“I need to believe God has a plan like this when I’m on the earth – not just up here with Ariel,” David confides regarding the angel in Ron Cantor’s novel, The Jerusalem Secret.
~ What ~
Second in the Identity Theft series, this three-hundred-four page paperback targets those who are interested in the history of Judaism as it applies to Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity today. Containing a slang word several times, the topics of abuse, crucifixion, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. With the New International Version of the Holy Bible used, also included are quotes from the NKJV, KJV, and CJB versions. Endnotes and the author’s biography complete the book.
Having the backdrop of current day time-traveling to Biblical times after Jesus was crucified, the story continues from the prior book when almost thirty-year-old David Lebowitz has become a Messianic Jew, struggling to tell his family of his new faith. When his father is in a coma, David time-travels with the help of angelic Ariel to the New Testament era, having in-depth discussions with Jesus’s disciples, the Apostle Paul, Aquila, Priscilla, Nathan, and others. As he learns how the first followers of Christ were Jews, he is unsure how he can become a modern-day evangelist to his Jewish family until God arranges all to work out for the glory of His good.
~ Why ~
Written in first person, this compilation of fantasy traveling to the past and having conversations with angels and those who have died long ago with Jewish historical facts and famous characters is full of detailed historical and Biblical information. Interesting subjects I found were regarding the four stages of Jews in Rome, replacement theology, wearing crosses, Palestine, the Branch in the Old Testament, and Nazarenes. A plethora of Bible verses from both the Old and New Testaments are written out as well as Hebrew and Greek word discussions.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not like the focus on the Almighty through the eyes of a Messianic Jew. Others may feel the storyline gets lost in the heaviness of the theology documented throughout as well as the jumping around of the scenes.
~ Who ~
As the congregational leader of Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv, the author travels the world, teaching the Jewish roots of the New Covenant. He and his family live in Israel.
~ Wish ~
While the writer noted how the Church (Christianity) had replaced the remnant in Old Testament verses in the original King James Version, it is no longer listed in chapter headings of both of my KJVs. I agree that Christians have wrongfully abused the Jews throughout history, but we are a grafted branch into His kingdom and are covered by His redemption and grace due His dying on the cross for our sins.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a series about Jewish history of past and present, this one that embraces Jesus as the true Messiah is educational and interesting as it shows God’s overall plan for Jews and Israel. It is ideal for a Jewish person transitioning to understanding Christ is the Messiah.
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