring together unparalleled scholarship to shed new light on the text. This thoroughly revised and greatly expanded second edition brings even more helpful information and new insights to the study of the New Testament.
  • Introductions to each New Testament book, containing guidance for reading and specific information about how the book relates to the Judaism of the period, have been revised and augmented, and in some cases newly written.
  • Annotations on the text—some revised, some new to this edition—provide verse-by-verse commentary.
  • The thirty essays from the first edition are thoroughly updated, and there are twenty-four new essays, on topics such as "Mary in Jewish Tradition," "Christology," and "Messianic Judaism."
  • For Christian readers The Jewish Annotated New Testament offers a window into the first-century world of Judaism from which the New Testament springs. There are explanations of Jewish concepts such as food laws and rabbinic argumentation. It also provides a much-needed corrective to many centuries of Christian misunderstandings of the Jewish religion.
  • For Jewish readers, this volume provides the chance to encounter the New Testament—a text of vast importance in Western European and American culture—with no religious agenda and with guidance from Jewish experts in theology, history, and Jewish and Christian thought. It also explains Christian practices, such as the Eucharist.
   The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition is an essential volume that places the New Testament writings in a context that will enlighten readers of any faith or none.

Mere ChristianityLewis, Clive S., Mere Christianity. HarperOne; Revised & Enlarged edition (April 21, 2015). One of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together C. S. Lewis's legendary broadcast talks of the war years, talks in which he set out simply to "explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times." Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many de-nominations, Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. It is a collection of scintillating brilliance that remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader and at the same time confirms C. S. Lewis's reputation as one of the leading writers and thinkers of our age.
 
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Evidence That Demands a VerdictMcDowell, Josh and Sean McDowell. Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Thomas Nelson, 2017. The best-selling defense of Christianity! Is Christianity credible? Is there an intellectual basis for faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God? Scholars throughout the centuries, as well as millions of students and older adults, would answer such questions with a resounding "Yes!" McDowell presents scholarly, intelligent, and well-grounded answers to challengers of the historical accuracy and integrity of the Bible. His "reasons to believe" will intrigue non-believers and give Christians ready explanations for their faith. Valuable for students, pastors, and lay leaders. This book presents massive amounts of irrefutable evidence that the Christianity is not a matter of blind faith, but rather a matter of accepting the overwhelming preponderance of evidence for the validity of evangelical Christianity.
 
Evidence for ChristianityMcDowell, Josh. Evidence for Christianity. Thomas Nelson, 2006. Scholarly, well-written, and exhaustively researched, Evidence for Christianity presents a powerful case for why Christianity is both true and real. Drawing upon rigorous scholarship of countless authorities and historical evidence, McDowell provides evidences beyond a reasonable doubt that Christ was exactly who he said he was, sent to do exactly what God his Father commissioned him to accomplish. You'll find answers to questions such as:
  • How was Jesus Christ profoundly different from any other man who ever lived, and why?
  • Is Christianity based on a blind faith or a faith rooted in historical reality?
  • Is the Bible a reliable historical record of the events it describes?
  • Was the resurrection of Jesus a hoax or is there evidence that it was an actual historical event?
  • Were the major events of Jesus's life and death accurately foretold centuries earlier?
   Evidence for Christianity will provide you with greater confidence and a revitalized foundation in your Christian faith. It will also provide a reason to believe for anyone skeptical of the claims of Christianity.    NOTE: Evidence for Christianity contains the best of The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, condensed down to a less intimidating but still comprehensive coverage of all the best evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. Philosophical reasons and responses to major non-Christian thought systems are not addressed; they can be found in The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict.

 

 
Evidence for the ResurrectionMcDowell, Sean. Evidence for the Resurrection. Gospel Light, 2009.  It seems incredible---a dead man rising to life three days after he's laid in a sealed tomb. How can anybody believe that? Carefully examining the claims of the Gospel writers and 2,000 years of testimony by faithful Christians, the McDowells sift through the evidence and present a compelling case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
Why Believe? McKerlie, Henry. Why Believe? Ontario: The Brackmont Press, 1950. An introductory series of studies in Christian evidences, arranged for laymen, study circles, Bible and training classes, and presenting the 20th century case for Christianity. Out of print and hard to find; but worth the effort.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective None of These DiseasesMcMillen, MD, S.I. and David E. Stern, MD. None of These Diseases: The Bible's Health Secrets for the 21st Century. Baker, 2000. Completely revised and updated for a new generation, None of These Diseases shows how to obtain extraordinary medical benefits simply by heeding the Word of God. In an engaging style peppered with anecdotes from both of their medical practices, Drs. McMillen and Stern take us back to the Bible and show us how to apply our Creator's guidelines to our modern lifestyles.
 
