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 :
- develops a historical perspective on the Jewish origins of the church,
- sets forth the importance and nature of Hebrew thought,
- discusses how the church can become more attuned to the Hebraic mind-set of Scripture,
- 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.
A thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable book….Wilson’s goal is to show the Jewish roots of Christianity and of Jesus … and improve interfaith understanding. He succeeds brilliantly.” – Jewish Advocate Martin R. Wilson is a leading scholar on Christian-Jewish relations, and is the Harold J. Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts.