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Useful books / journals and web-sites that relate to the Messianic Movement

Discussion in 'Messianic Judaism' started by Heber, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    I commend reading these books, journals and web-sites. I do so only because they give a good, wide-ranging overview of the Messianic Movement and its detractors. The two lists are equal in stature - it is just not possible for me to put the whole lot into alphabetical order!

    I do not necessarily agree with everything that is written!

    List 1.


    Berlin, A., and
    Brettler, M. Z. (Eds)
    The Jewish Study Bible
    (New York NY: Oxford University Press, 1999)

    Cohn-Sherbok, D.
    The Jewish Messiah
    (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1997)

    Cohn-Sherbok, D.
    General Editor
    Voices of Messianic Judaism - Confronting Critical Issues Facing a Maturing Movement
    (Baltimore MD: Lederer Books, 2001)

    Dosick, W.
    Living Judaism – the Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition and Practice
    (San Francisco CA: Harper Collins, 1998)

    Friedman, S. S.
    A History of The Holocaust
    (London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2004)

    Fructenbaum, A. G.
    Hebrew Christianity: its Theology, History and Philosophy
    (Tustin CA: Ariel Ministries Press, 1983)

    Fryer-Kensky, T.
    Christianity in Jewish Terms
    (Bouldin CO:Westview Press. 2000)

    Gundry, S. N. (Ed)
    How Jewish is Christianity?
    (Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 2003)

    Harvey, Dr. R.
    Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology - A Constructive Approach
    (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2009)

    Hedges, S.H.
    Jesus, Torah and Messianic Judaism
    (Sofia Bulgaria: Future Hope. 2007)

    Horner, B. E.
    Future Israel - Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged
    (Nashville TE: B&H Academic, Published but undated) This is the best book I have seen that defeats the Replacement Theology argument!

    Jeffery, G. R.
    The Handwriting of God
    (Toronto: Frontier Research Publications, 1997)

    Juster, D.
    Jewish Roots - A foundation of Biblical Theology
    Shippensburg PA: Destiny Image 1995)

    Kinzer, M. S.
    Post-Missionary Messianic Judaism
    (Grand Rapids MI: Brazos Press, 2005)

    Kravitz, B.
    The Jewish Response to Missionaries
    (Los Angeles CA: Jews for Judaism, 2001) This is anti-missionary

    Kung, H.
    Judaism - The Religious Situation of Our Time
    (London: SCM Press, 1992)

    Maoz, B.
    Judaism is not Jewish – a Friendly Critique of the Messianic Movement
    (Roshire UK: Mentor – Christian Focus Publications, 2003)

    Matthison, K. A.
    Dispensationalism - Rightly Dividing the People of God
    (Philipsburg NJ: P & R Publishing, 1995)

    Provan, C. D.
    The Church is Israel Now
    (Vallecito CA: Ross House Books, 2003) This supports Replacement Theology

    Sacks, J.
    The Home We Build Together
    (London: Continuum, 2007)

    Soulen, R. K.
    The God of Israel and Christian Theology
    (Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press,1996)

    Stern, D. H.
    Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel
    (Clarksville MD: Jewish New Testament Publications Inc., 1988)

    Stern, D. H.
    Messianic Jewish Manifesto
    (Clarksville MD: Jewish New Testament Publications Inc., 1997)

    Stern, D. H.
    Messianic Judaism - A Modern Movement with an Ancient Past
    (Clarksville MD: Lederer Books, 2007)

    Sizer, S.
    Christian Zionism - Road Map to Armageddon?
    (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2004) This suppports Replacement Theology

    Telchin, S.
    Messianic Judaism is not Christianity – a Loving Call to Unity
    (Grand Rapids MI: Chosen Books – Baker Publishing Group, 2004)

    Telchin, S.
    (London: Marshall Pickering,1982)

    Young, B. H.
    Meet the Rabbis – Rabbinic Thought and the Teaching of Jesus
    (Peabody MA: Hendrickson 2007)