Why We Believe in Creation, Not in EvolutionMeldau, Fred John. Why We Believe in Creation, Not in Evolution. Denver: Christian Victory Publishing Company, 1974 ed. A systematic presentation of scientific facts which support the biblical doctrine of creation.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Messiah JournalMessiah Journal A Journal for the Messianic Movement. Don’t get left behind! First Fruits of Zion’s quarterly Messiah Journal keeps you up to speed and in the loop with FFOZ and the latest, progressive thought and theology in today’s Messianic Jewish movement. We pack every issue with solid learning, new perspectives, and fresh teachings.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Messiah MagazineMessiah Magazine First Fruits of Zion’s Messiah Magazine reveals the Jewishness of Jesus and the timeless truths of his teaching about the coming kingdom of heaven—a promise of what is to come. Every 36-page, full-color issue is packed with inspiring stories about Yeshua of Nazareth, his teaching, his miracles, his followers, and the life-changing message of the kingdom, with insightful views of the land of Israel, it’s history and its people.
 
Pro-Bible Perspective The Vocabulary Of The Greek TestamentMilligan, George (1860-1934) and James Hope Moulton 1863-1917 The Vocabulary Of The Greek Testament, Volume One (Paperback, 2021)Volume 2 (Paperback, 2021)One-Volume Edition (Hardcover, 1980)
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   Few archaeological discoveries in recent years have awakened more widespread interest than the countless papyrus documents recovered from the sands of Egypt, and it is from them that the principal non-literary illustrations of the “Vocabulary of the Greek Testament” have been drawn. The authors note that it was in no way their aim to provide a complete “Lexicon” to the Greek New Testament, but rather to show the nature of the new light cast upon its language by these rich stores of newly-found contemporary papyri. Apart from the papyri, considerable use has been made of the Greek inscriptions, and evidence from other non-literary sources has been freely cited, wherever it seemed likely to be useful. Very often words have been included for which the authors’ non-literary sources provide no illustration, in order to show from literary evidence, if forthcoming, or from its very absence, the relation of such words to the popular Greek. In a book such as this, whose publication has extended over a number of years, it is inevitable that many new examples of the words treated should have come to light. To have included these in the present volume would have seriously delayed publication and added considerably to cost. In these circumstances, the authors thought it best simply to keep a note of the more important additions which have suggested themselves in the hope of utilizing them at a future date. And this course is further justified by the fact that, a far as the authors can gather, the examples which might have been added would do little more than explain or confirm the conclusions already reached.
 
The Biblical Basis for Modern ScienceMorris, Henry M. The Biblical Basis for Modern Science: A Biblical Defense of Creation Science. Master Books, 2002. Many believe science and reason refute God and His work of creation. In The Biblical Basis for Modern Science, Dr. Henry Morris teaches the relationship of biblical theology to natural science. According to Morris, the biblical account of creation has never been disproved. It has simply been rejected by people as a choice of will, not because of the evidence. Dr. Morris, professional scientist, teacher, and Bible scholar, offers a compelling investigation of the Bible's compatibility with physical science, earth science and life science.
  • Biology is the science of life, and Christ himself is “life” (John 14:6)
  • Geology is the science of earth, and He is the Creator of the ends of the earth (Isaiah 40:28)
  • Hydrology is the science of water, and from Him flows the “water of life” (Revelation 22:1)
Thousands of qualified scientists around the world believe in the inerrancy of the Holy Bible. The Biblical Basis for Modern Science will embolden your faith in the inerrancy of the Bible and prepare you to offer those who dispute creationism a logical and educated response.
 
Evolution and the Modern ChristianMorris, Henry M.. Evolution and the Modern Christian. El Cajon: Creation Life Publishers, 1985. Evolution and the Modern Christian is written by Henry Morris the president of the Institute for Creation Research. This book is designed for youth or adults interested in defending their belief in Creation. Morris argues that Evolution is a theory and not fact, that Creation is scientifically defensible and that the scriptures give a true description of the beginnings of the universe.
 
Men of Science, Men of GodMorris, Henry M. Men of Science, Men of God. El Cajon: Master Books division of Creation Life Publishers, 1988. One of the most serious fallacies today is the belief that genuine scientists cannot believe the Bible. But the truth is that many of the major scientific contributions were made by scientists who were dedicated men of God. Here are 101 short biographies and Christian testimonies of scientists — scientists who were pioneers and "founding fathers" of the major modern scientific disciplines — who believed in the Bible and in a personal Creator God.
 
Science and the BibleMorris, Henry M. Science and the Bible. Chicago: Moody Press, 1986. Science And The Bible compares up-to-date scientific knowledge with the Word of God. In an age when many feel there is a widespread attack on biblical Christianity, Morris clearly presents scientific evidence for the divine origin and truth of the Bible. This revised and expanded edition deals with science in the Bible, the Theory of Evolution, science and the flood, the Bible and ancient history and fulfilled prophecy.
 
