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By Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum / Ariel Ministries / 1983
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This down-to-earth book deals with the many thorny realities facing every Jewish believer. It addresses a wide range of the practical and theological issues that arise when a Jewish person accepts Jesus as Messiah and seeks membership and fellowship in a local church, yet rightly desires to maintain lifelong community and national identities. The book is broad in scope and cites the major themes of Hebrew Christianity today. It’s also careful in detail, wrestling with controversial matters raging within and without the messianic movement.
This is a book about the Jews who have found favor with God by receiving Jesus as Messiah. Written by a Hebrew Christian for Jew and Gentile alike, here is an articulate survey of the biblical position of the Hebrew Christian’s distinctiveness, his relationship to the Jews, the Law of Moses, the local church, the State of Israel, missions and many other timely topics. An overview of the Hebrew Christian’s role in history from Paul to the Jewish believers of today brings new perspective. It also brings the realization that for the first time since the writing of Romans, rabbis are considering the Hebrew Christian movement a threat. Here is the inside track on that threat. This is what is happening in the lives of Hebrew Christians and how they are relating their faith to the rest of the world.
One of the foremost authorities on the nation of Israel, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum is a messianic believer and founder and director of Ariel Ministries, a Texas-based organization dedicated to evangelism and discipleship of Jewish people.
Dr. Fruchtenbaum was born in Siberia after his father was released from a communist prison there. Aided by the Israeli underground, the Fruchtenbaum family escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. While living in Germany from 1947 to 1951, Arnold received Orthodox training from his father – who had himself been reared to assume Chasidic (ultra-orthodox Jewish) leadership in Poland, only to later lose most of his family and his faith to the Holocaust. The Fruchtenbaums immigrated to New York, and five years later, at age 13, Arnold came to saving faith.
Before receiving his doctorate from New York University in 1989, Dr. Fruchtenbaum earned his Th. M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. His graduate work also includes studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having lived in Israel for three years, Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s intensive study of the role of that nation in God’s plan of world redemption has made him a much in-demand speaker at Bible conferences and schools throughout the world.