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Jewish Origins of Christianity Collection (2 vols.)

By / 2 publishers Eerdmans,
Center for Judaic-Christian Studies
/ 1989–2014

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Overview

Learn more about the rich Hebrew heritage of the church with the help of distinguished Christian scholar of Judaism, Marvin R. Wilson. This collection presents two companion volumes which help readers understand the nuances of the linkage between Judaism and Christianity, between the Old and the New Testament, calling Christians to reexamine their Hebrew roots so as to effect a more authentically biblical lifestyle.

In Our Father Abraham, Wilson offers an informed theological guide to the Jewish foundations of the Christian faith. The sequel, Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage, illuminates theological, spiritual, and ethical themes of the Hebrew Scriptures that directly affect Christian understanding and experience. This collection equips readers to study and appreciate the church’s origins in Judaism with sensitive and engaging studies.

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Key Features

  • Explores Christianity’s Jewish heritage
  • Calls Christians to reexamine their Hebrew roots
  • Investigates the themes of Hebrew Scripture that affect Christian understanding

Product Details

Individual Titles

Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

  • Author: Marvin R. Wilson
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 396

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Although the roots of Christianity run deep into Hebrew soil, many Christians are regrettably uninformed about Jewish origins. 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, and 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 magnificent achievement in calling the entire body of Gentile Christianity to reassess the great religion to which it is permanently indebted.

Christian Scholars Review

Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots and Renewal

  • Author: Marvin R. Wilson
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 332

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this very readable sequel to his popular book Our Father Abraham—which has sold more than 70,000 copies—Marvin Wilson illuminates theological, spiritual, and ethical themes of the Hebrew Scriptures that directly affect Christian understanding and experience.

Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage draws from both Christian and Jewish commentary in discussing such topics as thinking theologically about Abraham, understanding the God of Israel and his reputation in the world, and what it means for humans to be created in God’s image. Wilson calls for the church to restore, renew, and protect its foundations by studying and appreciating its origins in Judaism.

Designed to serve as an academic classroom text or for use in personal or group study, the book includes hundreds of questions for review and discussion.

A rare literary gem. . . . Marvin Wilson’s mastery of both Christian and Judaic texts, theologies, and traditions is nothing short of staggering. Equally, however, this book is easily accessible for students and seekers, not just academics; for congregants and parishioners, not just clergy. Jews, atheists, and Gentiles alike can all find their way into and through this truly informative and inspirational work. . . . Here is reading for the mind, the heart, and the soul.

—Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, coauthor, Revolution of Jewish Spirit

As a historical religion, Christianity must own its Jewish origins and live up to the best of that heritage. Marvin Wilson, a pioneer in evangelical-Jewish relations, makes a compelling argument for renewing Christian faith by recovering our Hebraic heritage. If only there were more like him, we could have a healthier church.

Christianity Today

Masterful. . . . Wilson builds on his previous tour de force, Our Father Abraham, to deepen our understanding of the Hebraic roots of Christian theology. There is no doubt that this work will impact the thinking of yet another generation of Christian readers, fostering Jewish-Christian understanding and spiritual renewal in the church.

R. Steven Notley, coauthor (with David Flusser), The Sage from Galilee

About Marvin Wilson

Marvin Wilson is H.J. Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He served as the primary scholar for the television documentary Jews & Christians: A Journey of Faith.