book reviews

Book Review – Future Hope: A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World
Author: John Van Dyke

A review of Future Hope, a book by David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus and a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus. Brickner examines prophecies in the Scriptures concerning end times and tells how it is possible to have confidence and hope as these climactic and catastrophic world events unfold.

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Go Ahead. Be Provocative! (In a Romans 11:11 way)

God has tasked Gentile Christians with making Jewish people jealous—of their relationship with God! We’d like to encourage you to do that, and we have some resources that can help.

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He Said then She Said: Helping Jewish-Gentile Couples Find Spiritual Harmony

Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Book Review: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
Author: Diane Halm

(New York: Schocken Books, 1998) 289 pp. In his book, The Sunflower, renowned Jewish Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, recalls his encounter with a terminally ill Nazi officer. In doing so, Wiesenthal poses the moral dilemma of atonement and forgiveness. This subject has prompted debate amongst theologians, political and moral leaders and writers […]

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BOOK REVIEW | A God That Could be Real
Author: Matt Sieger

Author Nancy Ellen Abrams argues that the God of the Bible is not compatible with what scientists are discovering about our universe.

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So Are We Blood Brothers?

We have this common bond and it sets us apart.

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Book Review: Keeping My Hope

Several moments ago I read a profound, illustrated narrative that captures Holocaust history with fresh eyes and emotion. The story’s depth and the subject matter’s intensity are especially impressive because this 170-page graphic novel was entirely penned—word and drawing—by a Maryland middle schooler, Korean-American Christopher Huh. Huh sent Jews for Jesus a copy of his […]

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Les Misérables: The book or the movie?
Author: Ruth Rosen

I just saw the 2012 version of the movie Les Misérables. I am also a quarter of the way through the unabridged audiobook. I think the question “the book or the movie?” is more complex with Les Mis than it is with some other titles. (“The Hobbit,” for example, in which the film version gives […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #7 The Gospel According to Shmuley
Author: Rich Robinson

The Rest of Kosher Jesus in One Easy Blog The Gospel According to Shmuley Having read the rest of Kosher Jesus in a sitting or two, I want to say a few things (see previous blogs on the right). How to sum up Kosher Jesus? Well, the acknowledgements at the end are funny (yet also […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #6 Jewish Law
Author: Rich Robinson

I’ll keep this one short: “Huh?” According to Boteach, the New Testament tries to paint Jesus as a rebel against Torah and Judaism. This was supposedly done “to make Jesus’ teachings more palatable to gentiles.” His evidence, such as it is, comes from Mark’s Gospel and the story of Jesus and his disciples picking heads […]

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Book Review: The Real Kosher Jesus
Author: Matt Sieger

The Real Kosher Jesus: Revealing the Mysteries of the Hidden Messiah by Michael L. Brown Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2012, 249 pages reviewed by Matt Sieger Available for purchase at the Jews for Jesus Store. Kosher Jesus, Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s latest book, has caused an uproar in the Jewish community. Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf of […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #5 Jesus the Rabbi
Author: Rich Robinson

Chapter 4 – Jesus the Rabbi Rabbi Boteach’s takeaway in this chapter is simple: to show that “Jesus and the rabbis shared both purpose and vision.” Jesus’ ethics are found in other Jewish writings, says Boteach, and his teaching included methods found in rabbinic literature. And he lived like rabbis of his time as well, […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #4 Pharisees, Sadducees & Zealots

Chapter 3 – The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Zealots Now as I’m back from yet another hiatus, this time one of three weeks of bringing Passover seders to churches throughout Oregon, we’re ready to plunge back into Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s new and controversial volume, Kosher Jesus. Last time I offered some brief comments on […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #3 Romans and Jews
Author: Rich Robinson

Chapter 2, “Romans and Jews” I’m back from my vacation hiatus in Las Vegas, where I took in love-him-or-hate-him architect Frank Gehry’s new Ruvo Center for studying Alzheimer’s and related illnesses. If you’re an architecture buff, you’ll find plenty of images on Google to love or to hate at your leisure. Now back home, it’s […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #2 The Rabbi and the Stranger
Author: Rich Robinson

