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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453765247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453765241
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Vasicek received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute in 1979. He has served as Pastor of Highland Park Church in Kokomo, IN, since 1983, and occasionally speaks at the Messianic Jewish Congregation Ahavot Yeshua in Indianapolis. Ed has published over 500 columns for the "Opinion Page" of the Kokomo Tribune, has been quoted on the front page of USA Today, and has published numerous articles in Pulpit Helps magazine and other journals and theological websites.

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I am very pleased with the book and it's contents so far.
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This book is also very readable for the lay person as well as having great teaching potential for a Sunday School or Bible study.
David E. Woods
Vasicek's book is a positive contribution toward this enlightenment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Wafford on October 12, 2010
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Ed Vasicek has produced an excellent book that serves two related purposes well.

First, I believe the Holy Spirit is enlightening contemporary Christians with better understanding of the Jewish foundations of their faith. Vasicek's book is a positive contribution toward this enlightenment. He shows that a number of Jesus' teachings grow directly from roots in the Old Testament Scriptures, and explains clearly how Jesus' method of exposition on these Scriptures would have resonated with first century Jews.

Second, I believe this increased appreciation of the Jewish foundations of the Christian faith can make contemporary Christians more effective witnesses to the Jews. We know from Scripture that in the end of days all of Israel will recognize Christ as their Messiah and King. Perhaps we are privileged to participate in their redemption by our more effective witnessing through increased understanding of and respect for our Lord's culture and perspective.

Every chapter was enlightening, but I particularly liked Chapter 9 on grace and faith, where Vasicek shows that while the fundamental principle of the Jewish faith was obedience to the Torah, there was nonetheless at least rudimentary development of the doctrine of grace in the Midrashim - a concept that Christ developed more fully, building upon the foundation that was laid in the Old Testament Scriptures.

This is an excellent study for broadening and enriching perspective on the teachings of Christ, and can be very beneficial in conjunction with studies on first-century Jewish life and culture.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By philmontqtip on October 10, 2010
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The Midrash Key offers an entirely fresh perspective into Jesus' teachings with the premise that Jesus actually based them off Old Testament passages. When you look at the fraction of Jesus' teachings that we have today, bearing the ideas presented in this book, new meanings and ideas become instantly evident.

This book is written for a person with a fundamental knowledge of the scriptures. You do not need to be a pastor or an academic to enjoy the subject matter.

I would highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2010
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While there have been a few other books written in recent years concerning the "Jewishness" of Jesus, this one takes the discussion to a new level. Vasicek demonstrates that Jesus taught as a Rabbi using the word of God (our current Old Testament). He uses several examples to show how one can identify Old Testament texts that Christ probably relied on when He taught. Those texts help flesh out the truths the Jesus was communicating. I am currently studying and preaching through the sermon on the mount, and found this book to be very helpful in directing my thinking. Much more study needs to be done in this area, but Vasicek helps us along that process by opening new ways of thinking through the New Testament texts. This book will be a great help to a Pastor, and is certainly within the grasp of any Christian who wants to better understand the Word of God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Matthew L. Smith on October 8, 2010
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Finally we are able to READ THE GOSPELS IN THEIR TRUE CONTEXT! FINAL BOOK TITLE takes us back to 1st century Israel and opens the real world of Jesus' teachings from its decidedly Jewish context ... Ed Vasicek has hit this one out of the ballpark! This is a book you will want to read, reread and enter into a group study with!

~ Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, PhD
Executive Director, EaglesInLeadership.org
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russ White on July 1, 2012
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Our modern worldview is so alien from the worldview of a religious Jew in the first century that it's often difficult for us to read the Gospel accounts of the Life of Christ and even make a beginning of penetrating what they are saying. In The Midrash Key, Vasicek argues that the key to understanding these Gospel accounts, the words of Christ, is through the Midrash, which is not only a written commentary, but also a method of teaching and understanding.

The author begins this work by explaining the Midrash, and the cultural ideas and concepts behind the Midrash. He brings some very useful information to the table in this background, including that Galilean Jews were well known for their practical, down-to-earth religious faith, and that it was quite common for Jews of the first century to leave their homes and occupations for a while to follow a specific teacher. Part of this ritual, he insists, is in the memorization of the Midrash, or the sayings, of the teacher the Jew has decided to follow.

This concept of memorization, in the author's explanation, provides us with a good understanding of how we got the writings of the Apostles. In their culture, memorization of sayings was the key to understanding, not writing things down and studying them; the followers of Christ would have seen things no differently. Hence, there is no need for some "Q document," each follower of Christ would have relied on their own memory, along with other written accounts, and the memories of those they knew, to build a Gospel. While Matthew came first, in other words, Luke didn't wholly rely on Matthew. They didn't have modern reference systems, nor modern quote systems, and hence the concept of a "primary document," from which other documents were built would have been foreign to them.
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Ed Vasicek is an author, columnist, pastor, father, husband, and born-again Christian. He resides with his wife of over 30 years, Marylu, in Kokomo, Indiana. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with highest honors and continues to serve as pastor of Highland Park Church in Kokomo, IN, where he has ministered since 1983.

Ed also occasionally preaches at the Messianic Congregation, "Ahavot Yeshua," in Indianapolis.

Ed views the church -- even the evangelical church -- as having slipped away from its Biblical origins. His prescription for this ailment is a return to an absorption with the Bible, as exemplified in Psalms 1 and 119. We are to understand the Scriptures in their original Jewish context, as first century Messianic Jews would have understood them. This includes recognizing that many New Testament passages are interpretations and applications (Midrash) of Old Testament passages.

You can learn more than you care to know about Ed by checking out the church website, www.highlandpc.com and read some of his papers at www.midrashkey.com .

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