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(SHR) Introductory Bibliography - for getting started:

For those who want to learn more about these topics, but don't have lots of time or money to invest in reading a shelf full of books. Or, for those who simply would like a little advice in choosing a few initial books out of the myriads that are available.

Here are three books that are an excellent place to start - and you can buy them all for around 30 bucks.

1) for a general introduction to this website as a whole. . .

Finto, Don. Your People shall be My People. Regal: Ventura CA, pp. 200. 2001. (approx. $10) www.regalbooks.com

For anyone who would not even want to spend more than $10 for a book on Israel in God's plan for the nations, this is the one book that you want to read. "This is the best bridge-building book written on the subject of Israel, the Jewish people and the Church." It is doubtless one of the best introductions to understand what today's events have to do with the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, especially as it also quotes numerous others who have written about prophecy relating to Israel. Written by a Gentile who had visited Israel with the eyes of a tourist who merely wanted to see where Jesus used to walk and then discovered the very heart of God when he begun to "take the Scriptures literally unless the Scriptures themselves suggested otherwise," (pp. 27, 108, 181) Don Finto's book as it were gives an overview of the many themes that our website attempts to include. Messianic-Jewish theologian Dan Juster says about Your People shall be My People: "Good theology, passionate for the fulfillment of the destiny of the Church, which includes being a key instrument for the salvation of Israel." It draws from the prophetic Scriptures and historical writings and blends the most important aspects of the fulfillment of prophecy up to this time into church history from the beginning to the emergence of today's messianic Jewish movement. Its narrative style, without theological jargon makes it easy to read. One of the main messages of the book is that the first major division of the Body of the Lord, "the rejection of the Jewish 'parentage' in the Lord" is like the DNA of the Gentile Church, "a mutation that has entered the body, which will not be made whole until this wound is healed." (p. 97) How in God's plan the healing process has begun and what needs to be done to bring it to completion makes this book more than a source of indispensable information. Without it, "international Christian leaders cannot lead us into the future that God intends."

Study Guide for students and teachers of this book: www.calebcompany.com or ready in printable form, click here: .

2) for a general introduction to prophecy . . .

Hitchcock, Marc. Bible Prophecy. Graphs, Timelines, Charts, Lists, Comprehensive Answers to your Questions. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. 243 pp., 1999. (approx $12) http://www.tyndalecatalog.com (use their search engine to get to this book)

This summary presents a selection of what the author calls "key"-items such as the reasons for the study of prophecy, key events, places, players, benefits, passages and the top tens of questions under each topic, the last days, the rapture, the antichrist, tribulation, second coming and millennium plus the afterlife. He has a summary section on the different main views of Bible prophecy (a-, pre-, postmillennialism) and concludes that premillennialism is "the best overall system for understanding prophecies of the Bible" (p. 37).

It needs to be noted that in this view Israel has typically no role to play in world history until it is going to be judged in the millennium when the 2/3 according to the book of Revelation will perish and the remnant will accept the Messiah. Since she has no role to play today, Israel is eliminated from the list of disagreements between the three main views (of which the other two eliminate it by spiritualizing it). From our viewpoint this is the obvious weakness of this otherwise excellent and brief introduction. It comes with an Index and a classified list of over 50 items of recommended literature for further study. It is no surprise that there is no mention of any titles on Israel in Prophecy as such. Jerusalem in Prophecy is mentioned under the same title (Randall Price, 1989) and David Hunt, A Cup of Trembling (1995), at least two publications which do not treat Israel as something belonging to the future only.

3) for some unpleasant truths that Christians and the Church need to face up to and reconcile for . . .

Brown, Michael. Our Hands Are Stained With Blood. The Tragic Story of the "Church" and the Jewish People. Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. Shippensburg, PA. 241pp., 1992. (approx $9) available at www.amazon.com

A shocking, stirring account of the "Christian" persecution of the Jews from the early Church Fathers up through today. A "wake-up call for the Church" and a call for reconciliation to Christians who are largely unaware of the very roots of Christian anti-Semitism. This well documented book was written in the year of the 500th anniversary of the edict to expel the Jews from Spain. Brown deals with the widespread argument that the modern State of Israel cannot be the fulfillment of prophecy. His answers that a physical restoration of Israel must come before a spiritual restoration of Israel. This is based on 1 Cor 15:46 where the Biblical principle is presented: that the natural must come before the spiritual. The main argument of this book is that anti-Semitism's deepest roots are supernatural. Even with recognizing the prophetically predicted consequences of Jewish disobedience in the past, Brown holds that anti-Semitism has gone beyond the measure of the intended heavenly chastisement - and the Church is called to do something about it. "Jewish repentance will bring Jesus back. But the Church must repent first, before it will be Israel's turn." (p.167) This book has been translated into more than 12 languages.

4) the enriching, but currently absent Jewish roots of our Christianity . . . Stern, David H. Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel. 85 pp., 1989. (approx $7) available at www.amazon.com

Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel is a condensed version of the author's preceding book, Messianic Jewish Manifesto. It is easy to read and prophetically relevant. It attempts to remove misunderstandings due to the loss of the Jewish roots of the Gospel. The author points out the corporate aspect of the Gospel largely overlooked in Christianity: "a Gospel only for individuals is inadequate not only for the Jews, but for Gentiles as well." (p. 28). To counteract this one-sided emphasis of the individual aspect (Romans 1-8) he presents his 'Olive Tree Theology' based on Romans 9-11, showing why God is not finished with the Jews, why the land promises are not abrogated, why the relationship between the Law (Torah) and the New Testament believer in Galatians has been misunderstood, why Christianity is Jewish and why the Jewishness of the Gospel needs to be restored. As a Bible Translator and a messianic-Jewish scholar, Dr David Stern has presented us with a unique translation of both the Old and the New Testament, the Tanach and the B'rit Chadashah, by retaining many Hebrew key-terms that allow the reader to have a better taste and better understanding of the Jewishness of the Bible. For anyone who is interested in discovering the Jewish roots of the New Testament, his substantial commentary with its most valuable exegetical explanations are of great help. As a messianic Jew, David asks the question referring to 2 Peter 3:12, "Could it be that neglecting the 'Jews first' priority delays the coming of the kingdom?" His question reveals a concern for not only seeing the two sides of the remnant coming together but also for removing the obstacles that prevent the Jews from being jealous for their Messiah.

. . . also from the same author:

Stern, David H. The Complete Jewish Bible. Pocket book, 1998. (approx. $33) available at www.amazon.com
---. The Jewish New Testament Commentary: A Companion Volume to the Jewish New Testament. 1992. (approx. $35) available at amazon.com
---. Messianic Jewish Manifesto. 312 pp 1988. (approx. $12) available at amazon.com

5) Davis, David, The Elijah Legacy.

6) Hayford, Jack. Why stand with Israel Today? A concisely written article.

7) J. Daniel Hays; J. Scott Duvall; C. Marvin Pate. Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times 2009. See Review on Amazon and this review on DTS: tendency to an amillennialist position.