For too long in the Body of Messiah we have taken the word of our teachers, professors and church leaders as "Gospel fact."
I tell the people in my congregation to check out EVERYTHING I teach to make sure it lines up with the Word of God!
The Word of God is our ONLY authority (Sola Scriptura)! Not your pastor, not your professor, not your church leader, not even (and especially not) Christian or Jewish tradition - for that matter!
In my first year of Bible College I asked one of my professors, "Why is it that the Jewish people still observe their Sabbath from Friday evening at sunset to Saturday evening at sunset?"
His answer, "Because the Apostles of Christ changed the Sabbath in honor of His Resurrection."
It was not until decades later when I joined the "Messianic Movement" that I had to face the Sabbath question again. This time, I decided that I was not going to simply take someone's word for it. I would have to study it out for myself and find the truth!
I will tell you for a fact that what I found was: what the professor said was not the truth. The Apostles did NO such thing - even if they had the authority to do so (which they didn't).
But it is NOT that this professor didn't have the information available to tell him the truth if he really wanted to know the truth!
Many years later I went back to that Bible College and checked out their library. I found that they had many of the same books there that I have in my own library
and "Guess what?"
Yep, you guessed it, the professor could have found the truth if he really wanted to know it!
My point? Simple: Don't believe everything that comes from the front of a Sunday school class, a pulpit or a college podium! Check it out for yourself!
Be a Berean. Check out whatever someone preaches or teaches with the rest of the Word of God and if it doesn't line up with the Word - chuck it!
For this reason, I am adding this page. Add these books to your library and check out what is taught!
The only complete interlinear Bible available in English—and it’s keyed to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance! Thousands of pastors, students, and laypeople have found The Interlinear Bible to be a time-saving tool for researching the subtle nuances and layers of meaning within the original biblical languages. Featuring the complete Hebrew and Greek texts with a direct English rendering below each word, it also includes The Literal Translation of the Bible in the outside column. But what truly sets this resource apart are the Strong’s numbers printed directly above the Hebrew and Greek words. Strong’s numbers enable even those with no prior knowledge of Greek or Hebrew to easily access a wealth of language reference works keyed to Strong’s—Greek/ Hebrew dictionaries, analytical lexicons, concordances, word studies, and more.
The Hebrew is based on the Masoretic Text and the Greek is from the Textus Receptus. The sources of the texts are documented in the preface, and are essentially the same (with some minor variations) to the Hebrew and Greek texts used by the KJV translators.
Only a small minority of Bible students ever achieve the ability to read the original biblical languages. This resource offers a non-threatening tool for those lacking language training to begin exploring the languages of Scripture.
• Conveniently includes the entire Hebrew and Greek text of the Bible in one place
• Offering a concise, literal translation of each Greek and Hebrew word, it’s a great jumping off point for in-depth Bible study and text analysis.
The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is nothing short of exhaustive. Weighing in at nearly six pounds, this research tool is the revised edition of the legendary classic that generations have come to depend on for biblical research. Nothing has been omitted from the original text published in 1890, but new supplementary material such as "The Laws of the Bible," "Teaching and Illustrations of Christ," and a "Harmony of the Gospels" has been added and existing material has been updated and improved. The "Topical Index" references thousands of verses relating to over 8,000 biblical subjects, names, places, things, concepts, events, and doctrines. In this main section of the concordance, scripture references are placed between a context line and the reference to either the Hebrew or Greek dictionary, making it easier to access all the features of the concordance at once. The most useful improvement is that variant spellings of proper names from modern versions have been cross-referenced. For instance, the person who uses the Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, or the New American Standard Version of the Bible can look up the modern word Abronah, which appears in these versions, and will be directed to Ebronah, the New King James spelling. A computer-generated typesetting, an obvious update from the first version, reads easily and provides design and format improvements. Any biblically based library would be incomplete without this indispensable edition. --Jill Heatherly
Often called the "Father of Church History," Eusebius was the first to trace the rise of Christianity during its crucial first three centuries from Christ to Constantine. Our principal resource for earliest Christianity, THE CHURCH HISTORY presents a panorama of apostles, church fathers, emperors, bishops, heroes, heretics, confessors, and martyrs.
This paperback edition includes Paul L. Maier's clear and precise translation, historical commentary on each book in THE CHURCH HISTORY, and numerous maps, illustrations, and photographs. Coupled with helpful indexes and the Loeb numbering system, these features promise to liberate Eusebius from previous outdated and stilted works, creating a new standard primary resource for readers interested in the early history of Christianity.
Eusebius was a friend and contemporary of the Emperor Constantine. He was in full agreement with what went on by Constantine at the time.
