by Jacob Fronczak
Putting the Jewish Rabbi Back at the Center of Christianity
We see depictions of Him in movies, paintings, and stained-glass windows. We hear about Him from the pulpit and the stage. We read about Him in the Gospels. As His disciples, we follow Him; we revere Him; we glorify Him. But how well do we really know Him? Monks, imams, gurus, priests, and pastors of all kinds have tried to define Him. But how does He define Himself? What if the Jesus of history doesnÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt look like the Jesus weÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇre trying to follow? What if weÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇre wrongÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌÕnot about JesusÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ theological identity, but about His priorities? His politics? His mission? His message? What if weÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇre wrong about JesusÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ religion?
Yeshua Matters is the story of a pastor who discovers that Jesus Christ was not just a Jewish person, but a practicing Jew, a teacher of JudaismÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌÕa rabbi, known during His earthly ministry as Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth. Yet despite this emerging scholarly consensus, Jesus has lost His Jewishness in the collective heart and mind of the church. We simply donÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt imagine, interpret, or follow Him as a part of the broader tapestry of Jewish life and history.
If the author is correct, then the root of modern ChristianityÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs maladies is not disconnection between generations, conflict over worship styles, doctrinal differences, or a failure to keep up with cultural trends, but is instead a failure to apprehend and embrace the historical figure of Jesus.
What would change if the church were to rediscover that at the very center of its faith stands a practitioner of Judaism? What would change if the Christian world were to rally around a risen Rabbi? What would change if we all realized that JesusÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ Jewishness changes everythingÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌÕthat Yeshua matters?
- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: First Fruits of Zion
- ISBN-13: 978-1892124746
- Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches