Category Archives: Book Reviews

Love in the Messianic Age, Paul Philip Levertoff

A friend just told me yesterday he is going to graduate school with a concentration in Jewish mysticism and its history. I myself have read very little Jewish mysticism and kabbalah and so forth. I remarked that my own plans … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Francis Collins, and the Moral Argument

My own heart and mind were first turned to God by reading C.S. Lewis and specifically Mere Christianity. Since that time, I have read most of Lewis’s works, fiction and non-fiction and, suffice it to say, I am a fan. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wisdom of Alfred Edersheim

Alfred Edersheim is a compelling but difficult figure for Messianic Judaism to appreciate. On the one hand, he was a Jewish-Christian and a well-learned reader of rabbinic literature. On the other hand, he was typical of the Jewish converts to … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Calvin Smith Responds

Yesterday I featured a rather harsh review of a book by British evangelicals in support of Israel. I was harsh because I had hoped they would go further in recognizing the calling of Jewish followers of Jesus to live out … Continue reading

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Review: The Jews, Modern Israel, and the New Supercessionism

The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians by Calvin Smith. King’s Divinity Press, 2009. My outlook on this book went from expectancy to disappointment to moderate enthusiasm. A collection of essays on Israel in the Bible … Continue reading

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D.J.A. Clines: The Theme of the Pentateuch

Spent an engrossing hour last night in a classic book on the Pentateuch (Torah) by a renowned scholar, D.J.A. Clines, The Theme of the Pentateuch (JSOT Press, 1978). As I gear up for more academic work in Hebrew Bible, I … Continue reading

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Books on Jewish-Christian Relations

I will be reviewing a new book here soon (maybe tomorrow if I can get in some reading time today) by Calvin Smith, The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians, due out next week from King’s … Continue reading

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Sefer Ha-Aggadah, The Book of Legends

Imagine having a book which organizes all or most of the midrashic stories and legends into one volume ordered thematically to follow the Bible and important topics. Wouldn’t that be a resource too good to be true? Well, its not … Continue reading

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Review: The Commentators’ Bible: Exodus

The Commentators’ Bible: Exodus by Michael Carasik, 2005, Jewish Publication Society. This book is so beautifully bound and laid out, not to mention well-edited and conceived, that I would count it a tragedy if the other four volumes never make … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lost History of Christianity, Philip Jenkins

The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia — and How It Died by Philip Jenkins, 2008, HarperOne. This book could easily have been several things it is not: … Continue reading

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Islam and Deceased Middle Eastern Christianity

Very soon I will be reviewing The Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins. I did not anticipate how much I would enjoy this book. I was quite ignorant of many of his points about the history of Middle Eastern … Continue reading

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Book Review: Scot McKnight, the Blue Parakeet

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight, 2008, Zondervan. I like the Blue Parakeet and recommend it with one reservation (see below). I like this book because the metaphor is striking and memorable (I explain … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rabbi of 84th Street

The Rabbi of 84th Street, Warren Kozak New York: Harper Perennial, 2004. If you walk around New York much, you see them. Elderly rabbis from various Hasidic and other ultra-Orthodox communities go their way and you wonder, “What is their … Continue reading

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An Upcoming and Very Needed Book

Tefillin, or phylacteries as they are known to many Christian readers, are a vital part of Jewish devotion. The practice of tefillin comes from four scriptures in the Torah, which speak of “a sign for you on your hand and … Continue reading

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Books I’m Reading

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 … Continue reading

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Preview of Upcoming Review: The Lost History of Christianity

Yesterday I let you know that a reader had taken me up on my offer and was purchasing a copy of Philip Jenkins’ book The Lost History of Christianity. I will be reviewing it in January. Meanwhile, the very sharp … Continue reading

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Upcoming Things

This is just a quick note about two things. First, thanks to two readers who took me up on my offer to get a book reviewed by buying me a copy. I will be writing reviews, likely in January, of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Up, Up, and Oy Vey

Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein is both theological and fun, and how often does that happen? You might not think a book about the Jewish cultural connection to the comic book world could be theological, but think … Continue reading

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