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The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church Paperback – July 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Olim Publications (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652229628
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652229625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob and Donna were Air Force lieutenants when they met at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. They were married in 1960 and began their life together colored by three exciting and challenging careers. Donna left the Air Force in 1960 to embark on the joys of motherhood. Bob retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1984, and immediately began a second career in International Marketing with the Boeing Company. Bob left Boeing in 1992 in response to a call from the Lord, confirmed by Donna, to make aliyah to Israel. Bob is a Messianic Jew. Donna is "married into the covenant." Bob holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Humane Letters from Faith Seminary, Tacoma, Washington. Donna received a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Tennessee and has held a variety of critical care nursing positions in the ever changing locations dictated by Bob's many career driven relocations.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Philip F. Woodward on January 21, 2000
I found this book fascinating with an historical insight I didn't learn in seminary. The first Christian Church was Jewish, connected to Mount Zion where the Upper Room had been built over King David's tomb, and the first Christians used a symbol that combined the Menorah, Star of David, and Fish into one pattern. Within a few centuries, this symbol was reduced to just the Fish in the wake of Rome's purging of all Jewish characteristics out of Christianity. The book contains pictures of archeological strikes of the symbol that have been found - findings that have been suppressed by both Jewish Orthodox and Roman Catholic leaders. The first part of the book traces the backdrop and development of the Essene community, its Messianic connection with the House of David, and the elimination of its influence by the time of the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. The second half of the book shows the significance of each part of the triune symbol and its meaning for Jews and Christians today. If the foundation of Christianity is Messianic Judaism, this book is central to an understanding of the Church's identity and future and rightly calls for a reconciliation of Jew and Gentile believers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Doten on January 11, 2000
The Messianic Seal is an important archeological discovery, and this book is an excellent resource. Part one gives a brief history of the Essene sect with whom the Seal orignated, and part two expounds on the signifigance that this discovery has to the Church and the world today. This is the definitive work regarding the Messianic Seal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By johnnie walker on September 16, 2014
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The church is going back to its jewish roots.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Estep on March 23, 2013
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I highly recommend this book & if enough people read it maybe we can lift our voices to have the rest of the artifacts & the site of the 1st century church of Jerusalem made available to the world instead of being suppressed as it is now.
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This is a great read on the early church! The pottery artifacts that were found and documented here are second only to the Shroud of Turin in terms of physical evidence from the time of Jesus. While in Israel, we saw the symbol on the front of the book being sold as jewelry.

This book particularly shows that the baptism ritual of the first church involved the "Oil of the Spirit" being applied to early Christians through the laying on of hands. This is probably the most overlooked aspect of early Christianity although it is called out throughout the New Testament:

Acts 19 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Twelve Disciples of John the Baptist
19 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

“No,” they told him, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”

3 “Then what baptism were you baptized with?” he asked them.

“With John’s baptism,” they replied.

4 Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.”

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in other languages and to prophesy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel D. on May 5, 2012
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The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church is an interesting read on a topic that Bible scholars and historians don't discuss. There is little physical evidence that this three-in-one symbol actually existed in the first century or that the original Jewish-Christian Church used it. Nonetheless, the Messianic Seal is used often by today's Messianic Jewish movement. So anybody involved in interfaith ministry should know something about it. This book is the only printed publication I have found that tells the story of this controversial symbol.
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I do so pray that many more "Church" pastors and members will get a GRASP that the First Believers ("Church") was Jewish and what it means to be a High Priest after the order of Zadok,
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