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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (January 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867167726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867167726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book makes the Word of God accessible to the young and, in fact, to anyone who wishes to look at the Bible with the eyes of a faith in touch with the grace of the Jewish people. The insights are quite valuable, but the real attractiveness of the book is the faith that it inspires through a simple, straightforward and imaginative reading of the Sacred Text. --Fr. Francis Martin, John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.

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FR. RICHARD VERAS teaches religion at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, an active member of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, and a frequent contributor to Magnificat magazine.

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Rich is a brilliant man and writes in a way that is fun and easy to read!
Monica Goodwin
I recommend very this book very highly for anyone who wants to understand Scripture -- and particularly the place of Jesus in Scripture -- in greater depth.
Mary Ann Korczynski
This book gives great incite to the prophecies of Jesus through the Old Testament.
Malcolm Jones

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Whipkey on March 10, 2007
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Finally a book I can read in a short time that easily explains how/where/why Jesus Christ Our Savior is foreshadowed in the Old Testament, which has always been a puzzle for me. Thank you R. Veras!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on May 11, 2007
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Fr. Veras is a priest in the Archdiocese of New York who teaches high school religion. In this book, as in his classroom, he teaches Scripture by linking the Old and New Testaments as a way of acknowledging the presence of Christ "here and now in his mystical body, the Church." In Jesus of Israel, he applies this integrated approach to stories ranging from creation to the annunciation.

Addressing God's covenant with Abraham and his promise to Sarah, Veras draws our attention to the aged Sarah's laughing--to herself--when she hears that she will bear a son. God asks her why she laughed, she denies it, and God calls her on the both the lie and her doubts. "This one verse is perhaps the most important and revelatory in the Old Testament," Veras writes, signaling a God who is unlike the deity people had imagined. " Sarah's laughter is for everyone," he explains, "because Sarah has discovered that God fulfills his promise even when we are not worthy."

In Chapter 7, he reveals that the "most joyful" part of his Old Testament course is the story of Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-45) in which students are required to find parallels to the story of Jesus. Veras offers several examples, challenging readers to find their own and admitting that even though he has taught this material before, he still learns something new on his own or from his students every time. This, as the other 11 chapters, ends with reflection questions. Here they deal with people in our own lives through whom the resurrected Christ reveals himself, God's bringing good out of evil, and giving and receiving mercy.

Fr. Veras has written a book that is at once deeply spiritual, thought provoking, and fascinating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo R. Cunha on June 26, 2007
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This book is not just about "finding Christ in the Old Testament", it is about finding Christ at all, today, in our technical and scientific society where God supposedly has no more room or need to exist. More than everything that life can give us today, there is the need for happiness and significance to life. Without a proper answer to those needs, that only God can provide, our life remains senseless, a puzzle with all the pieces scattered. Christ, in person, alive, today, can be found by reading this book. Don't believe ? Just read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tbonealaska on December 11, 2008
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This is a good book, and you can judge it by its cover, which is an artists portrayal of the face of Jesus, appearing to be unvieled for the first time. This is a must read for anyone who is searching for God. It is a relatively short book, 130 pages, that touches on mostly all of the Old Testament and shows how Jesus was in the Jews story long before he made his appearance in Bethlehem. The author manages to stick to the task at hand, but is also not afraid to vear off into other related topics. I started reading this book in the store, then at a hockey game, inbetween whistles, took a break to play some ping pong and eat dinner, continued reading it till I fell asleep and then finished it when I woke up. It was an awesome book, and I usually don't like to read. This book is for anyone who believes in the God of the Old Testament!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blackie on September 22, 2009
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I was exposed to Fr. Veras' similar writings in the Magnificat magazine, and this book has more than met my expectations. It is not lengthy (which is good for me), but it packs a punch. Each of the chapters is a great meditation, so don't read it in a hurry. Fr. Veras reviews the major foreshadowings of Christ in the Old Testament, and writes in an easily accessible manner. It has also opened my eyes about verses in the Old Testament that I did not fully comprehend. It is a great book for teachers, and for all Christians who want to understand the basis of their faith better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Korczynski on February 15, 2011
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The book, "Jesus of Israel: Finding Christ in the Old Testament" is an excellent source of Scriptural knowledge and one which leads the reader to a new and deeper knowledge of the place of Jesus throughout the entire Bible. The insights into both the Old Testament and the New are profound and very fulfilling. I am using the book as a text for two classes on Scripture -- classes composed of mature adults who are fascinated by the insights provided. At first, they looked questioningly at what is said, for example, in Chapter 2 about creation, the statement that there are two creation accounts in Genesis 1:1 -- 2:25, and and how these two accounts balance each other. But through discussion and comparison of the passages involved, one can see the growth in their understanding and acceptance of the passages, and then see their realization that this course is truly enriching their understanding and love of Scripture. It is, of course, of special enrichment to have a Bible at hand as we study the textbook and to check out against the Biblical text what the author, Father Richard Veras, is saying. I recommend very this book very highly for anyone who wants to understand Scripture -- and particularly the place of Jesus in Scripture -- in greater depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Jones on December 16, 2012
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This book gives great incite to the prophecies of Jesus through the Old Testament.
It helps in the revelation of Jesus throughout Jewish history.
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