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Gospel according to Moses, The: What My Jewish Friends Taught Me about Jesus [Kindle Edition]

Athol Dickson
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"Years ago I exposed myself to the possibility that Judaism might have great truths to offer, and Chever Torah (Jewish Bible study) rewarded my open mind with radical improvements in the way I live and view my Christian faith." from the Introduction After he spent five years attending Chever Torah, Athol Dickson found his faith radically changedthe result being a deeper relationship with God. In beautiful and simple language, The Gospel according to Moses illustrates Dickson's journey of faith exploring some of the primary theological differences and similarities between Christianity and Judaism. He draws generously on both Old and New Testament scriptures, looking at Christian and Jewish perspectives on topics such as suffering, grace vs. works, and the place of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures.


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About the Author

ATHOL DICKSON is a novelist, teacher, and independent publisher. His novels transcend description with a literary style that blends magical realism, suspense, and a strong sense of spirituality. Critics have favorably compared his work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly ), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor (The New York Times). One of his novels, River Rising, is an Audie Award winner, and three have won Christy Awards. His most recent novel, The Opposite Of Art, is a mystical story about pride, passion, and murder as a spiritual pursuit. Athol's next release will be a "Christy award collection" of his four best selling novels, updated and with new forewords. Athol lives with his wife in southern California.

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  • File Size: 2086 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1587430487
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F517VA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! May 13, 2004
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Athol Dickson has a way with words and questions that within a few pages of this book will leave you speechless. He knows how to get to the heart of issues that have been argued and avoided by Christians for centuries. From the beginning Dickson is honest with the reader. He also clarifies that this text is written from a Christian perspective, and tackles subjects and gives perspectives that are hotly debated in both Christian and Jewish camps. The author also admits that this text has been read and reread to avoid any misrepresentation of the Jewish culture, and that he in no way is trying to proselytize.
In reality, this book does three things: it brings to life the culture and perspective of Jews of Christians and Jesus, it creates links from the Old testament to New testament (from the Ancient Jewish faith to the "New Covenant" - Christianity), and it unpacks some of the most difficult questions Christians never ask, because they may be afraid of the answers. What is so wonderful about this author is that the amount of time and knowledge is evident. Great care and detail have gone into each explanation, yet the narrative is such that you feel like you are on a journey with him as he engages with people at Chever Torah.
A word of caution. This book is not a light read; it certainly is no Max Lucado for the soul. If you are not prepared to have your mind stretched, about half way through your eyes will not keep up with your brain. Athol will unreservedly question, unashamedly challenge, and tactfully answer some wonderful and difficult to understand topics. Read cautiously, and with an open heart and mind. If you are like me, in the end you will see more things that need adjusted than you previously thought.
This book will be a resource for me for years to come. Thanks Athol! Your work is very evident and is greatly appreciated.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel is for Jews and Christians and Everyone October 31, 2003
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This morning, I have just completed reading "The Gospel According to Moses" ... I pulled an all-nighter with this one! I am a born again, spirit filled Christian who has been doing some introductory reading on the Jewish roots/Jewishness of Christianty, Messanic Judaism, history of the Bible (both "Old" and "New" Testaments) and how it was written, and similar topics. Therefore, when I read a preview of this book in a catalog, I jumped at the chance to buy it and was not disappointed! Here are some talking points: (1)If you are a Christian who has always asked yourself "Why is it that Jews do not accept Jesus as Messiah?" and "And what, if anything, can and should I do about it?", this book will answer such questions. (2)If you are Jew who has always wondered, "Why is it that Christians believe on Jesus as Messiah?" and "What is the meaning of this "Trinity" thing?" your questions may also be answered. (3)If you are a Christian or a Jew seeking to learn more about what the "Scriptures" known to Jesus and Paul (titled by Christians as "The Old Testament" but by Jews as The Torah, The Prophets (ex. Isaiah), The Writings (ex. Psalms) said about The Christ, the author will illustrate these for you in colorfully fascinating detail. (4) For Christians needing insight about the horrors Jews have historically suffered at the hands of Christians in the name of Jewish acceptance of the gospel, the author provides a brief but sobering summary of this dark part of our collective history (ex. - The anti-Semitic content of some of the writings of Martin Luther are clear and without dispute). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for every Christian's bookshelf March 9, 2006
Format:Paperback
This was a great read. Highly recommended.

The book reads smoothly, uses comfortable language, and flows in a logical way. Dickson employs several mini-stories throughout the book to introduce and illustrate the subject matter of that chapter.

Dickson touches an area of Christianity which is desperately needed. We embrace so much of our faith without having any knowledge of its roots or foundation in Judaism. Christianity and Judaism are not synonymous. They have significant differences, and Dickson does not ignore these differences, or try to homogenize the two faiths. But they ARE similar, and Dickson does a great job of showing just how so many of the themes in Christianity overlap with those of Judaism, even if that doesn't appear to be the case at first glance. Most of Dickson's focus is not on the minutiae differences of Christianity and Judaism, but is on the larger elements of our faiths, including the differences in how we approach our faith, and how we answer the hard-to-answer questions.

Allow me to share my favorite aspect of the book. Dickson discusses, in detail, the difference in the way Christians and Jews deal with difficult questions about our faith. I grew up in the church, Dickson is correct in characterizing the way most Christians answer those questions: we often try to make them seem less difficult than they really are, and look to some pre-fabricated answer found in our "ways to answer those questions" manual. Many questions are off-limits as quasi-heretical, meaning that we often never quite satisfactorily examine the things in our faith we struggle with. By Contrast, according to Dickson, no question is off-limits for Jews, and they embrace difficulties and questions concerning their faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome insight
Checked one out from the library. I flagged so many pages to copy that I decided to just get my own copy. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jamie Waldrop
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to "study" the bible this book will give you some great...
Christian religious study is a life long endeavor. The insights from the Jewish perspective in this book have enlightened passages of the bible for me. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Gadfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating study
I am still reading this book....Dicksons reaction to his experience to the Jewish approach to the scripture is fascinating. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HKaptain
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightfull
Good reading, very insightful, opened my eyes to the similarities between christianity and judaism. Would recommend to anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the Torah and its... Read more
Published 8 months ago by David G Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time!
Great treatise on Christianity from analysis of the Jewish perspective. It was very entertaining as well as informative and inspirational.
Published 9 months ago by B.R. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Question everything
I've gained many new insights through this book. The author stresses over and over again that it's essential to question the Scriptures from many different vantage points--not to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by David A. Jankowski
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I really found this book informative and very helpful. It has been useful in instructing a class on Sundays and I found the idea of a Chever Torah (where Jewish people invite... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazing Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for Christians who want to reconnect with the Jewish...
This is a rich and thought provoking book that will only enrich your walk as a disciple of the Messiah Jesus. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lance Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings to light some ideas you might never have though of before
The reason that I am giving this book only 4 stars instead of 5 even though I really enjoyed this book was because I personally had a hard time just reading through it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Worldtraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I've enjoyed several of Athol Dickson's novels and, while The Gospel According To Moses isn't as action packed and entertaining, it's just as well written and kept me turning the... Read more
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More About the Author

A master of profound suspense.

Athol Dickson's mystery, suspense, and literary novels have won three Christy Awards and an Audie Award. Suspense fans who enjoyed Athol's They Shall See God will love his latest novel, January Justice, the first installment in a new mystery series called The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs. The second and third novels in the series, Free Fall in February, and A March Murder, are coming in 2013.

Critics have favorably compared Athol's work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor (The New York Times). Athol lives with his wife in southern California. Please visit his website at www.AtholDickson.com, and like his Facebook fan page.

Praise for Athol Dickson's novels:

"Atmospheric, well-paced and powerfully imagined . . . a highly entertaining nail-biter." (Publishers Weekly)

". . . richly imagined . . . lyrically written . . . artfully constructed." (Bookwire)

". . . well-written . . . intelligent . . . suspenseful . . . engrossing." (Library Journal)

". . . elegant prose . . . very well written." (The New York Review of Books )



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