Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days by Jonathan Bernis



Review: A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days
Jonathan Bernis
Chosen Books
2013

To read this book is to step into another world that is largely unfamiliar to the average Christian reader or believer.   And that is a good thing to do.  The Rabbi in the title is a Messianic Jewish believer and his perspective is very different from the teachings I had received.  Yes, I know Jesus was a Jew by birth and practice, but I hadn’t given that much thought to be honest.  This book serves as a good starting point to examine my mindset and how that differs from his.  

He explores history, heritage and the role of Jews in history.  Then and now.  Some very good information here.  He also see the end times as dependent on the evangelization and redemption of the Jews.  He interprets some of the passages in Romans (among many others) from a different slant and one that has given me pause to consider more closely what he has written.  Whether I agree with him or no isn’t the point here.  The most important thing I received was the insight into how the Jewish community thinks and how they perceive Christians and Jesus, Himself.   

Yes, he mentions his own ministry and why not?  Well, I did find that a bit over the edge for the text portion of a book, and that will be my negative comment.  Not much to complain about here, obviously.  

I do recommend this book primarily for its introduction to the Messianic community and Jewish perspectives.  

This book was provided by Chosen Books in return for this review.

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