Chapter 1, “The Rabbi and the Stranger” Boteach relies foundationally, as we saw last time, on scholar Hyam Maccoby’s reconstruction of history as seen in such books as The Mythmaker, a reference to the Apostle Paul. After reading his first chapter, I’m inclined to think that Boteach is the real mythmaker. Hopefully the rest of […]

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“Kosher Jesus” – #1 Jesus Maccabee?
Author: Rich Robinson

#1 Jesus Maccabee? I’ve begun reading Shmuley Boteach’s Kosher Jesus, having received my review copy a few days ago. In this series of posts, I’ll interact with the book chapter by chapter as I make my way through it. Boteach’s idea that Jews should reclaim Jesus—that the Jewish Jesus is indeed kosher for Jews—has already […]

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You Take Jesus, I’ll Take God

You Take Jesus, I’ll Take God: How To Refute Christian Missionaries. Samuel Levine. Los Angeles: Hamoroh Press, 1980. Overview As a Christian, it is difficult not to be offended by the presentation of Levine’s book. As a Jew, it is difficult not to be embarrassed by Levine’s lack of integrity. It’s not that his material […]

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The Sound and the Fury: Kosher Jesus
Author: Rich Robinson


It’s not officially out just yet (that should come about February 1st), but Shmuley Boteach’s latest book Kosher Jesus is already, in a very public way, running the gamut of Jewish responses. Just google “Kosher Jesus” and you’ll have enough reading material for an entire airplane ride.

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Wonder What You Can Do with the Wonderbook?

Scores of books on evangelism are available, but little has been written that presents the gospel to Jewish children. There are not many materials on the market for Jewish children that are biblical, user-friendly, imaginative and affordable. It is almost as if the evangelical pen has run dry when it comes to creatively and sensitively […]

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Book Review: The Year of Living Biblically
Author: Matt Sieger

A few years back, A.J. Jacobs, editor at large for Esquire magazine and a secular Jew, decided to live one year attempting to keep every commandment in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Then he wrote about it in the New York Times bestseller, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

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Book Review: Stories of Jews for Jesus

Edited by Matt Sieger
Available from Purple Pomegranate Productions


Review by Rachel Friedlander

In the most comprehensive collection yet, Matt Sieger compiles 19 testimonies in Stories of Jews for Jesus. This colorful cast creates episodes of laughter and tears, comedy and tragedy, each with an inspirational ending. Although this multitude of testimonies creates an intimidating page count, the pick-and-choose buffet format allows for each chapter to stand on it’s own.

Between the pediatrician who survived the concentration camps of the Holocaust, the bodyguard who has protected Ariel Sharon, and the lawyer who won a Jews for Jesus case in the Supreme Court, readers will be both captivated and challenged. Instances of drug addiction, family separation, deaths and disease tarnish these shining accomplishments, creating testimonies that are accessible by every human, Jew and Gentile, believer and unbeliever…

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Recent and Recommended

Creating Empty Bottle Moments by Clive BerkmanFriendswood, TX:Baxter Press, 2009.Baxter Press, 256 pages Most cookbooks begin with a table of contents to whet the appetite for the recipes within. Clive Berkman’s cookbook starts with the tale of his faith journey towards finding truth and life. This can cause the reader to desire to taste what […]

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Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. Smith

Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. SmithPurple Pomegranate Productions, 134 pages. Questions about cultural identity have recently demanded my urgent attention, raising three young children who are soaking up all of the traditions and cultural cues that my husband and I present. Though my non-Jewish husband and I share a passion for Jesus, I was overwhelmed […]

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The Misunderstood Jew
Author: Rich Robinson

Update: I’ve continuing reading through The Misunderstood Jew. Chapter Two is From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church” and is the least satisfactory of all the chapters. It pretty much rehashes older, non-conservative views of the history of the early church. The early Christians expected Jesus to return any day; when he didn’t, they reinterpreted their […]

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