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NASB Exhaustive ConcordanceNew American Standard Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries. Copyright © 1981, 1998 by Lockman.org [Here's a newer and more affordable alternative]
 
NIV Study BibleNIV Study Bible by Zondervan. Dive into a deeper study of God’s Word with the comprehensive NIV Study Bible
   The NIV Study Bible features a stunning four-color interior with full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations that bring the stories of the Bible to life. The in-depth notes are coded to highlight items of special interest in the areas of character study, archaeology, and personal application. This NIV Bible provides you with just the right amount of study information, placed in in just the right locations, to answer your most pressing questions about God's Word and how it connects to your life today.
   Since its first release in 1985, the Gold Medallion Award-winning NIV Study Bible has become the treasured and trusted companion of over nine million Bible readers. Referred to daily by pastors, students, church leaders, and other Bible readers around the world, the over-20,000 NIV Study Bible notes are the handiwork of the same translation team that produced this Bible’s text. Like no other Bible, the NIV Study Bible places an entire resource library for Bible study in your hands. (Please note: I only quote from the NIV for comparison with other, actually reliable translations. As the “translators” have worked very hard to produce a “politically correct” and “gender-friendly” document, I agree with those who refer to this particular work as the “Non-Inspired Version” or the “Nearly Inflammable Version.”)
 
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Nutrition and Health in the BibleO'Bannon, Kathleen. Nutrition & Health in the Bible (The Smart Guide to the Bible Series) Thomas Nelson, 2008. Certified Nutritionist Kathleen O'Bannon compares modern scientific research with what the Bible has to say on food, exercise, and eating disorders. She takes complicated and technical scientific explanations and simplifies them so every day folks can make sense of the facts.
 
The World's Oldest Health PlanO'Bannon, Kathleen. The World's Oldest Health Plan: Health, Nutrition and Healing from the Bible. With the plethora of nutrition books published over the last several years, it's hard to imagine needing another. The World's Oldest Health Plan, however, is one of the few titles that compares nutrition and a healthy lifestyle with the way our biblical ancestors lived. Baldinger shows that the belief of modern science in a low-fat, high fiber diet has actually existed from the beginning of human creation. Baldinger's basic health plan consists of sustaining your body with nourishing foods, drinking pure water, exercising, meeting spiritual needs, and loving and forgiving yourself and your neighbors. Using a relaxed, conversational style, she shows exactly how to implement this plan. Baldinger emphasizes whole grains and fiber and believes meat should be eaten only on special occasions, similar to biblical practices. She says that walking, our ancestors' chief method of locomotion, was a great form of exercise in biblical times and is just as beneficial today. This book, complete with recipes, will inspire both religious and nonreligious readers to adopt a lifestyle that affirms both modern science and the Bible. A complete health plan from the Bible for body, mind and spirit.
 
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Mommy Diagnostics: The Naturally Healthy Family's Guide to Herbs and Whole Foods for HealthParker, Shonda. Mommy Diagnostics: The Naturally Healthy Family's Guide to Herbs and Whole Foods for Health. Professional herbalist Shonda Parker teaches mothers what can be safely treated at home, how to treat with nutritional and botanical medicine, and when to seek professional help. Traditional medicine has given us shots, pills, and expensive treatments. Shonda provides moms with homegrown remedies that are easily available, inexpensive, and that work wonders! As a revival of interest in natural health care occurs, this book is designed to provide a continuing education class for mothers as family health practioners. Mothers observe, evaluate, and even medicate their children on a daily basis. By nature, mothers become family health practitioners, but seek other opinions when appropriate. This book will equip any mother to address her family's day-to-day health needs with confidence and is critical for every mother who is focused on raising healthy kids. Shonda Parker, Professional Family Herbalist and Certified Childbirth Educator, combines her previous medical assistant experience with years of practice in the Parker Home Health Unit, evaluating, diagnosing, and administering care to her five children, while seeking outside care as necessary.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective The Everlasting TraditionPeterson, Galen. The Everlasting Tradition. Kregel Academic & Professional, 1995. Both the Old and New Testaments were given to us in the context of Jewish culture, but most Christians (and many Jewish persons as well) are unfamiliar with the underlying customs and events that give valuable insight into the Gospel message and other biblical teachings. The Everlasting Tradition presents the numerous Jewish customs, holy day celebrations, and biblical events that are woven into the fabric of the Bible’s message. While of special interest to Messianic Believers, this enjoyable and enlightening study will also be of interest to Christian readers who have wondered about the significance of the Bible’s references to items such as phylacteries and Jewish marriage customs. Particularly helpful is Peterson’s discussion of Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and little-know references to Jesus in the contemporary Passover meal.

   Galen Peterson, a graduate of the University of California and Moody Bible Institute, is Executive Director of American Remnant Mission, Pleasant Hill, California, an outreach ministry to the Jewish community. Mr. Peterson teaches witnessing seminars and speaks at numerous conferences as well as writing in the area of biblical and Jewish studies.

 
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Messianic Jewish Perspective Yeshua: The Name of Jesus Revealed in the Old TestamentRambsel, Yacov. Yeshua: The Name of Jesus Revealed in the Old Testament. Toronto: Frontier Research Publications, 1998. An astonishing pattern of significant letters spelling Jesus' name Yeshua encoded at equally spaced intervals beneath the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. God has encoded these Hebrew letters spelling the name of His Messiah—Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ)—in each of the great messianic prophecies. These incredible coded words provide profound insights revealing who Yeshua is, His origin, His mission, and His destiny to return as God’s Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God.
 
