Sometimes a reader understands your book better than you do. That's the feeling I got after receiving this letter. It reveals exactly what my newest book can teach and do for readers.
“When I was growing up, I had a number of Jewish friends, and I used to visit the synagogue yearly as a part of our Sunday school ecumenical program.
Nevertheless, I can't say that I knew much about Judaism as a religion. It wasn't until I was middle aged that I even met a devout Jew.
Thus this book was a revelation for me. Though I had read in such scholars as N. T. Wright and E. P. Sanders that a knowledge of first-century Judaism was essential for a better understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus, I had never really understood why.
Rabbi, you are not only ecumenical. You are honest about the differences between Jews and Christians, but careful to show the bonds that hold us together. Much of what you say makes me rethink the New Testament—in a new and helpful way.
I had no idea that Jews practice a form of baptism (mikvah), and it makes me understand John the Baptist in a new light. I also was not aware that most modern Jews are ambivalent about the resurrection of the dead.
Your chapter on this subject is most instructive, allowing me to see the Easter Event in a new way. Likewise your analysis of the Paternoster (Lord's Prayer) shows me that the major portion of this essential prayer is purely Judaic.
Not only that, the book is easy to read. It's written on a junior-high level, but it does not condescend to anyone. As a Sunday school teacher, I found this book a new insight to the religion that I practice and teach. Thank you, Rabbi Moffic. I look forward to reading more of your books.”
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