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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469995662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469995663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in January 1963, James entered the world at a turbulent time. James' loving parents offered stability and support in raising him. Later James moved to a small rural town near Washington, D.C. James graduated high school and was deeply immersed into the electronics industry. When life became too hectic, James left his field and delivered newspapers for a number of years as his grandparents and parents had before him. When the opportunity came to enter another type of work, James seized it and became a contractor in the construction industry but he never forgot his dream to write books. That is why you are reading this now. James and his wife are busy in the task of raising three children of their own.

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I enjoyed reading the book and found it very enlightening.
David Dryden
It is time to put away false beliefs based on a myriad of errors and pick up and follow the book of instruction and knowledge which HASHEM has provided.
Carolyn A Stewart
I dare christians to read this book.....if you do it with an open mind on what the Bible says, your life will be changed!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bookspan on March 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
An honest search for the truth of Christianity will result in Leaving Jesus. This is a wonderful compare and contrast text between the Old Testament (Tanakh) and the New Testament Gospels. James Wood worked with Rabbi Tovia Singer to understand the Hebrew scriptures as they were written and not as they are interpreted. Leaving Jesus challenges the New Testament writers, exposes their ignorance and their claims using the same Hebrew scriptures they purport to fulfill. The book also provides historical references placing the writings of the prophets into context, removing any mythological interpretations and exposing logical conclusions.

In twelve chapters, Mr. Wood discusses topics such as the true meaning of the word Messiah (anointed one), what the Hebrew scriptures say about sin and atonement, examines the "Messianic" prophecies, answers the question "who is satan" (its not what you think), and shares his theories on the real messiah as prophesied by Ezekiel. Most people will be most changed by the revelation that there is no fallen angel, satan, who tortures man and tests God. Nothing happens without his allowing it as proclaimed in Isaiah 45.

I am eternally grateful to James Wood for writing this work and answering any and all questions I could have as I worked through my beliefs in the man called Jesus. The only criticism I have of the work is that he uses the King James Version of the scriptures from which to quote including all of the "thous" and "thees." Enjoy!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Dryden on February 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading the book and found it very enlightening. It's the approach that the writer took that engrossed me. He doesn't just list proof texts and refute them mechanically. The book aims to deal more with central christian concepts. It is this focused approach that deals with worldviews and presuppositions as opposed to proof texts.

The author goes through many subjects such as sin, the law, salvation, Paul, and he even goes comments on the christian tendency to view biblical history backwards through Jesus rather than forwards from the beginning which starts with God and Torah.

The good thing is that the author is not simply an outside observer. He is used to be a christian and experienced it in its different forms which adds weight to his words and experiences, and makes him more qualified to speak on the subject. He may not speak for every single christian, but his brush strokes are broad enough to cover subjects that impact many christians.

I would recommend this book to anyone within christianity and to those who have left it. It may even be invaluable to those thinking of joining such a religion. Since it can appeal to many sorts of people, I don't need to narrow down the recommendations.

Great piece of work and an enjoyable read and held my attention from beginning to end.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Ward on February 7, 2014
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I read this book twice. The material was not completely new to me, but it organizes the information in a very concise and reviewable way. One thing I really like is how Mr. Wood includes relevant scriptures in the body of the book so I don't have to chase my bible down and cross-reference at every turn. He comes across as an average layman perhaps like me, so I could relate to his style of writing very easily.

Upon leaving it lying around, I noticed it got very emotional reactions before anyone opened the book. The cover and mere precept seems to be inflammatory to Christians. I would urge any Christian looking at this book to buy a copy even though you don't think you agree with it. Take a notebook and refute the book point-by-point. I was not able to challenge many of its points. But then, take the book and challenge your preacher point-by-point. If you want to "share the gospel" with a Jew, these are the objections you'll have to overcome. You may as well study-up ahead of time.

I would recommend the online-for-free audio series by Tovia Singer as a companion for this book.

VERY good job Mr. Wood!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James D. Gaul on January 15, 2014
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The subtitle of this book says, "A book every Christian should have read before they believed in Jesus.", and I can testify that is a very true statement. The author's spiritual journey was the same as mine in many ways, and this is the kind of book I would have written had I felt motivated to. Howewver, I must say, if you're not willing to think outside your "Christian box" and have your "Jesus Bubble" broken, you probably wont like this book, but like it or not, this book delivers facts. I have a Master's Degree in Theology, and I discovered almost everything the author reports years before I read the book, but the facts the author delivers cannot be disputed by honest Biblical Scholarship. My only complaint about the book is there are some typos in the book that should have been caught by a proof reader. I highly recommend this book to anyone who realizes there has to be something more than what the church is offering, or anyone who is engaged in scholarly debate with a Christian.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judaicaman on July 28, 2013
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I could not put the book down. Normally books on religion are quite BORING but the author captured my attention in his analysis of christianity ND Jesus from a historical and more important (Hebrew) Biblical perspective.
For anyone who was sucked into fundamentalist christianity this is a MUST! For any Jew who has become a christian, you owe it to yourself to listen to a subjective analysis -perhaps for the first time in your life- from someone who has been to Hell and back! Don't let this opportunity go away before it's too late!
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