Prayer to Our Father [NOOK Book]

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A Prayer to Our Father is the exciting journey of faith of a Jewish Bible scholar and an African American pastor who join forces to uncover the truth about the most beloved prayer in the Christian world. Their gripping adventure begins in the ancient city of Jerusalem and takes them to the very spot in Galilee where Jesus taught the multitudes to pray. Along the way they discover a Hebrew version of the Lord's Prayer, preserved in secret by Jewish rabbis for over a thousand years. The richness of meaning that the...
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Overview

A Prayer to Our Father is the exciting journey of faith of a Jewish Bible scholar and an African American pastor who join forces to uncover the truth about the most beloved prayer in the Christian world. Their gripping adventure begins in the ancient city of Jerusalem and takes them to the very spot in Galilee where Jesus taught the multitudes to pray. Along the way they discover a Hebrew version of the Lord's Prayer, preserved in secret by Jewish rabbis for over a thousand years. The richness of meaning that the Hebrew unlocks reveals a powerful message of spiritual growth for Jew and Christian alike. Join them on this provocative exploration of the Hebrew origins of the Lord's Prayer!
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Editorial Reviews

Levi Weiman-Kelman
Both Jews and Christians could learn a great deal from this book – about their own and each others traditions. I highly recommend it!
James Tabor
The impressions are deep and stirring. I want to recommend this book far and wide. It is one of the most inspiring, instructive, and spiritually important works I have read in a long time… One's understanding of the simple power and meaning of this prayer will be thoroughly enlightened and transformed.
Efrem Smith
This ancient prayer is experiencing a revival! A Prayer to Our Father is an inspiring book that conveys a powerful life-changing message of spiritual growth.
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Excellent! A Prayer to Our Father offers the reader a chance to explore what is likely to be a familiar prayer in a new way. The authors have clearly devoted much of their time to the study and understanding of the prayer, and their enthusiasm and eagerness to share the research and discoveries shines through the text.
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If you're interested in history, languages, Christianity, Judaism, inter-faith cooperation, or tips for researching, you will enjoy this book. It definitely has something for everyone!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976263753
  • Publisher: Hilkiah Press Inc
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 443,390
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

NEHEMIA GORDON holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nehemia has worked as a translator on the Dead Sea Scrolls and as a researcher deciphering ancient Hebrew manuscripts. He has been invited to speak in synagogues and churches around the world and has led groups of pilgrims and visitors on tours of biblical sites. A native of Chicago, Nehemia has made his home in Jerusalem, Israel since 1993. KEITH JOHNSON earned his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has spent nearly two decades in Christian ministry. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Keith served as pastor of Park Avenue Church in Minneapolis, as chaplain to the Minnesota Vikings, and ministered to some of the top names in the NFL and NBA. Keith was also chosen as one of only 40 chaplains from around the world to serve the athletes of the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. Keith lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and sons.
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  • Posted December 31, 2012

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    As someone who appreciates Hebrew roots and is trying to learn H

    As someone who appreciates Hebrew roots and is trying to learn Hebrew, I was excited to read this book.  I figured it would be advanced enough so I could practice my meager translation skills (book provides full Hebrew spelling with vowel marks, transliteration, and English of the Our Father prayer) yet simple enough that I could keep up (many are familiar with the Our Father prayer).  

    I'm not going to lie.  As I read the beginning of the book, I got the background info for how the two authors began to work together.  After that, I realized I was going to read multiple chapters on how the duo found the site where Yeshua gave His infamous speech.  At first I thought it'd be a boring waste of pages. (Did I tell you I am impetuous?)  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-written that section was.  Instead of drudging through those pages to get to the "good stuff," I found myself transplanted to Israel with the authors.  I saw the land, I felt the weather, I heard the sounds, etc.  I felt like a child again when a book would take me on an adventure--an archaeological adventure this time.

    After that part of the book was over, I got to the "good stuff."  Chapters were short and to the point.  They dissected each chunk of the infamous Our Father prayer.  While they were concise, they were packed with facts.  I felt as if I were learning a lot but not overwhelmed--a difficult skill to master in the genre of non-fiction.  Additionally, I was impressed at how well researched this book was.  The citations were excellent.  Instead of a huge bibliography at the end of the book, there were citations at the bottom of pages when things were quoted.  So, if I was ever confused about a particular Scripture passage or scholarly quote, all the information I needed to look stuff up on my own was right there on the page.  Now, I admit that I did not look up all of the references in this book.  However, those that I did were accurate, and I do not think any detail was "fudged."

    Readers should be noted that this book implements the Tetragrammaton.  Sometimes it is most accurately represented as YHWH.  However, there are oodles of times in the book where Yehovah is used.  While I do not personally use this form for pronunciation, the authors cover their bases, so to speak.  The book clearly states that the pronunciation Yehovah is preferred by the authors and that other pronunciations (Yahweh, etc) may be valid.  The book makes a point to say that the way we pronounce YHWH is not nearly as important as our intentions.  While I would have preferred YHWH or Yahweh, I must say that this book was written in such a way that I was not highly offended by this pronunciation or made out to feel inferior for preferring another pronunciation.  

    Overall, I really liked this book.  It's really well researched and has fun little stories in it that readers will enjoy.  It's simple enough yet advanced enough so that anyone can learn something new while not feeling as if everything is going "over their head."  Doing some research on this book, I was a bit alarmed at some comments on the internet.  Some Jews said Gordon promoted Christianity by co-writing about the New Testament with a Christian.  Meanwhile, some Christians said Johnson was promoting Karaite Judaism by co-writing with a Jew.  So, both sides were angry.  Hilarious consternation aside, I feel both Jews and Christians can benefit from this book.  It is written with a very scholarly perspective that does not seem "preachy" in any way.  As a Messianic Jew, if you asked me whether I thought this book felt "Jewish" or "Christian," I honestly would not be able to give you a straight answer.  I did not feel like Yeshua was promoted as the Messiah, and I also did not feel like Yeshua was demoted from being the Messiah.  Yes, it was that objectively written.  Jew, Christian, or whatever, everyone can learn something from this book without feeling like they are being swayed towards one faith or the other. 

     

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