Protestant Biblical Interpretation.Ramm, Bernard. Protestant Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998. "Hermeneutics," writes the author, "is the science and art of Biblical interpretation...As such it forms one of the most important members of the theological sciences." After surveying the history of biblical interpretation, the author devotes seventy pages to explicating "the Protestant system of hermeneutics." He then discusses the doctrinal, devotional, and practical use of the Bible. Following a chapter on the hermeneutical dimension of the problem of biblical inerrancy and secular science, he concludes with chapters on the interpretation of types, prophecy, and parables.
 
Reese Chronological BibleReese, Edward and Frank R. Klassen. The Reese Chronological Bible. Nashville: E.E Gaddy & Associates, 1977. The Bible which places all events in the order in which they actually occurred. The Authorized King James Version. Endorsed by Christian leaders of many denominations. Edward Reese (1928-2015) graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1950. Dr. Reese served as a missionary, evangelist, pastor, college professor, and consultant to many Christian organizations for more than 60 years. The chronological Bible is one of his life works, the other being the Reese Chronological Encyclopedia of Christian Biographies. Dr. Reese last taught at The Crown College, in Tennessee, where he and his wife, Margaret, made their home. Learn more at www.reesechronologicalbible.org.
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective Essential JudaismRobinson, George. Essential Judaism: Updated Edition: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs & Rituals You’ll find everything you need to know about being Jewish in this indispensable, revised and updated guide to the religious traditions, everyday practices, philosophical beliefs, and historical foundations of Judaism.    What happens at a synagogue service? What are the rules for keeping kosher? How do I light the Hanukah candles? What is in the Hebrew Bible? What do the Jewish holidays signify? What should I be teaching my children about being Jewish?    With the first edition of Essential Judaism, George Robinson offered the world the accessible compendium that he sought when he rediscovered his Jewish identity as an adult. In his “ambitious and all-inclusive” (New York Times Book Review) guide, Robinson illuminates the Jewish life cycle at every stage and lays out many fascinating aspects of the religion—the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, the evolution of Hasidism, and much more—while keeping a firm focus on the different paths to living a good Jewish life in today’s world. Now, a decade and a half later, Robinson has updated this valuable introductory text with information on topics including denominational shifts, same-sex marriage, the intermarriage debate, transgender Jews, the growth of anti-Semitism, and the changing role of women in worship, along with many other hotly debated topics in the contemporary Jewish world and beyond.    The perfect gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or anyone thinking about conversion—this is the ultimate companion for anyone interested in learning more about Judaism, the kind of book its readers will revisit over and over for years to come.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective The Chronological Gospels:Rood, Michael. The Chronological Gospels: The Life and Seventy Week Ministry of the Messiah. The Chronological Gospels Bible reorganizes Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts and The Revelation in chronological order. You can see what the Messiah was doing each day of his ministry. You can follow along the timeline of his sermons, his miracles and the last days, hours and moments before his crucifixion. The Chronological Gospels also explains the religious debates and issues at the forefront during the Messiah’s ministry and really reveals why he was so hated by those that wanted to kill him.
   When reconstructed in this manner, the Gospel records synchronize beautifully. Any apparent contradictions that have bothered you are resolved, and the Messiah’s message to his disciples then – and what we can take away from it now – becomes clear and that much more powerful.
   No longer do you have to try to piece together the Messiah’s life from four separate accounts from different authors with different perspectives. It is done for you! Now all sides of the story are combined and organized so you can watch the motion picture of the Messiah’s ministry unfold before your eyes like you’ve never been able to experience before. If you have ever longed to truly know your Messiah, this is what you have been awaiting.
 
The Twelfth ImamRosenberg, Joel. The Twelfth Imam.
A New York Times bestseller, Over 250,000 sold! Book 1 in the David Shirazi series
“Don’t you know how close we are, you fool? Don’t you know how pious we must be? He’s coming at any moment. We must be ready.” ―From The Twelfth Imam    As the apocalyptic leaders of Iran call for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S., CIA operative David Shirazi is sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program―without leaving American fingerprints, and without triggering a regional war. At extreme personal risk, Shirazi undertakes his assignment.    A native Farsi speaker whose family escaped from Iran in 1979, he couldn’t be better prepared for the mission. But none of his training has prepared Shirazi for what will happen next. An obscure religious cleric is suddenly hailed throughout the region as the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. News of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders spreads like wildfire, as do rumors of a new and horrific war.    With the prophecy of the Twelfth Imam seemingly fulfilled, Iran’s leaders prepare to strike Israel and bring about the End of Days. Shirazi must take action, but the clock is ticking.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective You Bring the Bagels, I’ll Bring the GospelRubin, Barry. You Bring the Bagels, I’ll Bring the Gospel: Sharing the Messiah with Your Jewish Neighbor. Everything you need to know about talking to Jewish people about the Messiah.
Reviews: … a superb job of sharing with believers the ways in which they can share their faith with Jewish people. — Harold A. Sevener, former President, Chosen People Ministries
… the most enjoyable and readable book I have seen recently on sharing the Gospel with our Jewish neighbors. — Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Ph.D.
Barry Rubin, a Jewish believer, has come to our rescue with this winsome, utterly lucid book. — Dr. Arthur F. Glasser, Dean Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary
No better help is available than this book. — Erwin Kolb, Th.D, Exec. Director for Evangelism, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
About the Author: Barry Rubin is the President of Lederer Messianic Jewish Communications and leader of Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation, both located in Maryland.
 