    Academic Journals:
    “…and the children struggled” The Church and the Jews Through History – Issue 50, (2007)
    Caspari Centre for Biblical Studies: Jerusalem

    Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology – Issue 57, (2008)
    Caspari Centre for Biblical Studies: Jerusalem

    Web sites


    Blumenthal, Y. C. *
    The Council of My Nation - an Articulation of Judaism

    Drashi *
    The Problem with Matthew
    http://www.anti-missionary.com/files/drashi.html This is anti-missionary

    Brown, M. *
    Is a Post Missionary, Truly Messianic Judaism Possible? http://www.ilifetv.com/thinkitthru/postMissionary.htm This is anti-missionary

    Kaplan, A. *
    The Real Messiah – a Jewish Response to Missionaries
    http://www.jewsforjudaism.org/index.php?option=comremository&Itemid=447&func=fileinfo&id=17 This is anti-missionary

    Towards Jerusalem Council 2

    The Jerusalem Council (Beit Din)

    Messiah Watch International

    *These authors have written un-published books accessible only as e-books at the web addresses shown. Page numbers quoted are those that were shown at the time of access or download.

    List 2


    Berkowitz, A & D.
    Torah Rediscovered
    (Torah Resources International: Hampton VA, 2004)

    Fischer, R.R.
    The Children of God - Messianic Jews and Gentile Christians Nourished by Common Jewish Roots
    (Olim: Tiberias, Israel, 2000)

    Friedman, D.
    They Loved the Torah - What Yeshua's First Followers Really Thought About the Law
    (Lederer Books: Clarkesville MA, 2001)

    Goodman, M. (Ed)
    The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies
    (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2002)

    Jacobs, A
    The Case for Enlargement Theology
    (Glory to Glory: Saffron Walden, 2010)
    (Alex, my friend, works with CMJ UK)

    Pawson, D.
    Defending Christian Zionism - in Response to Sizer and Stott
    (Sizer's book appears on the previous list, above)
    (Terra Nova: Bradford on Avon, 2008)

    Rosen, M & C
    Witnessing to Jews
    Purple Pomegranate: SanFrancisco CA, 1998)

    Schlink, B.
    Israel - My Chosen People
    (Kanaan: Darmstadt, Germany, 2000)

    Schmalz R. E & Fischer, R.
    The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church
    (Olim: Tiberias, Israel, 1999)

    Shelton, D & Quinn, S.
    Ten Commandments Twice Removed
    (Remnant Publications: USA, 2007)

    Wright, C.
    Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament
    (Harper Collins: London, 1992)

    Wright, F.
    Father, Forgive Us - A Christian Response to the Church's Heritage of Jewish Persecution
    (Monarch Books: Grand Rapids MI, 2002)

    Young, B.
    Meet the Rabbis - Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus
    (Hendrickson: Peabody MA, 2007)

    The sum total of the two lists should give a broad insight to the many and varied printed materials that relate to the Messianic Movement. Do not forget to look at the references and/or bibliographies of these books to find even more interesting books, journals, articles etc that you can look up for your own use.
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  2. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    Please add others that you have found useful and from which other people might benefit. Please try and show:

    Author, book or journal title, place of publication, publisher and year of publication

    so that others may search for the book or journal. If posting a website please say a few words about it before placing the link for others to follow.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010
  3. ContraMundum

    ContraMundum Messianic Jewish Christian Supporter

    Can we make this a sticky?
  4. anisavta

    anisavta Never Forget!

    I agree!
  5. cyberlizard

    cyberlizard the electric lizard returns

    There is a really cheap book which is proving really popular and I must say its really good. It is entitled,

    Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus, Spangler & Teverberg, Zondervan, 2009.

