So, I’ve been catching up on my reading… The pile hasn’t shrunk much, but at least I am getting through some of them. (More coming tomorrow… LOL!)
Here are two recommendations, the first without reservations, the second with a caveat.
The Lifting of the Veil; Acts 15:20-21, by Avram Yehoshua is a fantastic scholarly work!!
There is NO better treatment of Acts 15:20-21 on the planet, than this book!
If there are two verses that Christianity has misinterpreted or misrepresented more than these two, I’m not sure what they are! One of the cornerstones to ‘abolishing the Law’ is the wrongful use of these verses.
Unfortunately, most ‘scholars’ are not really willing to listen to the average ‘joe’ who has awakened from lawless stupor, because the ‘joe’ does not have any ‘credibility’ in scholastic circles… Scholars, theologians even, have a need for peer acceptance. Thus, peer review! As such, a conundrum is created that prevents those who understand that the Torah still applies today from being accepted by established theology that has stated for 1700 years that it no longer applies. Yehoshua, understanding this dilemma, uses their own sources and writing to expose and dismantle centuries of errant understanding of Acts 15:20-21 and the resultant wrong theology.
The Lifting of the Veil is, by no means, light reading. Parts of the book I had to take in bite sized pieces to process the information fully. Using an extensive bibliography, including many respected Christian theologians, Yehoshua exposes, in many cases, right understanding, but unwillingness to follow it to the right conclusion. In other cases, he reveals absurd understanding of these verses in an effort to justify antinomian (lawless) theological presuppositions.
The average reader will be blessed by this book, though may be particularly challenged by some of the seemingly redundant, but necessary, focus in the first half of the book. No stone is left unturned in proving the exact meaning of Ya’acov’s (James’) four rules, as well as what they did and did NOT mean. Abundant material and ‘leads’ are given for deeper personal study and preparation to greater understand some of the more challenging passages in Scripture. Acts 15:20-21 is foundational for most all of them.
I highly recommend this book for your personal study, then recommend you hand a copy to any thinking pastor or professor who is willing to take a look at the facts!!
The second book came in the mail yesterday and I finished it before I went to bed, mid-evening. Even at 268 pages, Identity Theft, by Ron Cantor, is a fast, light read that is a page turner.
My overall impression is a good one, but I have a few reservations.
Cantor is a Messianic Jew who uses fiction as a genre to introduce the reader to a) Yeshua, the very Jewish Messiah, and b) the antisemitic habits of Christianity. Certainly, both messages need to be heard… and often!!
Having been studying hard to understand the depth of antisemitism and the Hebrew roots of my faith in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, there is little new information. It was a pleasant redux however, if not a little generalized.
Cantor rightly identifies Greek bishops, the Roman Catholic Church and false theology as the foundation from which the church fostered antisemitism and abused the Jews in countless horrific ways. He also, unabashedly, identifies parts of the threatened Jewish leadership as being guilty of hanging the Mashiach on the tree.
My chief concern, and dislike of the book, is the clear tenor that Mr. Cantor has regarding non-Jews who believe in Messiah. He expresses, on multiple occasions, his opinion that non-Jewish believers in Messiah do not have to be obedient to the commandments. Ironically, it is a type of reverse antisemitism!!
I do understand that his primary target audience is Jewish, but the unnecessary pot-shots at those who understand that,
If an alien sojourns with you, or one who may be among you throughout your generations, and he wishes to make an offering by fire, as a soothing aroma to the Lord, just as you do so he shall do. 15 As for the assembly (kahal = ‘congregation/church’ see Acts 7:38), there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the Lord. 16 There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.’ (Numbers 15:14-16)
left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
Frankly, as I began the book, I was very excited that I might have found a tool for introducing friends and family to the Messiah, as I know Him: a Sabbath-keeping, clean-eating, feast-observing, tassle-wearing Jew who says, ‘Come follow Me,’ and ‘…keep My commandments.’ I was prepared to order a case!! Then… disappointment.
How can I promote a book to them introducing them to ‘Torah-keeping Jesus’ when the author will undermine other parts of Scripture?
So, at the end of the day, I enjoyed this book… for the most part. But, I have decided reservations for recommending to those who are not yet Torah observant. They may learn the much needed lesson about churchianity’s history of antisemitism, but will only be confirmed in their own disobedient lawlessness. Truly, unfortunate.
It occurs to me that the best prayer I can offer is for Mr. Cantor to read Mr. Yehoshua’s book! They both live in Israel…. Pray with me that they will meet for honest dialog!!
So much rotten theology over the last 2000 years… on both sides!! Indeed, we NEED the Mashiach so that,
the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not harass Ephraim. Is. 11:13