What the Bible Says About Healthy LivingRussell, Rex. What the Bible Says About Healthy Living: 3 Principles That Will Change Your Diet and Improve Your Health. Gospel Light, 2008. Learn how to make wise decisions regarding what you put in your mouth and lose weight naturally. In What The Bible Says About Healthy Living, Dr. Rex Russell combines biblical wisdom with modern-day science to create a foundational health plan that will put you on the path toward living a healthy lifestyle. Foreword by Dr. Jordan Rubin. Paperback.
 
Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical TruthRyrie, Charles C. Basic Theology: A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth, Victor Books, Wheaton, IL, 1986. Everyone is a theologian of sorts. Theology simply means thinking about God and expressing those thoughts in some way. But sloppy theology is a problem. As Christians, our thoughts about God need to coincide with what He has said about Himself in the Bible. With his clear understanding of the Scriptures and accessible writing style, Charles Ryrie has written Basic Theology for every student of God's Word, from the lay reader to the seminary student.
 
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The Great Dinosaur MistakeSeagraves, Kelly L. The Great Dinosaur Mistake. San Diego: Beta Books, 1975. Scientific discoveries showing that man and dinosaurs lived at the same time.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Return of the RemnantSchiffman, Michael. Return of the Remnant: The Rebirth of Messianic Judaism. Messianic Jewish Resources International, 1996. Messianic Judaism is a modern movement with an ancient past. Its resurgence in these last days may hold the key to world redemption. A bridge between Jews and Christians, today’s Messianic Jewish movement is being used by God to reach his chosen people. Dr. Michael Schiffman, a Messianic Jew, gives us a comprehensive understanding of Messianic Judaism. In Return of the Remnant he: documents Messianic Jewish history from the first century to today; explains where Messianic Judaism fits theologically and culturally; examines difficult issues concerning both Jews and non-Jews--the Law, the tri-unity of God, etc. He reports his research on modern Messianic congregations and shows how Messianic Judaism relates to both synagogue and church. Paperback, 180 pages.
 
The Narrated Bible - NIV - In Chronological OrderSmith, F. LaGard. The Narrated Bible - NIV - In Chronological Order. Eugene, Oregon: Harves House Publishers, 1984. The Narrated Bible, unique in concept and design, combines chronological accuracy, typographic innovation, and an easy–to–read format featuring the widely acclaimed NIV text. A beloved favorite—now with a new cover. The Narrated Bible is the only chronological presentation of God’s Word with devotional commentary to guide the reader, including the laws of Moses presented together in one unified legal code arranged by subject, the wisdom literature, including Proverbs, presented topically, the four Gospels gathered together in one harmonious account, Paul’s epistles integrated and presented within the historical record of Acts. Bible readers, ministers, students, and teachers will be delighted with this remarkable Bible. Unfortunately, the unreliable NIV text is not nearly as good as Smith’s narrative. 
 
Therefore StandSmith, Wilbur M. Therefore Stand: A Plea for a Vigorous Apologetic in This Critical Hour of the Christian Faith. Boston: W. A Wilde Co., 1945. The title is based on the Ephesian letter in which Paul urges the Christian to "put on the whole armor of God." A general work on Christian apologetics, covering primarily three great aspects of the Christian faith: the creation of the world, the resurrection of Christ, and the coming Judgment. "The main purpose which the author of this work has had in mind throughout its writing is that from its perusal some of the present generation of young men, whose faith in God and in the Bible has been shaken or destroyed, by the years spent in collegiate institutions and universities where the Christian faith is under constant attack and ridicule, and those who have come under the power of the spirit of skepticism and irreligiousness of our present unbelieving age, might be persuaded to consider fairly, without prejudice, as they would any subject offered in college, the evidences which support and confirm the great elemental truths of the Christian faith, and find, in this reconsideration, or perhaps new consideration, a solid foundation on which a real and abiding faith might be built. In the well-known phraseology of the Apostle Paul, this volume has been written for "the defense and confirmation of faith." The author believes that now, more than ever, the facts of life, the facts of history, and the facts of science, are not on the side of ganosticism and atheism, but on the side of Christian truth, and that our faith is definitely not contradicted by facts, but is opposed only by the theories of men, whether they be theories of philosophy, psychology, and sociology, or the hypotheses of science. Young men today are selling their souls (and minds) too cheaply in forfeiting their holy God-given privilege of independent thinking, andae too quickly and willingly yielding their minds to, and framing the deeper convictions of life from, the teachings of skeptical professors, and the rationalistic assertions of many of our leaders of thought, such as Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, H. G. Wells, Julian Huxley, etc. If this volume shall but arouse some young men to the reinvestigation of the facts of the Christian faith, a faith which they have been told can no longer be reasonably held, if this volume shall prove an incentive for men to emancipate them..." [from preface]
 
Smith’s Bible DictionarySmith, William. Smith’s Bible Dictionary. The book 'A Dictionary of the Bible', was originally put together under the editorial supervision of William Smith in 1863. It was a three volume set published in London and Boston. Later it was expanded to a 4 volume set, which was published in 1893 under the title 'A Dictionary of the Bible comprising its antiquities, biography, geography, and natural history'. Today we know this monumental work as Smith's Bible Dictionary. It is a collection of over 4500 entries on words found in the Bible. It contains explanations that help place the people, places and events in their historical context. It also references the parts of the Bible which are relevant to each word. The Kindle version of Smith's Dictionary contains a table of contents for each letter of the dictionary and is cross-referenced for each entry. It also contains the entire King James Version (KJV) of the Bible which is linked to the references in the entries.
 
