Betrayed! by Stan Telchin. Chosen Books of the Zondervan Corp. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506. $7.95, 139 pages, paperbound. (Also available in cassette).

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Betrayed! is a book that should have been written decades ago. Stan Telchin’s response to his daughter’s announcement of her belief in Jesus is typical.

He writes, “How do you feel when you are successful, 50 and Jewish, and your 21-year-old daughter tells you she believes in Jesus? Betrayed!” His reaction may be universal, but his description is very personal.

He tells his own story in prose that moves at a fast pace. His willingness to disclose his innermost thoughts, his doubts and his prejudices makes the author an intimate friend, someone you feel that you know very well.

Mr. Telchin allows the reader to experience his feelings and thoughts on such an intimate level, it’s as though the reader’s own thoughts are being verbalized. But this is Telchin’s story, replete with details peculiar to his family and his own search to find answers to five questions:

  1. Do I believe that God really exists?
  2. Do I believe that the Jewish Bible (the Tenach) is the divinely inspired word of God?
  3. Does this Bible prophesy about a coming Messiah?
  4. Is Jesus that Messiah?
  5. If he is, what does that mean for me?

The problem he starts out to solve changes dimension as he discovers a reality he didn’t start out to find.

Suppose the reader is not “successful, 50” or a father? Betrayed! makes clear why so many Jewish people today?Ç”be they friend, relative or acquaintance?Ç”believe in Yeshua (Jesus). It gives the opportunity to look at the case for Jewish faith in Yeshua without the pressure of a person-to-person confrontation.

This book will also help those who do believe in Yeshua to understand why others feel “betrayed.” Telchin gives an accurate account of the historical relationship between the church and Jewish people, starting with the earliest followers of Yeshua, who were themselves Jewish. Telchin’s unpretentious writing style makes this history lesson come alive.

Betrayed! offers any inquiring mind fresh insight into what conflicts are encountered by a Jewish person as he struggles to answer for himself questions of faith. The miniature history lesson is itself most helpful for achieving a more Jewish perspective. The uncomplicated chronological reporting through which the author relates his story makes one feel that they are reading a letter or having a conversation with him. The question is not, who can benefit from experiencing this book, but rather, is there any one?ǔJewish or Gentile, believer or not?ǔwho could not?

Having read why Mr. Telchin’s daughter believes what she does leaves the reader the option to put the book down and dismiss the whole idea as a matter of personal opinion, or to read the facts, weigh them, and make one’s own decision.