Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Getting a Clearer Perspective of Jesus, in Light of His Manhood, His Teaching, and the Purpose and Restoration of Israel
David Hoffbrand in “The Jewish Jesus” helps the reader reconnect with Jesus, who he is; as a man, as a Jew, his ministry with his early disciples, and how the church lost its Jewish roots. He introduces the reader to the truth about Israel, why God chose them as a people, his love for Israel, his covenant with Israel, his plan for Israel, and the restoration of Israel.
Hoffbrand challenges the reader to get a clearer understanding of the New Testament, to carefully read it within the context in which the Jews were living at the time Jesus walked on earth. He goes on to ask the reader to consider a profound question: “How much are Gentiles supposed to live as Jews, and how much are Jews supposed to live like Gentiles?” He concludes the book with five principles from Paul’s letter to the Romans for application to our lives and in the church today as Jewish and Gentile believers.
David’s writing has “a richness of detail” that encourages Christians to follow Jesus more correctly as individuals and as a church. This also enables more Jewish people to “discover and reexamine Jesus’ claim to be their Messiah.”
David Hoffbrand grew up in a Jewish family in England. He is an associate pastor of the City Coast Church. David is passionate about his desire help the church today get a better understand the Bible by reconnecting with Jesus within the framework of his Jewish background. David
“The Jewish Jesus” is timely, important, and relevant, enabling the reader to get a new perspective on Jesus, his Jewish roots, and God’s plan for Israel and the Church today. David writes with clarity, conviction, and certainty. This is “must reading” for Christians today, Gentile and Jewish alike. Highly Recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions express are my own.
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768411041, $15.99, 2017, 224 pages