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Jesus of Israel: Finding Christ in the Old Testament Paperback – January 4, 2007
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Addressing God's covenant with Abraham and his promise to Sarah, Veras draws our attention to the aged Sarah's laughing--to herself--when she hears that she will bear a son. God asks her why she laughed, she denies it, and God calls her on the both the lie and her doubts. "This one verse is perhaps the most important and revelatory in the Old Testament," Veras writes, signaling a God who is unlike the deity people had imagined. " Sarah's laughter is for everyone," he explains, "because Sarah has discovered that God fulfills his promise even when we are not worthy."
In Chapter 7, he reveals that the "most joyful" part of his Old Testament course is the story of Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-45) in which students are required to find parallels to the story of Jesus. Veras offers several examples, challenging readers to find their own and admitting that even though he has taught this material before, he still learns something new on his own or from his students every time. This, as the other 11 chapters, ends with reflection questions. Here they deal with people in our own lives through whom the resurrected Christ reveals himself, God's bringing good out of evil, and giving and receiving mercy.
Fr. Veras has written a book that is at once deeply spiritual, thought provoking, and fascinating.
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This book is well written and could be used as a group study. Simply written and very thought provoking.Published 17 days ago by Raymond D. Baird
I really enjoyed this book. It's not too "deep" and can be read and enjoyed by people with a lot or a little knowledge of the Old Testament. Fr. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tracey
I have not been able to complete the book because I am using it with bible study,it is great.Published 22 months ago by goal
I am an avid learner of both the New Testament and the Old Testament. Unfortunately, in attempting to get help interpreting and learning the content of the Bible, I often purchase... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Marlene Ministeri
I was looking for a good introduction to biblical history from the point of view of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Daniel Ford
Father Veras instructs with humility, wisdom, and gentle humor regarding the Bible's primary revelation, Jesus Messiah! Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Rachel Hanson
This book gives great incite to the prophecies of Jesus through the Old Testament.
It helps in the revelation of Jesus throughout Jewish history.