You need this in your library to inform you of some of the anti-Semitic, radically anti-Biblical changes that went on in the Church at that time, and of which still continues in the Church today!
Alexander Roberts (Editor), James Donaldson (Editor), Philip Schaff (Editor), Henry Wace (Editor)
List Price: $188.37
The Ante-Nicene Fathers ranges from the Apostolic Fathers to various third and fourth century sources including the liturgies and ancient Syriac documents. It was intended to comprise translations into English of all the extant works of the Fathers (with the exception of the more bulky works of Origen) down to the date of the first General Council held at Nicaea in 325 A.D. This American edition by Arthur Cleveland Coxe is a revision of the original series edited by Alexander Roberts and Sir James Donaldson and published in Edinburgh. The revision involves a major rearrangement to conform to the historical sequence, the addition of brief introductions and notes indicating variances in readings, specifying references to scripture or literature, clarifying obscure passages, and noting corruptions or distortions of patristic testimony (as forged in the Decretals). The basic aim of the translations has been to strive for literary exactness, placing the English reader as nearly as possible on an equal footing with those who are able to read the original..
This renowned reference book has served scholars, pastors, students, and those interested in the background of the New Testament for years. The insight given into the Essene community, the destruction of Jerusalem and the interpretations and traditions of the Old Testament in first century Judaism is invaluable. The outlook of Josephus, a late first century Pharisee and historian, on Jesus and the New Testament documents is enlightening and provocative. As an original reference, The Works of Josephus is essential to a full understanding of the first century, the time of Christ and the New Testament.
Complete and unabridged, this is the best one-volume edition of the classic translation of Josephus’ works. The entire text has been reset in modern, easy-to-read type; numbering corresponding to that used in the Loeb edition has been added to the text; and citations and cross-references have been updated from Roman numerals to Arabic numbers.
From Sabbath to Sunday : A Historical Investigation of the Rise of Sunday Observance in Early Christianity [Paperback]
Samuele Bacchiocchi (Author)
List Price: $20.00
The late Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi writes:
"From Sabbath to Sunday is a translation and an adaptation of my Italian doctoral dissertation, originally presented at and published by the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1977.
"The investigation establishes that the change from Saturday to Sunday began approximately one century after the death of Christ, as a result of an interplay of political, social, pagan and Christian factors. The change in the day of rest and worship was not merely a change of names or of numbers, but rather a change of meaning, authority and experience. Essentially it was a change from a Holy Day into a holiday.
"From Sabbath to Sunday has the distinction of being the first book written by a non-Catholic ever to be published by a Pontifical press with the Catholic imprimatur (approval). The book has already been reprinted fourteen times in English and has been translated in several other languages. Hundreds of scholars of different persuasions have praised this book as a definitive treatment of the early history of the Lords Day. I received a gold medal from Pope Paul VI for earning the academic distinction of summa cum laude in my research and school work at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, Italy."
The Eerdmans' Handbook to the History of Christianity presents a comprehensive, colorful, reliable account of this exciting story. The best-selling Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible opened up the Bible in a new way for many people. This new Handbook, similar in design and format, opens up the dramatic events which have helped make the Christian faith what it is today.
The eight major sections introduce the history of Christianity, period-by-period, from its earliest days to the late twentieth century. Specially commissioned main chapters by expert historians from the framework within which many shorter sections appear: on people, movements, and subjects of particular interest. Over 450 photographs, many in full color, give the feel of each period. And useful maps, diagrams, and charts help the reader to understand and interpret the story, giving a bird's-eye view of events.
The emphasis of the Handbook is on growth and vitality rather than on institutions, giving a broad understanding of each historical period, and then spotlighting key Christian movements and outstanding personalities of the era.
Eerdmans' Handbook to the History of Christianity has been written by an international team of 70 contributors drawn from 10 countries. They write both as professional historians and as committed Christians eager to introduce every reader to the richness of the heritage they themselves have discovered.
Hugh J. Schonfield (Author), Bruce Booker (Editor)
Written by the late Dr. Hugh J. Schonfield. Re-edited and re-printed by Bruce R. Booker under permission of The Hugh & Helene Schonfield World Service Trust . This is a great book that has been out of print since 1936. It tracks the history of Jewish Christianity since the First Century and why it seems to have virtually disappeared until recent decades - reappearing as the Messianic Movement.
Dan Gruber painstakingly delves into the history of anti-Semitism in the church and gives a splendid overview of contemporary theological positions that are the result of this attitude. Without reservation, he summarizes the errors inherent in each of these theologies and their resultant unfortunate consequences in the Church-Jew relationship.