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The Real Kosher Jesus: Revealing the Mysteries of the Hidden Messiah Paperback – April 3, 2012
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- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621360075
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621360070
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.69 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Frontline; 3.4.2012 edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #282,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In addition, Brown has the benefit of scholarly academic training in the relevant ancient languages. And through the marvels of digitization, computers and World Wide Web, he enjoys unprecedented access to both Christian and Judaic literature from the period of Second Temple Judaism.
But Brown brings still more to the table--he has the uncommon gift of thinking both inside and outside the box. He does not draw back from the most contentious of Jewish-Christian issues, addressing directly the Trinity, the Atonement and the Incarnation. As he does so, Brown repeats traditional Christian arguments insofar as they are internally coherent and have some basis in the biblical and extra-biblical literature of the period.
But he also goes further, and this is where his unique gifting, passion, and methodology stand out most conspicuously and where his work shines the brightest. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Talmudic and other rabbinical literature, Brown musters quotations, paraphrases and citations that illustrate the "Jewishness" of the principles behind the doctrines of Trinity, Atonement and Incarnation. With that in hand, he is ready to argue persuasively that it is quintessentially "Jewish" to discuss and to analyze these principles, and also to accept the "Christian" conclusions to which they legitimately lead.
Though having earned an MDiv and DMin in seminary, when I began studying Hebrew roots of our faith some 17 months ago, I started a course of discovery into the most wonderful insights concerning the New Testament, and the Old Testament as well. What a delight to study under well-versed Jewish believers to learn the many, many nuances of Hebrew culture in its Scriptural context. The Scriptures are opening up anew, once more. Many passages that have not been understood after decades of reading the Bible in many different translations have begun to make sense and enlighten the "eyes of my understanding" afresh.
"The Real Kosher Jesus" is an easy read with facts and revelations constantly being presented to the reader
A very minor question I have is, "Why would a religious man like Brown adopt the athiest mantra of referring to dates as BCE and CE rather than the long established & accepted Messiah oriented BC and AD?" (It just rubs me wrong when someone yields to PC.)
However, Michel Brown's "The Real Kosher Jesus" is anything but dull. This book sparkles with discovery and breathes authenticity as Brown explains what the Gospel writers and the Apostle Paul actually said and believed about Jesus Christ.
Brown's book was written as a counter-weight to another recent work, Shmuley Boteach's "Kosher Jesus." In that latter work, Boteach's "Jesus" seems to come off as more of a human pseudo-hero than a savior. Michael Brown, by contrast, has a much deeper grasp of what Christianity is really about. As a Jewish Christian, Brown believes that Jesus is not only the Messiah but also "the ultimate revelation of God to humankind."
"The Real Kosher Jesus" is undeniably deep stuff. Fortunately, Brown is a good writer, making plain what might otherwise be hard to understand. I read the book on a Kindle, and found Brown's frequent footnotes to be very accessible.
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I will state at this point, I grew up in an "exclusive christian" home, but have been on a journey to discover the spiritual side of the faith as well as its Hebraic roots.
Michael Brown has a clear and readable style (which suits me, as I struggle to read any book quickly!).
No matter what your basis of faith, I recommend this book