The Apostle Paul compared Gentile Christians to olive branches cut from wild olive trees and grafted into the olive tree of Israel. He believed that the dividing wall separating Jew and Gentile had been removed, and to him this was the “mystery of the Gospel.”
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.”
Christian theology of Israel has changed more in the past hundred years than at any other time in the past eighteen hundred. The rise of dispensationalism, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the renewal of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the post-Holocaust era have all informed a modern movement of Christians who are supportive of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
In Israel Matters, the author of Yeshua Matters takes a theology centered on Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth one step further. Once we realize we are following a practitioner of Judaism, the King of Israel, and the promised Savior of the Jewish people, what happens to our theology of Israel?
We see depictions of him in movies, paintings, and stained-glass windows. We hear about him from the pulpit and the stage. We read about him in the Gospels. As his disciples, we follow him; we revere him; we glorify him. But how well do we really know him?
Yeshua Matters is the story of a pastor who discovers that Jesus Christ was not just a Jewish person, but a practicing Jew, a teacher of Judaism—a rabbi, known during his earthly ministry as Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth.
Every commandment serves a unique purpose in the whole of God's law. Deuteronomy 8:10 teaches that a simple prayer plays a significant role in God's law and our life. Breaking Bread presents foundational biblical perspectives and understanding of traditional blessings for before and after meals. Includes an introduction to the table blessings of the early believers in Yeshua.
A new book by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, offers fresh insights into the historical Yeshua of Nazareth and the Jewish context of the Gospels. A perfect introduction to Hebrew Roots from a mainstream Christian perspective, a great gift, and an excellent companion piece for the new HaYesod program.
Does the New Covenant really replace the Old Covenant? Christian replacement theology is solidly based on a misunderstanding of the meaning of the new covenant. The church teaches that the new covenant cancels the Torah and God’s covenant with the Jewish people.
Historians, scholars, and theologians agree that first-century Christianity was a sect of Judaism, but where does that information place first-century Gentile Christians? What did it mean to be a Gentile who practiced Judaism in the days of the apostles?
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