Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus: How the Torah Fulfills Its Goal in Yeshua

Release Date: 
08/31/2017
Price: 
12.99
Pages: 
128
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
ISBN: 
978-1-941337-91-2
Binding: 
paperback
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About the Author: 
Seth Postell

Seth Postell (PhD in Hebrew Bible) is the Academic Dean at ONE FOR ISRAEL’s Bible college, Israel College of the Bible. He is the author of Adam as Israel: Genesis 1–3 as the Introduction to Torah and Tanak.

Eitan Bar

Eitan Bar (DMin) is ONE FOR ISRAEL’s Director of Media and Evangelism.

Erez Soref

Erez Soref (PhD in psychology) is the President of ONE FOR ISRAEL/Israel College of the Bible. Seth, Eitan, and Erez are all Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus).

About the Book

How do Jews and Christians relate to the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament)? Should they try to keep the laws as best they can, or has the coming of Yeshua (Jesus) changed things? The authors, all Jewish Israeli believers in Yeshua, believe that the purpose of the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) is to lead Israel through the broken Law and beyond, namely, to the Messiah who, Moses assures his readers, will come in the last days. To be faithful followers of the Torah, in their view, is to believe in Yeshua (see John 5:39–47).

Contents

Our Unique Terminology

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Torah Anticipates Lawbreaking

Chapter 2: Failure of Faith Leads to Death

Chapter 3: The Torah’s Remedy: the Messiah

Chapter 4: The Creation Mandate

Chapter 5: The Adam-Israel Connection

Chapter 6: Poem One: God’s Response to the Fall

Chapter 7: Poem Two: Jacob Blesses His Sons

Chapter 8: Poem Three: Balaam’s Oracles

Chapter 9:  Functions of the Law

Chapter 10: God’s Compromised Ideals

Chapter 11: Moses’ Law Today?

Chapter 12:  Messianic Jewish Identity

Conclusion and Final Challenge

Bibliography

Endorsements

“At a time when there is much confusion about the believer's relationship to the law of Moses, Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus brings clarity, and it does so with light, not heat. What a helpful book for all followers of Yeshua, but particularly for Messianic Jews. Authors Postell, Bar, and Soref maintain a high and respectful perspective of Torah while demonstrating its continued role of pointing to the One of whom Moses wrote. If you want to understand the significance of the Torah and its relationship to those who are followers of Messiah, read this outstanding book. And while reading, keep your Bible at hand, take notes, become enlightened and be transformed.”

Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies and Bible, Moody Bible Institute; author of The Messianic Hope

“Most Christians believe the apostle Paul’s assertion to Timothy that ‘all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable’ for disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. But how many Christians truly study the Old Testament in their own devotions, or feel that they really understand the differences in—and the relationship between—the Old and New Testaments? Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in understanding the ‘whole counsel’ of Scripture, the fundamental purpose of the Mosaic law, the power of the Messianic prophecies, and how to engage in effective and fruitful Jewish evangelism and discipleship. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to pastors and lay people alike!”

—Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times best-selling author, Bible teacher and founder of The Joshua Fund

“We are often told that by traditional Jews that they don’t need Yeshua because they have the Torah. Yet Yeshua told the Jewish leaders of his day that, if they truly believed Moses, they would believe in him. How can this be? The authors of this exciting new book, written with humility and clarity, and based on solid academic research, explain just what Yeshua meant, even demonstrating that the ultimate goal of the Torah is to point to him. Your eyes will be opened as you read.”

—Michael L. Brown, President, FIRE School of Ministry, author, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus (5 vols.)

“The one most confusing issue among Messianic Jews (and today, also among many Gentiles believers) is the role of the Torah in the life of the believer. In the movement there are many who claim to be ‘Torah observant’ but fail to read the details of what was commanded by God through Moses, and often as they claim to keep the Torah, they are actually breaking the specific laws involved in keeping the Torah. In the end, while they are preaching Torah, they practice grace. Thus the publication of Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus is a welcome contribution to the discussion that will clearly clarify all the issues from a solid biblical perspective and help many believers reach a biblical balance on the role and purpose of the Torah.”

Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Founder and Director, Ariel Ministries

“The discussion of the law and believers in Messiah has been a topic of discussion ever since Jesus showed up and many Jews and Gentiles proclaimed him as the fulfillment of promise. This is a brilliant little book showing Torah was not just about law but also about the prospect of promise and the need for that Messiah. What Torah promised pointed ultimately of the need for God working from within. That message rings loud and clear in this book with an explanation to match.”

—Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement; Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary 

“Christians have discussed and debated for centuries the role of the law now that Christ has come. The authors of this delightful and clear book show that the Old Testament itself teaches that the law cannot save. Indeed, a right reading of the Old Testament points to the Messiah as the one who forgives sins, and thus Christians are oriented fundamentally to Jesus instead of the law. Here we have a biblical-theological reading of the Old Testament that is insightful and instructive, and readers will see the wonderful unity of the whole Bible in this work. I warmly welcome this contribution from Jewish believers in Jesus.”

—Thomas R. Schreiner, James R. Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Exegetically solid, theologically sound, contemporaneously relevant, eminently readable—all these qualifiers are true and will prove to be vindicated by its intended readership. Especially commendable—and that lends it authenticity—is the fact that its authors are Israeli scholars who embrace messianic faith that names Jesus of Nazareth as Savior and Lord. This is a must!”

—Eugene H. Merrill, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies (Emeritus), Dallas Theological Seminary

“Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus is a book that will help Jews and Gentiles alike understand what it means to be a Jewish believer in Jesus, or Yeshua. Authors Seth Postell, Eitan Bar, and Erez Soref demonstrate from Scripture that to embrace Yeshua is not to abandon the Jewish people or Israel’s great heritage. On the contrary, to embrace Yeshua in faith is to enter into the blessings of the new covenant prophesied by Jeremiah long ago. God has fulfilled his promises to his people Israel in the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah. Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus shows in a clear and compelling way that God has not rejected his chosen people but continues to love them and seeks to bring them into fellowship with him.”

— Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University 

“I give thanks to the Lord for the work of ONE FOR ISRAEL and Israel College of the Bible. Their book Reading Moses, Seeing Jesus is a rich and helpful resource for understanding the Torah both literarily and theologically, demonstrating that, by divine design, Moses indeed spoke of Yeshua (John 5:46).”

—L. Michael Morales, Professor of Biblical Studies, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Taylors, SC

“As a professor and student of the Bible, I found fresh insights in this book that clarified the trajectory of the whole of Scripture. Highly recommended!”

—George H. Guthrie, Professor of New Testament, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

 

 

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