Study Books For Relearning the Christian Faith From Its Founders Viewpoint

Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel -David H. Stern, Ph. D. This is a 'Must Read' book for everyone, Jew and Gentile, to discover the Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith. It reveals the Hebraic view of many of both Jesus' teachings and the apostle Paul's Jewish view of Gentile outreach. More than any other book, the 'Jewishness' of the apostle Paul and Christianity is revealed in the Hebrew view of his epistles to the Roman, Ephesian and Galatian churches.
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The Hebrew Yeshua vs. The Greek Jesus - by Rabbi Nehemiah Gordon. Nehemiah is a Karaite Jew, meaning a Jew whose faith is goverened by the letter of the Torah (books of Moses) and not by any Pharisaic rules or commentary. Nehemiah was a translator for the English publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is an expert in manuscript translations. However, he was asked by a messianic friend to use his language and manuscript skills to resolve a textual problem in the gospel of Matthew. Nehemiah wrote up the saga of this exploration in this book. There is perhaps not other book I know which is so easy to read (less than 100 pages!) that presents Jesus calling Israel back to their roots in pure Torah Observance.
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They Never Told Me THIS in Church - Greg Deuble. This book should be your first purchase. It is extremely well organized and fully documented. The author delves into the history of many common Christian beliefs and exposes their pagan origins. The book compares many of the Roman-Byzantine traditions against the earlier Hebrew concepts. Mr. Deuble is a Bible College trained pastor but currently earns a living in the medical field.
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When Jesus Became God - by Richard E. Rubenstein. Dr. Rubenstein is a Jewish professor of 'Conflict Resolution'. As a Jew and a disinterested party, he has no doctrinal ax to grind to slant his presentation of historical events. His interest is purely professional: How did the early Christian church resolved its internal conflicts? However, this book is an easy read, seeming more like a 'who-dunit' novel than an historial study. The author focuses on only two characters from the late 3rd and early 4th century religious wars who represent two opposing doctrinal views of the deity of Jesus: Arius and Athanasius. These two are mostly responsible for Constantine calling the bishops together in an ecumenical council in 325 CE to resolve the divisive fights in the church.
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The Cross & the Prodigal - by Kenneth E. Baily. Dr. Baily will immerse you into a Middle Eastern village and show you how the story of the prodigal son would have been perceived from the perspective of that culture. His insights will astound and amaze westerners at how little we understand about their way of life and the meaning of seeminly small social infractions. More than any other book, this one will awaken the Bible student to the need to understand the Hebrew way of life depicted in the Bible. Dr. Baily gained his insights by living among the nomadic peoples of the Middle East during his summers off from his professorship duties. Dr. Baily as also written books in Arabic for Middle Eastern Christians.
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The Bible and the Land - by Gary M. Burge. Dr. Burge is a professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. He is a widely-recognized expert in Jewish, Hellenistic and other cultures of the Middle East. This book shows the reader how the culture and language of the Hebrews was shaped by their wilderness lifestyle. This is attested to when Jeus left to spend 40 days in the wilderness immediatly following his baptism (ordination) to his ministry. His book is profusely illustrated with photographs relating to each topic he covers. The pictures are worth the price.
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2000 Years Of Charismatic Christianity - by Eddie L. Hyatt. This book is completely different from all those above. Many critics from the Roman-Byzantine tradition have criticized the Pentecostal movement for its perceived lack of historical foundation. However, pastor Hyatt documents that the evidences of the power of holy spirit have spontaneously arisen in many parts of Christendom and in all eras where men and women seek God and his power. He shows beyond doubt that the Pentecostal power of holy spirit has never died out nor should it have since the 1st century. I do not subscribe to Pentecostal beliefs (most of which are founded on experience much more than scripture) and I especially object to many of their practices. But that the Power of God is evident in the movement beyond question as evidenced in speaking in tongues, prophesy and healings.
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