We have a Messianic Jewish Musings book review program. The idea is simple: kind, wonderful people buy me books which I will review on the blog. I know, sounds ridiculous, but who knows? Before long, I might talk you into buying me a book :-)
One reader bought me The Rabbi of 84th Street by Warren Kozak. It is a story about a rabbi who survived the Holocaust and who is much beloved in New York. When I review the book, I think you will see its value immediately. It is profound, the dictionary definition of which is “having or showing great knowledge or insight.” I think the dictionary should have added something to that definition, “that which is simple yet has or shows great knowledge or insight.” I will be reviewing it this week and I am halfway one.
Another kind reader bought be The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins, a book about the once mighty Christendom of the Middle East virtually wiped out by Islam. I wanted this book to help tell the story of Islam’s devastating track record of cultural destruction. If you are a nice Muslim reading this blog, great. God loves you. But the people you associate with are destroying the world.
A few other books likely to be on my review list soon include:
My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen, a different Jewish spin of A.J. Jacob’s The Year of Living Biblically.
Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice by Mark Washofsky. I think some readers, prone to count only Orthodox Judaism as legitimate, will be surprised by what I have to say about this book. Reform makes more sense than a lot of people think. I about 1/4 of the way through it.
The Blue Parakeet by Scott McKnight, a conservative and yet progressive book about how to read the Bible. So far I am loving it. If the last half does not disappoint I may even use it in training people who want to become better Bible readers.
Want to buy me a book? How about:
The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth, by Davis Young
The Commentator’s Bible: The Jps Miqra’ot Gedolot: Exodus, by Michael Carasik
Abraham’s Promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations (Radical Traditions), by Michael Wyschogrod and R. Kendall Soulen
Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion), by Daniel Boyarin
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