David FriedmanMessianic Jewish Publishers / 2003 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$7.994.5 out of 5 stars for They Loved the Torah: What Yeshua's First Followers Really Thought About the Law. View reviews of this product. 4 Reviews
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MalleyAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5This links it all togetherJune 2, 2019MalleyAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book links the Tanakh (Old Testament), especially the first five books (Torah), with the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) and the life of Yeshua and his followers. It tells the truth of Yeshua regarding His relationship with Torah and how He upheld the content and teachings of the Torah. We see the true Hebrew roots of what we call Christianity, and read how Yeshua lived His life, in a Hebrew setting, and with Hebrew laws and teachings (mitzvot). They Loved the Torah sheds much needed light on the subject and for those who are open, new perspectives and information that has been, for the most part, so lacking in the Western Church. It also uses Hebrew names and words and then provides translations, which is most helpful. For a genuine searcher of truth, this slim book is well worth a read, and maybe a re-read.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Some arguments based on assumptions; not much new for meMay 26, 2015Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"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.
Condit Bradshaw5 Stars Out Of 5May 7, 2009Condit BradshawExcellent!! A must for every believer, why haven't we been told this information before? Thank you.
Nilo G. Mabugat4 Stars Out Of 5April 8, 2009Nilo G. MabugatThe 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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