Lately, I have been so busy studying and training for a new position at work. In my very limited spare time I have been reading and thoroughly enjoying a terrific primer that every person coming into an Hebraic understanding of Scripture should read. Even better, this dynamite short book is freely available online!! And, I highly recommend it.
Is the Torah Only for Jews? by Tim Hegg, Messianic Jew
Tim Hegg, a fantastic scholar who meticulously details his sources and carefully explains his conclusions, does a wonderful job of walking the reader through the Scriptural and historical background for the ‘One Law’ controversy as we see it today. He elucidates not just a number of Hebrew words and terms, but explains how and why the definitions of those words changed. I.e., how ‘ger’ (alien) came to wrongly be translated and understood by Judaism as ‘convert’ or ‘proselyte.’
Hegg demonstrates clearly from Scripture what it means to be a covenant member and how the Torah applied to the ‘ger.’ Ultimately, his conclusion is the same as ours on this blog, though he gets there more succinctly and with better supporting research: The Torah is equally the possession of ALL covenant members!!!
This book, free to download is a MUST to have for reference on your computer, and ‘should have’ as a printed hardcopy that you can mark up and pass around! While not exhaustive, it is a very solid primer that is a solid brief case that is not easily surmounted by either the ‘lawless’ or by ‘bilateralists.’
Side note: I had to hunt for a link to the book, lost my original, but found it in this synagogue’s ‘articles’ page. In glancing through their articles, I have to say, I like what I see initially… May be a good resource!