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Monday, January 4, 2016

What Every Christian Needs to Know About . . .

Jesus was born to a Jewish mother and father, was raised in a Jewish household with all of the Jewish traditions. But many Christians overlook His heritage and His education and upbringing. Because of one question, Rabbi Evan Moffic wrote a book--the question was, "What should Christians really know about Jesus' Jewishness?" He takes the teachings of Jesus and puts them in a Jewish context--especially the first century context. What the Jews of the times wanted was a Messiah who would free them from Roman Rule and Roman domination. Jesus offered this, but not in the way they expected--He offered a peace that reigned in spite of circumstances. He took Talmudic law and turned it on its head by offering peaceable solutions to human problems.

One part of Rabbi Moffic's book that I wish to restudy is how The Lord's Prayer fit into Jesus' Jewish culture.

Rabbi Moffic's style of writing is conversational and easy to read. He explains things so that even the lightest Bible scholar can understand them. He reminds the reader of Jesus' many references to the book of Deuteronomy. I want to study that too.

I give this book four stars. I've read better treatises about Jesus' Jewishness, but this was a good treatment of the subject.

My thanks to Abingdon Press for allowing me to read and review this book.

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