Archives For Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources

James the Just Presents Applications of Torah: A Messianic Commentary Book Cover James the Just Presents Applications of Torah: A Messianic Commentary
Dr. David Friedman, B.D. Friedman
Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources
Jul 15, 2012
152

When we view Ya'acov (James) for who he was: a chief rabbi, a Torah scholar, a Bible commentator, and akin to a high court judge, then we can better understand the purpose of his book. One of the main thrusts of Ya'acov's teaching is encouraging the practical application of the Torah's teachings.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for James the Just Presents Applications of Torah: A Messianic Commentary (Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I recommend this book to those interested in the Jewish background to the New Testament.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a great tool for pastors, seminary students, and all believers who wish to grasp what James was saying to that first century audience and how those truths relate to us today.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“I greatly enjoyed this book.”
Reviewer: Tina Garrett
Rating: 5 stars

“I recommend this book to those interested in the Jewish background to the New Testament.”
Reviewer: Karen Lyons
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is an interesting and enlightening study on the Book of James.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to those interested in the Jewish background to the New Testament.”
Reviewer: Debbie White
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a helpful book.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a helpful book I plan on reading again.”
Reviewer: Josh Wolf
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is one of those commentaries that makes you stop and read … slowly.”
Reviewer: Martin Pitcher
Rating: 4 Stars

“Those who appreciate unwrapping the truth of biblical intent through its original language, and in it’s original background will truly appreciate this book.”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a good introduction to the Book of James.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, I can only recommend pastors to read this, if they want to see things from the “Messianic Jewish” perspective…”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 3 Stars

“appropriate for someone who has studied Greek and Hebrew”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 3 Stars

“The first century Jewish world, both Jews and Messianic Jews, views “works” as the performance of the biblical commandments as stemming from one’s faith in God, and never in opposition to it. In Jewish thought, the purpose of fulfilling the biblical commandments was never to earn entrance into the world to come, which may be a misconception of many today.”
Reviewer: Ben Toh
Rating: 3 Stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing James the Just Presents Applications of Torah. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

James The JustYeshua`s Brother & Chief Rabbi of the Messianic Jewish Community James the Just (Ya`Akov HaTzaddik) Presents Applications of Torah By Dr. David Friedman with D.B. Friedman

When we view Ya’acov (James) for who he was: a chief rabbi, a Torah scholar, a Bible commentator, and akin to a high court judge, then we can better understand the purpose of his book. One of the main thrusts of Ya’acov’s teaching is encouraging the practical application of the Torah’s teachings.

Praise for James the Just Presents Applications of Torah:

“…a whole new perspective on how to view the book of Ya`acov. With his scholarship and knowledge of ancient Hebrew texts, Dr. Friedman puts Ya`acov back into his correct historical context and gives us much to chew on.”
— Dr. M. Leibowitz, Tempe, AZ

“…hidden Jewish concepts are brought out, which would have been known to the reference community of Ya’acov, who received this practical manual for Jewish life…an important explanation of the theme of “faith vs. works.”
— S. H. R. ben Haim, MILIM-MJTI Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

“It is a privilege to drink from the author’s very deep well of knowledge and understanding of the ancient languages of Scripture.”
— Pastor Steven Shelley, Salem, AL.

“Dr. David Friedman has written a refreshing look at the book of James/Ya’acov, making it clearly understood that there is a balance of Torah observance and God’s grace.”
— Shmuel Oppenheim, Rabbi, Lev HaShem Messianic Jewish Synagogue, Las Vegas, Nevada

About the Authors:
Dr. David Friedman is the former Academic Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies at King of Kings College in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently, Friedman lectures internationally on biblical topics, as well as on the history of the modern State of Israel. A former member of the Israel Defense Forces, he also works actively in the area of Jewish-Arab reconciliation as a speaker and mentor and is an advocate for a secure State of Israel.

B.D. Friedman is a native and resident of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a student and researcher in Ancient Hebrew and Biblical topics.

Book Information:
Publisher: Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources
ISBN: 9781936716449
Page Count: 152

Blog Tour Details:
Tour Date: October 20-26, 2014
Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing James the Just Presents Applications of Torah. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Return of the Kosher Pig Book Cover Return of the Kosher Pig
Itzhak Shapira
Lederer Messianic Publications
July 1, 2013
Paperback
334

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 (VickiTiede.com)
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:

Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Return of the Kosher Pig. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Return of the Kosher PigOver the last 2000 years, there has not been a single name that is more offensive to the Jewish people than the name of Yeshua/Jesus. As a matter of fact, the name is so offensive that the letter ע was dropped from his name to make the word יש”ו (may his name be blotted out.)

What makes his figure as the Messiah so much different than the various false Messiahs over the last 2000 years? In the introduction to the book, we read:

“I am sure that some of you who read the title of the book raised an eyebrow or two. Who is the Kosher Pig and why will he return? I can assure you today that the title The Return of the Kosher Pig does not involve any type of marketing gimmick of any sort to sell more copies! Before getting upset about the title of the book, I would like to briefly explain the important term “Kosher Pig” as it is an important premise for the rest of the book. The pig, or Cahzir (חזיר) in Hebrew, represents the symbol of uncleanness to the Jew” Yeshua of Natzeret is the only one who claimed to be divine in nature with the full authority to even forgive sins. Modern Judaism, that is built on 13 articles of faith clearly rejects the idea that G-D can take a form of a man. Yeshua because of his claims is considered unclean to the Jewish people. Amazing, some of the Rabbis declared that the pig will return during the days of Messiah and will become Kosher as he reveals his true nature. The Return of the Kosher Pig attempts to bring back the unkosher Yeshua to the Jewish people by presenting the case for the divine Messiah.”

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

Praise for The Return of the Kosher Pig:

“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

Rabbi Tzahi ShapiraAbout the Author:
Tzahi (Itzhak) Shapira was born and raised in a traditional Sephardic Jewish home in Israel. After years of studying Rabbinic Jewish texts, he found the Messiah within the Hebrew writings. Holding full Rabbinic ordination from the IAMCS, he serves as the founding rabbi of Ahavat Ammi Ministries, an international Jewish organization that is focused on reconciliation between Jews and Yeshua. For more information, visit www.kosherpig.org and www.ahavatammi.org.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Lederer Messianic Publications
  • ISBN: 9781936716456
  • Page Count: 334

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: May 19-25, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog and Amazon.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing The Return of the Kosher Pig. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.