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  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (January 11, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802804233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802804235
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazing book, I have read through it twice.
S. Kernan
What book do we read first?" this is the book that we start them off with when they start exploring the Hebrew roots of the Christian Faith.
Cheryle K. Holeman
I think the best I can do is to honestly warn other readers about this power: "Watch out! This book will change your life!"
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162 of 166 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts on October 2, 2003
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This excellent, Scripturally based study is written with compassion and authority and reveals how the roots of Christianity run deep into "Hebrew soil", showing the Hebrew heritage of the Christian Church to be rich and extensive.
The book describes at the outset how this heritage has been largely unexplored/ignored by Christian seminaries, colleges and other educational institutions.
Through a Biblical, historical and cultural study, the book examines what our "predecessors" in the Judeo-Christian faith have delivered to the Church of today. The opening chapters of this work provide a historical perspective on the Jewish origin of the Church with the book going to great lengths to emphasise the fundamental truths that "Jesus Christ Himself was a Jew" and that the Bible declares "Salvation is of the Jews" (John 4;24).
This work tells us that as far as the Gospel record is concerned, Jesus spoke from "within Judaism" and never abandoned His "ancestral faith". The book also describes how a prime facet of Old Testament/Jewish thought was the promise and fulfilment of Biblical prophecy in relation to the coming Messiah. Something which the earliest Christians, themselves Jews, found resolved in the person of Jesus Christ. The book educates the reader regarding how this Jewishness affects our understanding of the teachings of Christ.
The book also proceeds to study the centuries of "de-Judaization" that followed the early Church, plus a study of the negative consequences resulting from the Church being "severed" from it's Jewish roots. The correct Scriptural interpretation of the Church being "grafted in" to it's Jewish roots is explained in some detail.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Homeschool Mom on August 23, 2004
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This is a stunning achievement and a life changing book! Wilson calls Christians to examine their Hebrew roots. Once you discover the roots of Christianity run deep into Hebrew soil you will never view the Bible the same way.

Abraham is father of us all, as Paul wrote to the Romans (Rom. 4:16). He is father of believing Jews, and he is father of believing Gentiles (Rom. 4:11, 12). So if we belong to Christ, we are Abraham's seed (Gal. 3:29). We have that wonderful Abrahamic connection.

To many Christians are surprised Christian's roots are in Judaism. Wilson excellent balanced work gives an information in all areas of Jewish culture and what it means to us today. The book is broken down into five parts. They are:

1. A New People: Abraham's Spiritual Children

2. The Church and Synagogue in the Light of History

3. Understanding Hebrew Thought

4. Jewish Heritage and the Church: Selected Studies

5. Toward Restoring Jewish Roots

Each packed chapter includes sub points that will enhance your study and understanding of the Bible. Wilson's goal is to help the reader see the strong link between Judaism and Christianity and the Old and New Testaments. By seeing and understanding this link, it is hoped that the reader will be able to develop a more authentically Biblical lifestyle.

Study questions are included at the end of each chapter.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Cheryle K. Holeman on January 11, 2000
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When people stop by our website and ask us "where do we start? What book do we read first?" this is the book that we start them off with when they start exploring the Hebrew roots of the Christian Faith. We call this book "THE PRIMER"! A must read for every Christian to understand the first century church.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Valasek on July 6, 2001
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For those of you who want the ground roots study of the Hebraic perspective for the New Testament, this is the place to start. This book covers a broad range of categories yet doesn't intimidate the reader with endless re-translations of text. This book covers the history enough to convince the reader to study further and presents its case in a clear, logical manner that leaves one hungry for a deep investigation. All of the answers aren't here, which is fine, the author's intention is just to pry the door open and stick his toe in. The only negative is that the chapter on Semitic persecution didn't flow well with the rest of the book. I thought it would have been better as an appendix. This book would be a great gift for someone who you doesn't quite understand your point of view if you understand the importance of the Hebraic roots of Christianity.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1998
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Dr. Wilson has written a book here that explores the Jewish foundations of Christianity in a comprehensive, readable, and informative way. He clearly articulates the issues and educates the reader regarding how this Jewishness affects our understanding of the teachings of Christ. His chapters on the Wisdom literature is some of the best I've ever read. He also gives guidelines for establishing dialog between Christian and Jew. This is must reading.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J.L on January 17, 2002
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If you identify yourself as a Christian this book is a must read. Written as a introduction into the Hebrew thoughts of our roots. One can not fully grasp Christianity until one can understand their roots. Easy reading for those who are not scholarly but informative enough to challenge even the best thinkers. I found this book very helpful and find myself giving copies away.
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