- Paperback: 395 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; STIFF WRAPS edition (January 11, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802804233
- ISBN-13: 978-0802804235
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What makes reading the book enjoyable is, of course, the material and having an opportunity to discuss the material with a friend. If you have never tried doing this with a nonfiction book, I hope you will as it helped me remember what I read and clarified some points of the material I had trouble digesting.
While the book is not a recent work, don’t let that put you off from reading it. I am not sure how much Messianic Judaism has changed since the book was published, but I look at some of the material as being helpful to understand the subject at the time. The most recent chapter I read helped me understand the way Hebrews view education and how other cultures do as well. Plus, it helped me see how that influences the society I live in.
The book will remain on my shelf in the hopes that my progeny will read it and find the information helpful plus spur them on to seek more understanding and growth in their faith.
Wilson's book does a superior job pointing out numerous topical arenas wherein the Christian can grow in his knowledge of the roots of faith.
But the reader should also be aware that Wilson, in his zeal to teach this all-to-often neglected link between Christianity and Judaism, often seems to lay the blame for any conflict wholly upon the Church. Only occasionally does it seem Wilson finds reason for shared "blame"...Or for a problem of communication or understanding to be found within the Jewish community.
To be fair, Wilson may say that his AUDIENCE, primarily, is the Christian reader--nevertheless, one would expect a bit more balance in perspective. The Church certainly isn't as heartless or as grievous as Wilson asserts.
The book DOES succeed in helping Christ followers understand where and how their faith draws upon the truth of ancient Jewish scripture and practice, and for that reason alone it is worth reading...Just recall the caveat above.
A very worthwhile bibliography is also provided for the layman who wants to study further.
At times I wanted to cry over the history and the things uncovered in this book (with plenty of references for further study). If some parts of your church experience made you kind of scratch your head because they were so out of line with the Old and even New Testament - this book is for you.
But be cautioned - its not for a new believer. This is definitely a "meat" and not "milk" type of book and one must be strong in their faith. Not because it tries to take you away from Christianity (it doesn't at all) or try to bind you with legalism (again, it doesn't at all) its just reading about things like the intentional changing of names (people in the Bible, names of books in the Bible, etc.) that you don't want to start to chew on too early in your walk.
A really really good book though, especially if you want a good historical basis for your Christian walk.
There is considerable reference to the findings of those with impressive educational titles, both Jewish and non-Jewish, but not so much that the book becomes boring: It is far too revelatory to be boring.
Probing questions at the end of each chapter make this gem of a book ideal for a personal or group study.
You will undoubtedly be enlightened as you read Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith.
BOTTOM LINE: Buy it!
western (christian) language and thought and the language and expression of thought of the Jewish people