Book Description: Why is this New Testament different from all other New Testaments? Because the Jewish New Testament expresses its original and essential Jewishness.
The New Testament is a Jewish book--by Jews, mostly about Jews, and for Jews as well as Gentiles. Its central figure, the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), was and is a Jew. Vicarious atonement, salvation, immersion (baptism), the new covenant and the very concept of a Messiah are all Jewish. In sum, the New Testament is built upon and completes the Hebrew Scriptures. The Jewish New Testament brings out Jewishness in three ways:
* Cosmetically--by using neutral terms and Hebrew names: "execution-stake," not "cross"; "Ya'akov," not "James."
* Culturally and Religiously--by highlighting Jewish features: "Chanukkah," not "the feast of dedication"; "tzitzit," not "fringe."
* Theologically--by correcting mistranslations resulting from anti-Jewish theological bias; for example, at Romans 10:4 the Messiah is "the goal at which the Torah aims," not "the end of the law."
Freshly rendered from the original Greek into enjoyable modern English by a Messianic Jew (a Jew who honors Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel), the "Jewish New Testament" challenges Jews to understand that Yeshua is a friend to every Jewish heart and the New Testament a Jewish book filled with truths to be accepted and acted upon. At the same time, while reaffirming the equality of Gentiles and Jews in the Messianic Community, it challenges Christians to acknowledge the Jewishness of their faith and their oneness with the Jewish people.
About the Author: David H. Stern, born in Los Angeles in 1935, is the great-grandson of two of the city's first twenty Jews. He earned a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University and was a professor at UCLA. In 1972 he came to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. He then received a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, did graduate work at the University of Judaism, and was active in the Messianic Jewish movement. In 1979 the Stern family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel); they now live in Jerusalem. Dr. Stern authored the "Messianic Jewish Manifesto". His highly acclaimed English translation, the "Jewish New Testament," restores the New Testament's Jewishness. His "Jewish New Testament Commentary" discusses the many Jewish issues found in the New Testament. His fresh translation, the "Complete Jewish Bible", expresses the unity of the Tanakh ("Old Testament") and the B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament"). This outstanding, scholarly work offers Bible readers a thorough, biblically Jewish version of God's word.
Our Comments: This book is indispensible for anyone who wants to get a firm grasp on first century New Testament times. We would recommend that you buy David Stern's Jewish New Testament Commentary along with this volume. For a small insight into what is in these books, please see our article entitled Torah! Torah! Torah! which leans heavily on both.
Book Description: Why is this Bible different from all other Bibles? Because it is the only English version fully Jewish in style and presentation. It includes Dr. Stern's new version of the "Tanakh" ("Old Testament") and his highly acclaimed "Jewish New Testament." The Complete Jewish Bible:
* follows the Hebrew Bible order of the Tanakh's books, the order with which Yeshua (Jesus) was familiar
* makes no separation between "Old" and "New" Testaments
* corrects misinterpretations in the New Testament resulting from anti-Jewish theological bias
* offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts, using easy-to-read English transliterations
* focuses on Messianic prophecy
* gives the traditional weekly and holiday synagogue readings, plus relevant readings from the "B'rit Hadashah" (New Testament)
The Complete Jewish Bible:
* reconnects Christians with their Jewish roots and the Jewish people
* connects Jews with the Jewishness of Messiah Yeshua and Messianic faith
Other features of this Bible: a comprehensive introduction, a pronouncing explanatory glossary, a reverse glossary, and special maps to aid Bible understanding.
From the Publisher: The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified Jewish book, meant for everyone--Jew and non-Jew alike.
Our Comments: We would recommend that you get the "Jewish New Testament" first before buying this one. The reason is that in the "Jewish New Testament" there is a glossary on each page which is very convenient when learning new Jewish words. After you get the hang of those new words, this volume makes more sense.
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