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Celebrating Biblical Feasts: In Your Home or Church Paperback – February 1, 2004
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A fabulous resource...she respectfully maintains the Jewish tradition while including the Good News...user-friendly." -- Christian News Northwest, April 2004
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--Eugene H. Peterson, The Message; Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College
"This book is important reading for anyone who values the Old Testament as the Word of God. Martha Zimmerman writes with love, charm, and wit and shows you Gods redemption and how the Almighty works in a way that Christians seldom see. Youll love God more and better appreciate His ways for reading Celebrating Biblical Feasts."
--Moishe Rosen, Founder, Jews for Jesus
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In reading through Exodus and Deuteronomy we learn that by observing these special days, the Israelites would never forget how God had provided for them in the dessert and continued to provide with bountiful harvests after He delivered them from slavery. They were reminded, with each celebration, that they were to leave their old ways of life behind and live a new life with Him. With every celebration they renewed their commitment and trust in the Almighty God. In studying the New Testament, we find Jesus also observed these God ordained holidays.
As Christians in our modern world, I think that we would do well in observing some of these traditional Jewish celebrations, renewing our commitment and giving glory to God for His deliverance and care.
That's why I found the book "Celebrating Biblical Feasts" by Martha Zimmerman, intriguing.
In her book, Ms Zimmerman shows the significance of the ancient feasts from a New Testament perspective. She includes step-by-step guides for the celebration of seven feasts ordained in the Old Testament.
Included are recipes for traditional Jewish dishes that give an authentic flavor to the celebration and fun activities for family members bringing home the deeper meaning and the reason for celebration.Read more ›
The layout of each chapter is difficult to follow, as the biblical reasons for celebrating, the traditional means of celebration, and the author's ideas are all jumbled together. I was also not crazy about the fact that several Bible translations were used and most of them were very loose ones - even some of the blessings and other parts of the ceremonies are quotes from paraphrases.
If you have no desire to use the book as a reference and simply want someone to tell you exactly what to do, you might appreciate the book. It also addresses the Passover Seder more thoroughly than some other books (although the ceremony and the reason behind each element are in different parts of the book, making it difficult to decide whether you want to incorporate them all). If you are looking for a solid introduction to the reasons for the holidays, for the historical means of celebrating each holiday, for a more "relaxed" idea of Christian celebration, for a thoroughly Jewish treatment of the holidays, and/or for something which incorporates Purim and/or Hanukkah, keep looking.
(See my review of Barney Kasdan's _God's Appointed Times_.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. We use this as a guide for our own family celebrations.Published 6 months ago by peterson
This book is great! We have had a great time celebrating the feasts of the Lord.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good read. So many great ideas for families to observe the feasts. Great for homeschool.Published 19 months ago by vc family
Great for beginners. I buy this for others who truly have an interest. What a blessing.Published 19 months ago by tristan knepper
I like the way I can learn what the Jewish people was doing and how they celebrated each feast in the Bible.Published 22 months ago by lisa cosby
Great intro to how to incorporate these Holiday's. I wish the set-up of the book was easier to relate to our calendar.Published 23 months ago by Tracy B
I love this book. It gets looked at frequently. I used it this fall to get through all the feasts and it was a big help. It is very accessible and not too overwhelming. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by T-Ra