Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

by Marvin R. Wilson
     
 

Although the roots of Christianity run deep into Hebrew soil, many Christians are regrettably uninformed about the rich Hebrew heritage of the church. This volume delineates the link between Judaism and Christianity, between the Old and the New Testament, and calls Christians to reexamine their Hebrew roots so as to effect a more authentically biblical lifestyle.

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Although the roots of Christianity run deep into Hebrew soil, many Christians are regrettably uninformed about the rich Hebrew heritage of the church. This volume delineates the link between Judaism and Christianity, between the Old and the New Testament, and calls Christians to reexamine their Hebrew roots so as to effect a more authentically biblical lifestyle.

As an introduction to the world of Hebrew thought, Our Father Abraham is biblical, historical, and cultural in nature. At the same time, the writing is personal and passionate, reflecting Marvin Wilson's own spiritual pilgrimage and his extensive dialogue with Jews. The book (1) develops a historical perspective on the Jewish origins of the church, (2) sets forth the importance and nature of Hebrew thought, (3) discusses how the church can become more attuned to the Hebraic mind-set of Scripture, and (4) offers practical suggestions for interaction between Jews and Christians.

The study questions at the end of each chapter enhance the book's usefulness as a text and also make it suitable for Bible-study and discussion groups. All Christians--and Jews too--will profit from Wilson's sensible treatments of biblical texts, his thorough understanding of both the Christian and the Jewish faith, and his honest historical analysis of the general failure of the Christian church to acknowledge and understand its relation to Judaism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802804235
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/11/1990
Pages:
395
Sales rank:
546,222
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

    I. A New People: Abraham�s Spiritual Children

  1. THE ROOT AND BRANCHES
  2. "Look to Abraham Your Father"
    Athens or Jerusalem?
    The World of the Bible
    The Olive Root and Branches
    Grafted into Israel

  3. GENTILES, JEWS, AND JEWISH HERITAGE
  4. A New Spiritual Family
    A Western World with an Eastern Book
    The Problem of Judaizing
    Paul and the Law
    Jewish Heritage and Today�s Church

    II. Church and Synagogue in the Light of History

  5. THE EARLIEST CHURCH AND JUDAISM
  6. Jesus and His Followers
    Beginnings: A Jewish Church
    The Hebraists and the Hellenists
    Stephen and the Hellenists
    Outreach to Gentiles
    The Special Calling of Paul
    Further Success among the Gentiles
    The Council of Jerusalem

  7. THEOLOGICAL CONFLICT AND PERSECUTION
  8. Theological Differences
    Persecutions
    Summary

  9. "HERETICS" AND THE SYNAGOGUE
  10. The Birkat ha-Minim: Definition
    The Origin of the Benediction
    The Minim and Notzrim
    "Put out of the Synagogue"
    The Nidduy and Herem
    Conclusion

  11. THE JEWISH REVOLTS AND THE PARTING OF THE WAY
  12. The First Jewish Revolt (A.D. 66-73)
    Between Revolts: The Academy at Yavneh
    From Sabbath to Lord�s Day
    The Second Jewish Revolt (A.D. 132-135)
    The Parting of the Way

  13. A HISTORY OF CONTEMPT: ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE CHURCH
  14. The "New" Israel Emerges
    From De-Judaizing to Anti-Judaism
    The Early Fathers: Blaming the Victims
    Allegory: An Attempt to Rescue the Jewish Scriptures
    Anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages
    From Luther to the Present

    III. Understanding Hebrew Thought

  15. THE OLD TESTAMENT: HEBRAIC FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH
  16. The Heresy of Marcion
    Neo-Marcionism
    A Neglected Treasure
    The Bible of the Early Church
    Two Parts, Yet One Book
    The Theological Key
    God-Breathed and Useful
    Discovering the Jewish Jesus
    Other Early Jewish Sources
    The Shema: Core Affirmation of Israel�s Faith
    Christianity Is Jewish
    The Hebrew Bible and American Beginnings
    Foundational, Not Optional

  17. THE CONTOUR OF HEBREW THOUGHT
  18. An Energetic People, a Descriptive Language
    The Power of Poetry
    Painting Verbal Pictures
    Block Logic
    A Time for Meditation
    Everything Is Theological
    Religion as a Way of Life
    A Different View of Time and History

  19. WHERE THE CHURCH WENT WRONG
  20. Dynamic Unity versus Dualism
    Otherworldliness versus This-Worldliness
    The Individual versus the Community

    IV. Jewish Heritage and the Church: Selected Studies

  21. MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY THROUGH HEBREW EYES
  22. Current Attitudes
    Biblical Foundations: Genesis and Marriage
    Marriage and Sinai: Two Covenants Compared
    Jewish Insights into Marriage and the Family
    Values within the Home
    Learning about the Family through Fiddler
    Older and Better: Aging through Hebrew Eyes

  23. PASSOVER AND LAST SUPPER

    The Origin of Passover
    Passover in Old Testament Times
    Passover in New Testament Times
    Jesus� Last Supper
    Passover Today
    Passover and Contemporary Christianity

  24. JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND THE LAND
  25. Jews and the Land: An Overview
    Christian Approaches to the State of Israel
    Christians and Support of Israel
    Epilogue: Prospects for Peace

  26. A LIFE OF LEARNING: THE HEART OF JEWISH HERITAGE
  27. Education in Old Testament Times
    The Hebrew View of Wisdom
    Young Fools and Old Fools
    The Hebrew View of Knowledge
    Education with a Difference
    The Sweetness of Learning
    Hebraic Insights on the Task of Teaching
    Education in New Testament Times
    Everyone a Student
    Teaching Methods and Priorities
    Study as Worship
    "Guard It Well, for It Is Your Life"

    V. Toward Restoring Jewish Roots

  28. IF NOT NOW�WHEN?
  29. Preliminary Considerations for Christians
    Face-to-face in Dialogue
    Education and Personal Growth
    Social Action
    "The Greatest of These Is Love"

Index of Biblical Texts

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