The Return of the Kosher Pig: The Divine Messiah in Jewish Thought Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  May 19, 2014
Return of the Kosher Pig Book Cover Return of the Kosher Pig
Itzhak Shapira
Lederer Messianic Publications
July 1, 2013

Far from a study of kosher dietary laws, this book is an unprecedented journey toward the true identity of the Divine Messiah the one previously considered unkosher and unacceptable by Jewish people. This encyclopedic volume will surprise and challenge you with the compelling words of Jewish sages and rabbis over the last 2,000 years, many in English for the first time.

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

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for The Return of the Kosher Pig: The Divine Messiah in Jewish by Itzhak Shapira (Lederer Messianic Publications, 2013). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

The Return of the Kosher Pig is indeed a resource to which I will return time and again as it is a veritable encyclopedia of information that thoroughly proves Jesus is the Divine Messiah in Jewish thought.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling (IntelMin)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The author has provided a remarkable and ground breaking book that will help God’s people to understand the Old Testament and Judaism.”
Reviewer: Dave Jenkins (Servants of Grace Book Reviews)

Rating: 4 Stars

“Shapira has produced a fascinating and spiritually-charged investigative study.”
Reviewer: Andrew Keurer (Theology Book Reviews)

Rating: 4 Stars

The Kosher Pig presents a stunning and beautiful set of arguments for the Divine Nature of Israel’s Messiah.
Reviewer: Joshua Torrey (Torrey Gazette)

Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is thorough, powerful, engaging, and expanded my horizons by helping me to understand Jesus better.”
Reviewer: John Wiley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a thought provoking work will challenge and help you understand God’s Word.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will is a fine resource on the person and work of Jesus.”
Reviewer: Jimmy Regan
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a a well researched book will help you understand why Jews think they way they do about Jesus.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“This unique and powerful book is a game-change for the conversation, I highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (Declination)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will help you to understand the case for Jesus as a divine Messiah from a Jewish perspective.”
Reviewer: Charles Savelle (Bible X)
Rating: 3 Stars

“All in all, I found The Return Of The Kosher Pig to be a very educating experience, and I am glad I took the time to read it carefully.”
Reviewer: Jeff Randleman
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book will help Christians become familiar with the development of rabbinic traditions from the time of Jesus onwards.”
Reviewer: Jim Lee (VeritasDomain)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is an apologetic, a plea for Jews to move from seeing Jesus as “Yeshu” to see Jesus as “Yeshua,” the Divine Messiah.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (Panorama of a Book Saint)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is an excellent contribution to academia as well as to those desiring deeper theological discussions about Judaism.”
Reviewer: Kyle Howard (Coram Sanctum)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This text would be valuable for someone researching the claims of Jesus and Christianity, or seeking to better grasp the common roots of these two belief systems.”
Reviewer:  Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend it for Jewish readers or Christians wanting to engage the Jewish worldview.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a good book is a good commentary on the Messiah that will help readers understand the various interpretations of the Messiah.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (For All Its Worth)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Shapira has done a marvelous job introducing into the way that the Jewish scholar works through a text and argues logically.”
Reviewer: Michael Britton
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a home-run for theological libraries and for those love research.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is incredible– A labor of devotion and dedication.  Although the Jewish believer is the Shapira’s target audience, I believe this book is a must for anyone serious about Biblical studies.”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (
Rating: 5 Stars

“this book gave me insights that were worth the work of struggling with these ideas.”
Reviewer: Richard Lucian
Rating: 5 Stars


Watch an interview with Rabbi Itzhak Shapira below: