Here you will find several of the books I've read and what my thoughts on them are. Some are positive and some are negative but all are simply what I think on any given subject. Books are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 with a thumbs up or a thumbs down . For example, a book I really like and encourage everyone to get or at least read would look like this: + 5. However, one that I think people should avoid like the plague would look something like this: + 5.
|Rosh haShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come
by Joseph Good, Hatikva Ministries
This is by far a must have in every library. Although the name implies it only deals with the festival of Rosh haShanah (Trumpets) it actually deals with many topics that are essential for every believer to be able to rightly divide the Word of G‑d. This book is 204 pages and every one of them is reeling with information that every believer needs to know. This is the first book I read when I started moving into the Messianic movement in 1988.
This book will enable the believer in Yeshua to read the scriptures and, for themselves dig out special gems that G-d has placed in His word that only those that know how to decipher it are blessed to receive. The topics covered are:
| The Messiah Text
by Raphael Patai
Raphael Patai expertly gathers and expands on a plethora of information concerning the topic of the Messiah. He covers many topics concerning the Messiah. The Suffering Messiah as well as Elijah being the forerunner of the Messiah are covered as well as the resurrection and the False Messiah (Armilus).The book is 373 pages so it is as a complete listing in one place as I have ever seen concerning the concepts of the Messiah in Jewish writings. There are, of course, several conclusions that I disagree with, but this is, or should be, a given. Even my wife doesn't agree with everything I write, go figure.
On average this is a very, very good book full of valuable information that will help the reader understand the scriptures from a Jewish viewpoint. And since the New Testament is a Jewish work, written by Jews in a Jewish context, to look at it from any view other than a Jewish one is to delve in folly.
| The Sabbath Breaker
by: D. Thomas Lancaster, FFOZ
Mr. Lancaster has, as is his way, gathered together several of his discussions and placed them together to form a book. This is a short book but Mr. Lancaster quickly asserts his view, and those of FFOZ, that Yeshua was indeed a Sabbath breaker. His thesis is that while Yeshua was a Sabbath breaker it was alright because he choose mercy and compassion over observance.
Mr. Lancaster, as well as all FFOZ's material completely ignores or is unaware of the fact that there were many schools of thought in the first century of the common era. Dr. Flusser rightly states that there was no Judaism in the first century but rather, Judaisms. Without understanding this single topic one is at a loss to explain the arguments found in the scriptures between our Messiah and the various sects within Judaism, and even the different factions found within the sects themselves.
This book also deals heavily with the Oral Law and Mr. Lancaster, as well as FFOZ's stance on this topic is they take what Orthodox Judaism says about the Oral Law hook, line and sinker. This creates many problems that simply cannot be worked around and the only conclusion is the one Mr. Lancaster comes to, Yeshua is a Sabbath breaker which makes him a sinner and rebellious towards the Torah, G-d forbid!
There are other explanations that make much more sense and doesn't have Yeshua breaking any commandments but you have to admit that the Oral Law is not quit what the Orthodox community claims it to be. This, of course, in no way implies that there is no need for the Oral Law, that also would be incorrect. But the fact is, there is no substantial proof when many of the laws in the Oral Torah were made or even where they came from. There is much proof that many of them were from the Rabbis and Sages of the late B.C.E. and early C.E. During the time of Yeshua there were some 70 different schools of thought, not just the Schools of Hillel and Shammai. There is considerable evidence that what was taking place in the Gospels is not Yeshua breaking the Sabbath but rather him defining which of the various rulings were correct. This book doesn't even broach this concept.
+ 5 strongly
| Jesus the
by: Harvey Falk
This is another of my favorite books. Mr. Falk has done a great service for everyone that has the fortune to read this book. Although not a believer in Yeshua as the Messiah he attempts to explain many of the problems that plague both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. This book explains the schools of Hillel and Shammai and Yeshua's dissention with these schools. Mr. Faulk gets his thesis from Rabbi Jacob Emden. He explains how these two schools and primarily the School of Shammai, ruled the Jewish world of the first century common era.
With this understanding it quickly becomes apparent that without proper knowledge and understanding of these schools one is at a loss in interpreting the New Testament. Sha'ul (Paul) also had to deal with these schools and understanding his writings simply must be looked at in the light of them. When using the information in this book the scriptures will begin to make perfect sense. Of course, there is also some conclusions that Mr. Falk comes to that I completely disagree with but over all this is an essential book.
| Biblically Kosher
by: Aaron Eby, FFOZ
Aaron Eby does a wonderful job of explaining the concept of kosher. He falls short, as does all of FFOZ's material when it comes to the non-Jews obligation to Torah. His, and FFOZ's opinion is that non-Jews can keep nearly any commandment they want by choice but there is very little commandments that actually apply to the non-Jew, with this I could not disagree more.
So his conclusion is that non-Jews can keep full kosher if they wish but they are under no obligation to do so. He does, however, express that non-Jews should only eat kosher meats and animals, of this I am pleased to hear. He does mention Cornelius and states that he must have been keeping kosher on some level. I disagree with this statement, Cornelius had to be keeping strict kosher or Peter would not have been able to eat with him. Jews must keep their kosher requirements at all times, even when eating in the home of a non-Jewish believer.
| Prophesies in the Book of Esther
by: Joseph Good, Hatikva Ministries
Joseph Good has once again written a masterpiece. Although most of his work is in DVD format the few books he has written are indeed unique and a complete pleasure to read. The wealth of information is astounding. This small book looks at the book of Ester in a completely new light. It even ties the book of Ester and the ten sons of Haman with the Nazis trial at Nuremburg. That alone is astounding.
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