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A real eye opener. Well researched. Well written. Engaging. A great read for those wanting to get insights in the Jewish world and worldview. --Dr. Jeffrey Seif, Kings University Distinguished Professor of Bible and Jewish Studies

One of the most interesting and learned tomes I have ever read. Contained within its pages is much with which I agree, some with which I disagree, and much about which I never thought. Rabbi Shapria s remarkable book cannot be ignored. --Dr. Paige Patterson, President, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary

Traditional rabbis and counter-missionaries have said that they cannot consider our claim that Yeshua the Messiah is divine. Now, this Messianic Jewish rabbi has challenged that objection, relying entirely on the Hebrew Scriptures and traditional Jewish literature, and he has done so with much careful study and great spiritual passion. Is it possible that a Jew can embrace Yeshua as the divine Messiah and follow traditional Jewish sources as well? Read this book and find out for yourself! --Michael L. Brown, Ph.D. | Author, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volumes 1 5

One of the most interesting and learned tomes I have ever read. Contained within its pages is much with which I agree, some with which I disagree, and much about which I never thought. Rabbi Shapria s remarkable book cannot be ignored. --Dr. Paige Patterson, President, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary

Traditional rabbis and counter-missionaries have said that they cannot consider our claim that Yeshua the Messiah is divine. Now, this Messianic Jewish rabbi has challenged that objection, relying entirely on the Hebrew Scriptures and traditional Jewish literature, and he has done so with much careful study and great spiritual passion. Is it possible that a Jew can embrace Yeshua as the divine Messiah and follow traditional Jewish sources as well? Read this book and find out for yourself! --Michael L. Brown, Ph.D. | Author, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volumes 1 5

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The Return of the Kosher Pig features:

Glossary of over 300 terms that will enable readers to dive deeper into Hebraic/biblical thought

Directory of all major rabbinical works on the issue of Messiah in the last 2,000 years

Index of all references from the Torah, Prophets, Writings, New Testament, and the Talmud

Easy-to-read format that provides an excellent study tool for students of scripture

Full bibliography with numerous sources that are "hidden" to many English speakers on the nature of the Messiah

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Lederer Messianic Publications (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936716453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936716456
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I title my review with a bit of sarcasm, for really no debate ensues, just claim and counter-claim, insinuations and denunciations. I have met Rabbi Shapira, and I am reading his book. As a serious student of the Word, it will take a lot of research to go over the material covered, to check the background material, to examine the Torah and the full Tanakh, the Talmud, the Mishna, the Zohar, the Targums... It will take diligence to examine the claims and counter-claims; to search the Hebrew, and the Greek in reference to the Messianic Writings (and cross reference them with Delitzch's excellent Hebrew New Testament). So I won't take the time to quote a tract here or there; for my Jewish brethren, please don't close an eye to studying, even if you disagree. No one asks you to agree, just dialogue with us. I agree with Rabbi Shapira, that we can only find the truth about moshiach through Judaism, and not around it as Christianity has tried to do. Walk with me, walk with us, tell us about G-d, don't shut us out by your hatred of a failed implementation of religion. Yes many evils have been done in the name of Jesus Christ, but if he truly is the moshiach Yeshua, then it is the fault of men and not him that these injustices have been done. That is point I believe of this book - to bring back the study of moshiach through the Jewish perspective, and away from the Westernized culture that has done so much damage between the Jew and Gentile. We need the debate - not hate, or scorn, or ridicule, for what purpose does that solve in the end? This book at least approaches the subject from the culture in which the subject matter originated; can we not have a conversation?
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I have read many scholarly books pertaining to Messianic theology; I have also read many opposing arguments from counter-missionaries, and watched quite a few debates between the two sides. So when I heard of this book, I asked myself what Rabbi Shapira could possibly add to the substantive work that already exists regarding Messianic Judaism's position. However, I felt lead by the Ruach to order this book. Needless to say, I am *very* happy I ordered it!

I believe what differentiates this book from many of the others is that Rabbi Shapira has gone to great lengths to respectfully address the weightiest objections of counter-missionaries: that we "twist" their words, that we ignore the "framework" of Judaic thought, and that we handle the words of the sages irresponsibly. Each of these issues is addressed with the utmost respect by Rabbi Shapira. I believe on these points, this well-researched, sensitive work deserves serious attention from the Jewish seeker and the counter-missionary.
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As a purposed creation of Hashem, Adonai Tsavuot who destined me to be born black and for such a time as this I began trying to understand the Jewish reality of the Holy Scriptures in 2007. I was never one who relied on my culture to show me how to appreciate my faith but rather the scriptures themselves. When I began to correlate what I had been taught via my Christian faith to the scriptures certain biblical realities were obscured or darn right obliterated in order to favor Church theology as opposed to factual, historical truth. I begun to see that this was true in Judaism as well. The inexplicable fact that the world and all of the people therein was not Rabbinic, Orthodox, Islamic or Christian when Adam first became a living being caused me to erase racial and religious temperaments placed on men, by men...I began to study. I soon realized that within Judaism and the various sects stretching through the historical pages of Talmudic writers, sages, and scribes one could also discover obscured or darn right revised information depending on "Timeline" for much the same reason....Rabbi Izhak Shappira removes the veil that distorts the plan of our Creator who literally, figuratively and absolutely presented to this world Ben Joseph and Ben David in the person of Yeshua, Messiah....This book will cause a shock wave to reverberate in your spirit until the "Great and Terrible" day of the LORD! For the Jewish person who has left his faith this book will cause you to shudder as probability overcomes distortion, truth overcomes deception even among those of blessed memory!

Jeff Morton
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Puyallup, WA
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As one can see when reading the reviews the anti-missionaries who have left their comments HAVE NOT READ THE WORK of Rabbi Shapira! They base their comments off of things they have no clarity of and also once again show they are using FALSE BALANCES as they present their case against The Return of the Kosher Pig!

My dear friends let me just say this, this work is a MASTERPIECE at revealing how Judaism as a whole does NOT speak in one voice. Over the many centuries of time Chazal (the Sages) have had many different perspectives and approaches to specific passages that concern the Messiah or who He will be. In this work The Return of The Kosher Pig, R. Shapira has done a wonderful job at revealing many different concepts and approaches to a Specific Text, by using the PARDES approach R. Shapira has shown how everything must be kept within the framework of Jewish thought when dealing with The Messiah! He has brought forth a work that will cause one to re-examine what they might have thought or what they might have believed concerning what the Sages have taught concerning the Messiah!

My dear friends this is a MUST READ for anyone who studies the Hebrew Text! It is a must read for anyone who is a student of The Word of HaShem!

I encourage you who do not believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah to BUY THIS BOOK and study it out for yourself!

Get ready to be taken on a great journey through the eyes and thought pattern of Jewish understanding!

Shalom Shalom
R. Hezekiah Ross
Kheder HaShem, Ca.
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