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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, …”

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Website Bibliography and
Suggested Reading List

Much of the information on this website has come 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 doctrines of the Bible.

Primary Viewpoint Represented

Christian Perspective Gentile
    Hebrew Roots Perspective Hebrew
    Messianic Jewish Perspective Messianic
    "Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective Traditional
    Pro-Bible Perspective Pro-Bible‡     Bishop's staff clipart Roman
* Distinctly Gentile Christian, but with sensitivity toward the Hebrew Roots of Christianity.
‡ Pro-Bible, but not necessarily slanted towards either a wholly Jewish or wholly Christian perspective.
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Messianic Jewish Perspective

Berkowitz, Ariel, Dvorah, Michele. 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

Berkowitz, Ariel, Dvorah, Michele. Torah Rediscovered. 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 Blizzard, 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.

Bowman, 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, 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."

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Chafer, Lewis Sperry Systematic Theology (4 Volume Set) The original eight volumes are now complete and unabridged in four! 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

Chernoff, 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 Cohen, 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

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. 


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.

Criswell, 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, 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.

Deal, 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.

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Egan, Hope. Holy Cow! Does God Care about What We Eat? First Fruits of Zion, 2005. Join messiah magazine editor and best-selling author Hope Egan on her personal journey through what the Bible says about eating meat. Hope helps you see how science and Scripture brilliantly intertwine. Promoting neither legalism nor vegetarianism, Holy Cow! gently challenges you to take a fresh look at how you live out your faith!

Elwell, 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.
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Eusebius, Paul L. Maier (Translator) 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.

Evans, 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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Fischer, 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.

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First 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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Garr, 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.

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Gaston 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.

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Geiermann, 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.

Geisler, Normal 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.

Gish, 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.

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.

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.

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Glaser, Mitch and Zhava. 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.

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.

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Hartill, 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

Hegg, Tim. FellowHeirs: Jews & Gentiles Together in the Family of G-d. 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.

Hick, John. The Existence of God. 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.

Hill, 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.

Hislop, 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)

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Intrater, 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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Jeffrey, Grant R. The Signature of God (Enlarged & 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.

Messianic Jewish Perspective Juster, 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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Josephus, Flavius. Josephus: The Complete Works. 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

Juster, Dan. Jewish Roots. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 1995. Messianic Judaism, as a system of orthopraxy for both Jewish and non-Jewish Christians, can be confusing to both outsiders and novitiates. Daniel Juster, through decades of earnestly searching for the core of his Jewish-ness, offers the fruit of his labor in Jewish Roots. Through a proper view and application of the biblical foundations for the Jewish faith (as well as Christianity) Juster shows us how Messianic Jews find liberation in the structure of the traditional Jewish faith and the recognition of Jesus of Nazareth as the Jewish Messiah.

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Kasdan, Barney. God’s Appointed Customs. 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.

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Kasdan, 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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Lancaster, 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.

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Lancaster, 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.

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Lancaster, 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, Bob. Larson's Book of Cults. Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1983. This book covers the beliefs of all the major cults pseudo-Christian cults.

"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective

Levine, 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.

Lewis, 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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McDowell, 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.

McDowell, 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.


McDowell, 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.

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.

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McMillen, S.I. and David E. Stern. 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.


Meldau, 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 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.
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Messiah 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.

Morris, 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.

Morris, 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.

Morris, 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.

Morris, 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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NIV Study Bible by Zondervan. Dive into a deeper study of God’s Word with the comprehensive NIV Study Bible
   The beloved 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.

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O'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.

O'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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Parker, 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.

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Peterson, 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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Rambsel, 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.

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, 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

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Robinson, 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.

Rosenberg, 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.

Russell, 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.

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Seagraves, Kelly L. The Great Dinosaur Mistake. San Diego: Beta Books, 1975. Scientific discoveries showing that man and dinosaurs lived at the same time.

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Schiffman, 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.

Smith, F. LaGard. The Narrated Bible - NIV - In Chronological Order. Eugene, Oregon: Harves House Publishers, 1984.  

Smith, 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. 

Smith, 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.

Smyth, J. Patterson. How We Got the Bible. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1912. A brief overview of the history of Bible translation from the earliest manuscripts to the beginning of the twentieth century. (No longer in print. Click here and here for the same title by other authors.)

"Traditional" (Non-Messianic) Jewish Perspective Steinsaltz, Adin. The Essential Talmud. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc. 1976. A general introduction to the beliefs, attitudes, and methods of the sacred text by which the Jewish people have lived and survived through the ages by a renowned Israeli rabbi, scholar, and teacher. The first book to capture the flavor and spirit of the Talmud as a human document and to summarize its main principles as an expression of divine law.

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Stern, David H. The Complete Jewish Bible (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 Stern, 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
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Stern, David. 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.

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Stern, David. 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.

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Stern, David. 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).

Stoner, 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.

Swindoll, Charles R. Growing Deep in the Christian Life. Portland: Multnomah Press, 1986, 1995. The great truths of Bible doctrine explained in the totally practical "where the rubber meets the road" sort of way that Dr. Swindoll's students have come to expect.

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  Tipler, 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.
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Wuest, 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.
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]
Woodrow, 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.

Wren-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.

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Hebrew Roots Perspective Young, 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 Young, 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.

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Zimmerman, Martha. Celebrating Biblical Feasts. 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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