Category Archives: Book Reviews

A New Passover Haggadah for Christians

Let me start by answering an objection that will occur to some readers, especially various mainstream Jewish readers who drop by: “Passover isn’t for Christians.” If you’ve heard this or if it comes into you mind, you really should take … Continue reading

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Path of the Just (Mesillat Yesharim)

This is not exactly a book review, though it is on the way to being one. I will do a full book review at some point. At the Society of Biblical Literature this year, I once again had the chance … Continue reading

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One.Life, Following Jesus with McKnight

I pre-ordered One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow by Scot McKight on Kindle. That means that while others are waiting for their paperback to arrive by mail from amazon, I already have my copy and I’ve started reading. Few people answer … Continue reading

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Whaddya Think? Resurrect J-BOM?

We used to have something here called J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month Club). And we had hundreds of people reading the same Jewish books all over the U.S. and overseas. It was great. A regular Messianic Jewish Musings reader … Continue reading

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Good Reads Coming in Messiah Journal 105

I just got an advance copy of Messiah Journal 105 (available at ffoz.com). Aside from the fact that I have an article in this issue (“Yeshua’s Example in Spirituality and Ethics”), this new issue is another example of why First … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Lamed-Vov

J-BOM stands for “Jewish Book of the Month.” We are a loose (very loose) movement of people reading a Jewish book every month. The summer has been Jewish fiction time. We finished As a Driven Leaf and The Promise. Now, … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Promise, Pt 1

Shalom, lovers of Jewish books (or potential lovers of Jewish books). J-BOM is the Jewish Book of the Month club, a reading of Jewish books together started by a cadre of Messianic Jewish bloggers and filling the minds of scores … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Doubt Seeking Faith

Our Jewish Book of the Month for June has been As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is the story of Elisha ben Abuya, the tragic heretic, much beloved as a member of the Sanhedrin, a disciple of R. … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Pt 2

Our Jewish Book of the Month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is the story of Elisha ben Abuya, the tragic heretic, much beloved as a member of the Sanhedrin, a disciple of R. Joshua and the … Continue reading

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J-BOM: Elisha ben Abuya, Part 1

Our book of the month selection (J-BOM) this month is As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. It is a page-turner and not a difficult book (as some of the others have been). The story is from the pages of … Continue reading

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J-BOM: A Summer of Jewish Fiction

J-BOM means “Jewish Book of the Month.” And Messianic Jews all over are reading together, a communal experience of Jewish literature and history which strengthens our bond, increases our understanding, and gives us shared experience in the great big world … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Lost, Finding Bolechow

J-BOM is the Jewish Book of the Month club. It’s about MJ’s reading great Jewish books and having, as much as online life can provide, a communal experience of reading. If you can’t read all twelve books a year that … Continue reading

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Review of a Book and Thoughts on Learning Hebrew

My first Hebrew class was in 1990 or 1991. I was at a Bible college in Chicago. The first day of class we got the syllabus, opened our textbook (Choon-Long Seow’s A Grammar For Biblical Hebrew). The professor went over … Continue reading

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J-BOM: The Lost, An Introduction

J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month) is about reading great Jewish books, one per month, and doing it together in many locations and in community. More than a dozen bloggers participate (see bottom of post for a list). This is … Continue reading

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J-BOM: JPS Commentary on the Haggadah, Pt. 1

It’s March and on a dozen blogs in the MJ blogosphere, in MJ synagogues all over, and with no doubt participation from others who are not in an MJ synagogue, we are all reading together. It’s the Jewish Book of … Continue reading

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GET READY: J-BOM is Coming!

So, MJM readers, in March we will begin our “Jewish Book of the Month Club,” which Yahnatan Lasko has appropriately dubbed J-BOM. I believe that several other MJ bloggers will participate. My idea for cross-blog participation is that for each … Continue reading

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Book Notes, Feb 5, 2010

I’m reading so many books right now I feel I could run four or five blogs. I’ll only mention a few of them here. I’m interested to know if other Messianic Jewish Musings readers have read any of these or … Continue reading

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The Nature of God in MJT

MAPPING MESSIANIC JEWISH THEOLOGY: A CONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH Richard Harvey, Paternoster, 2009 This is our Messianic Jewish Musings survey of chapter 4 of Richard Harvey’s newly published study. MJT stands for Messianic Jewish Theology. See here to find MMJT on Paternoster … Continue reading

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The Power of Religious Fiction

I spent an hour yesterday with a Jewish writer from France, born in 1928, who was imprisoned in the French Resistance, escaped, and wrote a few novels. More precisely, I spent an hour in his novel, The Last of the … Continue reading

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On Reading Good Jewish Books

I read a lot of books for information. There are commentaries, atlases, lexicons, and many sources of information in my library. I also read for entertainment. I like suspense and fantasy novels and tend to fluctuate between the two. But … Continue reading

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Shemot: The ZIBBC on Exodus

You will hear from time to time about the ZIBBC on Messianic Jewish Musings. The ZIBBC is the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, edited by John Walton. This is a resource I recommend for Bible readers. The set for the … Continue reading

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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

What sort of Bible reference materials do you have in your home? As with many rabbis and pastors, I am a shameless collector of books on Biblical studies and theology. Many of the books in my library are more for … Continue reading

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Recent Books on Biblical Interpretation

I’ve read a number of interesting books about how to interpret the Bible recently. Most recently I spent an intense few weeks in Kenton Sparks’ God’s Word in Human Words. I have a review which will appear in the May … Continue reading

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The Neglected Haftarah: A Resource Review

If you don’t read the whole article, please skip to the end to find a free resource on Haftarah Bereshit (the prophetic reading for the first week in Genesis) being offered only on Messianic Jewish Musings. ………………… Haftarah. That must … Continue reading

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What is at Stake in the FFOZ / Tim Hegg Debate?

The people at First Fruits of Zion are friends of mine, so as I write this, I make no pretense to objectivity. I do think, however, that the arguments I will briefly lay out speak for themselves. I believe it … Continue reading

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