How We Got Our BibleSmyth, John Patterson (1852). How We Got Our Bible. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912; Sagwan Press (August 27, 2015). A brief overview of the history of Bible translation from the earliest manuscripts to the beginning of the twentieth century.
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"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective The Essential Talmud: An IntroductionSteinsaltz, Adin, Shlomo Zacks, et al. The Essential Talmud. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. 1976. The Essential Talmud is a masterful introduction by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz to the great repository of Jewish wisdom, the Talmud. A book of profound scholarship and concise pedagogy, The Essential Talmud succinctly describes the Talmud's history, structure, and methodology. It summarizes the Talmud's main principles, demonstrates its contemporary relevance, and captures the spirit of this unique and paradoxical sacred text as a human expression of divine law.

Messianic Jewish Perspective The Complete Jewish BibleStern, David H. The Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B'Rit Hadashah (New Testament) (Updated 2017) New features of this Bible: Updated text and an introduction for each book of the bible written from a biblically Jewish perspective.
   Why is this Bible different from all other Bibles? Because it is the only English version fully Jewish in style and presentation. It includes Dr. Stern’s newly updated version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and his highly acclaimed Jewish New Testament. The Complete Jewish Bible:
  • follows the Hebrew Bible order of the Tanakh’s books, the order with which Yeshua (Jesus) was familiar
  • makes no separation between Old and New Testaments
  • clarifies misunderstandings by recognizing the Jewish historical/ cultural background of the text
  • offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts, using easy-to-read English transliterations and pronunciations
  • focuses on Messianic prophecy
  • gives the traditional weekly and holiday synagogue readings, plus relevant readings from the B'rit Hadashah (New Testament)
  • reconnects Christians with their Jewish roots and the Jewish people
  • connects Jews with the Jewishness of Messiah Yeshua and Messianic faith
Other features of this Bible:
  • a comprehensive introduction
  • a pronouncing explanatory glossary
  • a reverse glossary
  • special maps to aid in Bible understanding.
The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone Jew and non-Jew alike.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Complete Jewish Study BibleStern, David H., Rabbi Barry Rubin (ed.), et al. Complete Jewish Study Bible: Illuminating the Jewishness of God's Word. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Pubslishers, 2016.
   The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the newly updated text of the best-selling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith―God’s redemptive plan for his people. Readers will be enriched through this Jewish reading of Scripture and the revelation of the long-awaited Messiah, Yeshua, throughout both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament).
   Key Features:
  • Over 100 articles―categorized into twelve themes―run throughout the Bible covering topics such as Jewish Customs, Messianic Prophecy, the Names of God, Shabbat, the Torah, and more
  • Over thirty additional topical articles―ranging from such subjects as the menorah and repentance, to Yeshua’s “Sermon on the Mount” and the Noachide Laws (the laws given by God to Noah and subsequent generations) and their applicability to Gentiles―offer fresh insight and spiritual application
  • New Bible book introductions, written from a Jewish perspective
  • Follows the Jewish order of the Takakh’s books (Old Testament), the order with which Yeshua was familiar
  • Includes extensive bottom-of-the-page notes throughout to help readers understand the historical background and cultural context of the text
  •  Provides Scripture readings for Sabbaths, Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts
  • Offers the original Hebrew names for all people, places, and concepts, as well as a pronunciation guide
  • Articles written by over thirty contributors (both Jewish and Christian), including Drs. John and Patrice Fischer, Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Rabbi Barney Kasdan, and many more
  • Featuring quotes and excerpts from well-known Rabbis and scholars, both ancient and modern, such as Dr. Walter Kaiser, Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Gamaliel, Rabbi Hillel, Rabbi Shammai, Rabbi Akiva, Maimonides, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Michael Rydelnik, and many more
  • In addition to these topical articles and detailed study notes, there are twelve tracks or themes running throughout the Bible with 117 articles, covering topics such as Jewish Customs, the Names of God, Shabbat, and the Torah
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Jewish New Testament CommentaryStern, David H. Jewish New Testament Commentary The Torah (Law of Moses): is it in full force today? Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah… I have come not to abolish, but to complete.” What did he mean? Sha'ul (Paul) wrote, “All Israel will be saved.” Was he speaking of all Jews? Messianic Jews (Jews who believe Yeshua is the Messiah)? The Church? Who is Israel? Why did Yeshua juxtapose the saying, “Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth” and “The eye is the light of the body”? Dr. David Stern, a Messianic Jew living in Jerusalem, speaks to these and other issues in the Jewish New Testament Commentary. In this companion volume to his widely read and highly acclaimed Jewish New Testament, he offers an exciting and original way of understanding the New Testament from a Jewish point of view.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Messianic Jewish ManifestoStern, David H. Messianic Jewish Manifesto. Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1988. 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. A call to action for Messianic Jews and a source of information for others, whether in favor, opposed, or just curious.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective Restoring the Jewishness of the GospelStern, David H. Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel. Clarksville, MD: Messianic Jewish Resources International; Revised edition (August 19, 2009). A book the whole Church needs to read! A challenge to conventional Christian ideas! 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 antisemitic? 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).
 
