- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chosen (June 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800790685
- ISBN-13: 978-0800790684
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secondly, I can recommend this book because it contains all the ingredients (conflict, suspense, satisfactory resolution) needed for a good read. It was a good overview of how one man was made to examine his personal beliefs and whether those beliefs were based on sound reasoning or not. It was so engrossing, I finished the book in less than a day!
However, what I found incredible was how Judaism was represented in this book. The Jewish rabbis never had any competent answers for Mr. Telchin. Any questions he had were answered either by more concentrated study or by his newly found Gentile Christian friends. Is this really representative of Judaism at large? Is Judaism really that superficial, with professing adherents lacking so much in knowledge and substance?
I think the book would have been more convincing had Mr. Telchin's faith not been so sketchy to begin with. The more skeptical reader will find this a major weakness of the book.
The chapter I found most interesting (the subject of which I want to study further) was Chapter 10 entitled "What Happened to the Early Believers?" In it, Mr. Telchin gives a VERY brief summary of how a cult that was almost exclusively composed of Jewish believers in the beginning slowly transformed into a religion now mainly practiced by Gentiles and viscerally shunned by its original proponents.