They Loved the Torah: What Yeshua's First Followers Really Thought About the Law  -     By: David Friedman
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They Loved the Torah: What Yeshua's First Followers Really Thought About the Law

Messianic Jewish Publishers / 2003 / Paperback

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Did Yeshua observe the Law? Did Paul teach his congregations to abandon the Torah? Was the devout Jew, Peter, persuaded that the Commandments were cancelled? The answers you'll find in this book may surprise you. Even though many Jews believe that Paul taught against the Law, this book disproves that notion. Most Christians are disconnected from the Torah; reading this book will reconnect them. Dr. Friedman makes an excellent case for his premise that all the fist followers of Mesiah were not only Torah-observant, but also desired to spread their love for God's entire Word to the Gentiles to whom they preached.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Messianic Jewish Publishers
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 1880226944
ISBN-13: 9781880226940
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Did Yeshua observe the Law? Did Paul teach his congregations to abandon the Torah? Was the devout Jew, Peter, persuaded that the Commandments were cancelled? The answers you'll find in this book may surprise you Even though many Jews believe that Paul taught against the Law, this book disproves that notion. Most Christians are disconnected from the Torah; reading this book will reconnect them. Dr. Friedman makes an excellent case for his premise that all the first followers of Messiah were not only Torah-observant, but also desired to spread their love for God's entire Word to the Gentiles to whom they preached. Part 1 Yeshua and the Torah Part 2 Yeshua's Talmidim and the Torah Part 3 Reactions to the Torah Observance of Yeshua and His Followers Part 4 Torah Observance: Legalism or Love? David Friedman, former academic dean of King of Kings College in Jerusalem, holds a Ph.D. in Judaic studies and an M.A. in Arabic.

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  1. Harrison, AR
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Some arguments based on assumptions; not much new for me
    May 26, 2015
    Debbie from ChristFocus
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    "They Loved the Torah" gives evidence that Jesus and his disciples were Torah-observant. I already assumed this was true since Jesus fulfilled the Torah (and was sinless) and his disciples were Jews. Rather than going in depth into an argument, the author would sometimes refer the reader to another book or article for that information. I was left feeling like the substance of his arguments was elsewhere.

    The author's arguments were mainly based on examples from the gospels and Acts. However, he sometimes based his argument on an unproven or shaky assumption. For example, he assumes that the common people wouldn't feel positively about Jesus if he wasn't Torah-observant. He gave examples of common people having a positive reaction to Jesus. Therefore, Jesus was Torah-observant. I don't accept his assumption. There have been cults and movements were the "Christian" leader didn't stick with the Bible but people still liked what they heard and followed that leader. Jewish history also contains examples of this. His stronger arguments involved actual examples of Jesus and his followers observing the Torah in one way or another.

    Basically, I'm not sure these arguments are strong enough to convince someone who didn't start off at least partly agreeing with his views. If you already agree or have previously read books about the debates among the Pharisees at that time (like what constitutes work on the Sabbath?), then there isn't much reason to read this book.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 7, 2009
    Condit Bradshaw
    Excellent!! A must for every believer, why haven't we been told this information before? Thank you.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 8, 2009
    Nilo G. Mabugat
    The book is a great reminder for the Church not to forget its Jewish origin. The author attempts to correct the common notion that equates Judaism in general (and Pharisaism in particular) as anti-Messiah by showing from the New Testament writings how the first believers were Torah-observant Jews. Although not the books intention, it would have been more balanced if the author tackled verses in the New Testament that apparently talk about the end of the law in the lives of the believers. I particularly like how the author describes grace, mercy, and love from the perspective of the Old Testament. He showed how these were never abstract concepts but intimately tied to practical realities in the lives of the Gods people.
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