Science SpeaksStoner, Peter W. Science Speaks. Chicago: Moody Press, 1958, 1963, 1969. Scientific proof of the accuracy of prophecy and the Bible. Professor Stoner examines the findings of science and the Genesis account of creation. He considers the day by day order of creation and shows the accuracy of Moses' record. An enlightening comparison of biblical truth and established scientific data. Currently out of print and very rare!
 
Pro-Bible Perspective The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the BibleStrong, James. The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries. Thomas Nelson; Large Print, February 28, 2010. This large print edition of the legendary classic puts generations of biblical research at your fingertips. Now you can easily find any word in the Bible in this comprehensive, readable concordance. A one-of-a-kind concordance, The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible retains the best of the original version, while adding new strengths and enhanced accuracy for all who seek to discover the full riches of God's Word.

Features Include:

  • Every word of the King James Version of the Bible is indexed.
  • Variant spellings of proper names included, so that you can use this resource with other Bible translations, including the NIV, NKJV, NASB, NRSV, and ESV.
  • Scripture references are listed next to Strong's reference numbers for quick and accurate identification.
  • Thumb-index system helps you smoothly find what you're looking for.
  • A corrected and enhanced Main Concordance, including the numbering system, offers greater accuracy and dependability.
  • Strong's entries with multiple numbers referencing multiple Hebrew and Greek words are cited in full.
  • Comprehensive Hebrew and Greek dictionary.
This classic tool is now much easier to read and use and is computer generated, giving you greater accuracy. The Strong's numbering system links you directly to the original Greek and Hebrew words. If you're looking for a complete yet simple concordance that allows for precise and accurate word study, The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is the ideal choice for your library. A valuable tool for pastors, teachers, and students of the Bible.
 
GrowingDeepInTheChristianLifeSwindoll, Charles R. Growing Deep in the Christian Life. Zondervan (April 3, 1995). Whether you drive a truck, wait tables, work in an office, or ferry the kids to and from soccer practice, Chuck Swindoll understands that your world is practical, earthy, tough, and relentless. Growing Deep in the Christian Life takes theology out of the ivory tower and enables you to apply it to where you live every day. The basics of the faith are the roots from which we draw emotional stability, mental food for growth, and spiritual energy and perspective on life. Growing Deep in the Christian Life offers an easy-going and practical approach that reviews ten key doctrines and shows their power to strengthen and encourage you in faith. Swindoll says, "By returning to our roots, we determine precisely where we stand. We equip ourselves for living the life God designed us to live." Growing Deep in the Christian Life helps you dig deeper and discover the essentials of the faith--essentials that enable you to experience Christian discipleship at a richer and more mature level.
 
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Pro-Bible Perspective Strongest StrongsThomas, Robert L. (Editor). The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance (Strongest Strong's). If the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition, is your favorite translation, then The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance is indispensable. With over 400,000 entries listing every word in the updated NASB, it gives you a powerful and essential reference tool for scaling the heights and plumbing the depths of God’s Word. Locate even the most obscure Scripture verses quickly and easily. Conduct thorough, revealing word studies that uncover shades of meaning from the original Bible languages. Organize your own studies on subjects of your choosing. The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance lets you do it all. It’s the cornerstone of your NASB resource library.

A Stunning Array of World-Class Features:

  • Every word in the updated NASB listed alphabetically and referenced in order of appearance to every book, chapter, and verse of the Bible.
  • Over 400,000 entries
  • Enhanced Strong’s numbering system for use with updated NASB
  • Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek dictionaries trace words in the NASB text to their equivalents in the original Bible languages for a better understanding of their meaning and application
  • Clear instructions for use of the concordance and dictionaries
  • Select bibliography … and more
 
  The Physics of ImmortalityTipler, Frank J. The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Is there a higher power in the universe? What happens to us when we die? Leading physicist Frank J. Tipler tackles these questions and more in an astonishing and profoundly important book that scientifically proves the existence of God and the physical resurrection of the dead.
 