  6. dvd_holc

    dvd_holc Senior Veteran

    I will try not to put ones that others have said and of course the disclaimer...I don't believe everything they said also:

    Brad Young Jesus the Jewish Theologian
    Brad Young Paul the Jewish Theologian: A Pharisee among Christians, Jews, and Gentiles
    Brad Young The Parables: Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation
    Marvin R. Wilson Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
    Russell Resnik Creation to Completion: A Guide to Life's Journey from the Five Books of Moses
    D. Thomas Lancaster King of the Jews
    D. Thomas Lancaster Restoration: Returning the Torah of God to the Disciples of Jesus
    D. Thomas Lancaster The Mystery of the Gospel: Jew and Gentile and the Eternal Purpose of God
    Tim Hegg The Letter Writer Paul's Background
    Tim Hegg Fellow Heirs: Jews & Gentiles Together in the Family of God
    FFOZ Holy Cow!
    Ceil Rosen Christ in the Passover
    David Bivin Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus
    Edward Chumney The Seven Festivals of the Messiah
    Ron Moseley Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church
    Oskar Skarsaune In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity
    Alfred Edersheim Bible History Old Testament
    Alfred Edersheim The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, Updated Edition
    Alfred Edersheim Sketches of Jewish Social Life: Updated Edition
    Alfred Edersheim The Life and Times of Jesus Messiah: New Updated Edition
    Risto Santala Messiah in Old Testament in Light of Rabbinical Writings
    Risto Santala Messiah in NewTestament in Light of Rabbinical Writings

    not within the Messianic movement but I believe worth noting because they take on the historical task or can shed light on first century:
    Abraham Joshua Herschel The Prophets
    Abraham Joshua Herschel God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
    Abraham Joshua Herschel The Sabbath
    Micheal Strassfield Jewish Holidays
    David Flusser The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius
    David Flusser Judaism and the Origins of Christianity
    Ephraim E. Urbach The Sages
    N.T. Wright The Challenge of Jesus
    N.T. Wright The New Testament and The People of God
    N.T. Wright Jesus and the Victory of God
    N.T. Wright The Resurrection of the Son of God
    N.T. Wright The Climax of the Covenant
    Frank Morison Who Moved the Stone?
    Geza Vermes Jesus the Jew
    Jacob Neusner Dictionary of Anceint Rabbis
    Jacob Neusner The Rabbinic Traditions about the Pharisees Before 70 set
    James D. G. Dunn A New Perspective On Jesus: What The Quest For The Historical Jesus Missed
  7. Desert Rose

    Desert Rose Newbie

    For the futher posters :)

    and if short reviews are added, out of your kindness ,for the benefit of the brehtren, that will be also greatly appreciated!

    sort of like "I read this and recommend it because...":)
  8. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    Perhaps the powers that be might make it a Sticky, as CM suggested, so we have permanent list of useful material.

    I don't know how they go about that.
  9. ContraMundum

    ContraMundum Messianic Jewish Christian Supporter

    Hi dvd,

    I don't think it should be necessary to divide between those "not within the messianic movement" and those who are. Most of the books you have listed come from the "not within" camp and they are highly regarded from the "within" camp and I think every book should be taken on its own merit anyway. Just seems like an unnecessary division. People might be prejudiced against something before they read and consider it depending on their current perspective.

    But anyway, you have compiled a very good and useful list! Well done! :thumbsup:
  10. dvd_holc

    dvd_holc Senior Veteran

    thanks...but if I did not say something...someone would ;)
  11. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran


    Can this be made a 'Sticky'
  12. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the whole Bible is a useful tool to have to hand if Hebrew / Greek are not really your best subject. Published by Thomas Nelson 2010 Nashville TN ISBN 978-1-4185-4237-5

    It can be found on Amazon at a reasonable price.
  13. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    Kessler E. & Wenborn N. A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations Cambridge University Press. Cambridge UK, (2008).
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2011
  14. issa

    issa pray for the peace of Jerusalem

    i believe list 1 was supposed to be for the Movement and list 2 was for the detractors. i think it is helpful to know who are opposed to the MM so we know what kind of authors we are learning from.