"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective The Complete Book of Jewish ObservanceTrepp, Rabbi Leo. The Complete Book of Jewish Observance: A One-Volume Guide to the Ceremonies and Practices of Judaism. New York: Behrman House, 1980. A guide to the traditional Jewish religious ceremonies and prayers explains how to celebrate the holidays and describes the rituals associated with the various stages of life
 
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Pro-Bible Perspective Vine's Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testament WordsVine, William Edwyn. Vine's Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testament Words. Thomas Nelson (June 10, 2003). Dig into the meanings of the words used by the original Bible authors-quickly and easily. This affordable edition of a classic study resource helps those with limited or no background in Hebrew or Greek to study the meaning of biblical words in the original languages. Vine's Expository Dictionary includes thousands of biblical words in one English A to Z listing for each Testament. Each entry covers how the word is used, its key occurrences in the Bile, its English transliteration, and definitions of its various uses in the Old or New Testament. A great resource for students, pastors, teachers, and anyone who enjoys biblical word studies.
   
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  Englishman’s Greek ConcordanceWigram, George V. The Englishman’s Greek Concordance of the New Testament. Hendrickson Academic; Subsequent edition (September 1, 1994) This is the Greek concordance for non-specialists! Every Greek word in the New Testament is listed in Greek alphabetical order, along with a brief rendering in English of every verse in which that word appears. One major improvement: each Greek word is defined so you can compare its various English translations. Entries are coded to Strong's Concordance for additional assistance.
 
Babylon Mystery ReligionWoodrow, Ralph. Babylon Mystery Religion. Riverside, California: Ralph Woodrow Evangelistic Association, 1966. Babylon Mystery Religion is a detailed Biblical and historical account of how, when, why, and where ancient paganism was mixed with Christianity. From the early days of Babylon and the legends surrounding Nimrod, Semiramis, and Tammuz, certain rites and rituals are traced in their various developments, thus providing clues whereby the "mystery" is solved! The apostles had predicted there would come a "falling away" and the proof of their prediction is now evident in history. With such evidence in hand, all true believers should seek, as never before, the simplicity found in Christ himself and to earnestly contend for that original faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
 
Messianic Jewish Perspective World Messianic VersionThe World Messianic Bible is an update of the American Standard Version of 1901, which is in the Public Domain. It is a Public Domain translation of the Holy Bible into modern English as spoken among Messianic Jews, and has been edited to conform to the Greek Majority Text New Testament. It has also been called the World English Bible: Messianic Edition and the Hebrew Names Version. Download to your computer for free or get the Kindle version for your phone or tablet.
 
God in a Technological AgeWren-Lewis, John. God in a Technological Age. Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, 1967. This is the story of one man's theological pilgrimage in a search for God in a technological age and how that man, a modern scientist, was turned into an apologist for Christianity by his approach to the radical theology of our time. Out of print; very rare.
 
The New Testament: An Expanded TranslationWuest, Kenneth S. The New Testament: An Expanded Translation Unlike other versions of the New Testament, this translation uses as many English words as are necessary to bring out the richness, force, and clarity of the Greek Text. Intended as a companion to, or commentary on, the standard translations, Wuest’s “expanded translation” follows the Greek word order and especially reflects emphases and contrasts indicated by the original text.
 
Word Studies from the Greek New Testament (4 volume set)Wuest, Kenneth S. Word Studies from the Greek New Testament (4 volume set) A wealth of information on most of the Greek New Testament---all in non-technical language! This readers companion series clarifies many of the English words that do not fully capture the meaning of original Greek words. Includes topical word and devotional studies, book studies on most of Pauls epistles, and Wuests New Testament.
[3 volume set, minus The New Testament: An Expanded Translation]
 
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Hebrew Roots Perspective Paul the Jewish TheologianYoung, Brad H. Paul the Jewish Theologian reveals Saul of Tarsus as a man who, though rejected in the synagogue, never truly left Judaism. Author Young disagrees with long held notions that Hellenism was the context which most influenced Paul's communication of the Gospel. This skewed notion has led to widely divergent interpretations of Paul's writings. Only in rightly aligning Paul as rooted in his Jewishness and training as a Pharisee can he be correctly interpreted. Young asserts that Paul's view of the Torah was always positive, and he separates Jesus' mission among the Jews from Paul's call to the Gentiles.
 
Hebrew Roots Perspective Jesus the Jewish TheologianYoung, Brad H. Jesus the Jewish Theologian establishes Jesus firmly within the context of first-century Judaism and shows how understanding Jesus' Jewishness is crucial for interpreting the New Testament and for understanding the nature of Christian faith. Insights from Jewish literature, archeology, and tradition help modern readers place Jesus within his original context. Particular attention is given to the Jewish roots of Jesus' teaching concerning the kingdom of God.
 
Young's Literal Translation of the BibleYoung, Robert. Young's Literal Translation of the Bible is a strictly literal translation of the original Hebrew and Greek texts. It was written in 1898 by Robert Young. It is a great resource for anyone serious about finding out what the original authors of the Bible actually wrote. It is based on the translation principle of Formal Equivalence and is in the public domain in the USA.
Download for free: PDF  MSWord epub
 
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Hebrew Roots Perspective Celebrating Biblical FeastsZimmerman, Martha. Celebrating Biblical Feasts: In Your Home or Church. Experience the New Testament significance of Old Testament feasts. Serving up rich insights into seven Jewish meals, Zimmerman explains the meaning of each repast, lists materials necessary for observance, and provides complete directions for the events. Help your family or church grasp the symbolic representations of Christ found in Passover, the Sabbath and more.
 
   

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