    there seems to be a misunderstanding in that abraham heschel does not oppose the MM (as far as i know) although he does not seem to be promoting MM but the principles that MM follow.
  15. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    ISSA I'm afraid you are mistaken in your assumption as to why there are two lists, if you were referring to the OP. The first two lists that I placed here are clearly marked to show, against the relevant books, those that are teaching against the Messianic Movement. The reason there are two lists is because they were copied, by and large, from my Master's bibliography and I didn't have the time, or inclination, to join them together, as it says in the preamble. To make it easier for you, in those few places in my lists where anti MM books and websites are listed, I have made the qualifying text to be in bold print.

    I cannot answer for, and am not responsible for, the books etc., that others have added in subsequent posts - you may need to PM the poster and ask for clarification
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  16. MessianicMommy

    MessianicMommy Guest

    Do you by chance have the ISBN or AISN of these? I could not find them on our Amazon. Thanks! :thumbsup:
  17. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    My copies of these books are packed away ready for my impending move at end of this month!

    Re Friedman - I got this from the internet:
    Product Description: A History Of The Holocaust.

    Rather than developing some grand philosophy of history, Friedman (Holocaust and Judaic studies, Youngstown State U.) sets out the basic facts of the Nazi attempts to exterminate Jews for students, lay readers, and teachers who may not have a clear understanding of the story. Among his topics are the history of persecution of Jews in Europe and Russia, the nature and rise of Nazism, persecution in various places ruled by Nazis and during various periods of the Reich, the roles of Britain and the US, the extermination camps, and punishing the guilty. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

    It is a very graphic account of the events. I bought my copy at the Imperial War Museum shop in London.

    The book by Hedges came in the post and is a private print - though I do not know how, or why, I got it (I did not order or buy it). As a private print it has no ISBN - sorry.

    The Hans Kung book I borrowed from the University library - so I do not have that, but he is a prolific writer so there should be copies around. It is certainly available, in German, on Amazon UK! :(

    The last one is readily available on Amazon.com - search by the full title. There are also some interesting reviews!!!!

    Feel free to email me with questions, if you wish.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2011
  18. MessianicMommy

    MessianicMommy Guest

    OK, I'll keep looking. I usually check between our Amazon, Amazon.co.uk (since it doesn't cost more to send to me) and as a last resort, Amazon.com as if it is not available used, it's astronomical to send here (not to mention import & tax).

    I don't read as well as I would like in German, so English it is.

    I finally found one of the books via bookfinder4u (dot) com - so keep that on hand, if you can't find an out of print book, this seems to be THE place to go look.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 3, 2011
  19. Heber

    Heber Senior Veteran

    Books that relate to the subject of Paul and women.

    This is not an exhaustive list but will be added to, as I find books that cover the subject, in alphabetical order. The extent to which the books relate to the subject directly, varies. Please be aware of this if you are buying any of these books!

    As on previous lists, I do NOT necessarily agree with the authors, either in part or as a whole.

    If you wish to add to this list, PM me the information for each book so that I can enter the details using the same format as below:

    Bristow, J.T. What Paul Really Said About Women HarperOne, San Francisco CA. (1988) Footnotes links and select bibliography rather limited.

    Dunn, J.D.G. The New Perspective on Paul Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI. (2007 Edition)

    Eisenbaum, P. Paul Was Not a Christian - The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle HarperOne, San Francisco CA. (2010 Edition)

    Grudem, W. Evangelical Feminism Crossway Books, Wheaton IL. (2006) The footnotes contain a number of bibliography details

    Kroeger, R.C. & C.C. I Suffer Not Women Baker Books, Grand Rapids MI. (1992) the extensive chapter end-notes contain many bibliography details

    Payne, B.P. Man and Woman, One in Christ Zondervan, Grand Rapids MI. (2009) this has an extensive bibliography.

    Wright, T. Paul for Everyone SPCK, London. (2003)
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011